Removed PIP Implants After 8 Years - Switzerland, CH

I am 36 years old and got my implants 8 years ago...

I am 36 years old and got my implants 8 years ago at the age of 28. I found out I had PIP implants while I was pregnant, so I could not have them removed straight away. I am now ready to get them out, but like most of you, I am petrified of the outcome.

I started off with no boobs at all. Small A cup (I added a before implant photo too). I blindly trusted the surgeon on size and he inserted 275cc implants. I thought they were a bit big at the time, but I got used to it and actually quite liked the shape and size.

But now that I have a lovely family and couldn't ask for anything more, my health is just so much more important than big breasts. The thought of having a replacement every 10-15 years fills me with dread and I just want to get these implants out so that I can stop worrying about what it is doing to my body and if it is leaking out every time one of my kids climb onto me. hug me or play with me.

I have already seen one surgeon as soon as my baby was born who told me that "275 cc implants are very generous" and he does not advice removal without replacement. I really did not get a good feeling about his attitude towards removing them, so I have an appointment with another surgeon on the 30th of October. Hopefully he can schedule me in before the end of this year (Plastic surgeons around here seem to be very busy and it takes a good month to even get an appointment).

Thank you to all you wonderful ladies who have posted your stories and photos to give me the information I needed to make the decision to have my implants removed.

Today I received the quote from the first PS I saw...

Today I received the quote from the first PS I saw. He did not even include the option of explantation only.
The quote only has one option and that is replacement (came in at a whopping 9800 Swiss Francs!!).
I hope the surgeon I am seeing tomorrow is a bit more supportive.

The PS I saw yesterday was amazing. So sympathetic...

The PS I saw yesterday was amazing. So sympathetic and reassuring. He even said that in the last few years he found that more and more woman are explanting rather than replacing when it comes to the end of the implants life time. He also said that he completely understand that a woman would not want a foreign object in her body. It is not like any other procedure where you have it done and foget about it. It is always there inside you, and you need to have it replaced. Even the cost is less than I thought. I am so glad I shopped around and did not go to the first surgeon I saw. I went from feeling sick in my tummy whenever I thought about this to happy and super excited to get these out. He wants me to have a think about it and I have another appointment with him in December, and the operation will only be in January. So I will only be posting in the new year again, but I will most definitely be checking all your girl's progress in the meantime.

Booked my appointment for the operation today....

Booked my appointment for the operation today. Scheduled for 7th of January.
Suddenly the reality hit me and now I am petrified again. But still 100% sure I want to do this. The dr also mentioned the possibility of some sort of lift where the just cut around the nipple an move it up a bit. But we concluded to wait 6 months after the operation to see what the result is and thus leave my options open. The doctor says that recovery time is max about 1 week (worst case scenario if he has to remove capsules or clean out because of leakage, less if it is a straight forward removal). From reading the posts on this site, I will have to wait and see before I believe this :-). Some woman are talking about 3-6 weeks recovery on here.

I saw the surgeon again today to discuss the lift....

I saw the surgeon again today to discuss the lift. It is not an "internal lift" (or at least he did not use this term). For a minor lift they can cut the skin around the areola without doing the vertical cut downwards (like the lolipop lift). They then remove a larger circle of skin and stitch the nipple back on. So imagine cutting a circle around the nipple and another larger circle around the outside of the nipple and then removing the skin between the two circles and stitching the nipple back on. He will then also take the implant out through this incision. He doesnt seem to think recovery time is much more - as confirmed by AmandaAgain. I am just concerned about a rupture and having to clean the capsule out. In this case another latger cut might be required in the fold of the breast.
I am now feeling a bit braver about the operation knowing that I will be having a lift too... as long as it all goes to plan :-)

2 Days to go and I get this empty hole in my tummy...

2 Days to go and I get this empty hole in my tummy everytime the thought of surgery crosses my mind... which is about 5 times a minute! After some very much appreciated replies on my post I have decided not to have the donut lift and only to go for the explant and wait 6 months to decide if I need a lift. The dr told me that he would do some internal stitching so that there is some sort of lift happening from the inside. Sounds very much like what Swedish Mary had a couple of years ago.
Now off to buy a AA sports bra!
I will post pictures as soon as I can... if I dont look to too horrendous ;-)

I made it through to the other side. The pain is...

I made it through to the other side. The pain is hardly there and the implants were 100% in tact so the dr didnt have to do any clean-up inside. He said that it was a good decision not to go for the lift as i dont need one.
I am so releaved that it is all over now. I am looking at these implants on the table next to me and I can't believe I actually willingly had it put into my body. I am not wearing a compression bra and i have no drains. Dr said it is not required. I am taped up which makes by boobs look a bit strange, but I will take and post pictures as soon as i can. Thank you all so much for your support and taking the time to encourage me not to have the lift done.

It is now one month after my operation and I am...

It is now one month after my operation and I am still so happy that I had this operation done. I love the results and I seriously think my boobs look better now than ever before (or maybe I am just in a better place now and accepted myself - you be the judge). My scars are quite large, but very thin and healing nicely. I am still wearing the silicone strips/plasters to help minimize the appearance of the scar, but it is in the fold so hardly visible.
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Wow, what an amazing result...you look great. I am scheduled for explant March 1st....very excited and nervous as well. I'm not going for a lift, even tho one Dr. said I should...gonna take my chances. I hope mine look as good as yours! Wish me luck
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Congrats for doing this! You look sexy!
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You look beautiful x
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You look great! Beautiful shape and boobs seem bigger than pre implant. So happy for you that you are pleased and it is great for other women in here to see that it is absolutely possible to look fine after explant even if most doctors tell the opposite. Best wishes!
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Looking good !!!! xxx so pleased for you xx
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Looking great girl! Bet you are so pleased you never opted for the lift. Can't believe it was this time last month we were both going in for our ops! xx
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Thank you!! Unbelievable how time flies. I can hardly remember what it is like to have implants. How are you doing? Still holding out for the fat transfer?
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I'm good thanks. I will update mine today. My result is not that great but I'm not surprised as mine were overs. I am thinking about fat transfer, just to fill them out a bit but it's so expensive and I'm not 100% convinced it works or the long term result. Overall, I'm getting used to my little ones and pleased not to have implants anymore but miss the size!! x
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Looking fab
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you're looking hot lady! good result indeed x
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You look perfect! So perky! :)
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You look fine! Really cute boobies:-))
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Your little boobies look really lovely, hope you continue to heal well xx
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Hi NBK, how you doing? You looking great.!! Take it easy ! Get some rest.
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Hi Preciosa, I am doing brilliantly. I just told my husband that I will be walking around the house topless from now on :-D. Seriously, I think my boobs look better now than before and after the implants. I had a look at your profile and I think we have very similar outcomes. You look fab!
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Hi NBK, it nice to hear you're doing good... I bet you're husband loved the topless idea... I think you do look a lot better natural very perky too. You for sure do not need a lift...You look beautiful. Enjoy you're natural new look..:)
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Can't wait to be on the other side with you! I'll be following your recovery. Heal well!
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Hi, it is so nice for it to be over. The relief is just imence. I thought I would prefer my profile with the implants, but I look so much nicer without them. Don't worry, it will be over before you know it. Good luck for Friday.
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Hi, welcome to the other side:) nice to read that you feel ok! And I am so glad that you consider the no lift decision to be the right one. Actually I have felt a little bad to maybe talk you out of something you had wanted. I am no doctor and maybe I am projecting my own fear of scars and cutting into (or around) the nipple to other women. Happy healing and hope you can rest!
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Hi SwedishMary, I actually still wanted to personally thank you for talking me out of it :-). If you guys didnt say any thing i would have just blindly gone for a lift. But after your posts i researched it a bit an realized i would like to avoid the scars if possible. P.s. hope you had a nice time in Zurich
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Hey, there is no need for that, that is what this forum is about. Guess that there are many of us who wouldn't have done the explant if we had not read other womens stories and seen pictures. Yes, Zurich was nice, safe and clean and easy to get around:)
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Happy healing, we did it!! x
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Good luck for 2moro. PIP's ruined the life that I had and now they are gone I feel free and safe from the dangers of the silicone that had spilled into my body. You will be so happy after your removal. Keep us updated xx
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Thank you Nerja. I didnt expect to feel this releifed, and such a bonus that the implants did not rupture. More photos to come soon.
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Sweet Girl--I've been there--that feeling in your stomach that pesters and pesters . . . Take some deep breaths and remember that you are making a great decision in the interest of your health and well-being! You'll be done with all the worrying soon, and you'll get to rest, rest, rest while your body heals and mends itself. I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised!! I know I was! Best wishes!!!
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