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I got implants 8 years ago, 390cc over the muscle,...

I got implants 8 years ago, 390cc over the muscle, teardrop shape. I don't really know why I did it, I just wanted to have nice breasts. My first mistake was not researching anything about the procedure and went with the first ps I could get an appointment with. I didn't choose the size or shape, he told me what he thought and I trusted him. I went from a 12b to 12dd. I got cc in the right side pretty much straight away and everytime I would go back to ps he would say "Oh just give it another 6 months and see". After the second time of being told that I gave up. I felt so guilty especially since this had cost me almost $10,000. I never really told my husband I wasn't happy or in pain. However I did see another ps about replacement about 4 years ago but didn't go through with it.


A couple of months ago I stumbled across explanting on the internet, I had never thought about it before without replacing. Then all of a sudden it was like I was obsessed with it, I couldn't stop searching for other womens experiences. I talked to my husband about it and he said it was my decision and to do what would make me happy. So I made appointments with a ps. I have seen 4 before I finally found the one. The first one told me I had very little breast tissue and and would be left with breasts that look like puppy dog ears and I would have to roll them up to put them in a bra! Very blunt I know. Another ps refused to do it at all. Then the other 2 agreed to take them out, let me heal and see how everything goes, to either have a lift later or put a small implant in. They both said I would be very flat and deflated. I would prefer to be implant free though and I chose the ps I felt most comfortable with.


I have 5 days till surgery and I'm nervous, I want them out but I'm worried of the outcome. I have put some photos up, I just hope I'm strong enough to put the after photos up as the photos on here from other women have really helped with my decision.

Well had my op 5 days ago and it wasn't easy. I...

Well had my op 5 days ago and it wasn't easy. I woke in a lot of pain and had heaps of pain medication, so the first night was pretty awful. But I didn't have any strong pain relief the second day. I got my bandage and drains out on the third day and finally got to see the result. I'm pretty happy so far, I have small and a bit wrinkly boobs but they are ok. I will put photos up soon. I feel like its taken a lot out of me probably because of the anaesthetic and the strong pain relief so hopefully when it all gets out of my system I'll be a lot better. I was so worried from what the other docs had told me but I'm so glad I got rid of the implants and didn't replace them as they wanted. Even with the pain it was worth it.

Its been 9 days post op and I'm getting better...

Its been 9 days post op and I'm getting better every day. I'm still very tender but I'm getting my energy back and am able to do more and more. I finally got to take some photos, I kept forgetting to get the camera out of my husbands car then realised I can take them with my laptop! I'm pretty happy so far, I've actually got something after being told I wouldn't. I don't think I will even get a lift if I continue to heal well. I bought a sports bra yesterday and it was a 12c which is surprising. I have just been wearing those stretchy bras, they are not expensive but give me enough support and are comfortable to sleep in. I feel so much better and when I go out I don't feel like I'm standing out because of the big boobs, its good to feel normal. Can't wait to be pain free and get back to the gym. Everyone keeps saying "Oh you might get depressed" although I'm sure some women do after going through such a big change but I think because I was so unhappy for so long with the implants, I'm really happy with the outcome so far. For me it was totally worth it and I shouldn't have let guilt make me wait so long.
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Honestly you look SO much better with out the implants!!! Amazing results! I hope to look as good!
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Wow looks like you had very good results - our experience is very similar!! =)
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You look great by the way we are very close in size
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You look so good! I am going to have mine out soon, and have been trying to decide whether or not to get a lift at the same time, but seeing your pictures and how good you look makes me think I should just get them removed first and wait and see.
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wow you look great :)
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Good I do not want a lift and yours inspire me to go through with it!! I'm just going to go with my gut feeling and not the surgeons!
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don't you dare have a lift! they look GREAT! a lift will make them look smaller, anyways!
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No I didn't have a lift, not sure if I will. I'm happy with them so far considering what some docs told me. I'm going to wait 6 months and see.
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Did you have a lift at all? you look great! makes me want to go through with it Thanks!
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What great results. This really helps inspire me to go through with my own explanation (12 yrs of implants, 6 yrs hating them and wanting them out). Every time I see before/after photos of the beautiful, natural looking results women are having with explanation, it helps combat the negativity that breast augmentation PS have toward removal (I too have had PS tell me the results will be deforming) your pics are proof positive that natural breasts are beautiful - even after implants and removal. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
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I think you look amazing! In fact your my poster girl. I can only pray to have results like yours. Thank you for sharing your story :)
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Hi, its such a scary decision to make because its so hard to even imagine what you will look like. I'm still pretty much the same as the pictures in the last update. I am still really tender tho but I can now sleep on my side and I'm still wearing those stretchy bras because I find them more comfortable than anything else. I am surprised how much the skin has shrunk back considering how big the implants were and I'm using rosehip oil twice a day. I'm happy with how I look and I don't think I will have anything else done. I feel so much better in clothes as well. I'm going back to work next week and I'm a bit nervous about people noticing but I think I will just be honest if anyone does say something. If you have anymore questions just ask I'm happy to answer.
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My frame, implant position, and size are much like yours. How are you feeling since your explant? I have so many questions. I've read many stories of the girls who explanted from the submuscular position, but very few from girls like us. I'm scheduled for deflation in October. Would you mind a kind update :) ?
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Thank you everyone, if it wasn't for sites like this one I wouldn't have done anything for a long time. Don't let the doctors talk you out of it, I went into this thinking I'd give myself 6 months to heal then decide if I need any other surgery. I'm happy so far and I suppose I will see a lot of change in the coming months. I have noticed the longer I am without a bra the more wrinkly I get under the nipple without the support, I am 42 this year tho and my skin might not shrink back that much although I am really surprised it has gone back as much as it has already. I've started using a bit of rosehip oil to try and help them out. And yes they are so soft and warm.
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Only 9 days and you look great! And just think the skin will continue to shrink up, you must be thrilled!!!
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You look amazing! I'm in a similar situation, mine come out in a month and if mine look as good as yours afterwards I will be delighted! Thank you so much for sharing! They look so lovely and soft and feminine! X
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You look absolutely fantastic! I must say without those implants you look much younger and I definitely wouldn't get a lift if mine came out looking like that! You should be feeling very good about yourself! Well done!
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I have a similar story, I don't think I have ever looked at boobs as much as I have been since I decided to explant!!! I am glad to hear you are happy with the new you!
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Well done on your explant, you must be relieved to be rid of the CC, I had that as well and it was really painful. Also like you I was obsessed with reading about explants and the experiences of others, this site has been such a help and inspiration. Once my surgeon agreed to do the explant it was honestly all I thought about every waking and dreaming moment - I must have driven my partner mad droning on about it and constantly looking at boobs!

I am looking forward to seeing your updated photos when you have time. Rest up and take time to heal, it is too easy to forget we need time and end up over reaching for something and having a sharp reminder that our incisions are still not healed xx
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amazing, well done you. Cant wait for updated pics.xxxx
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I'm glad everything went well and you're feeling happy about your natural boobs! Did your doctor remove the capsules along with the implants as you were in so much pain?
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Hi, yes I had both capsules removed as I had cc in both.
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Oh well done ML!!! You've done it and made sure you went with a ps you could trust which is ace! :)

Please take it easy! Lainey will have a go at me as I always say this and then I went and over did things and regretted it, but it's important to remember that you body needs to rest, heal and continue changing and your emotions will be all over the place! Try not to be too upset if you are unhappy about their appearance in the first few weeks as they will change. Check out everyone's photos on here and the more you do, the more you'll be reassured I'm sure.

Loads of healing vibes to you ML xxx
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hi , don't be scare , you are stronger than you think :) good luck and yes let us know :)
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Hello. I just read your review. I am now 17 days post op and really happy to be without implants, although it has been an emotional rollercoaster and sure that it will be for a while. I didn't have much breast tissue to start with and am coming to terms with my new shape. I have found reading other peoples stories really helpful. From reading the stories it seems a lot of surgeons try to convince women to have implants put back in. I am glad I didn't!!! Life is more comfortable without them and I just have to learn to accept my body. Good Luck...let me know how you get on x
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