2.5 Years with Troublesome Implants and I'm So over It, GOODBYE FRANKENBOOB - Birmingham, GB

Hey ladies, I've read so many of your stories and...

Hey ladies, I've read so many of your stories and I want to thank you all for your honesty and courage. I had my BA to try to fix slight asymmetry.

The asymmetry always bothered me, but it would spike in waves, I'd go 6 months without thinking about it, then something would happen, I'd notice it again, and it would be at the forefront of my mind. No boyfriends ever mentioned it. Until one guy thoughtlessly remarked how one boob filled out my bra cup more then the other. He didn't mean to be harsh, btw, he's lovely. We stopped dating at the time but have been together for the last 6 months. If he knew how his offhand comment affected me he'd hate himself. Anyway at the time, it jolted me into action and I booked a consultation a month later.

I was recommended my surg by a colleague in the industry, so I was pretty silly and only met up with him. I didn't ask enough questions, I didn't research all my options thoroughly. I was impulsive, and trying to fix myself on the outside, when really I should have spent that money on a top notch therapist and uber hoilday.

STATS: I was a 34a/b. Had a 255mod profile and 295high profile, Naturelle silicone textured partially under the muscle. Will uploads some pics in a bit. Suffice to say the implants only magnified the problem. I was positive and patient and thought the left implant would eventually drop and settle. It didn't..

I asked my surgeon more questions and found out he'd put a high profile implant in the smaller breast. I was distraught, I didn't realise he'd done that. His reason was cold logic, I have the capacity to have a 12cm diameter implant, so to make up the volume in the smaller breast I (apparently) couldn't have a larger moderate profile, as it would be too wide for me. So he stepped it up to the high profile.

Of course they were uneven! My logic says that. I had two different shaped implants in two already different shaped breasts! But his aspiration was obviously different to mine; my breasts filled my 34D bra the same amount. In clothes I look symmetrical. Aparrently I should be happy with that. Despite that fact that naked I have one lovely, albeit a tad droopy looking righty, and a weird rigid frankenboob lefty. I booked a revision with him 18 months after the initial BA to replace the 295HP with a 255MP (the same size that's in righty). I had to paid the basic hospital fees for this (2k)

Unbeknownst to me and the 3 other surgeons I met (for opinions) over the previous 18 months, I had actually developed early stage cc around my HP implant. My surgeon told me when I woke from the revision, he had to remove the capsule with the implant.

Now 6 months post revision, lefty still isn't okay. It's bottoming out :( and I could tell within a month. I think surg over compensated trying to open my small breast pocket to allow the implant to drop. I've seen him twice, he is charming, warm and always open to discussion, but says to wait untill 9 months. I really see no point, I considered trying to fix it again but after reading all the encouraging stories on here, I'm ready to call it quits, accept my itty bitty slightly wonky boobs, and be done with this!

I've suffered so much emotional distress from this. I've had 2 boyfriends and fortunately both have been really understanding. But I was diagnosed with depression 9 months after the first operation. It's been hard. The only saving grace is this: I have grown, I am wiser, less obsessive, and ready to accept my imperfections. I wanted to fix minor asymmetry and as a result have had more asymmetry for the last 2 years. My left breast is numb :( - and lefty used to be WONDERFULLY sensitive. I'm hoping a few years post explant I will regain sensation.

My biggest fear now is that when my surg cut out the surprise CC, he might have done damage to my breast tissue. I've seen cases on here where results from explantation can be deformed from this. I'm seeing him in a couple weeks and will talk to him then.

Pre, post BA and post revision

Achey

I emailed my surgeons PA requesting a date for surgery a couple days ago. really can't wait to have these implants removed! Woke up today with lefty aching again, it's all just really uncomfortable now :/ trying to keep positive though!

Surgery dates on the horizon and the regrettable rhino I've yet to mention

Hey girls, I've not had a lot to report lately! Hopefully going to receive a surgery date soon. I've been negotiating to receive the removal free of charge and am now waiting for Mr Vijh's PA to return from her 3 week(!!) holiday to get some September dates to me. I initially requested the explant in May so this is really starting to drag and though I'm generally positive I've had the odd low day too. I actually also had a very unnecessary rhinoplasty in the same operation as my BA and haven't been too happy with that either. Basically I was a mess in 2012 and wanted to fix myself on the outside and start again "fresh" ...I've spent the last 2 years fixing myself on the inside, on top of healing from the trauma of all of this!

I need to do a rhinoplasty review but in a nutshell, I had a long Roman-esque nose and my only request was that he kept the general shape the same but made it a bit smaller, and I didn't want it to swoop up. Which of course it now does! I had a revision on this when I had my left implant swapped 8 months ago. I also had breathing problems and he had to fix that too. Let me tell you, rhinoplasty revision swelling is no fun - takes 2+ years to fully resolve. Obviously in hindsight my old nose was ABSOLUTELY FINE. The new nose is ok too, I care a lot less nowadays. And I'm sure any of you reading this will already be aware of the perils of cosmetic surgery but just incase you miss the point - LEAVE YOURSELF ALONE AND ACCEPT YOUR QUIRKS AS BEAUTIFUL AND INDIVIDUAL :)

Anyway, they should thoroughly psychoanalyse people thoroughly prior to cosmetic surgery. I've had a couple days swamped in deep regret and I have to let it go and be positive. I'm getting better at doing that. Comparatively I'm a lot less obsessive, even with a swollen nose and weird boobs, so there's a lot of hope for the future!

Date set! and NUTRIBULLET

I have confirmed a date, finally! 5th October. Looking into skin prep and after care.. going to get a hench MACOM bra https://www.macom-medical.com/post-surgery/bras and some Environ AVST body oil to start rubbing on my tatas to help my skin heal well. I think it's good for scars too, I'll look into it.

I did a week long booze and carb (mostly) detox earlier this month and my skin felt great, I was feeling great, being more creative and productive. Then I had a double whammy birthday bender and it's crazy - my skin broke out and my mood was lower. Pretty convinced I need to generally eat better and cut back on partying but it's very difficult. The next weeks will be HARD, I missed out on 3 parties the last few days and I've been a major GRUMPUS. But it has to be done, I will heal better without all that crap in my body. Also drinking WHITE TEA again - it's better for you than green tea and I much prefer the taste, it's yummy and delicate, I can't stand green tea. Making smoothies and soups with my nutribullet is a dream. But apparently I need to avoid garlic pre and post op - that's going to hurt more than the no booze. Maybe.
London Plastic Surgeon

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10/5/14 - Congrats on scheduling the day! And for being wise about feeding your body in a healthy way!!! Try your best to stick to organic fruits and veggies and the least amount of processed foods. Keep us posted - so many of us here care!
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I hope you are doing OK. ..depression can paralyze us sometimes. If you're still on the site, please give us an update.
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Hey! I'm doing pretty good thanks, had no news to report as I've been battling it out to get my surgeon/his company to cover the explant costs.. he's finally agreed and I should have a mid-late September date soon. Will do a mini update too now!
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Thanks for the update - :)
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Frankenboob! That's funny stuff. Good luck with your explant, and you will not be sorry. I am at day 11, post-removal, and have only a little soreness under my one arm, which just started yesterday . And I think I slept weird, honestly. No regrets here. Just that I waited so long for removal. I love my natural ta-ta's!
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Yey! Happy for you, always good to hear another good explant result. Did you have your capsules removed too?
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Yes I did. Can I just say that I have purchased three bras in the last week ! It is so nice to fit into them again and be so damn comfortable. I am still a b cup and still can wear some of my previous Genie bras also. What was I thinking getting implants? I do not know who that girl was anymore. My plan is to even start running again! Lordy...I'm scaring myself.....
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Hey, I hope you're continuing to recover well! Running too? I wanna hit weight training again but I'm guessing I'll have to hold that until my boobs are properly healed up! Hope you're good
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I'm so sorry you're in pain and depressed because of these things! I hope you're able to get them out soon! If it makes you feel any better, I almost never see any women's breasts looking "deformed" after explant. Especially not with a good surgeon. Please keep us posted on your process.
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Thank you, didn't mean to be rude with my "deformed" comment at all! Most of the women on here have indeed had really encouraging results :)
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Thanks Hun and good luck xxxx
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Had mentor saline implants put in early 2010 and within 6 months notice some health problems. Over the next year and a 1/2 my health was going down pretty quickly. I beleive I had sensitivity to the silicone shell. Although they say saline is safe the shell is silicone and is made of a bunch of other materials. Long story short. Had explant 1/31/13 and 90 percent better. Consider yourself blessed you have your health! I do. Im happy with the little bit I have at least i can enjoy life !
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Glad you're health is back on track. I think health concerns change as you get older, I'm much more aware to look after myself nowadays. I'm hoping there's a general backlash and rebellion against implants coming about, women need to stop effectively making themselves ill in the name of beauty!
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I'm so sorry you've had to deal with this. x
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Thanks, it's been really horrible but hopefully I'll get to close this chapter soon. The silly mistakes we make! Hope your explant has gone well xxx
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It has gone really well. I had my stitches trimmed this afternoon and things are staring to plump out. I'm 100% more comfortable than I was pre-explant.
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Welcome to Realself! I was super uneven pre ba, a few years after ba and I'm now 10 weeks out from explanting with a full lift. I hope you can get things taken care of quickly! Best wishes
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Thank you, your lift looks great I'm sure you're gonna heal up amazingly. I might get a little lift on my right. but I don't know if it's best to leave it I'm so used to things not working out on me! xxx
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Thank you! I was really scared deep down that I would end up uneven after the explant and lift but thankfully I'm now more even than I've ever been. They are not perfectly symmetrical but nothing really is. I just had to trust in my ps, I picked her because of the results that sandandpalms received and looking at the results of her other lifts. I was way more uneven than you are and my left was also tuberous :( I'm sure you'll feel so much better once they are out!
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Hi and thanks for sharing your story...hope you get sorted soon....if it's any help I had slight differences in size...which improved slightly with implants but am now nearly 6 weeks out and at first it was obvious that they were different sizes but as time goes on they are healing nicely and evening up...I had a rupture in my right side with 600cc silicones for 8 years...I have had some capsule removed from the right which is the smaller one anyway...so was concerned but am so happy now they are out....anyways....look forward to your updates...take care and good luck xxx
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Thank you a much for your comment. Had a peek and yours are looking really good! It's always so encouraging to see women coming out of the other side :) hope you continue to heal well xxxx
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