I'm having explant surgery in 6weeks , which compression bra's or sports bra's do I buy ?

  • Su23
  • 7 months ago

I'm finally getting these horrid implants out , had them for 15 years , they are like two hard rocks in my body and just don't feel natural asides all the symptoms such as tiredness , joint pain , chest pain. I'm so excited , nervous , cried so much with joy , relief that these foreign objects will be out of my body and I can finally have my body back..I'm 46 now had them in my early 30's , had been flat chested , and so I secure then, but 15 yrs later older and wiser , I come to the realisation that it doesn't matter wether I'm flat chested or small breasted , I want people to love the person I am , not the size of my chest !cant wait to look elegant , natural and buy dresses and tops that actually fit my natural frame size rather than getting stuck at my chest!i have kept my breast implants a secret from my family and friends , it would be great to be able to give a proper cuddle ! Instead of being at arms length with other s , and not been in a relationship for years because feel so self conscious having these hard rocks in my chest ! I feel like a 100 ton weights have been lifted since I got told I'm scheduled for getting them removed in 6weeks time ! couldn't stop crying ! Feel so happy but nervous too, I must hope all goes well after surgery , any tips ?  after post surgery ? any recommendations for sports / compression bra's ? which brand would you recommend ? I'm in Scotland ( UK ) ...how can I prepare for surgery ? What should I be doing ? supplements ? Exercise ? should I start wearing a sports bra before leading up to surgery ? Would appreciate you lovely ladies advice ! thank you :)

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Hi Su23, I am due to have my op on 1st April and have just bought a Macom compression bra. I have no idea if the surgeon recommends this, so I will go with what he advises in the first few days but I decided to buy a compression bra for post drains etc. It is rather expensive but you just buy the back size and then it stretches to fit any size. It opens at the front for ease as well, this and its supposed to help with pain. I totally understand how you feel about wanting to be yourself again. I have had my implants for 14 years, since I was just turned 17 and am well and truly ready to be rid of them. In terms of preparing for surgery, I have just made sure I have sufficient time off work, I have been told a couple of weeks but i think this is due to some complications with my implants. I am planning a 'goodbye boobs' party - just me and my partner, as only a handful of people know I even have them. I want to say goodbye, good riddance but also be mindful of how this will effect me psychologically, so I am giving (and my partner) presents to myself to celebrate my new body. I was still a teenager when I had the op, so I cannot imagine what I will look like now at 31. I hope that it will go well and that I will have minimal scarring and be left with as much tissue as possible but I have to deal with whatever I have, when it happens. Looking at others pics have helped me think about what i may end up with, based on similar age/no children/size before/size after/size of implant/general 'are hers similar shape/look as mine?' questions but I guess we can not really know until after the op. I will have a think about sharing some pics and my journey. I only have about 10 days till D day, so getting nervous now but I am sure it will be fine. I hope yours goes well too! :-) x
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Hi proff20 , you must be really excited about getting them removed , you arc about 3 days before I get mine removed! Thank you for the Macom bra suggestion ! I will look online for it as I live in Scotland! I totally regret my implants but in my early 30's when I got them done I was so insecure I was 34A but now about 15 years on put a little weight on , age etc Older and wiser I'm no longer bothered about being a 34a , I think small breasts look far more elegant and clothes look much better , I just want to be soft and natural and true to myself and everyone basically I want people to accept me for who I am not what society wants women to look like , I really can't wait , I'm hoping with my age and a little weight I have gained I will look ok hopefully ! I was in London in 'Victoria's secrets ' lingerie store there were such pretty dainty little bra's , after I have mine out and back to my natural size I will treat myself to some lovely Victoria secrets lingerie! It's a great idea to buy little presents for yourself , I don't have a partner because lately I felt so self conscious of having these hard rocks in my chest that I couldn't imagine a guy liking that! Hoping the new natural me will be the start of the new me ! New life! And a new man! Who will love me for who I am ! I'm so so excited for you , so many lovely ladies on this that give me so much reassurance , don't know what I would do without you's! Xxx Like you , no one knows about my implants except for my daughter , she's really happy I'm getting them out , we are both looking forward to the cuddles without the hard rocks in the way lol I will write a review when I get mine explanted and post pics of my recovery / journey etc. thank you so much for your advice and support! Xxxx
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Oh and another thing , I forgot to ask , are you getting a lift ? Seems like many ladies on this do, I'm not , hope they look fine without it xxx just have to be positive and have faith it will all work out xxx
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Hi Su23, I am sure you will look beautiful after your operation. Having had a look now through dozens of pics on here, I cannot understand why I thought large abnormally round boobs were a good idea, when most people look so much better as nature intended. I guess it was because I thought that was what being a woman meant at the time. I think I was an A cup when I had it done but honestly I cannot remember. I am now a 32D so I imagine I will be between a 32a and 32b. As I was so young, and I only went through puberty at 15, I suspect I have a little more natural breast tissue than when I was 17 but i don't know. I have a very small frame so hopefully this will suit me but size wise I am not fussed really, I am more concerned that they recover well and are not too deflated looking. I am not having an internal lift as they are being removed on the NHS. I took some pics of my breasts and was quite surprised that you can see the capsular contraction quite a lot on my right breast in the photo. As I look at myself everyday I don't really see it, as its just me. Even my partner said the same. Even though I am pleased to be finally getting ride of them, I do feel scared about the operation, recovery and aesthetics. I have no photos of me pre op, so I really cannot imagine what I will look like but I guess anythings better than hard, round, unnatural feelings (sort of like an orange under my skin) feeling breasts. :-) x
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Hi proff20, I too am getting mine removed on the NHS, whereabouts are you? I'm in Scotland, like yourself I won't get a lift , when I was looking at some of the pics on this many with lifts , I was getting concerned that perhaps I would need a lift , like you not bothered about the size but just wondering more so how deflated I may look , I've been swimming and going to the gym to firm up, not sure if it will make a difference but just trying to be fit as possible before surgery. I've taken 10 days off work, hope it's enough , I have a pre op appoint this wed with nurse specialist , for bloods etc , need to ask if I will get drains , as my consultant said maybe , or maybe not , all a bit ambiguous , you mentioned that you noticed capsular contraction in photos, how do you know you have it ? My breasts are hard , and the right one in particular looks bigger and different shape , on saying that before implant , my right was slightly bigger than left. Anyway asides all the concerns and curiosity I'm counting the days, can't wait .
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Hi ya, I'm in Scotland too. I'm sure ten days will be enough. I have to have a lymph node removed (to be tested) because its enlarged, so that why the drains but I think also they will put them in for a few days in my breasts too. My consultant was also vague about this, saying maybe, maybe not but I think this is basically because they don't really know until they open you up and find whats going on. It may also depend on the state of the capsule that has formed around the implant. This is what causes the capsular contraction and makes them feel very firm. They told me I have a grade IV in my right breast and grade II to III in my left breast. They thought I may have a ruptured implant in my right, but an MRI scan showed no sign of silicon in my lymph nodes. So now they have to remove one and do a biopsy on it to make sure its nothing sinister (most likely an autoimmune response to my breast being unhappy). I think I also have to have a full capsulectomy which will mean he will have to cut away the capsule formed around the implant, which would be the reason for the drains as then the 'free space' where the capsule/implant had been would be at risk of developing a seroma (fluid swelling). However, I won't know what he found/has done till I come round after the op! Not exactly helping with the anxiety. Hopefully yours is a little less complicated than mine. I hope any woman thinking of having breast implants reads this and thinks twice! x
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Hi prof20 , I will pray for you that everything will be fine with you , and that it will just be a simple removal of the implants , I just got an ultrasound done , but that apparently didn't show up anything concerning , they wanted to do a mammogram but I refused , as with implants there is a high risk of ruptures with mammogram, I was then referred to the plastic surgeon for assessment and mentioned to him how I was getting awful pain in my breasts and they had gone hard and bigger ( especially right ) and also alot of joint pain etc he was very understanding and said he would remove them. Went for pre op today , with the nurse specialist , she was great , and answered all my questions , felt so relieved but also very emotional , she said maybe drains maybe not , it will possibly depend on the day of surgery , and will be kept in for 23hrs , longer only if required .. Will be under general and she said for at least first 2 weeks not to lift anything heavier than a kettle , also said to just buy a cheap sports bra from Asda , she said no point spending loads as will eventually throw it away , but I think I would rather buy a decent one , will buy online , possibly champion with opening at front , apparently my plastic surgeon is very experienced and great with his work. Now I just have to wait patiently and keep praying all goes well ! Xxx
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hi proff20, you must have had your surgery now ? If I recall it was on the 1st of April. Hope it went well , my prayers are with you xxxx
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I think I'll buy small and medium , that way I'll have a choice if the other doesn't fit. At the initial consultation , my surgeon did not mention drains , he said if everything goes well and I didn't need drains I'd be out the next day. I'm being positive and hoping every thing goes well , counting everyday , as I'm sure you are, today I was shopping for clothes and passed the lingerie section , a pretty dainty 34a caught my eye , and I thought to myself I could be wearing that size in 6 weeks time... can't wait to be just myself again Xx
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Good plan! :)
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Hi, Surriy. Another thing my ps insists on: whatever bras you get, make sure they open in the front so you don't lift your arms or reach to the back for the first few weeks. Some zip and some have hooks. I think Champion does make one like that. Also, there's Valmont, Marena, and Fruit of the Loom (different prices). My surgery is March 28th. Yikes.... Good luck with yours!
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Hi CandS , that's wonderful ! 28th Mach ! The magical date:) I'm counting every day to my surgery , I'm sure you are too.. You'll be in before me can't wait to hear how you get on ! Be positive always ! Thanks for your advice on bra brands , I think champion seems to be really popular , came across some front zipper ones on eBay today , but not sure wether to buy small or medium , I was a 34a before implants , though I am a stone heavier now ! Xxx
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Hi CandS, hope your surgery went well , you must be about 4 days post op, happy healing xxxx
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Hi, Su23. And everybody. Sorry I've been absent for a few weeks. I got horribly sick with a stomach infection, so I had to postpone my surgery until May 2nd. Not happy about it, but I was so wrung out after five days and nights of nonstop pain and not being able to get enough nourishment that I couldn't face surgery, and my ps completely agreed. At least it gives me a month to work out and eat right. I've been following everybody's progress for some days now, but I kind of felt a little embarrassed that I just dropped off the face of the earth. Anyway, thanks so much for reaching out to me! xx
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Awwh so sorry to hear you haven't been well CandS, hope you are feeling much better now ! Everything happens for a reason , perhaps this will give you more time to prepare your body mentally and physically for the surgery xxxx all the best when it comes xxxx :) keep us posted!
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Thanks! I will. :)))
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Look forward to it ! Xxxx
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Congrats Surriy23 on booking your explant! I'm booked for March 14th! My Dr told me to buy a few champion sports bra but I'm sure it varies so if I were you I would call my r and ask what they want you to pick up or if they supply one for you. Have you created a review yet? Have a great weekend!
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Dr not r*
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Hi mdeluca , I only just found out a few days ago I would be scheduled for surgery , I just happened to phone my plastic surgeon consultants secretary to find out if appointment was scheduled and she gave me several dates , I'm scheduled for 4th April , haven't yet had my pre op , or spoken to my ps about what bra's needed , I certainly will have a look at the champion ones as you suggested , where can you buy the champion ones from? You must be really excited about your explant surgery , I can't wait for mine to be out , so you'll be before me ... You could fill me in , how you get on... I was originally a 34a before implants in my early 30's now I'm 46 and having put weight on , about 1 stone heavier , I'm a 36d , not sure how my breasts will look after but I can't imagine them looking worse than they are now , right now I can't even look at them , they just look like 2 hard gigantic melons , I find them repulsive and too big for my frame ! By the way how do I write a review ? What is a review ? I'm counting the days as you are ,,. Keep in touch and let me know how your journey goes , I'm sure you will look great ! :) xx best of luck!
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Hi there, I'm in the US and you can get champion sports bras at target. I'm so excited I haven't quite saying I'm so excited. Lol If you click my name it will take you to a page and you can click my review to see my story. A review is a story for others to read, almost like a mini blog. You can update it and people can comment on it. You can even post pictures. I've only known my date since Thursday, that was my consultation and pre op information all in one since we live two hours away. I would love to read a review if you feel up to posting one. In the last year the reviews have grown from only 400 to almost 800. We are not alone!
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http://www.realself.com/Breast-implant-removal/reviews these are the reviews. You can click the blue make a review button on that page and make your own:)
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Hi mdeluca , I have posted a review , and will definitely update it once I get my surgery , I just got my letter through today to confirm my surgery date ! You must be getting excited too! I think you only have 2weeks left ..? Just been on eBay looking at champion bras as you recommended , how do you decide what size to get ? I was quite flat chested before the implants , 34A , should I buy the sports bra in 34A or smaller as I'm aware you need to have plenty of compression ? I read on the forum a lady had put on 2 sports bras after surgery to give enough compression... Any ideas ? Surri xxxx
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Very excited! April 4th will be here before we know it! The bra my ps recommended only comes in sm, med, LG, xl, XXL, and XXL. It's the pull over your head type that has the wide band and is super stretchy and thick. My ps will have me in a ace bandage with drains from Friday until Monday and then draina are removed and I get to put the sports bra on. I'm getting a full lift but I think post op varies Dr from Dr. I think I'm going to pick up two mediums but only wash one so if I need to send someone to exchange it I can:)
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Hi mdeluca , how did your surgery go? You must have had it now ? Hope all went well xxxx I'm on count down for mine !
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