3-D boob tattoo fails

Dragon FX tattoo artist Lane Jensen augmented his tattoo of a buxom cowgirl on his leg with actual...

Dragon FX tattoo artist Lane Jensen augmented his tattoo of a buxom cowgirl on his leg with actual silicone implants, shown here prior to his body rejecting the foreign objects. (supplied photo)

BROOKES MERRITT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

He thought it was a titillating idea.

In an effort to make his calf tattoo of a buxom cowgirl more shapely, Lane Jensen gave the tattoo silicone breast implants.

But after two weeks, the Edmonton tattoo artist's body rejected them.

"I thought it would make for good promotion. Augmenting tattoos with implants is becoming very popular," said Jensen, 30, co-owner of Dragon FX tattoo and body piercing shop at Kingsway Garden Mall.

He has over 20 tattoos and got the sultry woman inked on his left leg three years ago.

Brian Decker, a New York-based micro-dermal surgeon and friend, offered Jensen the boob job on his calf last December while visiting Dragon FX. Solid silicone implants are custom-shaped and often used in chin and nose reconstructions.

Decker performed the implant procedure on Jensen's calf Dec. 9.

By Christmas Eve, the sutures split and a litre of lymphatic fluid drained from Jensen's leg.

"My body just rejected it. I guess my girl wasn't meant to have 3D breasts," he said.

"There was so much fluid in there. I went back to the studio and pushed on it gently - the implant shot right out. The surgery was done in ideal conditions and Decker did a perfect job. It just goes to show you some people's bodies won't tolerate foreign objects."

Jensen froze his leg and used his own surgical supplies to stitch his leg closed again, but the wound later burst open a second time.

Doctors prescribed him antibiotics and advised him to leave it open.

Until it stops oozing Jensen will continue washing it several times per day and repacking it with fresh gauze.

He said some of his customers are disappointed about missing the chance to see his augmented tattoo - stories and pictures abound online - but Jensen shows them photos and tells his tale, warning of risks inherent with implant surgery.

"The body rejects 20% of them, no matter what kind of implant it is, how safely it's done, or how skilled the surgeon or artist is. A lot of places won't tell you rejection rates before you buy $10,000 implants to stuff inside your body. They tell you later, which is dangerous."

He admitted being a little jealous of those whose bodies accept implants without problems. A Dragon FX co-worker recently had a small music note implanted below her ribcage, which Jensen said looks fantastic.

"The skin sucked right back and she has no problems. Some people never do. In the end, if your body doesn't want something in it, you'll know."


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