Normal to reconsider decision of implant?

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Question from aliwag: Recently, for the first time, I felt like my implant was a hindrance and I wanted it out of me. Is it normal to feel this way at times? I've only had the implant for a year and am confused by my feelings all of a sudden.
Answers - Lidia Schapira I am not a surgeon, I'm a medical oncologist, so I'll answer this question for you based on my experience listening to my patients. I hear this kind of regret quite frequently. Many women tell me they're upset by the cosmetic results, or by having an implant, and these kinds of issues often come up several months or years after the surgery has been completed. My advice is to explore this with a member of your medical team, and figure out if it's just a matter of accepting the foreign body in you, or if you really need to reconsider your decision. It's a difficult issue to have to say, but if you feel this way, the best advice I can give you is to talk with someone on your medical team—your surgeon or your oncologist.

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