Saline Implants Removal - No Lift - Austin, TX

I am having my saline implants removed this...

I am having my saline implants removed this Friday! I have had them since February of 2007. I was at a different place in my life at the time and thought they would give me more self-confidence. Instead, I feel more self conscious with them because they are much larger than I was wanting. I have never felt comfortable with them and have always tried to hide them with loose clothing. I was a B-cup before implants and originally wanted to be a C-cup. Somehow, I ended up being a DD after implants and the birth of my child (2.5 years ago). My original PS kept telling me that they wouldn't look as large after they "settle". Well, five years later...they are still too large for me.

I have finally decided that I don't want to go through life trying to conceal my large bust anymore. I am really looking forward to having them removed this Friday. I have opted not to have a lift initially. I think I will probably need one later but I wanted to take a conservative approach and take my time. I will just have to see how much breast tissue I have now and how much elasticity I have left. Hopefully they will bounce back and look similar to what they looked like before implants.

Well, I had my surgery yesterday! I arrived at...

Well, I had my surgery yesterday! I arrived at the hospital at 6 am and was brought into the OR at 7:30 am. I was pretty nervous beforehand but the staff at the hospital was very nice and calming. I had both implants out with capsulectomy on both sides. I am a little sore now. I was very drowsy on my way home from the hospital and all I could manage to eat was a smoothie, but it helped. I have drains on both sides, which I have to empty and record the volume of output every 4-6hours. The good news it that it has been less and less each time. I was told I can take the wrap off after 24 hours when I can take a shower. I will post pics later. I am just SO glad its over!

Well, I am going to go ahead and post some after...

Well, I am going to go ahead and post some after pics. They are pretty deflated looking right now. These pics are taken less than 24 hours after the operation. I hope they will begin to fluff up in the next few weeks. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Well, it's been 4 days since my surgery. I am...

Well, it's been 4 days since my surgery. I am supposed to get my drains taken out tomorrow at my post-op appointment. I can already tell that my breasts are starting to firm up a bit! I have been told to wait at least 6 months to see how well the skin will tighten up. So far, so good!

Unfortunately, my PS didn't remove the drains when...

Unfortunately, my PS didn't remove the drains when I went to my post-op appointment yesterday. He said that the output is still too high according to the drain logs I have been keeping. I will have to wait until Saturday. I actually don't mind if it is the safer way to go. He was worried that I would develop a seroma if they were pulled to early. Apparently when you have capsulectomies the drainage output is higher since there has been more trauma to the tissue. I am feeling great and loving the way I look in clothes now. Once the drains are out, I will finally be able to start working out again. It will be so nice to be able to jog again if I want. I will post some new pics soon since tomorrow will be 1 week post explant.

I am 7 weeks post surgery now. I have noticed...

I am 7 weeks post surgery now. I have noticed that my skin is continuing to tighten up. I am glad I didn't have the lift procedure at this point. I feel like I am back to my natural self now. Implants are almost a distant memory. Good luck to everyone contemplating having their implants removed!
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