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I got implants in the first place because of my...

I got implants in the first place because of my post pregnancy looks. I was very young and all my friends were so perky! Although I've never been for having a foreign object in my body, it seemed like the only possible way as the PS he said I couldn't have a lift because I was already very small. My experience with the implants showed me I should love myself as I am and accept natural change.

Implants don't look or feel natural, they hurt and you can have a lot of side effects most doctors don't make you aware of. I had a constant pain, couldn't hug people, was not able to dance or exercise like I did before, they felt heavy and I found it more difficult to breath and had capsular contracture, fibrosis in my breast tissue and numbness. It's surprisingly difficult to find a doctor willing to listen to you as opposed to trying a sales pitch, most of them want to convince you to replace and say you'll be depressed, look deformed and many scary things. That happened to me as well but after 6 months with the second set of implants, problems got worse and I said to myself that was it and got ready for the worst.

I found this website and a very supportive group of ladies who had been through removing their implants. Thanks to that I found my plastic surgeon who's an amazing person and now have rid myself of that weight. It was worth every penny spent, I feel lighter, natural, beautiful and special - I think I looked like a photoshopped plastic celeb before! My friends say I look younger and most people who don't know about the explant think I've lost weight, well, i did!

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You make me feel so much better about my upcoming explant surgery. I hope I look as amazing as you do. I can't believe how much better you look. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. Every woman on this forum keeps me uplifted and secure with my decision...thank you!!
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wow, you look sooooooo much better now!
isnt it so sad that all these flippin surgeons scared us all so much that we were so worried about having them removed! Every set of photos I have seen on this website look so much more attractive after the implants were removed.
And so I think that it is so amazing that we have all had the courage to have them removed despite what the surgeons say.
I am so much happier with my body now and I bet you are over the moon with yours :-) xx
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I think you look 100 times better without the implants. Thank you for sharing your experience and keep us posted. :)
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Hello there, It's been 15 days now and I feel...

Hello there, It's been 15 days now and I feel great. Most of the bad symptoms are gone now and and the scars are doing well.
My breasts have gone pretty much back to their original shape (if not better) and for that I'm really glad. I must confess I'd still prefer them to sag down to my knees rather than having implants again.
I was a 32A / AA before, went up to a full B and now am back to A. It's amazing how much our bodies can respond and heal and the skin does shrink back really well, opposed to what most PSs would say. My breasts feel very soft and now I can already sleep on my side.

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Hi Ladies. Just had my explant on Tuesday. I am so glad I didn't get a lift as one PS had suggested. It looks like I will be prety small but my skin is already contracting nicely. I am very happy with the results. Now I can't wait till I start fluffing. I hope I look as lovely as some of the ladies here.
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Anna great to hear you are doing so well. Congrats. You look fantastic. My PS said it takes about 3 months for swelling to go down so that's when you'll probably see just how much tissue you have left. I have very little but not too concerned. I'm sure the fluff fairy has me on her list of girls to visit xxx
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Andee/sheatheviking
I wanted a lift after explant and I now know why they don't do them. You would really have to have an amazing amount of tissue, because your boobs are very flat from where the tissue is compressed. I can only imagine what a disaster it would be to try and get some decent shape from them. Not a good idea. Also I'm 5 weeks, It could be done now because evrything is filled out, but I'm happy with the way they are. You will be too. Try not to worry too much x The option's always there if you feel different afterwards x x
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I have just had my post-op appointment with Mr...

I have just had my post-op appointment with Mr Sterne. It has now been over a month. (yeeaah I sleep on my tummy now, this is great!!)

I couldn't be happier and he is very pleased too, he asked me if ok to show my pictures to future patients so they can see that implant removal is possible and that our breasts can look perfectly normal, soft and bounce back to a good shape. I am more than happy to help other ladies as my journey wouldn't be possible if I hadn't found this website and this group: " http://breastimplantadvice.com/ "

Now I can tell the swelling is gone (I'm posting pictures) and I have treated myself to some cute bralettes (I'll post pics of these later). I've also found I was wearing the wrong size, I'm a 30A, not 32A - which I quite like as I feel the smaller band gives more support and the smaller cup looks fuller (hahaha). To be honest I am so happy to have small breasts that I wear very low cleavage dresses and shirts and I can also wear fitted jackets no shirt underneath (very Kate Moss), I wouldn't dare to wear those things before!

For all you there afraid of losing volume, cleavage and size, DON'T! Honestly, small breasts and a gap in the middle are the new sexy. Many people who didn't know about the surgery kept telling me how much younger I look and they couldn't figure out what was different.

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Thank you for your review, I mjust say your breasts look amazing. I have recently explanted and reading reviews like yours gives me hope.
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HI there so pleased you had good results with your explant. You don't mention what age you are I am interested as I'm in my early fifties and wonder if my skin will return to acceptable apperance! Also which clinic does Dr Sterne work for? Kind Regards
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Hi Anna, I'm so pleased everything went well for you! I also am considering explantation with Mr Sterne. Did he do a capsulectomy with your explant? I've been reading a lot about these and that it seems to be recommended when having implants removed but surgeons don't always do it?
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Time flies! It's been just over a year now. It's...

Time flies! It's been just over a year now.
It's amazing how much this experience changed me: sometimes I forget I've been through this implant mess, the scars are almost non-existent and I am extremely comfortable in my own body, but then looking at the implant pictures now makes me remind I wasn't always this confident.
Just so you guys know, after a year 'the girls' look the same as in the last pictures (the ones taken on the 20th day). I'm very happy with my body and with myself and wish you guys the same!
I'd also like to say that we waste too much of our time and our lives seeking a skewed ideal of beauty. We should just stop buying this crap the media keeps feeding to us in these magazines telling us 'what’s cool and what isn’t'. We should be going after our dreams, we can do a lot better than pushing a bra size.

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Hi Anna, i am looking for a good surgeon to remove my 11 year old implants. I enjoyed reading your story so thankyou for sharing. I am so happy everything went well for you and i must say ur body looks amazing...! You look fit girl ..! I am thinking of seeing Guy Stearne too, just wanted to know how much he charged you. I live in London but will happily travel if i can get a good price as the cost is ridiculous here in London. X
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You look beautiful! Do you feel like your breasts look the same after surgery as they did before your BA?
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Anna.James, Its nice to hear from you.. Yeah time does fly! :) I remember you were the first story I read before I was making my decision of breast removal. Back then there wasn't much ladies that posted there pictures of there results and I actually thought oh my! I don't think , I can post my pictures but than I thought of you posting your pictures and how it helped me, to make my decision of removal .So thank you for sharing your story!:)
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Great words, top story! and thank you x
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Just wondering, how old are you and how long did you have the implants in? I got mine two months ago and am already considering implant. Wondering if I should wait and see how it goes or just remove them.
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Brilliant review! I agree with everything you have said.
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Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

I can't recommend Mr Sterne enough. He's a lovely and caring person, he listened to me for an hour, made notes, talked to me in a very positive manner but still being very realistic about possible outcomes. He did not mention re-implanting as a possibility at all and seemed genuinely worried about my case. His secretary is so incredibly helpful, I've pestered her so much with questions and she was always there too. Also, I had a minor inflammation in one of the incision (a stitch) and contacted her on a Sunday and she put me through to Mr Sterne who promptly responded, very different from some surgeons that don't seem to care after you've paid.

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