Explantation Consult Tomorrow

  • Lolita
  • Marrero, LA
  • 6 months ago

In May 2005, I underwent implant exchange and lift because i had suffered for years with CC in my then 8 year old implants.  My doctor talked me into going up from 250 saline to 350 saline. I was happy with the smaller size and already had trouble finding shirts to fit correctly so I was very reluctant to upsize but figured the doctor knew best- and I made the mistake of bringing my husband to the consult so I was outnumbered. In addition to looking heavier because of the larger breasts, I now suffer with lots of breast pain and tenderness, headaches, neck, shoulder and back aches, fatigue, mental fog, forgetfulness and many other hormonal type issues. I was considering scheduling another exchange for a smaller size but after reading so many happy explantation stories and learning so much more about the previously undisclosed complications of implants, I have decided to just have them removed and give my body and mind at least a year to heal. I can't see paying out another $8k to $$16k for something that causes so many toxic symptoms and has such a short life expectancy. I was very confused over my options for a few weeks then I walked past the lingerie section yesterday and became giddy when I realized I may be able to shop for cute bras in the near future instead of having such a limited selection of DD and DDD. I have my second consult tomorrow and will also set two or three more consultations before deciding on a doc, Thanks to all of you who have shared your stories and especially to those brave enough to post photos. You have all been an inspiration and a big help.If anyone has any recommendations for a plastic surgeon in the New Orleans area who is experienced in explantation, please let me know.

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Im 6 weeks post op of making the stupid decision to have breast implants! :( I want them out!! I have my 6 week appt with my ps tomorrow. Im nervous to ask him about explanting them. Will he be offended or aggravated with me?? I dont hate the way I look, I just want to prevent going through future health issues. I guess I already have a few: night sweats, upper back problems, sleep problems. Is this just the beginning of problems? Plus I hate the way the implants feel in me! I MISS really hugging my kids!! I've avoided letting my 6 yr old daughter see me naked, bc Im ashamed of what Ive done...and how can i explain that to a six yr old? :(
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Had my surgery Friday. Everything went well and recovery is going better than I expected.
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Thats awesome Lolita! Im so happy for you! I hope to say the same in the near future!
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So where are you now in your journey? Thanks for sharing your story with us!
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I had my bloodwork today and scheduled for surgery Friday May 2.
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I've read so many stories where women were talked into getting bigger breasts than they wanted; it makes me so angry to read that! My doctor used larger implants on me too, but not too much, plus I am tall and not thin, anyway, so I looked proportionate. I wasn't that pleased that he made that decision without my consent, but I still looked natural. I have fibromyalgia and some of the same symptoms you have. I've always wondered if these health issues were caused by the silicone. I've really hated the CC because I was certain everyone could tell when they hugged me. Plus, having hard rocks in my chest HURT!! I'm so glad I have my soft breasts back again. I'm sure you will too! Your surgery date is almost here and I know you're probably nervous and have questions or fears (I did!), just know that the surgery wasn't bad at all. I'm 61 and had my implants for 23 yrs. I'm no spring chicken and I got through this; you will too!!
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Thanks, Petunia! I'm glad my doctor was on board with deflating my implants first. Now I don't have to wonder what my breasts will look like. I am both excited and anxious about the surgery. I am getting some lipo at the same time and I know I will be very sore from that and also not thrilled about dealing with drains. My husband will probably faint if he has to deal with the drains. Literally. I just wish I could go in tomorrow and get it over with so I can start healing.
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Thanks for sharing your story. Glad to hear your breasts are in good shape after the deflation. Good luck on your journey!
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I went for another consult on 4/3 and decided to go with him. He did not try to pressure me or scare me into more implants and told me I would have at least a C cup naturally. I was a bit worried what I would look like after because I had no tone and severe ptosis before getting implants and had no idea how effective the lift I received in 2005 was because I still had so much drooping off the implants. I figured I could explantation and give my body some time to heal and revisit my options at a later date if I choose to. When I asked if we could deflate my implants before surgery to get a better idea of what we were working with he said sure. After coming back to make sure I had given this some thought and wasn't rushing into it, they rolled in what looked like a small lipo machine to begin. It was such a quick and simple procedure there was no reason to numb me. He just inserted the needle and turned on the suction- not the most comfortable (I have a phobia of needles and this one was large) but it was absolutely bearable and only took a few minutes. He drained 375cc out of my left breast and 400cc out of the right (I was told I had 350s). This overfilling could explain why I always thought my right breast was just ever so slightly bigger and why my breasts felt like rocks. I was bittersweet watching my breasts deflate and once they were drained I was relieved to see I still had boobies and my nipples were not looking down at my toes. I lost all upper pole volume and it was a bit concave. Let the fluffing commence. I was a bit tender that night with a few small muscle spasms so I took a pain pill in the middle of the night. The next day I decided to try on every single shirt in my closet which increased my need to go find a bra that fit so on to VS. After being measured as a 38 D (?!? I was a 36DDD/38DD with the implants) and spending two hours in VS trying on just about every bra they offered in 36D and 38D, I left discouraged and frustrated. Saturday morning I went to Basics Underneath and was measured as a 36DD. The lady helping me brought me the perfect bra the first try. I tried several more but went back to the first one. Over the first few days, I briefly missed my implants only for the upper pole volume they gave. Then I remembered they looked like fat, retired pornstar boobs and I got over it real quick. I went back to the doctor yesterday to reevaluate my surgery and options. When he saw my girls, he said "Wow! Much better already.". They do look much better since the fluffing has already started. The area above my breast is now more flat than concave. I don't think this area will plump up on its own but a good underwire bra makes them look amazing and they are just the right size. I am scheduled on May 2 for a full lift to correct the periareolar lift done in 2005 and I am thinking of getting the fat grafting to add just a tiny amount of volume in the upper pole areas. I went back to the doctor yesterday
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