Jasmine Tridevil – also known as three-boobed girl – is unlikely to have had an additional breast implanted, a plastic surgeon has said.
Stories of how the 21-year-old, from Florida, spent $20,000 (£12,000) on having an extra breast added to her body quickly spread online, with pictures apparently showing the results, which look very similar to a character to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 film Total Recall.
However, an expert has debunked the story as a hoax. Speaking to the Daily Dot, Dr Matthew Schulman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, said: "[I] believe 100% that this is a hoax that everyone is falling for. I would be happy to go on record claiming that this is a falsified story and essentially not possible."
He told the website that the photos of her third breast are mainly images and videos posted to her social media sites, all of which are dimly lit therefore easily manipulated.
Schulman said that while creating a third breast is theoretically possible, it would involve placing a "tissue expander" under the skin between her breasts and letting the skin stretch over six months. She would need multiple surgeries and the end result would not be the results seen in the pictures, he said.
"This technique would create a tight, round breast in the center of the chest. Also, all three breasts will likely be connected because it would be impossible to create and maintain separation between all three round structures.
"The photos show a soft, pendulous breast that is clearly separate from the right and left breast. She essentially has a hanging breast, and it is just not reflective of what we would be able to expect from this reconstruction procedure."
To add further evidence her third breast is a fake (literally), the website notes Tridevil – real name Alisha Hessler – was the registrant for the domain Jasminetridevil.com, which is no longer running. On the website, she reportedly describes herself as a "provider of internet hoaxes since 2014".