Only found this website recently and would like to...
Only found this website recently and would like to thank all the lovely women for sharing their stories and pictures....it has helped me come to my decision.
Basically after 2 children and years of weigh gain and loss and boobs size going up and down from a B cup-DD I researched for months and decided after a friend had implants with transform that I would approach them I saw Mr chantarasak and he was great.....said my breasts were where they should be ( I thought they were sagging ) but would benefit from implants to fill them out more...so to cut a long story short I had 600cc implants placed over the muscle....op went very well no pain no brushing etc..all future check ups were fine.
Over the years I have noticed them lowering but it's only natural...gravity..age etc....I then found a lump...I had a lump investigated back in 1998 and it turned out to be a fibroadenoma ...so I thought it may be this again....had a scan and a mammogram and the following is the findings...on imaging there was evidence of a ruptured,collapsed implant lying in a complex fluid collection inferolaterally in the right breast and a lump was noticed as well as a smaller lump beside it.on ultrasound the appearance was that of a benign fibroadenoma .mamogramm showed irregularity in the right breast implant otherwise there was normal breast tissue!
Wow...shock is an understatement....I got straight onto transform the next day who wanted to see me that afternoon....was told
Mr chantarasak was retiring but dr khan would do it...god he was abrupt and extremely rude...wouldn't listen to what I had to say and kept interrupting me...said my breasts were a bit low ( nothing like kicking ya when ya done eh ) he couldn't feel a lump but could replace with different size £5000!!!
Double wow...so luckily found this site and started doing some research...I then received the letter from the hospital surgeon last week...with his findings which came as a shock...so thought it through and came to my decision after a few weeks mulling it over.....I can't go through further surgery...nor wish to put myself at any further future risk....and health complications so removal is my best option.
My local nhs hospital have said they need to be removed ASAP and they can do this...so finally rang them Monday and got a letter today saying I am on a waiting list for breast surgery . So will update as and when...nervous and dreading the end result but health comes first xx
Pre op oppointment
Got a letter saying I have a pre op assessment at the end of March...finally the ball is rolling :0) xx
Well today is my pre op appointment at my local hospital .. Am feeling very anxious but know I am doing the right thing... Just hope they don't leave me waiting to long... Want it over & done with now ;0( xxx
Hope everyone is keeping ok....just a quick update...went for pre op last week and was told upto 6 weeks...so I left it 2 days and telephoned the surgeons secretary ....she said due to a few emergency cases she couldn't give me a date but I would hear from her at the beginning of April and if I haven't heard by mid April to call her again....a little disappointed to say the least...but just have to wait....hopefully not to much longer ;0( xxx
Yay...I got a surgery date!
Hi all you lovely ladies...hope everyone is doing ok...well I missed a call from my surgeons secretary last night and was so gutted ( just incase my date was given to someone else etc ) so got up early this morning to call her back and my surgery is now scheduled for Monday at 11.45.... Was told I should be out between 5-6pm that evening...so all stations go....gonna be a busy weekend...getting ready...so excited xxxxx
Today's the day !!!!
Hi all hope all you lovely ladies are doing ok....well just a quick update....my last day before surgery...and I have spent it running around like a loon....blitzed my house top to bottom....everything that stood still has been cleaned..,bleached ....hoovered...mopped or dusted...lmao...anyway off to bed to try and get a few hours sleep....night night xxxx
Yay they are out
14 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
Hi ladies just a Quicky...! Will write a proper update Tommorrow ... But all went well... No drains no stitches... Got glue....no bandages and am wearing a soft bra let at the moment but will out a soft sports bra on tonight before bed... And my girls look a bit sad but much better than I imagined... Am over the moon... I can breath better and feel so much lighter .. A few tinges but no real pain ... So happy I am on the other side xxxx all my love to you all xxxx
First day of no implants
Hi all hope everyone is doing ok today....finally got round to updating this properly so here goes.
After not sleeping very well (Sunday night) I was up at 6 am to get my last cuppa and some toast down be ready for op later....glass of water at 11 am then off to hospital at 11.30.
Arrived at the daycare centre at 11.45 and was called within 5 minutes of arriving...said good bye to hubby and off I went.
Was showed to a recliner chair and told doctors,surgeons,anesthetist would be round in due course....forward wind a few hours...seen by all the above and told no need for drains...,very simple op and I am 3rd on the list to go to theatre.
Felt like I was waiting forever...finally at 4 a nurse came round asked me to put gown on and surgical stockings and hop on the bed .....nerves kicked in....it's finally happening ....anesthetist was lovely and made me feel relaxed the nurse was brilliant and had a giggle....saw my surgeon seconds before and the next minute I know I am waking up in recovery....at 5 o/c the first thing I did was feel my boobs...wow they feel flat.....was a bit teary but it's something I always do under anastetic ;0(.... I was in recovery till about 6pm then was taken back to the ward....they told me straight away I didn't need stitches but have glue instead....no dressings or bandages on...just hanging free..;0)
Once I had some water they sat me up a bit and I kept peeping at my girls....they looked tired and flat but surprisingly good...all things considered.
Had a long awaited coffee and then a bit of a sandwich....then a nurse asked if I wanted to get dressed and go to the toilet so I was straight up got to have a good look at them in the toilet mirror....not bad....much better than I had expected...,I had brought a soft bra let with me as well as a few sports bras but felt the bra let was ok for now...hence the pics I posted last night.
Finally got home about 8 pm last night...got into my zipped up sports bra which although is quite compressing it feels more secure....felt surprisingly good...a little sore but no real pain...just taking ibrofen and co coda mol... ( wasn't sent home with any as I have them already for a bad back).
Felt so relieved it was over...implant free....feel so much lighter....can breathe better.
Didn't sleep very well as I slept propped up by pillows and I normally sleep on my side so was up early today.
As the day has gone on I must admit I have stiffened up a bit ....can't say I have been in bad pain but very achey and have been getting a bit uncomfortable on the right side ( the insicion is must longer that side...I guess due to the rupture).
Anyway had a bath earlier which was nice...was told I can wash but not to get the incisions soggy so patted them dry after to make sure...all a but of a struggle but hey ho!I am quite stiff tonight on my right side and my muscles ache...but I guess it's all in the healing process...had a little bit of swishing on my right side...which I have read on here that other women have experienced so will be keeping an eye on it..but for now just trying to take it easy...will post some pics here from today and yest xxxxxx sending you all soft hugs xxxxxxxx
Been very sore and stiff today so really have chilled out...just had a quick bath and patted my girls dry...gently...my actual boobs aren't sore but the incisions are quite tender...but looking better each day...still getting a sloshing sound and feel in the right boob but not any worse just if I jig about when getting dressed etc....still keeping the sports bra on as it makes me feel nice and secure....when undressed to bathe I hold them like they are gonna fall off...lol....I remember feeling the same way when I first had them in...anyway hope everyone's doing ok here's a few more pics x
Wow 7 days already
Hi all...I hope everyone is doing ok....hugs and prayers to everyone who is waiting or recovering ;0)
Anyway it's now day 7 and I must admit....today is the first day since explant that my boobies have felt normal...ish...lol
Have cut pain meds down by half and only a few times a day ( morning....during the day and bedtime) only taking ibrofen..which I take for a bad back anyway....still wearing my extra high impact sports bra...have tried a few different ones the last few days and they haven't felt comfortable...1 was not enough support and left me feeling achey and the other hocked them up to much ...so back to the sports bra ;0)
Have started giving the girls a soft massage after bath ...being very careful that I don't go near the incisions...as mine are glued...which is why they look a funny colour...I thought it was bruising at first and you will see from my pics that parts looks abit dark n almost like a hole...but today the excess glue started flaking off and nice skin underneath ...so that was a relief .
My right incision is the worst one as this was the ruptured one it's longer and deeper than the left and I still get a few shooting pains every now and then...and still a little sloshy noise but not as bad as before.
I don't think I have any swelling as they have stayed the same shape etc since explant last tues ....they seem to have settled a bit more in terms of feeling better and they seem to be filling out or fluffing a wee bit ;0)
My sports bra is from marks and Spencer's and is a 38c but I have bought another in a 38 and 36 c and they have come up small so bit unsure on the size front but as you can see I do have quite a lot of breast tissue...but time will tell if this changes I guess.
My left one sometimes drops a little lower than the right but again this may be due to scar tissue etc in the right side.
Anyway rambling on now...hope everyone is doing ok...will post some more pics so you can see my progress...love to all xxxxx
Worth a read
Hi all stumbled across this...makes interesting reading xxx
16 days post
Hi all you lovely ladies hope everyone is healing nicely...thought I would update a bit to show you how I am getting on.
Well I am getting there....started doing more now...but know when I have over done it as I get tired and achey...still good days and bad days.
Not taking any different pain meds now ( take ibrofen for back...although this got better since explant) occasionally have an extra one if I feel a bit achey.
I massage every night with palmers stretch mark cream...aloe v cream and apply some arnica gel to the top of my chest to ease achey muscles.
They seem to be healing nicely....haven't applied anything to the incisions as I have glue on them and feel abit anxious about getting them soggy so after a bath I pad them dry and just massage my breasts staying away from the incisions....my glue is starting to come away now and incisions don't look as bad.
It does seem that my right breast is lifting quicker than my left but my right was the one that had the rupture so maybe some matter has been removed...I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon on 8th may so I will find out then.
I am not overly concerned but I do feel abit lop sided ;0(
I drove for the first time on Sunday...felt ok but ached alittle that evening....and brought my self a little bra for later on when I am all healed....a nice pink one ;0)
I am still wearing my extra high impact bras...have 2 now...!
I did go bra less for a while after my bath last night but felt a bit unsafe so back in the sports bra....which is really comfortable and am sure it has aided my recovery.
I will continue to wear these until I see my surgeon next week...I have softer sports bras and bra lets but they don't seem as supportive.
Anyway hope everyone is keeping ok....will post some pics I took tonight....see what you think...xxx
3 weeks out..!!
Hi ladies hope everyone is doing ok....just thought I would do a quick update...seeing as it's 3 weeks today since I had the toxic bags removed...;0)
Well....no real pain just a few aches and twinges here and there...I can lift a little more and stretch up a bit more...there's still things I go to get and I feel a tug and think oops no but all in all feeing better .
I do still get tired...seem to have 1 day where I feel great so get on and do stuff...then the next day I feel shattered so still one day at a time for me .
I am still wearing my high impact sports bras day and night....sometimes I put a softer sports bra or bralet on for a while after my bath just to give them a rest.
The only real concern I have is in the last few days my right breast...which had seemed to be lifting looks like it has dropped a bit at the top...as if there's a little void there...not sure about this but have been massaging twice a day...so maybe have dislodged something?? I have an appointment with ysurgeon on thurs so will mention it to her then.
My left seems a wee bit bigger and was slightly lower than the right but seems to be fixing itself either that or the right has dropped....who knows....I think I am maybe worrying to much at this stage.
My glue has come off almost entirely on the left incision and is lifting away on the right...looks ok and fairly neat considering what I had done (right side was the ruptured one )
I have been shopping and trying on bras which is a mine field...in a sports bra I am 38c in a wire or wire free normal bra I am a 38d it seems...although things will change in time no doubt .
Anyway will post a few pics and update again once I have seen surgeon on thurs....hugs and prayers to you all xxxx
Another update (3 weeks out)
Found and ordered this bra from George at asda....it's a soft no wired bra front fastening ....they do it in black and white and they are £8 each ( and if you are quick they are offering 20% off lingerie at the moment ( I paid £12.80 for 2 ) seems comfy and fairly supportive...brought for a few weeks time or In between bra changes lol....and front fastening which is an added bonus ...xxxx
Another boob shot 3 weeks out
Sorry hit post before adding this one :0( x
3 1/2 weeks
Hi all ...just a quick update as I thought that in some of my pics my boobs look bigger than they are so took a pic from my ipad into a mirror.... The other pics are from my phone pointing at me..lol
And my glue has finally come off which I am relived about as it was aggravating me.... And I have my follow up appointment with my surgeon tomorrow so she can now see the incisions properly and make sure alls well ;0)
Anyway hope everyone is doing ok....love to all xxxx
Just over 4 weeks out
Hi all...hope everyone is keeping ok...just a quick update to let you all know how I am doing.
Well went to see my surgeon last week and she was happy with how I am healing...said I can go about my business as normal now...can wear underwire bra if I want to as well as it doesn't rub on the incisions and any probs see my gp...short and sweet lol.
So went back to work yesterday....did ok struggled with a few bits but all in all ok....feeling it today though...shattered .
I do tire easily but I think that's all part of the healing process.
Will post up a few pics and I have a pic of my removed implants....my surgeon took it for me....it's in black and white so unfortunately you can't really see the details but trust me it was a mess....I discovered that she got what she could capsule wise out of the ruptured side but the left was all intact so no need to remove the capsule ...which explains why the right side is a bit smaller....she said everything should heal up nicely...:0)
I hope everyone is doing ok....sending hugs to all xxxx
6 weeks out ....happy
Hi all hope everyone is keeping ok just a quick update ... Am 6 weeks out tonight and healing nicely ... Incisions are looking good and my boobs are starting to fluff a little my right side is a bit behind but that's the one that has the rupture and was a mess in there ;9(
I am still wearing a sports bra to bed... I massage the while breasts and the insicions every night after a bath and during the day wear a soft bra or sports bra depending on what I am doing that day.
I have bought underwired bras for when I am ready so will be in them soon.... I was told at 3 1/2 weeks that I could wear wired but have held of as my sports bras are so comfy .
I still get the odd twinge and ache but not enough to worry about really.
I now have my photos from my original ps which I will post here so you can see before and after etc
Anyway take care all happy healing hugs xxxx
Just to add another pic
This is what my implants ended up looking like after nearly 8 years
9 weeks out
16 Jun 2014
2 months post
Hi ladies hope everyone is doing ok...just a quick update....9 weeks today since explant and I am pretty much back to normal....have still been wearing sports bras because they are so comfy...have tried a normal bra a couple of times but have ached a little after.
I slept for the first time last night with no bra...felt weird but all ok.
I will still wear a sports bra to bed a few times a week I think just to support my girls a bit and may start to wear some normal bras inbetween sports bra days...lol.
I still massage my breasts each evening after my bath and have just started using palmers breast firming cream to see if it helps a little...all in all happy with my results....my right side is still a little but smaller than my left but hey I can live with that....have included a few pics of my progress xxxxxx hugs to all xxxxxx
Almost 5 months
10 Sep 2014
5 months post
Hi all...hope everyone is keeping ok...sorry I haven't been on here in a whole but been so busy with life etc....well I am almost 5 months out now and think my girls are finally settled I seem to have shrunk down a bit from before...I still struggle with bra sizes but can be anything from 38c to a 36dd/e depending where and what type of bra.
I don't mind being a smaller size as I can now get into nice pretty thin straps and much cheaper bras so all in all doing good ;0)
I had a total abdominal hysterectomy leaving my ovaries in And am now nearly 8 weeks post op...so have been preoccupied with recovering from that...but so glad I had my boobs sorted before this ...so basically I have been recovering from operations for best part of the summer...but hey ho....it all had to be sorted so hopefully I am on the road to recovery.
The only downside with my girls is my right side is still a little smaller...say half a cup size maybe....but after looking up online I got a good tip....adjust your bra straps to compensate for any differences and yes it works so alittle padding and a tighter strap and they look great....no regrets what's so ever...so glad to be natural....love to all xxxx