Supplies for explant recovery

  • 1 year ago

RealSelf member extraordinare, tsauers1, has written a great list of the supplies she used and recommends for breast implant removal recovery. (Please add your own in comments.)

1. Wacoal Sports Bra #855170 for day - lift and molding is key to avoiding a lift.

2. Natori Sports Bra #731050 for night - lift and molding even when sleeping.

3. Johnson & Johnson 3x4 Non Stick First Aid Pads or J&J 4x4 Hospital Grade Gauze Pads - the regular gauze from the doctor's office made me itch and stuck to my incisions - I didn't want to take the chance of the gauze pulling on my incisions when the stiches came out.

4. I had one drain - so I pinned a thin ankle sock around it so it wouldn't rub on me or cause me to sweat.

5. Safety Pins to keep the drain tube and drainage bulb pinned to my sports bra.

6. Colace for constipation since I had general anesthesia and pain meds.

7. Supplemented the Colace with the following to keep regular:

(a) Morning drink of 1 cup hot water with juice of one lemon and 4 tbs of honey.

(b) Morning Whole Grain Bagel toasted with 2 tbs of Coconut Oil instead of butter with Prunes or Oranges.

(c) Also had protein smoothies with fruit and veggies blended in using my Vitamix blender - Nutribullet works great too.

8. Got plenty of the Stouffers Fettuccini frozen dinners to mix with steamed veggies that I steamed before hand - went better with pain meds than a liquid diet. That way whenever I got hungry and took a pain pill, I popped a dinner in the microwave, added the veggies and went. Kept me from getting nauseated.

9. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for when you want to go off the pain meds - most pain meds are a mix of codeine with acetaminophen. Don't take Ibuprofen or aspirin - causes bleeding.

10. Digital Thermometer - take temperature daily - keeps you aware of your body and you get warning if you might be developing infection. You always end of cratering on a Friday after 5 or on the weekend. Most doctors say don't worry unless temp is 101, but if you get a warning that it's 99 to 100 on a Thursday you can go into to their office and they will give you an antibiotic.

11. La Mer - the Body Cream - helps with scarring and firming and toning.

12. Cotton tank tops with light zipper jacket over to hide drains - UGH - that was the worst part of the whole process - dealing with those things.

13. A doctor that will tell you - call, text or email him and the nurses anytime you have any question cause you are my patient and we are joined at the hip until you are happy with your boobies.

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Thanks for the list and the comments! What would we all do with out each others support? TY TY TY!
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Has anyone had their doc tell them how to sleep after explant of under the muscle implants? I usually sleep on my side and it's comfortable after the surgery but I wonder if I should be trying to sleep on my back?
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Much appreciated! Thank you.
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not appropriate deniel12 peddle your goods somewhere else
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My favorite was the Valmont zip front sports bra.. It's a sports bra so there is no cup size. It's super comfy and you will prob wear the same size as before:)
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My worry is I have no clue what size to even buy for pos-surgery.
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I would buy a bra a size or two lower , if you skinny you may go a bit farther depends on what size and if your overweight . Im a bit overweight right now so going down one size was perfect for me
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cause the only thing that will change immediately is the cup size..
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Thank you.
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Different docs have different views. my doc did not want me buying a bra until after the surgery. i purchased 2 champion zip in front bras, and I love them! super comfy. My drains were uncomfortable, but only where they were inserted. They had little clips the clipped onto my clothing. It was also helpful to have little sponges to clean the incisions. I used Trader Joe's sponges, cut them in strips, when they are dry, and wash a few times per day with Betadine spray and a warm sponge. Then just applying arnica gel on bruising. First few days applied Bacitracin to cleaned incision area with a few drops of Young LivingFrankincense Essential Oil. Now that incision area is healing well, calendula ointment is very soothing abd good for scars. I have ordered the silicone strips to cover the scars. Doc told me not to apply for one month, until incision area is completely closed. The silicone strip before and after pics are pretty amazing. I'm looking forward to using them. The scar literally vanishes in a matter of weeks:)
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Great thanks for the info. Mine coming out this wens (28th) under general anes.. I am more apprehensive about general anes than the procedure itself... just want to be myself again after 35 years of lugging these things around..
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Thank you for the great list. New info & things I do know that are buried so deeply under anxiety I forgot I knew them. A good reminder to get it together & think beyond the surgery itself.
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Wow, great list thanks !
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I been thinking about removing my implants since postoperative. See I had severe problems with right side only. But the ps told me I need to give it time. Well, I gave it 4 years and I wish I never did it. I saw a few ps and they constantly tell me what I want. I want them out. I m in constant pain and want to be free.
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So sorry to hear that:-( having pain is not good. Overall what you want is what is important! Keep looking for a PS that supports you. Hope the best for you ! Let us know how your doing.
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You're the BOMB!!!! Thank you ;O)
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Where did you get those specific sports bras? Online? Thanks for the good info!
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You can look on ebay for your size, just make sure they are new. Amazon is good too.
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Thank you Angiemcc !!!
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How did you know what size Wacoal sports bra to buy?
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Hello my surgery is next Monday and I don't know what size of sport bra to buy and what another brand of sport bra do you recommend because is no easy to find this specific brand, thanks!
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It is really a tough call. If you can, talk it over with your doctor. My doctor said he didn't know. I measure my width and then deducted one letter size. For example, I was wearing 42C - so I went with 42 B cup. My first bra was too tight - due to swelling, I had trouble putting it on to wear home from the hospital (my doctor removed my bandages). So the next day, I went and picked up a 42C sports bra (with zipper!!!!) and it fit much more comfortably. They are different brands and I can still wear them both, a month after my surgery. So it is really hard to say. Good Luck with your surgery.
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I regret ever getting my breast implants. I can't believe what I was thinking to go from 34C to a 34 DD. For the past 5 years, I have been living with back pain. I can't wait to be normal again.
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I hear you Sunflower! I am still in the "what was I thinking" mode...but have to move forward, we can't change the past. I also listened to my friend who talked me into them, even though I just wanted a lift. The surgeon also suggested the implants would have the same effect and were less costly than a lift. Ultimately though I can only blame myself. I am now in a much better place health-wise and being as natural and chemical-free as possible so I have absolutely no use for them in my body. One more month!
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Thank you so much. My explant is scheduled for the 22nd.
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