46 - Implant Removal - Can't Wait to Feel Normal Again. - United Kingdom, GB

8 years ago I was struggling with my boobs after 3...

8 years ago I was struggling with my boobs after 3 children and 6 years of breast feeding. My breasts were saggy and my left breast was 32B and my right breast 32D - finding a bra to fit was a nightmare - chicken fillets were not the best to use as over the course of the day they rode up and almost pooped out ??
So after lots of research, discussion with my supportive hubby, and looking at implants & lifts etc I decided to research doctors that specialised. Eventually I found an amazing doctor and went to consult.
I 100% needed a lift (I totally agreed)
But I was mixed about implants or just a lift!! I wanted to be how I was before breast feeding bit certainly didn't want to look fake or huge.
Finally I agreed to implants and the lift, and breast tissue removed from my right breast - although I was persuaded to go a larger than I wanted - I was told the smaller size would lead to disappointment.
Even when being marked up for my lift I was still feeling I should just have a lift!! I was worrying that one day they'd have to come out even though my doctor said that off some women they stay in and ok for life.
I cannot fault my doctor in her skills - they looked amazing and natural. Although slightly larger than I hoped.
Anyway for several years now I've felt uncomfortable in my skin, I have felt fake and as my body naturally ages my breast stayed like a teen!!!
Like many ladies I dress to hide my boobs, I hug from the side ( thought this was just me, so relieved when I read others felt the same)
Also for many months I've been suffering extreme fatigue, heavy foggy head and aches all over and I've gone from cycling, swimming and walking lots to struggling to complete my dogs walk each day. My GP has tested me several times for thyroid/anaemia etc - always normal to my exasperation I was told menopause ( surgical menopause as full hysterectomy in 2010) make you tired.....
So I decided to google ( I know not best idea always)
My symptoms and it was like a bright light, oh goodness why did I not think before that possibly my silicone implants could be the cause.
Abundant research and this amazing site convinced what I was already
Sure of - I wanted to explant for many reasons ( one also that I could not check properly for breast cancer, my closest friend 4 years ago had and found through checking) plus I was having huge aches in my right breast which I wasn't thinking ( maybe looking back - denial) was due to my implant!
Anyway I had many discussions and shared info with my hubby and we both felt "get the toxic balls out"
I researched doctors and booked to see one that sounded hopeful and reviews of him
And the hospital were good.
I went (because of all you ladies ) very confident to my appointment, told hubby thing I was defo not going to
Agreed to
Etc ... So he knew where I stood and would not bend with doctors thoughts.
The doctor was amazing - he listened to all
My concerns and he did not try yo persuade me in any way, he talked to
About whst my expectations were and how I felt. He was easy to
Talk to
And was happy even though his list was running very late to answer all my questions and hubbies and even when I was happy to leave he asked IV j was sure I had in other questions - he gave me his card with his details so that if I needed to
Ask
Anything or talk I could contact him - WOW!
He also gave me details of other staff members that I could talk to
If I wanted to.
When he examined me he said my right breast had capsular contraction stage 2 and took
The yr to
Discuss this and made sure I could see clearly this in the mirrors.
I knew after the first few minutes that he was my doctor because I felt listened to and respected. I asked whether I should have local or general - he said I could chose and he would respect what I want even up to the admission day. However he recommends general as this is less stress for the patient especially if the surgery becomes more complicated than expected and also hd felt it was safer. I'm truly fully confident in every thing discussed and I can't wait until September 17th 2014 to have them removed and to feel
Natural - like many ladies I long to wear a simple summer dress or top & not feel like I flaunting my boobs and to hug people properly... Thank you all for helping me - I will post pics when j can xxxx

Pictures of implants now

295 mil round silicone gel
Nagor ltd

Anxious last night feeling left implant!

Last night & still today I can feel my implant and can press it is and it pops up again. I could run my hand gently over my breast & the lump was very noticeable to feel & see. My breast aches & my anxiety raised! I already have cc in my right breast. Is this rupturing? Has anyone felt this before? When I lay down about a finger space from my nipple I feel what feels like an air bubble in my implant???? Worried & can't wait for explant :( xxxx

13 days to go and can't wait

Mostly looking forward to my explant & although I wonder what I will look like for the most part I don't care because I want to feel natural & well. Also amazing ladies stories give me boosts on the days I'm less positive ESP when I don't feel so good. I just want to be on the road to recovery. Plus to wear clothes & not feel like I'm
Really overweight! I never thought I dressed to hide my boobs until I read about others and then It dawned on me how much i work around these boobs - weird hugs - uncomfortable sleep - dressing & feeling like I'm hugely over weight, stopped running and cycling !!!

This time next week & I'll be I my first recovery day xxx

Looking forward to my explant next Wednesday it's all consuming now and all my symptoms and aches seem to be right in front if my eyes!!! Mostly excited and occasionally reality of surgery kicks in - wishing all ladies explanting over next few days good luck and happy healing - I'm
Posting pics of me in bikini and will after explant to compare xxxxxxx

Just received pictures of my pre implants

The left side is 32 B side & left 32b
Looking back I wish I'd stick with my desire for a lift only - live & learn eh

Correction

Left 32 b -right 32d

Before & after implant 8 years apart

Bikini pre explant

Before

Almost there

Had chat with the nurse today regards the big day - feel happier now that is completed. Off to buy my sports bra for after. Because I was 32band32d. She advised getting b and c and see which fits best - so I shall ;)
Excited & a little nervous - feels weird now it's getting so close xx

Had my explant at 9:30 am uk time

Feel so happy groggy but happy

The Day after

Surgery went well.
Went through the previous scar so I didn't have an extra scar and took out the old scar so it would heal neatly - I was surprised by the results and so was PS - he told me I'd be completely flat after. There will be swelling to go down thorough.
The problem I've had is Tramadol it's caused me to itch all over and come out in awful rash and my face swelled up. Hence I've felt rough from that, on antihistamine and stopped the medication so it's all slowly going away thankfully.
Slept loads and apart from slight burning I feel ok and happy - will post now when less tired. Xx

One day post

One day after - feels achy without sports bra and slightly sore burning feeling inside - but still feel so happy I'm
All natural . I keep feeling hoe sift they are it's fAb. Xx happy healing ladies you ring regret being natural. X

Feeling a lot better today

Hi I'm feeling a lot better today almost pain free.
Also this morning I took my dog on our normal walk and there is a hill on the last part and for months I have suffered painful legs and struggled with this hill. Today I walked and said to hubby I've no leg pains :) amazing no pain in my legs :) I'm
So happy

First day back to work :(

Hi ~ it was my first day back to work & I've felt tired but no pains now it's more achy and I think my sling is starting to dislike the bandages so I'm
Hoping under them
It's not reacting as it's awful itchy at times!! Wednesday they will be removed so not long to wait now.
I adore soft breasts I just realised I never appreciated the way natural feels until all those years with hard lumps.
When I had my breast implants I woke up after op with regret anger my removal I woke up so content & happy ~ if your thinking about removing and worried - do it for you it's one if my more mature decisions and 100% no regret. Xxxx

5 days post (Monday)

Swelling is going down and they are soft and mostly achy without support. I found amazing bra from sainsburys £6 full support bra - comfy and cheap :) not the prettiest but I don't care xxx

Day 5

Day 5
Op was 17:09:14

First day at work

Also I was self conscious at first planning work clothes as I work with ALL guys!!! Didn't want anyone having full realisation of why I'd been off for 3 days!
Anyway I wore a floaty blouse ( which previously made me feel huge) with a pretty scarf and felt great :) xx

Before / after same dress

1 week - dressings removed - ouch

Had my dressing removed which was a little uncomfortable but over quickly. So glad as I have a rash flaring up so hopefully this will calm down. Have steri strips on for 7 days and then I remove them for 3days with 1 night break in between for 3 months I have to wear Tape over the incisions. I see my consultant in 2 weeks who will
Also discuss massage. Has anine any info on massage and is this just for the scar incision or for internal healing too??
Really itchy too - posting pics of today. Hapoy healing ladies.

So upset

Took of steri strips today and I can see an infection starting and ugly scars - really upset today after a good run of feeling happy.
I guess it explains why they hurt so much I just put it down to healing incisions - starting antibiotics today. Not happy as I'm trying to get all crap out if my body. I can't begin to explain how unhappy I am today. Sorry for winging but I've noone to say this to - I'm off to work with a smile all day but inside I feel like crying .....posting pics
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

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Turn that frown upside down! A couple of things to keep in mind - 1) you just took the steri strips off and the skin will be moist and wrinkly under the bottom. 2.) Sometimes healing will look like an infection (not saying it isn't infected) 3) the stitches that are on the inside of your body haven't dissolved yet so it will make the incision sight appear bumpy. I haven't had a breast lift, but I have scars under my arms and one scar line from 2 c-sections. Both appeared just as bad if not worse than what you are seeing now and you will be happy to hear that both are now neat little white line scars. Don't fret, it takes time. We are hear for you.
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The-natural-me It's so nice of you to reply and so encouraging - you have made me feel Better as I was so upset this morning. Especially as I have been so diligent in my after care. Thank you you have been SO reassuring this morning was really black in my outlook xxx
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Hi Bluebell, so sorry to hear about the infection. I know how hard it is to be at work and have to pretend everything is wonderful in your life when all you want to do is scream. We are all here for you and are praying for a speedy healing.
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Lisaroxy ~ thank you that's so kind and helps knowing someone understands x
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Frisky you seem to be way ahead of your couple of weeks - you've healed so well. I'm glad massaging is helping x
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I have been massaging my scars. The hard knots ate already disapering. Im gonna wait til 6 weeks and let my capsules shrink then start breast massaging.
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Your looking good girl. Doesnt it feel great to feel lighter. Again ill say it again .it looks lecu lost wt. i
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It feels so amazing it's so hard to describe how very different you feel. I just love being natural - I've lost only 4 lbs but I'm happy it's going right direction - since HRT it's only gone upwards !
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I gained wt since explant. I expected to loose 3 so im hoping its just fluid retention. My boobs are getting bigger too. Im exercising and not loosing a thing. I might have to deal with the hot flashes and throw hormones away. Then ill look older quick. Without HRT women tend to wrinkle quicker. Whats your opinion on the subject?
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Isn't it frustrating when you with hard and struggle to lose the pounds. I've been in the same situation - I've had a nightmare with HRT & without it !!!! On it I had to try different types as I used the patches first which were great but caused blisters on my skin as I was ver allergic - but I felt fabulous and no symptoms :( After trying different patches I then went onto tablets which worked but not as good - all types piled on pounds - I tried the fast diet and dukan and south beach and I ran/ swam and cycled and rather than lose I was putting on approx 3 pounds a week. So I quit HRT despite feeling good I could accept the weight gain over 1 stone in About 7 months :( I spoke to doctor and was told whilst on HRT I'm Fighting a losing battle to lose the weight!! I stopped a month b4 explanting so I'm planning to detox at week 4 then try herbal because the flashes, night Swets and dizzy spells are rotten. I am worried about losing bone and I fight dry skin - but I just don't want to be fat and old :( it's hard for us women ... Looking at your pictures you have a really lovely figure. My boobs have shrunk now as swelling is going down - I think I'll be a small C maybe depends if any further swelling is left it seems not by the feel. Feels great though. I wore a dress yesterday and before explant I used to feel huge and was always conscious & yesterday I felt like everyone else :) and no one talked to my chest ;) xxxx
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Thats for the feedback bluebell I dont fell so all alone with my HRT now. Hope you have a great day!
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Hi Bluebell68, you look soooo good. Your boobies are such a beautiful shape. I'm so happy for you.
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Ah thank you. Xxxx I just love how soft they are - hoe are you? X
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# how
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I'm good. Had a doctor visit today. He wants me to start massaging them 3 x's a day for 2-3 minutes each breast. I'm going to try and make a video tonight and put it on my profile.
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That's all sounding good - I'm Going to be told to massage soon - is it just the incision scars or whole breast?
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I'm guessing that since your scar is located in a different area then mine u will have to wait for a little more healing before u can start. Oh! I made the massaging video. I feel it's just O.K. I just wanted to get the info. out there. Since I've seen some explants that look like the boobie flesh is kind of stuck to the body that the massage may help. I guess we all just learn as we go and also we learn from each other.
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The PS went through my original scar and removed it rather than give me another one. I'm eager to learn about the massage - is it helping ? I'll see if I can view it if it on your profile / ivd had a problem staying logged on recently :/ xxxx
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I can't find the video? Have you posted or is it me ...... :/ xxx
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Yes I did. Though, I think I has to be reviewed. So, must be still under review. I'll check with Angie and the Real Self group to see if she / they have approved it.
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Still looking great!
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Thank you so much - I feel really good too & I just love feeing soft & natural xxx how are you? X
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My surgery is next week. I see little change in the deflation. Just waiting for the day. Happy healing and keep us posted!
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Bluebell your looking good. .looks like I lost wt
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Hi frisky - I have lost what seems like fluid retention first few days I wee'd none stop! Plus the implants stretched out clothes and made me look huge - I feel so good and I have to make myself stop to rest! How are you? X x
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