2 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!
London Plastic Surgeon

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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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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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