Feeling Like Me Again - Manchester, UK

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My explant op is scheduled for this Sunday and I...

My explant op is scheduled for this Sunday and I can't wait. I've had problems with the left implant ever since I had them done 4 years ago. The left implant was replaced 2 years ago because of capsular contracture but I've experienced discomfort and pain, at times, ever since.

I've been thinking about having the procedure for quite awhile now and when I went to see my surgeon he told me the left implant had flipped. That sealed the fate of the implants! He flipped it back over and the sensation was one I never want to have again. I felt so nauseated!

I am a little apprehensive about how my boobs will look implant free but I know that I am making the right decision. This site has made me believe this as much as any pain I've had and am grateful to have found it and to have read others' stories.

I will let you know how it goes!!

Well just 1 day to go and I've got mixed feelings...

Well just 1 day to go and I've got mixed feelings - excited to finally be pain-free and au naturale again but also nervous of any complications etc. Myself and my partner will be away for a few days so I won't be checking back in until Weds or Thur but I will defo let you know how it goes then.

I am going to try and add my before photos now. x

Well it's all over now and I am feeling so happy...

Well it's all over now and I am feeling so happy with the outcome. Obviously my boobs look a little different to before! But I'm ecstatic it's all done. I had hardly any pain and my surgeon said that he left the capsules in as my scar tissue was very thin. Luckily I have enough breast tissue left and hopefully once they 'fluff up' I will feel even better.

I'd like to say to anyone contemplating explant, in my case it's definitely been worth it. If you're unhappy or experiencing any pain, discomfort, ruptures etc etc explant is the way forward.

I will add some 'after' photos soon.

Thank you to everyone for your support xx

Well it's been a week and a half and I've got my...

Well it's been a week and a half and I've got my post-op appointment today. I can honestly say having the explant was one of the best decisions that I have made. I have had very little discomfort, although the stitches are starting to itch where they are healing, and hardly any pain at all. I think I have been very lucky and will not be messing around with my body in the future. This has been a very valuable, if expensive, lesson!

I also think that having only had the original implants for four years helped with the sagging etc and I know I still had quite a bit of breast tissue. My nurse also told me that over the next few months my boobs would 'right themselves' and change their shape and appearance as they continue to settle back down. I think this is the thing that we need to remember - what you see after your op is not necessarily how your boobs will be. It can be a shock for some people after living with implants for so long, so remembering this will help.

I will upload photos post-op now.

Good luck to those who are having their op soon, you won't regret it! xx
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