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Right here I go ! I was 25 yrs old, had breast fed...

Right here I go ! I was 25 yrs old, had breast fed three babies two of which were twins, I was 32A cup befor this, so after feeding them and some weight loss was left with very little, I struggled to get a bra that fit ! Anyway after some thourght and a chat with someone who'd already had implants, I decided to start and save and was soon booked in to have my silicone implants 300cc. This took me up to a 32D which looked fine with my size and build. I have to say ive been pleased with them, but now realise how little I thourght about what the future could bring and how quick the time would go by, Not thinking about the future cost of more replacements, and more operations, I guess when you want somethink so bad you dont see beyond that...Well 12 yrs later and there's been the PIP scare, Which got me thinking and worrying about what I have put inside me, But as a lucky one found out that mine are the Mcghan implants, so a sigh of relief. But that sigh of relief didnt last long. I had noticed that my left breast hadn't been feeling as soft, and was a good size bigger than the right,I left it for a few wks as thourght it might be hormones, it was around that time of the month. but three wks later and after some research I realised It had to be Capsular Contrature. Panick mode sets in ! So last wk got a oppointment with surgeon to find out for sure, and yes I was right. The surgeon had a look and instantly started saying how he could put some new ones in etc. But by this time I had decided I didnt want replacements and I just want them out asap, I dont want the worry, I carn't cope with all the hassel and the what if's, My head is in a different place now, Im 37 yrs old, Ive been married for 18yrs,and if he doesnt love me for being me by now, then it's tough LOL ! So I'm booked in for the 4th March to have them out. And have to say counting down the days...There is also a medical issue to my story, one that I had no idea about untill this last wk or so.. I have been having tests with very little outcome regarding aching joints, feeling shattered all the time and just general stuff that I was putting down to my age, The last time I saw my Rheumatologist he was coming to the conclusion of me having Lupus, A Autoimmune Disorder. Tests came back negative like all the rest.. Every test that Ive had in the past 5 yrs because of my symptoms have came back with no definate result... Now this is scary stuff as I have now seen on many of these sites how many other woman have also been suffering with the same sypmtoms as me. It would seem there is a definate connection with Breast Implants. and if its not,then its a big coinsidence.! Well thats about it for now, I will get some photos on at some point, befor and afters. And I am nervous about how saggy I will be..but there are some fab padded bras now and theres always those chicken fillets LOL ! To be honest all the women on here that have put photos on all look a lot better after having them out, so i'm keeping my fingers crossed so will I. Cost for removal of implants £2800.

Hi all, yesterday was my explant, at last ! went...

Hi all, yesterday was my explant, at last ! went into theatre 12.20pm woke in recovery 1.15pm so didnt take long, no pain at all ,what a relief...can move arms etc,just a bit sleepy , got taken back to my room, had water to drink and just rested, after short while and tea and biscuits felt fine no probs, orderd my lunch which was lovely, ate that, and was told to drink as much as possible , they like you to go and have a wee !! I dont have bandages on or a bra, infact been told not to wear a bra for now, I have two plasters underneath, which cover the little strips where the scar is,oh and no drains.

My boobs are very empty ,but they were befor implants from breast feeding so not shocked, I think they will hang better when the plasters are off as they are kind of making them stick up funny LOL have to say so pleased I have no pain, they have sent me home with antibiotics and pain relief tabs if I need them but havent as yet,

As for the Capsular Contracture in my left breast it would seem when they opened me up there was no evidence, surgeon said he couldnt understand why I was having the problems even though he said himself at my first appoinment yes Capsular Contracture as it was hard and begining to move up.. so I did feel a little cheated, as that was the main reason at that moment in time I wanted them removed.

So I had to remind myself of all the health issues ive been having, and hopefully now after explant will start to resolve , and hopefully in a few monthe time I will be back to being full of life and not falling alseep at the drop of a hat.!! photos will follow soon !!

Right just got round to putting some photos on, a...

Right just got round to putting some photos on, a before explant and a 2 days after explant, I will be having the plasters taken off tommorrow, sunday 11th march. Its really strange how happy I am with my "au natural boobies" . guess Ive grown up a lot in 12 yrs and I'm now comfy in my own skin. dont regret having them removed one bit :0)

Havent had any pain, or discomfort, I did try some bras on yesterday and with stretching my arms up I did slightly feel tender, but nothing major, back to doing house duties that doesnt involve over doing it .And I am returning to work on monday after having a wk off. So will see how I go there.

Well its 11 days since my explant, Ive just taken...

Well its 11 days since my explant, Ive just taken the strips off my scars, they look a bit longer than the original ones, but theres still time for them to settle. Not had any pain, just a little bit tender from time to time, very happy with the result ! I have an appointment to see the surgeon again at the end of April, I'm guessing he just wants to see the final result of his handy work, and the nurse will be taking photos.I'm pretty much back to normall regarding activities, house work etc, been back at work this wk, Monday I felt a bit sore but its got better as the weeks gone on, bearing in mind that I am a cleaner in an industrial environment, so lots of sweeping and mopping of floors etc, I have taken my time and been fine. Oh and none of the men at work have noticed as yet !!

I have noticed that my left nipple seems to be more sensitive dont know if that will fade with time, not much else to say really, still not sure what size I am, got a feeling a B cup , but will measure as soon as I can find a tape measure, hope they dont shrink because I have a nice handfull at the moment and they are bigger than before implants :0) Heres my latest photos, have done some of all angles !!

Well its 2 weeks since my explant , still feeling...

Well its 2 weeks since my explant , still feeling good, scars healing well, havent started putting any bio oil on them yet as I dont want to upset them , might start in another week or so, just to be sure, still going without a bra, will also leave that for as long as poss, again dont want to upset scars. I dont think they are fluffing up anymore, so I they are as big as they're going to be. just keeping fingers crossed that there will be NO shrinkage !

On a different note I have been having some odd pains or should I say tugging feeling on my right scar (at the end,) its not red or sore to touch but if I sit in a certain position, its as though Im pulling on it, on the inside not the outside of scar.. If you understand my drift ? I am wondering if its the stitching on the inside and praps the knot that has'nt disolved properly yet. fingers crossed its some thing or nothing and will go away !

Hi everyone. its 18 days after explant......

Hi everyone. its 18 days after explant... everything looking good, no shrinkage as yet LOL. but I think they have stopped fluffing too. scars are looking fine and I did use some Bio Oil on them after my shower last night, with no irritation, :0)

But I am still getting odd pains from my right scar, its difficult to describe to be fair, its as though its inside not the outside of my skin and the pain comes if I sit or lay down in a certain position and shoots either round to my back or in my ribcage just under my breast. there is no redness or swelling, is anyone else experiencing this a couple of wks after explant ? it just seems odd that its started now 2 wk later wonder if they have sewn me up a bit tight inside and when sit a bit awkward it pulls ? thats what it feels like to me. if it gets any worse I will have to ring them.... EEEKK !

Hi all , well today 30th april was my last visit...

Hi all , well today 30th april was my last visit to Transform to be signed off so to speak. its been 8 wks since explant. Everything is looking well, scars are just a thin line now and no aches or twitches what so ever. size wise I would say a 32 B , so a fair bit larger than before I had my implants. Im still very happy with my au natural boobs, and the surgeon was pleased with the outcome too, Not much more to say really , so if you are reading this and thinking omg what should I do. then I would say go for it !

So thats me and my story,

HI all. well its been 4 month since my explant,...

HI all. well its been 4 month since my explant, everything is still fine no problems, scaring fading and looking good. I have just had my appointment at hospital with my Rheumatologist, I explained about my implants and how after researching found that lots of women seemed to be having the same medical issues as me , and Autoimmune disorders was a common complaint with us all.. Im afraid I didnt get the response I had hoped for, First of all she asked if the NHS had done them I said no, I had paid for both opps. She looked at me like I was a silly woman for having them. and basically said the internet can be very misleading and she would have to research this information herself, I felt like it was a waste of time even mentioning my findings.
Rhemumatologist said I could stop taking my medication for at least 3 month and see if all my pain and swelling in joints came back. but other than that i'm afraid I came out feeling totally let down and foolish . I did have bloods done to test my ANA and for Lupus... so I keep my fingers crossed for a huge change that will make my Rheumatologist listen next time !!
If not then I will just have to come to terms with having A Autoimmune disorder .

All the very best to you explant ladies
Gypsy xx

I had a very good stay at Transform, staff excellent, clean, friendly, I would of liked a little more time with surgeon for a more in depth chat ,but they do seem to be in and out in a flash, onto next patient, I felt that not many people have their implants taken out without replacements and all the info given to me was reg augmentation, not explant, so feel they could improve on that. but all in all very pleased and no complaints.

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I let my doc talk me into reimplanting & even tho so far they're OK, they're still there & I am much more aware of these than the first ones. I'm 68 & hope eventually to be implant free, no matter how bad it looks. Haven't had a mamo yet but will be soon. I have yet to find a comfortable bra with support & it's been 1 yr.
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Grannie sorry a good bra is hard to find. I hope you will stage into explant soon for u :) Take care we are here for you.
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Grannie....Dont feel alone on age. I am 58 !!! As far as a bra after explant, wait till you are sure what you want. I had even bought inserts at Victor Secert and really dont need to wear them. Just that I was not sure how I was going to feel about being flat. Glad to hear you are doing fine. Love & hugs, Ellen
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After 20 plus years I was able to go back to almost normal. Good luck in your explant Love & Hugs , Ellen
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How are you feeling today? I'm on my way to explant too!
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Very Happy....: )
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hey! awesome results! im about to have explant surgery! Were your breast implants above or below the muscle... mine are above and he said i will really sag. Thanks so much!
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Hi gipsy did you get any results from your tests? Hope you are alright
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hey, I havent heard or shall I say have not yet recieved my results. but feeling good in myself still have aches in my hand and fingers on right hand, and still on meds so no dramatic change. but still have that feeling of relief that I wont have to go through boob surgery again ! :0)
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Such great posts here!! I'm looking forward to my explant July 26th!! :)
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Btw......about the 'puckering', I have heard many woman say that they also see nipple puckering that they think looks horribly deformed. But, that after 3-4 months it completely went away and they like they way it ends up looking :)
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Sounds like a good decision, so glad u found out before instead of after. I may post some pictures if I can get the enthusiasum to figure out how. Still too much drainage today to get the tubes out yet.
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It's been a year since my explant/reimplant, everything is OK, they're still soft (only thing is (I,m 68 & droopy) with the extra weight (went from B to C at my Dr.s advice) they really do hang but they don't really look bad. My question to u gals is, every since the surgery 1 year ago, I have had an intermittent rash under my breasts, it flares up then settles down but never goes completely away. Just wondering if anyone has encountered this problem, mine started before I even left the hospital. I have been seeing a Dermatologist & some of the creams help some but nothing heals it completely. On bad days I even think about having these taken out just to see if that would help. I researched this problem & mostly gals who had a rash had something more like hives in various places on their body, mine is not that at all. The Dr. calls it intertrego, I have never had this problem before & am not over weight, so don't fit the profile at all. After a year I have just about had it, I have a bag full of treatments from the drm. that don't work!!
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I wimped out :(
I've decided to wait until November or December. And, I also decided on a different doctor. I just got bad feeling about the doctor I was planning on using. So I backed out a week before surgery. So glad I did...two days later I found a blog where a patient talked about how this doc did her tummy tuck and she developed gangrene at her incision site and she also got very sick because he took way more of her fat & skin than he should have.
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Hey, just saw this post and i think you did the right thing :) you should really go with your gut feeling! waiting for Dec or Nov is better than having the surgery now with a bad feeling about it. I am considering having surgery Dec too if possible, even thoough i am still looking for a surgeon. good luck :)
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Thanks. Hope all goes well for you too :)
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If u know someone who has been through a masectomy/reconstruction they can make references.
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Oh Grannie, congrats for getting it over with.....I sure hope you feel better soon. I will say that if you are thinking about getting implants again keep in minds that the chance of capsular contraction is VERY high. And, if you do decide to re-implant be sure to wait at least 6 months (longer if possible) really need that time to really see what your breast are going to look like (which the doctor needs to know because it will make it easier for him to get your breast symmetrical).
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As our plan was to reimplant asap I don't know how long we can wait but I would like to wait a little longer, it's just that he glued the areola incision shut temporarily & it looks so puckered up, I can't really tell what they would really look like but I will ask him about that this week. thanks for the response:) How did yours go?
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This was good advice, even tho I'm pretty satisfied with my new implants, I still dream of being implant free. My surgeon now is so different than my original one 35 years ago, he discusses everything & is very interested in a good result. I think maybe if I had waited a few months , I may have changed my mind but during the removal he had done all of the preparation for the new implants, so I only had 2 weeks and then if I had decided I wanted the implants I would have had to go thru that preparation again, ie making the pockets, cutting muscle etc. (my new ones r under) All in all I'm OK with them, my husband says they look great & it is nice to still fill out a bra. The ones that were ruptured, silicon in for 35 yrs. were a real mess, it took 4 hrs. for the surgery & was in the hospital overnight both times. so if anyone is thinking about having theirs out, do it before they rupture or asap because over time they do more & more damage & the surgery/recovery is so much worse. If they r in tact I think it would be fairly simple.
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grannie...Good advice and I love how honest you were...Glad you happy ....Great story you wrote !!! Thank you, Ellen
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Mopsie, thanks for the feedback. I hadn't been on here in awhile, good to catch up with whats happening.:)
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Hi - I just ran across your posting. You are an inspiration! I didn't see in there is your implants were above or below the muscle? Just curious. I am considering having mine removed after 16 years. Mine are above and it seems the explant results are less favorable when the implant is above. Thanks!
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hi, steph, my implants were under the muscle, but if u search on here there are some ladies that had them removed from above muscle and are still very happy with the results, so I wouldnt worry too much, you will look different, but you just have to come to terms with being the old you again, but a worry free new you !! so its not so bad ! good luck with your journey :o)
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Thank you!
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