Why I Regret Getting Breast Implants

Why I Regret Getting Breast Implants

This is a difficult topic for me to write about. I’m a very private person, I don’t like to be vulnerable or admit to people that I’ve made a mistake. Especially a mistake that cost me $5,600! However, despite my hesitation and fear, I hope that my story can help other women avoid the mistake I’ve made. So here is my story about why I regret getting breast implants.

Why I got a breast augmentation

Women get breast implants for a variety of reasons, about 400,000 each year. Some do it to fix asymmetry (uneven size or shape). Others do it after losing volume from breastfeeding. Women like me do it because we have little to no boobs and think breast implants will help us feel more confident and feminine.

I’ve never really liked my body. Puberty gave me hips but almost no boobs, I barely filled a 34A cup. No other woman in my family was flat chested like I was. I always felt like I had the chest of a boy. In 2014, when I was 25, I finally mustered up the courage to schedule some consultations.

I did a lot of research before hand and spent a lot of time in a popular breast implant forum. I won’t say what the forum is since I believe it’s a toxic environment. The most popular advice from that forum was “go bigger” or else you’ll get “boobie regret.” The horror! There were quite a few women there who went on to get even bigger implants as soon as their surgeon allowed them too, but when you’re on a forum every day where everyone is telling you what you have STILL isn’t enough, it’s going to affect you.

Sadly I bought into their fear and did end up going a little bigger than I had initially wanted. At first I just wanted to be a B-C cup. I didn’t want the change to be that noticeable, I just wanted something there so I felt like a woman. I ended up going with 375cc silicone implants which took me from 34A to 34D.

Why I regret my breast implants

I regretted my size fairly quickly. No one tells you that a lot of clothing doesn’t fit as well with bigger boobs. My favorite bikini tops looked ridiculous. A year after my surgery I actually went back to my doctor to talk about getting smaller implants, as well as other concerns I had. My doctor told me that I was only the 2nd woman to want to go smaller. I’ll discuss why I think that is later.

I didn’t end up changing my implants. I didn’t want (and couldn’t afford) to spend another $3,000, and I came to realize how stupid it all was. I was still really unhappy with them but eventually I did get used to the size even though I’d still like them to be smaller. There were other things I couldn’t live with though.

What I expected from my operation

Like I said I did a lot of research. I saw 3 different surgeons and asked questions. One made a comment about how most women didn’t ask the questions I was asking, which is pretty alarming. When you’re making important decisions like this always do your research. I knew there were potential complications, like the ones I’ve listed below.

  • Capsular Contracture: The formation of scar tissue around the implant that causes breast distortion and pain. Basically your boobs will start to look like Quasimodo.
  • Rippling: Visible ripples you can see under the skin.
  • Rupture: Where the implant shell breaks and silicone leaks into the body.
  • Symmastia: Where the muscle and skin detach from the sternum and you basically have one boob. Yikes.

Thankfully I haven’t had any of those issues. I still judge myself pretty hard for knowing those risks and still getting implants, but the pressure for women to look a certain way is so strong and I fell victim to it.

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What I did not expect

Research and the doctors told me recovery would be fairly easy due to the advancement of surgical techniques. At one office a women who worked there told me she was able to drive the day after her surgery. That was NOT my experience. My sister, who’s had 6 babies, said her recovery was worse than childbirth. She told me this after my surgery though. I’ve never had kids but I can say recovery was very painful, and I have a fairly high pain tolerance.

I had to sleep sitting on the sofa up for about a month, I had terrible nerve pain when I moved my arms (like being stabbed with a hot poker, Icy Hot saved my life), my ribs were so sore and my pain meds didn’t help, and I couldn’t drive for 2 weeks. I was emotional and miserable.

I also didn’t know that implants could cause debilitating autoimmune disease and that mold could grow around the implants.

Eventually I healed and they stopped hurting everyday, but I still had issues. My incision scars are still purple 5 years later (they’re honestly more embarrassing than being flat chested), one breast is about a centimeter lower than the other (due to surgeon error), and despite all the women who said otherwise they do NOT feel natural.

Sometimes when I lay down on my back I can feel them slide towards my armpits. It’s like nails sliding down a chalkboard. Doing upper body exercises is also very uncomfortable as you can feel your muscle moving the implants as they are activated during push ups and other chest exercises.

Oh and I can’t wear underwire bras anymore, they start to hurt after a few hours when they never did before. So now I just wear boring bralettes.

The worst thing though is how it affects my sleep.

Sleeping with breast implants is extremely uncomfortable

I’m a side and stomach sleeper. Both positions are uncomfortable with implants.

When you lay on your side gravity pulls the top implant down. This pulls on the muscle attached to your sternum (the bone between your breasts). It’s possible for that muscle to detach from the bone (called Symmastia) and it just feels bad. To deal with this I have to sleep with a pillow between my boobs.

Laying on my stomach is even worse. Putting that pressure on the implants pulls at muscles on the sides (under the armpits) as well as on the sternum. On several occasions I’ve gotten intense back and sternum pain from pressure on my ribs directly behind my implants either pulling a muscle or pinching a nerve. Last month it happened and I had back pain for several days.

I also occasionally wake up with soreness under my breasts and on the sides. Every night I have to sleep with at least 3 pillows supporting me otherwise I wake up in pain.

I like having boobs but I like sleep more!

Why don’t women talk about this?

I wish there had been more women out there warning me away from getting a breast augmentation, but I can understand why there aren’t.

I’m not saying every women regrets their plastic surgery decisions or that it’s inherently bad (in moderation), but I think a lot of women secretly do have regrets.

When you spend thousands of dollars to change your body and then you regret it, it’s really hard to admit that you spent all that money for nothing. And for people like me it’s hard to afford to reverse it.

More women are speaking out though. Even supermodel Gisele Bündchen admitted that she regrets getting implants after breastfeeding her kids. There is a facebook group with over 70,000 women who’ve had issues with their implants.

I do worry that teens and young women are getting sucked into the world of plastic surgery. When you have popular reality tv stars like the Kardashians and Jenners augmenting their entire bodies and faces and claiming it was diet tea and creams, or whatever they’re shilling these days on Instagram, girls internalize that and go looking for ways to alter their faces and bodies without understanding the consequences.

So my advice to anyone considering implants or other surgeries, be very sure that you are emotionally and financially prepared for the worst consequences, both the ones you know about and the ones you don’t. I hope you are never in the position where you also regret getting breast implants.

I hope that someday women won’t feel the need to change their bodies to fit society’s ideal of what we should look like.

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  1. Thank you for speaking out about your experience. I’ve never felt the need to get implants, but I have heard some horror stories about many women getting very sick because of their implants. It’s a sad reality that the world we live in today is so focused on aesthetics, so it’s really great that you shared your story. I’m sure it will help many women reading.


      1. I’m so happy I found your story online!! My boobs are so tiny and in my research of the pros and cons of breast augmentation, I came across your article. Thank you for your honesty. I feel so torn about getting the procedure. I don’t like the size of my breast, clothes don’t fit me well, I feel the pressure from friends and society, I’m just depressed that surgery is the only way. The side effects scare me. I’m barely fitting a 34b. I’m shaped like a boy and I don’t know what to do. Trying to love myself is hard.

        1. Only you know what is right for you. I completely understand the pressure from society, in order to be attractive or sexy we’re supposed to look a certain way. I thought if I just changed my body I would feel a little more worthy of love but self-worth comes from within, not from society. I think something you should try is to find attractive women with small breasts. Now that I’m on the other side I notice all the time how women with smaller breasts look just as sexy, I even think most clothes look better on them!

          You might also look into a fat transfer breast augmentation, it only gives you about 1 cup size but that might be enough to make you feel more confident without the more serious side effects.

  2. Hi! I came across your blog and found this article really informative. I used to say that I would want to get breast implants one day but very thankful to hear real reviews on them. I am sorry that you are going to all that you are going through. Maybe one day in the future you are able to remove them. Thank you so much for sharing your story! We appreciate it.

  3. Hi,

    I have such a similar situation to you. I was barely an A cup. I got 380 cc implants. They look and feel so unnatural. I went with that form’s same advice “go bigger or you will regret it”. My recovery was awful. I had multiple emotional break downs during the first days. I stupidly enough didn’t know what size I was going to get prior to going under. I just woke up and they told me I got 380 cc’s…. My heart sank. I knew it was too big. I wanted a full C. But now I have G/F boobs and I regret the size so much.

    1. Hi Lisa, I’m so sorry you’ve had a bad experience with your implants too. I think many of us don’t realize what we’re getting into, I know I wasn’t fully prepared to deal with how different I would feel and look and the surgeons I consulted with had no idea what a C cup looks like. It’s unfortunate that forum pushes the “go bigger” mentality, I know it’s led a lot of women to feel regret. I wish you the best.

      1. Hello! I don’t know if you feel comfortable answering these or care to, but I am curious:
        -Did you get Saline or silicone implants? (I’m leaning towards silicone).
        – Textured or smooth?
        – Implant placement? (Sub-muscular seems like the best option for me).
        – Incision site? (the transaxillary (armpit) incision seems great).

        Also, besides regretting your breast size, do you like the actual shape of your boobs?

        1. Hi Sophie!

          I got silicone implants, smooth and under the muscle. I do like the shape of them, I’d just like them a little smaller. My incisions are in the crease. The biggest problem I personally have with my implants right now is that my scars are still red-purple after 5 years, they’re really embarrassing. You don’t know how your scars will heal until after it’s done, so I’d be very wary of the armpit incisions just because it’s such a visible place.

  4. Hey Katrina
    I’m so glad I found this! I’ve been googling non-stop to find articles or advice of women who regret their implants being too big. I am 3 days post op, went in as a small B, got 345cc’s and now I am a full D. I wanted to be a C cup.
    I made a last minute change from 295cc to 345cc also because I was listening to everyone who said ‘go bigger’. I should have just stuck to what the surgeon recommended. Ugh this feeling of regret sucks. I hope they will look better once they drop and settle but right now they look and feel huge! It’s been an emotional roller coaster this last few days.

    1. Hi Janine. I’m sorry you’re not feeling good about your size. It can be such a huge shock to your system just from the surgery and then to feel uncertain about your size, it’s all a lot to handle. I’m sure they will look so much better in a few weeks (mind looked weird for at least a month) and eventually you’ll feel better about the size, you do get used to it eventually. I hope you heal quickly, I’m sending you good thoughts.

    2. Hi Janine I am 5 weeks post op tomorrow. I went in as an A cup. One of my boobs is bigger than the other one (before surgery) but my breasts were so small I honestly didn’t really notice. I never mentioned anything to my surgeon and now the breast that was a little fuller looks way bigger than my left one. It sucks I wish I would have known. But they definitely feel SO huge and foreign the first few days. Now at week 5 they are looking more natural. I havent told my surgeon yet about the left boob being bigger before it was really swollen and he told me I needed to massage it. It sucks and I am Def not going under the knife again to fix it. But all in all I am getting ALOT of compliments about my 375CC everyone says they look very natural and NOT BIG. I went to Victoria secret like 10 days ago and the lady said I was a 34 B I was like WHAT?? I did not pay $6G to be a B in victoria secret. Im gonna wait til they fluff and drop. Also after I started taking daily walks outside I started feeling better and it increased circulation, breathing ( i felt like i couldn’t breath the first 2 weeks) and feeling like you get a little exercise/ mini sweat in.

      1. You’re still healing so they may even out in another month or two. I’m sure you’ll be bigger than a B, try bras on again in a few weeks. Good luck!

  5. Hi Katrina

    I’m Sisi, I got my BA done on the 11th of August 2021. I got 295cc. So it is almost 4 weeks post op. While I think they look great, I feel strongly that this is not for me. I would like to get an explant done but my surgeon says to be safe, I should wait 3-4 month for the body to heal and things to settle…

    The wait is killing me. I think I’m scared I’ll get complacent and keep them anyway, which I don’t want to do. I know people say the anxiety will subside and I think I’m okay but I do feel regretful somewhat and anxious that I have to have them in me as I wait …

    I need advice as to how to wait… Are you considering explant??

    1. Hi Sisi, I’m sorry you’re not happy with your implants. Your hormones are going to be on a roller coaster for a while. However you feel right now is valid, and however you feel 3 months from now is valid too. I think if they’re not meant for you you’ll still feel this way in a few months, but until then you just have to take it one day at a time. Try to focus on other things for now.

      I am going to explant in the future, it’s just a matter of timing, finding the right surgeon, and cost.