I can breathe, says Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter after breast implants removed

Soap star Lucy Pargeter has said she can finally "breathe" again after having her breast implants removed.

The Emmerdale actress had the "toxic bags" for 11 years, causing "massive problems".

Speaking after her operation, the 42-year-old told Channel 4 show Dispatches: "I forgot what it was like to have a full lung of air ... It's amazing. I can breathe.

"Surgery went absolutely fine. They are out. I'm as flat as a pancake. I look awful but I feel good."

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Lucy Pargeter attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Lucy Pargeter attending the British Soap Awards 2019 held at The Lowry, Manchester. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Lucy Pargeter arriving at the 2014 TV Choice Awards, The Park Lane Hilton, London.
Lucy Pargeter arriving at the 2014 TV Choice Awards, The Park Lane Hilton, London.
Lucy Pargeter attending the British Soap Awards 2016 at the Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Lucy Pargeter arriving at the National Television Awards 2014, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
Lucy Pargeter arriving for the 2013 British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester.
Lucy Pargeter with guest arriving for the 2013 British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester.
Lucy Pargeter arriving at The TV Choice Awards, the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Emmerdale Actress Lucy Pargeter arriving for the British Soap Awards 2007, at the BBC Television Centre, west London on 26/05/2007.
Emmerdale Actress Lucy Pargeter arrives for the British Soap Awards, at the BBC Television Centre in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Lucy Pargeter arrives for the Miss Great Britain Finals, at Grosvenor House in central London.
Lucy Pargeter arrives at the Little Black Dress charity auction at the Urbis centre in Manchester Saturday 25 March 2006. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA.
Lucy Pargeter and companion arriving. EMPICS Entertainment Photo. Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment. British Soap Awards.
Contenders in the new ITV event Soapstar Superstar in which soap stars compete to be a singing superstar. Roxanne Pallett (Jo Stiles in Emmerdale) Sammy Winward (Katie Sugden in Emmerdale), Lucy Pargeter (Chastity Dingle in Emmerdale), Wendi Peters (Cilla Brown in Coronation St), Shobna Gulati (Sunita in Coronation St), during a photocall at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester.
Lucy Pargeter arriving for the National Television Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Pregnant Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter arriving at the British Soap Awards 2005, BBC Television Centre, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Lucy Pargeter at the Inside Soap Awards 2004, The Atlantic Bar and Grill, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Emmerdale stars Lucy Pargeter (left), Chris Chittell and Sammy Winward (right) during the eighth annual TV Quick Awards at The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, central London.
Lucy Pargeter arrives for the British Soap Awards at BBC TV Centre in west London.
L to R: Julia Mallam, Lucy Pargeter and Amy Nuttall arrives for the TV recording of We Are The Champions - A Nation Celebrates at the London Television Centre in London. The one-off show for ITV celebrates the success of the Rugby World Cup-winning team.
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Pargeter, who plays Chas Dingle in the Dales, said: "They are out. Last night, when I woke up in recovery, the first thing I did was panic because I could breathe.

"I could take in a massive breath and I thought they were trying to give me too much oxygen – I panicked."

And she tells the programme: "I know that everything is going to be much better ... Hopefully my joint problems, my anxiety, the rashes on my chest and the pain I get in my chest and armpits will be gone."

Britain's Breast Implant Scandal: Dispatches airs on Monday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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