Explant and Lift Two year Anniversary - Brilliant!!! - United Kingdom, GB

Hi All, It’s so encouraging and informative...

Hi All, It’s so encouraging and informative reading all your posts. Thank you so much to you all.

About a year after my second baby was born I stopped breastfeeding and I became very depressed when my breasts turned into empty flaps. My Dr suggested implants and so I had my BA. That was 1989 and they were brilliant – boosted my confidence immensely. In 2001 I had CC and had an explant and re-implant with silicone 370cc’s. Again they were brilliant and my surgeon was fantastic. Now, 11 years later a scan shows that both have ruptured and so I’ve booked an explant and lift. I have been feeling discomfort in them for about a year and suspected something wasn’t right. They look slightly distended now as implants often tend to after a while.

I have my pre-op next week and I’m very nervous about the actual op and outcome. I have every faith in my surgeon as it’s the same one who operated on me last time and I know it’s the best decision. I’m excited to be me again but I know I will miss them so much.

I really appreciate you posting your experiences as it’s helped me to get my head around it a lot. I will try to upload some photos as soon as I can too.

Had pre-op and it's all systems go! Thanks...

Had pre-op and it's all systems go! Thanks immensely to Lainylou and SweetP for their posts and advice - it really has helped me.
I didn't mention previously that I was given the option to explant only for free on the NHS or to go privately and pay with one of their recommended surgeons, who would also put in more implants. I didn't like either idea, and after a lot of consideration, researched my previous surgeon who is highly respected, and managed to book my consultation and operation. I am over the moon to have this opportunity and I would be more than happy to recommend my surgeon. It's like a wish come true to have the same wonderfully skilled surgeon, and I know it's expensive, but I'm hoping that this is the last time I'll need an operation of this type. It's only the potential risks that I am scared of. I'm also excited and buying new bed linen and have a 'nesting instinct" like I had when pregnant lol - similar feelings :)

Thank you for starting your story! So interesting about the nesting instinct. But, go with it! I bet you'll get a lot done during this time. Please keep us posted. We're all rooting for you.

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Thank you Angie! This forum is a God's send :) xxx
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Well I'm wolfing down Arnica as instructed by...

Well I'm wolfing down Arnica as instructed by surgery preparation notes - not sure what the different numbers mean (60c & 30c) as I've been told different things by sales assistants. I'm taking both! I've now ordered some 200c from Amazon too. I'm washing everything in sight and getting excited and nervous at the same time!!!! I'm looking at my breasts thinking how lucky I've been to have them, then I get a pain and I'm reminded that they have to be explanted. Such mixed emotions.

Thank you to everyone for posting about your explant journeys. This site is definitely the main source of encouragement and information I've had, and I don't think I'd have had the courage to not re-implant without your help. Thank you.
I'm not sure if I've complete the review correctly as I can't see it on the "Reviews" page? Please let me know if I need to click something I haven't clicked! Thanks X
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I can't upload my photos. I have the option to...

I can't upload my photos. I have the option to upload a video ( which I don't have) but no active link for photos. I'll try transferring them to a different pc....
Ive just put my photos up.....awfull....xx
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Not at all - we're all in a very similar boat :) xx
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Ive just replied, and sorry, ive asked some questions that i could of got answered reading your main story again...lol....sorry, im not been ignorant, ive just had a gallbladder opp so still not quite in my full faculty from the anasthetic..lol..xx
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Getting close now! Researching anything and...

Getting close now! Researching anything and everything to A) convince myself I've made the right decision and stop worrying and B) trying to find ANY tips on aiding recovery. I've heard that cool packs can help with swelling. I found one breast cool pack online with 1 bad review hmmm. I think I'll go the old fashioned way and put flannels in the freezer. My main concern is how to ensure good blood supply to the areola & nipples after the lift. Any advice would really be appreciated. I've been told not to have any asprin, ibuprofen, vitamin E or garlic for a week before and after the op. I assume it's because they can affect blood flow or coagulation.

I'm flapping so much inside I'm sure I could fly!!! I have my baggy nightshirts, arnica tablets, new pillows, jojoba & wheatgerm oil for when I can treat the scars later and a nice box of chocolates a friend has bought me for when I come out of hospital.

I'm so grateful to all you lovely ladies who have shared advice and experiences here. That's giving me the most confidence :)
Thank You!! and you are right! Im sticking to my gut feeling on what is right for me :) I know im making the right decision for my body :) Its soo great to have this web site to turn to :) Thank You sooo much, and i know my body will thank me :) " HUGGS"
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I have a friend trying to talk me out of this.Have you had any problems with that? I know i dont need to explain anything to her,but i just hate hearing it.It always makes you second guess yourself.
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Balance your gut feelings with what you know is sensible. It's your life, body and health so make a decision that's right for you and no-one else :) xx
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I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!! Getting geared up for my op...

I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!! Getting geared up for my op tomorrow!

Still cleaning everything in sight! I want everything to be clinically clean (if possible) when I come out of hospital!

All my loved ones are wonderfully supportive too - I am very blessed :))

Thank you all for your help and advice - you have all made this SO much easier XXXX

Today's the day! Wish me luck :) xxx

Today's the day! Wish me luck :) xxx
So happy for you. Cant wait to see Pic's...ive been bloomin obsessed with this site over the weekend waiting to hear updates from both you and Elle. xx
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I'm surprised no antibiotics? They have me taking them 3 times a day. My breast that had the cc is more sore also and a bit swollen on the sides of each breast. Stay on your pain pills before they ware off, that's been a huge help for me to keep the pain down :) I'm enjoying my new breasts and it's only been a couple days :) I'm sure you will to :) just rest a lot and let everyone around you take care & spoil you LOL!!
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Hi Lou how are you doing? I hope everything went well, it sounds like you are happy and I know exactly what you mean about feeling 'right' now that it's all done. I haven't updated for awhile because I was away and then went to stay with relatives but will hopefully get some photos and an update done tomorrow or Tues. How's the pain in the CC boob? Has the swelling gone down? I was lucky enough to only need Ibuprofen (and paracetamol if needed) and anti-biotics which I finish today.

I'll be looking out for your pics, I really hope you are pleased with your result. xx
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I've had a peek and although I can't see them...

I've had a peek and although I can't see them properly for the dressings etc... I like what I see so far. Although I'm much smaller, I don't feel like I'm missing anything. I feel "right". I have pain in my right one and it's a bit swollen but I had more CC in that one.

My surgeon is AMAZING!!!!!! There aren't enough words to say how professional and caring she is.ni'm so lucky to have had her again! My anaesthetist was marvellous and we had a jolly good laugh prior to me going under :D All the nurses and hospital staff are lovely. I'm really enjoying my stay and will probably be discharged this afternoon.

I only hope that I heal ok. I was a bit nauseous but that seemed to pass ok. I'll post photos when I can.

I'm SO happy right now! Thank you for your support as it has helped me enormously.

Happy healing to us all * Gentle Group Hug* XXX
He has me on antibiotics 3 times a day. He also did internal sutures up in the pole area to help alliminate more fluid that can cause an infection. Not totally sure how that works but he stitched everything down internally, and some how that helps with less fluid build up. He did this so I wouldn't have to have drains, but he wasn't able to tell me if I was getting drains or not until he had me on the surgery table and new what he was working with. I'm not to lift anything heavy, I'm to take it easy. I had a severe CC in my right breast so I'm really suppose to take it easy with my right arm so not to cause any infection that could possibly build up fluid. I'm not driving for atleast a week just to rest everything.and deffinatley to take my antibiotics :) hope this helps :)
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Hi Elle

Can I ask what your docs instructions were, I was just told to do things as normal so long as I felt comfortable doing it. I also have no drains but my boobs are still pretty big with fluid. X

Loubedoo

Hope you're taking it nice and easy. Wishing you a speedy recovery. X
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No hurry :) you just take care of yourself :) Im doing really good! I am sooo happy with my results :) i do my follow up visit tomorrow with my Doc.Im trying not to do to much cause i dont have drains and i dont want to cause any infections. im totally following all my docs instructions :) well you take care of yourself and hope you start feeling like yourself again soon :) sending great BIG but gentle HUGS your way lol :)
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Hi lovely ladies! Well my op was Saturday and...

Hi lovely ladies!

Well my op was Saturday and today is Wednesday and I'm feeling pretty good! I'm taking paracetamol and codeine and on the whole not having much pain. My bottom is uncomfortable from sleeping in a sitting position and the surgical stockings and bra are all tight but necessary. I've been very, very sleepy at times - in fact, very relaxed, which is a very nice change from my normal state of busy busy busy! My breathing is odd occasionally - very shallow and I have a little trouble breathing and swallowing but that's getting better. My kids say I look really good and my new figure makes me look fit lol!!! How fab!!!

I haven't taken any after photos yet as I have dressings and bra on and I'm not supposed to remove them so there's not much for you to see yet. I'll try to take a bra shot though.

So far I'm very happy :)
hope your check up goes well.xx
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just checking on you :) hope your feeling welll :) and getting a lot of rest
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Does it feel much different not having the implants inside, i bet your feel lighter yes?.xx
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Well I had my "reveal" and I'm sooo happy! I know...

Well I had my "reveal" and I'm sooo happy! I know they are still bruised, a little uneven with swelling etc... But I know they will settle down nicely :) I've taken some photos but need to upload them to my PC before I can get them on here. I'll do that ASAP.

My right one is more swollen and sore due to the severity of my CC. considering all my breast tissue, glands, ducts etc...had to be removed in 2001 I'm really surprised I have enough tissue there to make any boobies at all! I'm amazed! The capsules were removed - I'm all me! I can now shower and sleep on my back. I still have to wear the surgical stockings to prevent DVT for another week.

I have to keep the tape on for 3 months and they've given me a spare roll of tape. Apparently it helps the scars to heal flatter. They are starting to itch now however that is helped by light stroking which also tells me I still have sensation in my breast skin yay!!!

Don't be alarmed by the photos. The black you see through the tape is permanent marker and I'm sure the unevenness will sort itself out. Ooh I am itchy though haha :D

I can't log in on my PC and I can't upload photos...

I can't log in on my PC and I can't upload photos from my phone or iPad. :(
ya he gave me my old ones.I wanted to see also LOL!! Now there just a FUNNY conversation piece LOL!!
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I had thought about asking for them back just to see what kind of state they were in but I forgot. No face mask for me then! Lol!
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here is a funny question, did your Doc give you your implants? LOL!! Mine asked me if i wanted them and i said YES!!! Ill stick them in the freezer and use them as ice packs LOL!!!
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Well day 12 today and I'm tired with my right one...

Well day 12 today and I'm tired with my right one hurting again. Back on the Paracetamol :( I think it may be more swollen and the bruising doesn't seem any better. I'm going to take it very easy today and use a cool compress for a while and see how that goes. I'll take more photos when there's a visual change.
Sorry your feeling a bit tender, to be expected though with what you've been through, my gallbladder scars are still tender three weeks on. Well the doc said yes for referral on the NHS for me....now i am terrified....i keep looking at yours thinking i should do it all in one job coz yours look so great, but i think ill go with staged, as it will cost a bit less then too if NHS do part of it for me..do you know what size your going to be? at the moment you look like a good C with plenty of breast tissue. Did you worry that you would be a flat as a pancake with absolutely nothing to lift...thats my biggest fear just two flops of skin with nothing in them...i keep feeling my boobs and they are seriously just implant, i can hardly feel any breast tissue at all...:(..xx
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I think you're being wise having two stages. I really didn't want the time off work so that's why I had it done in my holiday break. As they said I had silicone in my armpits I also wanted it ASAP. No I don't know what size I'll be. Right now I'm probably 38A but I'm hoping to down to a 36 A - I'd love a B but I think it'll be less when the swelling subsides.

Don't worry, if you have the recovery time for two ops, go for it! I would have done that out of choice :) xx
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Hi loubedoo :) Im still having pain in both breasts but more on my right side.That was the one with the cc.I keep getting sharp pains which im sure is normal.only 1 day ahead of you so i think we still got a ways to go to feel back to ourselves :) The Doc told me No massaging until i hit my 3 week mark :) Hope you start feeling better soon :)
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I'm two week post op now and I'm SO glad to have...

I'm two week post op now and I'm SO glad to have those surgical stockings off!!! Everything's healing and settling down nicely although I have had some new pains. I asked the hospital about this at my apt and they said it's all normal as the tissues and nerves knit together. They told me to stay on the pain killers and to be honest, with these new pains, I need them.

I've taken some more photos just now and the bruising has gone down a lot. I'm looking forward to the day the tape can come off so I can see myself properly. Also, the marking pen which shows through the tape makes it look a lot worse. I'm not showing hubby yet as I want him to see them when they look better.

Photos are up now :)

Photos are up now :)
you are looking sooo GREAT!!!
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Hi Loubedoo

Looking good! Is that you back at work now, how are you finding it? X
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Hi Lainey!

Yes, at work but taking things gently. My boss is ace and has said if I need to go home then go. I've stayed though and it's good to get my head in gear for teaching next week. Hopefully I won't be in pain next week. I'm not sure whent he stitches will come out - and the compression bras are so uncomfortable. Still, I'm not complaining.I'll take some more photos tomorrow if I can.

How are you? I bet you're TEACHING boot camp if I know you lol!!! I can't wait to try to get my tummy toned bit. Can't use the gym until 6 weeks post op (cause of the uplift incisions) so considering a Slendertone....

How you you feel now you're a few weeks down the line? Do you think your shape has settled? xx
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Well I got a better look today. I hope they heal...

Well I got a better look today. I hope they heal ok. There are still some parts of the stitches in there and the incisions are understandably uneven. I'm hopeful that this will improve wth time.

They look quite large here - odd really as in real life they aren't. My tummy, on the other hand, IS large! If anyone knows how I can tackle this while still healing from the uplift I'd be very grateful :)
You look great Loubedoo and you're right, your boobs do look huge! So do mine in photos, then you see the rest of my body and you realise they're teeny lol! X
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Teeny is the exact word haha!!! xx
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your looking sooo good!!!! I have to agree in pics i look pretty big but really im not LOL!!!
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Oh I am silly. What I thought was marker pen was,...

Oh I am silly. What I thought was marker pen was, of course, all my stitches! Most have come out now but there's a lot if thread embedded in the scars. I do hope they dissolve and disappear ok.

I did some sit ups this morning - I need to get my midriff sorted now. I've discovered that my moulded t shirt bras that I had before make me look like my old shape pretty much. I don't fill them (or anywhere near) but it's good to know that I can still wear them for that purpose. I fancy getting some new pretty underwear for my new shape though. May get measured at M&S soon as I like their new Rosie or Rose range. Might wait until they've settled some more as my op was 3 weeks today.
Hi loubedoo, sorry to hear you still have some pain. But you did have alot of work done too. I only had explant. At the moment i am ok but i am sure it is because everything is being held together by this compression bandage which is tight but comfortable. Thinking of you xxx (i am sure i still have some more bruising and swelling to come out!!!!!)
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You look brilliant in your photos Reed! I know you're covered in your compression bandage but your figure is amazing anyway :) Thank you for your kind thoughts - hurting more today and seeping clear fluid little. I was told that this is normal though. Are you taking arnica tablets to help with the bruising? I bought some from amazon and some rom Holland and Barratt. Apparently it helps, so my surgeon said. Good luck with your healing and I can't wait to see your photos. Take it easy xxxx
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How are you doing?? I was wondering how your pain level was?? You and I had surgery at the same time so I was wondering if you were still sore? I'm really surprised at how sore I am still. Your looking FABULOUS!! :D
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Well, I started having pain in my right breast on...

Well, I started having pain in my right breast on Wednesday and it's got proessively worse and started seeping pale greenish pus. I'm four weeks post op. Saw my Dr today and he's put me on Clarithromyin 500mg which he said are strong, so hopefully they'll sort me out. Back on the painkillers too.

Oh if only we could fast forward a few months and we could be healed and happy!
hi loubedoo, you are strong girl , i hope your pus will hurry up and clear up , hanging there , fast forward sounds good :) xox
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Hope you feel better soon :) sounds like the doc is getting it under control with antibiotics. I soooo wish I could fast forward to 6 months :)
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Thanks Elle,

My thoughts exactly!!!! Come Christmas we'll all have to post pics of our settled and perfect boobies haha!!!! Maybe adorned with a piece of tinsel :D

I hope your massaging is still continuing to work and improve your boobies too :) xxx
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New photo up! My shape is getting nicer but I...

New photo up! My shape is getting nicer but I still have this painful infection. Going to the hospital later so they can see it. On strong antibiotics since Friday so I hope they'll work very soon.
Hi Loubeedoo, can't wait to see how you look! I don't know if I'll ever have the nerve to go through a lift! The results are nice, but it seems like such a difficult recovery. :( My boobies will have to be in a total mess of supreme proportions before I'd be up for it! Hope you're feeling better/ less tired!
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Oh, and is your nipple sensation in tact?
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Hows it going? how are your boobies healing.xx
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Well it's just over 8 weeks now and I'm feeling...

Well it's just over 8 weeks now and I'm feeling much better. After a couple of courses of strong antibiotics the infection has cleared up and I feel much better. All in all it's been a really positive experience and I look and feel SO much better. I've bought some new clothes and I'm convinced my new shape makes me look trimmer and healthier. It's given me a new enthusiasm for life in general! I think my surgeon is a miracle worker - I'm so pleased! Thanks to all the lovely girls on here for helping this process be so positive. Good luck to all of you on your journeys :)
Wow, your end result is amazing! Lucky you :D
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Thank you :) I just saw your review and I'm sure you'll be fine too. Get a good PS and remember that it takes time afterwards to settle down into your finished result. You'll look great! :D
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Your scars look amazing! I am in the looking beaten up stage and my nipples resemble what yours did. 8 weeks was fast to look so good! I am encouraged.
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Oh dear - can I delete a photo? I tried to upload...

Oh dear - can I delete a photo? I tried to upload a more decent cropped version but it's uploaded the original. Maybe I didn't save the edit. Sorry if anyone is offended I'll take it off if I can.

I've had my 3 month check up and I'm very happy. I can now wear normal bras! I'm hoping the scars will continue to improve and I'm moisturising them twice daily. I'm so amazed at the skill and creative expertise of my surgeon. I saw a similar operation on the TV and the precision taken to chase out capillaries and keep the blood supply and nerve endings is phenomenal!

Thanks to those who have asked for my surgeon's details - I'm sure you'll be as happy as I am.

Thank you too lovely ladies for your support through this experience! I couldn't have done it without you!

BIG SOFT HUGS TO YOU ALL!!!!!! :) XXXX
Hi Kaci. I'm a similar age and I've not sagged as much as I thought I would after 2 kids. My scars are quite obvious at the moment but they are at the crease of my breasts so not "in your face". Have a look at my profile and some others which may help. Feel free to ask any questions. All the best. X
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Hi Ladies, would you mind if I asked your opinion? I have had my implants for nearly 20 year (I am 40), my last check up the doc said one had hardened slightly and they will need replacing at some point, I am thinking about having them removed and will prob need an uplift as they have sagged somewhat. Recently I have split from my husband, we had been together for 17 years, my worry is (and not that I am planning to jump into bed with everyman i see) but with my implants at the moment I am conscious that they dont look that great, they have sagged a little and due to weight on and weight off and are not as they used to be however if I get them removed with lift I will have scars so am worried I will be more conscious afterwards - as I say not planning on meeting someone but do hope I will in the future so just wondered if anyone feels conscious of the scars when showing a new partner? do the scars really fade so you can hardly see them and if so how long does it take? I am not body confident at all so just worry about making myself even more conscious. Many thanks
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Hi Kaci, I had exactly the same concerns regarding scarring and my PS did say I would have permanent scars. However, I think my scars will fade fairly well as my BA scars went pale after 6 months or so. How have any of your scars healed in the past? I think this would give you a realistic idea of how your scars would heal and fade if you felt you wanted a lift as well. You may not need a lift at all. As Lainey says, the amount of sag and size of the implants may affect that. Good luck with your explant journey :)
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I've had several girls ask about the bra I was...

I've had several girls ask about the bra I was told to wear by my PS. It's a MaCom post surgery bra

https://www.macom-medical.com/products-40-breast_augmentation_surgical_|_lifting_bra.html

They are so good and I'll continue to wear them as a sports bra - very comfy and effective.
Hiya. Not been on line for a while. Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year and that all is well. X
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Hi Lainey!!!! Good to hear from you and a Very Happy 2013 to you too! I'm generally very good thanks. I have been having a little shooting pain these past few days so if it's still there on Sunday I'll see if I can see my surgeon. Hopefully it's normal but as I've been incident free for ages it's a bit of a surprise. How are you doing? Have you stayed fluffed? I have a little dented area - only to be expected I guess. I hope you're OK, let me know all your news :) xxx
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I've had a busy Xmas & New Year, only had 3 days off in 3 weeks but I managed to slide my Xmas Day early shift to a back shift so I was able to spend most of the day with the family, they're still so young I didn't want to miss it. Boobies are pretty much the same, am so glad they've not shrunk anymore, still wearing 34b. I can't seem to control my weight since op tho which is getting to me a bit, I've put on over a stone even tho I do 8 hours a week at the gym, WTH! I hope your shooting pains are short lived. Let me know how you get on with them. X
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Well, 6 months PO and all's well. I had a...

Well, 6 months PO and all's well. I had a mammogram last week - first one ever! Not my favourite pastime but it's done and I didn't burst! The scarring is doing really well and I think in a few months they'll hardly be visible at all. I have a slight dent in one but hey, I'm happy with the overall outcome.

To all you lovely girls having explant or explant and lift, good luck and be patient - time really is your friend :) XXX
You look AMAZING!!!!! :D
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Hi uk32e, I was about 38D but now I seem to be about 36B. I find bras vary so much. I need to get officially measured X
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Hi Loobeedoo. Your boobies look amazing and the scars have faded beautifully. Can I ask what size you were before implants and what size you are now? X
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Hi lovely girls! I have added to the review of my...

Hi lovely girls! I have added to the review of my surgeon. I'm so happy with the whole process and wanted to credit her with her work.

Whoever you choose as your surgeon, research thoroughly, write down your questions and go with you inner feelings. Don't feel pressured into an operation you don't want.

From my experience at Spire Little Aston all I can say is that they were all amazing! I was told that if I had any concerns then I could contact them and have an appointment straight away. This was definitely the case and for the couple of queries I had (which were perfectly normal and run of the mill concerns as it turns out) I was seen at the Monday evening clinic which was very convenient for me, Also they were happy to answer any questions, day or night. Great aftercare.

Thinking of all you strong ladies having to make these explant decisions and wishing you all the best on your personal journeys xxx
Hi Loubedoo---my PS has been great too. Even though i was a bit doubtful about her she has delievered! I still will need a revsion but she said it will be free--just have to pay hospital bill (could still be in the 100´s!) She has always been availbale for me. I have her private number. She is very keen to get my problem sorted but she will NOT rush into it. Even though i cant stand my nipples--she says i have to wait so all is healed inside. So yep my PS turned out to be a really good one ---hope i can still say this after the revision. BUT i do agree check out everything before you go under the knife!!!! Great your still around old timer now!!!!! Your breasts really do look wonderful xxx
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Hi Reed! I'm glad you're getting a good response from you surgeon and I hope it doesn't cost too much for the revision. Let us know when you're booked in for it. I can't wait for you to be happy with the final outcome. I hope it's soon for you :) xxx
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You look brilliant xx
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Added a couple more photos at 8 months. They are...

Added a couple more photos at 8 months. They are still changing a bit.
Hi there, I have had never ending bad luck and bad advice from my surgeons, some of whom I'm sure have bare faced lied to me regarding the possibility of contracting capsules and hardening happening again, and having had 5, yes 5 changes of implant, all of which have c.c'd within 6 months, I have decided to explant. I would love to know who your surgeon was as I am terrified of ending up with another money counting lying machine. I am so glad you are happy with your decision and I wish you all the luck in the world. Thank you
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Dr. Tom Pousti. 619-466-8851 PoustiPlasticSurgery.com Call him today. This is truly the best doctor out there. I wish that all doctors handled their offices just the way he does. You will totally not regret using him. He will definitely be very honest with you. Also, I totally understand your anxiety......I was so worried before my surgery, and Dr. Pousti and his staff totally eased all of my concerns and fears. I just went back yesterday for a follow up and can honestly tell you that from the first day that my implants were removed until today, I have been nothing but extremely happy beyond words to be free from my implants. It has been the best choice that I have ever made (except for giving my life to the Lord, marrying my sweet hubby, and having my beautiful children.....so it was my fourth best choice ever :) I hope that I have helped you in some way. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I'd love to help anyway that I can.
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Sorry you've had such a bad time - I'll PM you :)
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Happy Anniversary!!!!

Well it's one year since having my explant and I still know it was the best decision I ever made! There's not a great deal of change visually - scars are getting a bit more faint. I'll try to upload some current photos later. Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout this experience. I can't tell you how much it helped as I don't know anyone personally who has had implants, so all your comments and advice helped to allay any of my fears.

Thank you again and all the best to all you lovely ladies on your journeys!

Remember, time is your friend and take it easy!

Lots of love, Loobeedoo XXX
Happy Anniversary!!! A year goes by so quickly! Don't forget to tell Z she needs to make her usual appearance in your update photos for her adoring fans! :-) xx
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Lol I'll do my best!! Hope you're ok :-) xx
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Doing great, though still trying to get a bun in the oven! lol xx
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New photos up

I'm probably a realistic example of a woman after having explant and lift - throughout the process and now one year on. I still have scars but they are getting better, I have my wrinkles lol but there you are :) I'm no spring chicken but I feel HEALTHIER THAN EVER and completely ME!!!! It's definitely been a new beginning for me and if these can help anyone in any way then that's amazing! Thank you to all the girls here I'll always remember the Summer of 2012 Explanters who shared this journey, with so much love and gratitude. THANK YOU!!!! :)
Thank you Loobeedoo - your detailed story is very helpful and you look SO good!!!! Your surgeon did a great job and I'm happy that you are pleased. Cheers to happy holistic boobs!
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Thank you Happy - I think it's about a year since I logged in. I'll see if I can log in to see your profile too. Hope all's well with you too :)
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Two years later

Hi All,

Well it's two years now since my op and I'm still really happy. There are some little imperfections, some visible scars, a little tethering etc... but I'm over the moon! I'm still amazed by the results and would recommend my surgeon to anyone! It's given me a new lease of life! Good luck in all your explant surgeries and thank you for the "Thank Yous" too. If I've helped in anyway then that's brilliant. I know that I found this site incredibly reassuring when I was going through my experience - you'll make some good connections and have great support here. Thank you to everyone who helped me - especially my fellow 2012 explant friends :)
Love to you all, Loobedoo XXX
OMG, loobeedoo! Did your boobies grow? They look huge! Lol! :D I think your scars are perfect....I can't even see them! Only thing missing in your update is little Z in the background. ;) I totally get you on the new lease on life. I feel so much more authentic! Gee, I really do need to update now...it's so cool to hear from the class of 2012! I think we had it so good...the community was still small and everyone was extra supportive. Although I don't miss all the emotional trauma and handwringing, I sure do miss "seeing" you ladies around. Thanks again for being there! Xxxx
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Beautiful baby name, BB!
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I had previous surgery with this surgeon in 2001 and I appreciated her holistic approach, attention to the best aesthetic outcome and attention to my concerns. She was then working for the NHS. When I decided to explant, the NHS offered free treatment (explant only) as I had always been in their care or alternatively, the consultant's recommendation was to pay him for explant and re-implant with larger ones.I decided that if I was to pay then I would want someone I had complete faith in. My gut reaction was to find my appointment cards from 2001 and deliberately search for that surgeon as I trusted her judgement. I did NOT want more implants!!! I told her my fear of having no tissue left and she put my mind at rest and assured me that although I'd be small, explant and uplift would be possible. At no time did she talk me into having more implants. It's the best decision I've ever made and I thoroughly recommend her and her team.

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