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Hi everyone! Many of you will remember me from around 12 months ago when I was embarking on my journey with Breast Aug. 

In that time I have been happy with the size of my boobs, but unhappy with their appearance. I started to develop Symmastia. I have a lot of skin lifting in the middle, with no real cleavage at all. Although from side on my boobs look amazing, just not front on. I haven’t really been able to enjoy them and show them off as I feel it is very noticeable. I thought I could live with it, but who wants to spend all that money just to hide them?

Anywhoooo, I had an appt with my PS this morning and  have a plan of action. The plan is to remove these implants, leave them out for at least 3 months so the skin settles back down,  Then start afresh with smaller implants. 

It will mean 2 more surgeries, but I’m hopeful that I will be much happier with them. The cost will only be time off, new implants and the day surgery’s fee. Im waiting on the final quote, but it isn’t looking too extreme. 

This is definitely going to be a headf#%k having no implants after being quite large for almost 12 months, so I’ll need all the support I can get! Thank god for this forum! 

Im removing Mentor anatomical textured 495cc. We won’t know what size will be going back in until after the 3 months Without them. I’m actually thinking about going smooth rounds this time. Who knows though, we will cross that bridge when we get to it. 

I guess if anyone is reading this who is considering BA, be prepared for anything, even 12 months down the track. I never in my wildest dreams expected to be looking at a revision less than 12 months after the original operation. I’m disappointed of course but just want to move on and get it sorted out. 

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Sorry this has happened to you!

I know how you feel, I had my original implants in 2015 and am about to have my THIRD revision due to complications!

its caused me so much stress I just want them fixed so I can forget about them!

whens your surgery date? 

Hope everything works out for you!

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27 minutes ago, Cornflakegirl21 said:

Sorry this has happened to you!

I know how you feel, I had my original implants in 2015 and am about to have my THIRD revision due to complications!

its caused me so much stress I just want them fixed so I can forget about them!

whens your surgery date? 

Hope everything works out for you!

Thanks ☺️ I don’t have a date set yet, just waiting for them to confirm pricing. Then I will plan around my work. I work for myself so have to plan it carefully so I don’t end up losing too much money as well. But I’m hoping as soon as possible. 

What happened with yours the first and second time? Do you have a post I can read? 

 

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Yes I think you can see my post history on my profile?

basically my I wasn’t happy with my first implants as I didn’t like the type of implant I had, they were very firm and unnatural so I had a an exchange to a smooth implant which has bottomed out quite badly!

fingers crossed all goes well with my next surgery, I have so much anxiety something else will go wrong.

Have considered just having them removed to be honest.

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17 minutes ago, Cornflakegirl21 said:

Yes I think you can see my post history on my profile?

basically my I wasn’t happy with my first implants as I didn’t like the type of implant I had, they were very firm and unnatural so I had a an exchange to a smooth implant which has bottomed out quite badly!

fingers crossed all goes well with my next surgery, I have so much anxiety something else will go wrong.

Have considered just having them removed to be honest.

Oh no! I totally understand where you are coming from though. I think I would feel the same. Fingers crossed the third time is the charm for you. And that’ll be the end of it. I must admit I’m a little worried that the second one for me will go wrong too. 😢 Feel free to send me messages if you are feeling anxious. I know I will appreciate talking to someone who has been through revisions. When are you due in for your op? 

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Glad to hear you have some answers @Stemschicky , i am so sorry it didnt turn out the way you hoped for the first time and yes i bet its gonna be hard not having big beautiful boobs for 3 months but 3 months is not long then you can get them redone, on a positive i hear the recovery is easier the seccond time around,  if your wanting some words of inspo then maby @TheFox can help as she had her implants removed over 6 months ago. Hopefully your quote wont be to much . Thinking of you 

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5 hours ago, Cornflakegirl21 said:

Yes I think you can see my post history on my profile?

basically my I wasn’t happy with my first implants as I didn’t like the type of implant I had, they were very firm and unnatural so I had a an exchange to a smooth implant which has bottomed out quite badly!

fingers crossed all goes well with my next surgery, I have so much anxiety something else will go wrong.

Have considered just having them removed to be honest.

@Cornflakegirl21 I just read your post about your bottoming out. So sorry! Are you going with textured next time? And going smaller? What’s the plan? 

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3 hours ago, Stemschicky said:

@Cornflakegirl21 I just read your post about your bottoming out. So sorry! Are you going with textured next time? And going smaller? What’s the plan? 

Thanks stemchicky, at my consult he said he is going to be using the same implants but placing them completely behind the muscle (he believes they are either over the muscle or duel plane at the moment) and stitching them in place. 

I am happy with the size I have but if it means less risks of further complications I would go smaller so I will bring that up with him at my second consult and see what he says.

thanks for your support, it’s been super stressful and such a strain financially. 

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Having your implants out isnt as bad as the thought of it seems - Mine were removed over 12 months ago (it was 1 year ago in October).

I was intially going to wait three months until I had them replaced however, they needed longer to settle. By 9 months they were looking pretty okay actually and I can get my new implants anytime I want but to be honest, im in no hurry now. 

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Sorry to hear this Stemschicky. That is a tough journey to be on and as you said it has only been a year since your initial surgery. I truly hope everything works out for you. Definitely touch base here and let us help you here on those rough days where you have had enough of things. x

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I had my original BA 5 1/2 years ago and had started to develop muscle flex distortion.5 weeks ago I had a breast augmentation revision but now how what looks like Symmastia. I have phoned the surgeon who says that it could possibly just be swelling and leave it 3-6 months, if it doesn't improve I will need another revision at my own cost??? I am surprised at this as from what I have read it is generally a result of poor surgery. I personally don't see how this could improve as the implants are s close that there is no gap in cleavage and the skin is lifting at the sternum.Starting to freak out as I definitely can't afford another surgery. Thinking of possibly getting a second opinion?

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On 11/29/2018 at 6:36 PM, Paddy0351 said:

I had my original BA 5 1/2 years ago and had started to develop muscle flex distortion.5 weeks ago I had a breast augmentation revision but now how what looks like Symmastia. I have phoned the surgeon who says that it could possibly just be swelling and leave it 3-6 months, if it doesn't improve I will need another revision at my own cost??? I am surprised at this as from what I have read it is generally a result of poor surgery. I personally don't see how this could improve as the implants are s close that there is no gap in cleavage and the skin is lifting at the sternum.Starting to freak out as I definitely can't afford another surgery. Thinking of possibly getting a second opinion?

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Hi Paddy, so sorry you are going through this too. I am having a hard time getting what the Dr said in regards to fixing it up at an appt and getting it in writing. He said he would only charge me for the operating theatre and new implants. When I got it in writing, they have only quoted the operating theatre charge and sent me the price for replacement at full cost, ($10000) which is not what was discussed while there, when I questioned this I haven’t heard back (it’s been almost a week now)  I am considering just not going back there and going somewhere else altogether. 

Seeing as this is symmastia, which is 100% surgical error, I thought I wouldn’t have any issue getting it fixed up without too much of a hit financially, as before the surgery I was assured that if anything did go wrong he would fix it at minimal cost. If I’m going to have to pay that much I’ll be going somewhere else. Someone that actually will back themselves by having their revision policy in writing. 

Anyone reading this, who hasn’t had the surgery yet, if your surgeon will not give you their revision policy in writing before your surgery, find another Surgeon. 

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Oh @Stemschicky I'm so sorry to hear that, i would have thought for sure he would have up-held what he said in the initial consult, you should notbe expcted to pay full cost of a revision for something that is surgical error,  replacement of the implants and theater i can understand but the full cost,  id be querying that .

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3 hours ago, I HaveBoobs said:

Oh @Stemschicky I'm so sorry to hear that, i would have thought for sure he would have up-held what he said in the initial consult, you should notbe expcted to pay full cost of a revision for something that is surgical error,  replacement of the implants and theater i can understand but the full cost,  id be querying that .

Oh I definitely did query it, But getting no response now. 

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@Stemschicky this is so disappointing to hear. I have the same surgeon as you and he definitely said to me verbally that if anything went wrong it would be fixed at minimal cost to me. I am so sorry you are going through this. Very good advice to get the surgeon’s revision policy in writing! 

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That is absolutely horrid that he has said that to so many women but gone back on his word. At least maybe thanks to you ladies, others will be informed before choosing to go with him. I think all surgeons should have their revision policy written out. Especially when it is related to surgical error. I understand that it is hard to prove, but for example most often symmastia is due to surgical error. 

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Just an update: I have still had no reply. I don’t feel I should have to keep asking for clarification on the quotes and I feel this is a tactic on their part for us not to bother. The disappointment is real! 

So my options are now going with the consummate professionals which I wish I had done in the first place! 

Im looking at now most likely twice to three times the amount of money that I “thought” I would be paying for this. 

Any suggestions on Revision specialists, from research the only surgeon I should even consider in Perth is Tony Connel or spend the money and travel to see Dr Tav in Sydney! 

Does anyone here have any experience with Dr Tony Connel? 

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25 minutes ago, Stemschicky said:

Just an update: I have still had no reply. I don’t feel I should have to keep asking for clarification on the quotes and I feel this is a tactic on their part for us not to bother. The disappointment is real! 

So my options are now going with the consummate professionals which I wish I had done in the first place! 

Im looking at now most likely twice to three times the amount of money that I “thought” I would be paying for this. 

Any suggestions on Revision specialists, from research the only surgeon I should even consider in Perth is Tony Connel or spend the money and travel to see Dr Tav in Sydney! 

Does anyone here have any experience with Dr Tony Connel? 

Hi Stemschicky, 

You are entitled to suffcient aftercare from your surgeon and if you believe this has not occurred you are entitled to make a complaint to the health commission. In WA you can do so here:

https://www.hadsco.wa.gov.au/home/

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Dr Tony Connell is amazing. He did my revision 8 years ago. Stemschicky I was actually booked in with your surgeon but think I will cancel my consult. I'm booked with Tony for March (consult)  for boobs and with Dr Robert Love for February for 360 body lift. They can work together to do a combined procedure I was told. After your experience I don't think I can trust anyone else with my boobs apart from Tony. 

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11 minutes ago, Cupcake85 said:

Dr Tony Connell is amazing. He did my revision 8 years ago. Stemschicky I was actually booked in with your surgeon but think I will cancel my consult. I'm booked with Tony for March (consult)  for boobs and with Dr Robert Love for February for 360 body lift. They can work together to do a combined procedure I was told. After your experience I don't think I can trust anyone else with my boobs apart from Tony. 

I think that is a very good idea. I wish more people would talk about bad experiences as only hearing the good all of the time puts people into a false sense of security. 

I have read that 20-30% of surgeries need revision within 12 months, which is actually quite shocking. 

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7 hours ago, Stemschicky said:

I think that is a very good idea. I wish more people would talk about bad experiences as only hearing the good all of the time puts people into a false sense of security. 

I have read that 20-30% of surgeries need revision within 12 months, which is actually quite shocking. 

Totally agree stemchicky before I had my first surgery I never worried about getting complications as I never heard about this happening to people ! Now I realise it’s a lot more common, it’s taken such a toll on me emotionally and financially 

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