being a rather small 32A bra size, having years of being teased at school, having a boyfriend who made me feel inadequate and then finally experiencing having breasts when I was breast feeding my daughter - only to loose them again once I had finished, it was an easy decision for me to have breast implants put in. I never wanted to be huge, just to be normal, I just wanted to have something to put into a bikini. But really when I think back about it I probably just needed a good councellor to help me deal with my young insecurities, rather than two silicone sacks inserted into my body. I was only 24! After the op I was quite surprised that I didnt feel that much better about myself anyway. After 8 years of feeling very unnatural I decided to have my implants taken out. Unfortunatelly I went to see 2 plastic surgeons who said how terrible I would look after they were removed. And so I made the decision to have my implants replaced with smaller implants. Surprise surprise I still felt like alien with two (slightly smaller) hard, unnatural breasts sitting on my chest. I made the decision last year to have them taken out permanently and have been saving ever since. I have now discovered that I have PIP implants, and so although this now means that I do not have to pay for my op, I now (like many other women) have the worry that PIPs are really damaging my body. but, im going to keep telling myself how much better it will feel when...... I can really hug people i love I can lay on my belly again I can sunbathe with pride I can not worry about my torpedo nipples when Im cold I can feel totally me again I can be proud of me!
Finally Doing the RIGHT Thing! - London
Being a rather small 32A bra size, having years of...
Well Ive done it! and am now in bed recovering...
Went to the St John and St Elizabeth hospital and all the staff were amazing. The op was very short and was able to come home the same day (yesterday) I really dont have much pain at all - (especially when I remember the enormous amount of pain I was in when I had them put in under the muscle! could hardly breath for a week! ) I have been given painkillers but dont think I will need them. Bit of pain where the stitches are and a bit sore inside but thats it.
I am petite me again and I am already 100% certain that I have made the right decision. They are a little droopy at the moment and rather empty but I am hopeful that this will improve a lot. Especially after looking at other reviews & photographs - this website has been such a help. Does anyone have any advice on how long to wear bra, massage techniques, any creams etc to help?
The support bra that I bought was a bit too big so I am in a sweaty betty sports bra and its really comfortable. I cant believe how much slimmer I look without those horrible fake lumps on my chest. I can see now that I have been holding my shoulders forwards (probably to hid my lumps) so will look forward to doing some gentle yoga and pilates to improve my posture again.
Looking forward to stand tall again - all me - amazing!
Been three weeks now and I am still over the moon...
so although I could find myself wishing that I had never put the implants in in the first place I think that instead I can realise it was just part of the journey - and now I have just two little scars under my boobs to remind me how much we can put ourselves through to feel normal or attractive but really how beautiful we all are already.
I have an appointment with my surgeon in a couple of weeks just to sign me off I suppose - he did say to me last time I saw him just after my explant that if I wasnt happy with the results we could talk about putting them back in!!! I cant wait to tell him how happy I am now, I cant wait to tell him that he needs to stop telling girls how unhappy they will be without their implants, I cant wait to tell him that I love to feel my breast jiggle when I run down the stairs now, I cant wait to tell him that actually it is more empowering for a woman to be soft, wonderful and natural instead of trying to be something different than they are.
Of course this is just my opinion (and a few other girls will agree), but if you are looking at this website and are thinking that you might just be ok without your implants then I would definately say go for it.
Soft breasts rock! (or jiggle) :-) I couldnt be any happier with mine :-)
Well its been over 3 months now since the removal...
I went to Barcelona to visit a friend a couple of weeks ago and it was such a pleasure to lay on the beach without feeling like I had to sit up all the time for fear of my implants sticking up on the top of my chest if I layed flat. Looking around I could spot instantly the boob jobs from the naturals and Im so happy to be in team natural once again. I am absolutely not saying that boob jobs look terrible just that I no longer felt happy with them myself.
I hope that the 'breast implant removal' profiles on this site can help to give women the courage to remove if they are thinking about it. From my experience the plastic surgeons will not help at all and can in fact sway you towards replacing. If you are worried about the health implications, the future implants that may go wrong, the ruptures, the scar capsules, the implants moving, the breasts hardening, or just simply tired of looking and feeling unnatural - then go for it, I cant begin to explain the huge sense of relief that I have now - feels that a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders (and my chest)
lots of love (especially to my fellow expanters) xxx
That was supposed to say explanters :-D
Its been over 6 months now - not much to say that...
was such a joy to be on holiday this year, topless without feeling self concious about my fake boobs. scars are still fading well.
Ladies I couldnt be happer :-) xxx
am very happy with my care. having PIP implants I wanted them out ASAP and my surgeon (Mr Karidis) was happy to help - was not charged a penny, he covered hospital, anethetist, and all other costs. shame he suggested that if I want them put back in at a later date then he would be happy to do this but heyho, its his job. all in all I am very impressed and very happy with my treatment