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"He sold me a fairytale to fill his own pockets": The horror reality of botched breast implants. – Mamamia

"He sold me a fairytale to fill his own pockets": The horror reality of botched breast implants. – Mamamia


While it's still not a medically diagnosed condition, there is a growing push for more research into Breast Implant Illness (BII) causes, symptoms and risk factors.

"BII is definitely not spoken about by many surgeons," said Robyn. "I had a consult with a surgeon who said that BII was psychosomatic (in my head) and that there was no evidence for it, but then he went on to tell me thathe'd done 60 to 70 explants,and 80 per cent of patients improved after explanting."

Sadly, stories like Robyn's aren't uncommon. In fact, they're more prevalent than ever before, with the rates of explant surgeries in Australia skyrocketing.

Take Simone Williams, for example.

She remembers scouring the web and doing hours and hours of research into elective breast surgery - reading reviews, looking at before and after pictures, and checking if surgeons were board-certified, before narrowing her selection down to three plasticsurgeons.

"I called the first surgeon (my preferred choice) for an appointment and was told there was a waitlist for months. The receptionist suggested I see another surgeon in the same rooms, as he could see me far sooner."

"I met the doctor, and he was very charming and sweet. He was also very persuasive. I had a list of questions in my hand and I was determined I would come away with all the answers to make an informed decision. After the initial chat, we got to businesswith the examination."

"He told me there was "no lift required" and we would just "put in bigger implants", assuring me it was a "relatively simple process". He had me sold, hook, line and sinker, and before I could bat an eyelid, [we] had a surgery date and my money paid."

"No questions, information, no time to think about anything... he had my money and made me feel very comfortable that it was going to be everything I wished for. He had sold me all I wanted."

Aside from what she had researched and learned herself on the internet, Simone cannot recall any discussion during the pre-surgery consult about potential health risks and complications associated with breast surgery.

"I was never once made aware or told about risks. I was just handed a brochure."

The surgery went ahead, and the first thing Simone noticed was 'the waterfall effect' - a sliding of the breast tissue over the implant.

"My skin and nipple looked like it was falling off my implant, but when I questioned it, the explanation was that it would subside and the implants would drop and fluff. I believed him."

As advised, Simone waited for the issue to resolve over the following weeks. However, upon her next visit to the surgeon, nothing had changed.

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