Im All In and Ready to Be Me Again! - Bakersfield, CA

My journey with implants has been a roller coaster...

My journey with implants has been a roller coaster. I originally got them because my hubby dissed my post weight loss boob appearance and I told him if it bugged him so much PAY FOR NEW ones! He is relentlessly cheap and I was very surprised when he did.

So on 10/26/06, I had Mentor 450ccs high profile (big mistake! get the lift and BA if so inclined! skip those HPs) implanted sub muscularly. I really didnt have any big problems recovering from surgery and was back on my feet at a desk job in 10 days. BUT what looked awesome in shirts and nightys and swim suits, looked ridiculous in workout clothes and I began to feel self conscious when I wore tank tops to work out. Which in turn made me workout less and over the course of 6 years helped me put back on a lot of the weight I lost.

Hugging felt uncomfortable, the rocks under a shirt we obvious, the unwanted attention at times was embarrassing and just the heaviness of them and literal pain in the neck and shoulders was enough for me to start dreaming of explanting them. Hindsight is 20/20 and I think I wouldve went with a lift and no implants instead.

I was gifted some money recently, and the first thing on list was "get these outta of me". I went back to my original doctor and we discussed the why's how's etc and set a date. While we in the consultation, I asked the doc if he could deflate the implants that day and he, his assistant and my hubby had a shocked look! I told him since surgery was over a month away, wouldnt the breast have a chance to show their true appearance and give a better idea of what he would be working with? And the doc agreed! So, in less than 10 minutes the doc had me stand, and he inserted a needle thru my skin into the best location to hit the implant (no pain relief but it only stings for a few seconds) and withdrew 100ccs from each implant! The rest of the saline would naturally drain away over the weekend.

My hubby announced I was the "baddest bitch" in the world for taking a needle to the boob with no pain relief! LOL I had that done last Friday and true to doc's word, I am back to my natural, needing a lift boobies! It feels awesome to not have shoulder pain, to have soft boobs again and to jog with out any kind of discomfort! I came out of BA surgery with a pair of 42 BIG D's and post surgery/lift, I anticipate 38/40 big B or small C.

Just 2 more days and I will be in surgery to...

Just 2 more days and I will be in surgery to remove my implants. I feel confident in my surgeons ability and cant wait! I think Ive gotten as much done around the house as I possibly can, picked up my prescriptions and post surgery bra. The waiting is making me anxious thought and Im sure Im driving my hubby crazy. LOL Will catch everyone up a few days post surgery depending on how Im feeling.

I am one post explantation and lift surgery and am...

I am one post explantation and lift surgery and am still feeling ecstatic about my choice. My plastic surgeon and I decided that the lollipop lift would be the best option for me as I had moderate sagging after deflation. When I woke up from surgery, I was surprised how sore I felt but the nurse assured me that that was the result of the incisions to do the lift more so than the implant removal. After 3 days on muscle relaxants and vicodin I was able to stop both and get up and move around the house more. Hubby was so sweet taking care of me and when we got the ok to take a shower 36 hours later he was right there in the shower with me! I did have to laugh with him because he was the one who removed the surgical dressings from me and was so careful I joked that he looked like he was defusing a bomb. :)

I went to the doc yesterday for my 1 week check up and while I am swollen and slightly bruised he is pleased how well I am recovering. I go back next Monday and will have the stitches removed which will be awesome because they are so dang itchy!

Will check back in Monday here for more news! If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask. I havent put up and post procedure pics yet but they are coming. Happy Thanksgiving to you all

Well here I am 2 weeks and a few day post surgery...

well here I am 2 weeks and a few day post surgery and I feel great! Got the steri strips off last week and now have to wear this brown paper tape over the incisions til my 1 month follow up. Gotta say, the bruising is going away and the swelling is finally going down. The biggest surprise was how itchy every thing is! My skin is peeling on my breast because of the major swelling even tho I moisturized the heck out of every inch that wasnt covered in tape. My doc is allowing me to walk around the neighborhood, no jogging/bouncing and now weightlifting. I went out JC Pennys and got 3 zip front sports bra that are super comfy and do not bother any of the incision sites. Im building up to longer walks right now and getting my diet back under control so that makes me happy. My breasts dont look to awful, the incision sites and clean and very small and look like they will scar well. Follow up appointment is 12/17 cant wait to go bra shopping for a few nicer looking bras, but know I the girls will be changing and healing so I wont go to crazy shopping just yet.

Just an update! Im at the 6 week mark and got the...

Just an update! Im at the 6 week mark and got the go ahead to resume my normal fitness routine. This makes me happy because Ive missed working out, but sad because Ive lost a lot of the ground that I gained so its like starting all over again.

My breasts have healed nicely, scars are minimal and look great. The regenerating of nerve endings has been an adventure because of all the tingling and surprise random pains that occur but my sensitivity on my nipples returned and while I still have numbness on the longer scar its not that bad.

Looking forward to getting back into my groove and having fun doing it. This experience has changed my life dramatically. I no longer feel self conscious about having giant breast enter the room before I do, nor the heavyness in my neck and shoulders or the need to wear giant tops to cover myself up while working out or being poolside. I dont regret my implants, but I DO enjoy not having them in anymore.

Happy 1 year explant/lift boobie versary!

Hello all! I hope everyone that has read my journey gained wisdom and that my honesty helped you along the way to your decisions about what to do about getting your implants out and doing a lift. I went back to teaching classes after 6 weeks and while it was challenging to do a lot of the physical arm moves for dance as well as chest presses, dumb bell flies for fitness classes. I was upfront with my students on what was going on and they worked out. I would have to say the most surprising thing to me was I was so hesitant to go real bra shopping for the longest time because I was swollen at first to the point that I looked like I still had implants (my body's reaction to surgery your mileage may vary) and then when the swelling went away, vain little me said damn these look great enough to never wear a bra again LOL (( people who wear 38 C's should know better so I DID get a few pretty bras)) I feel so much better without those implants in me, clothes look better, my breasts dont try to push me up out of the water when Im in the ocean, I can hug with my whole self and not a side hug, jumping for joy doenst feel awkward and I came out of surgery with my nipples still perky and responding to every chill, clothing change etc ( I know TMI, but for the longest time my hubby has called me the "Silver Bullet Kid" because of the way they poke out and I didnt want to lose my title) My scars are almost un noticeable and healed flat against the incision I think that has to do with the scar stick the PS gave me to apply daily and then later the Mederma I applied just to fade the scars. In appearance, they have settled in a normal looking breast for a 38 C on a 50 year old gal. Hope my 1 year pic can show this. If there was ever a doubt about if this procedure is right for you, glean as much info as possible, listen to everyone's story and just like when you want out of any relationship, ask yourself "would I better better off with out this"? If you have any questions, comments, concerns feel free to contact me via this site or email. Im an open book and very upfront :)
Bakersfield Plastic Surgeon

He was my original plastic surgeon of choice for my breast augmentation. I chose him because of his medical/ surgical background and credentials. Before he became a plastic surgeon, his specialty was breast cancer and breast cancer surgery. I knew with all his impressive background and surgical knowledge of the human body and breasts, he was the man for me! I refer everyone to him because he is an amazing surgeon and human being!

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thank you for posting your one year post pics! It's really helpful to see what the final outcome will be. You look terrific! And no more side hugs for you!!
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well done...glad ur healing well...pics?.xxx
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Thanks for your update and so glad you're healing so well! I'm still getting a couple of shooting pains and I'm 15 weeks PO. Continued happy healing to you, Lou :)
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Good luck Cindylu!
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Wow! I'm impressed that you asked for deflation right then and there in the office! One of the doctors I consulted with suggested that, but it made me nervous for some reason. What did it feel like for them to be in there empty? Did the empty implants move around or fold up? I think I was worried that after they were empty that they would shift around and pinch me or something. I'm interested in what that felt like. Thank you for sharing and good luck with your healing!
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The deflation itself was "uncomfortable" because he had to make 3 little pokes in each implant as he drew off the cc's. It was weird when they were finally deflated because I could feel the bags on the underside of my breast and if I lay on my side I felt them travel a bit towards the side I was laying on. But they did not fold up at all which I was worried about because it was almost a month between deflation and explantation and I teach fitness classes during the week and thought it would be awkward. But I did not feel the deflated bags at all while working out. My poor class participants were joking that they like me better with the implants full because I didnt jump around as much lol. I think what surprised me the most was the appearance of my breasts after deflation because they went back to the state they were before the operation and looked a little sad. But totally worth it in my book, because they doc got a better idea of where to raise my nipples to and how much skin he was going to remove during the lift.
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Thank you for the info, it's very helpful!
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Thanks for posting! Your story is inspirational! I am at the beginning of my journey and really love reading about how things are going for all you strong women! Much love
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thanks Krissyninja! (( LOVE that name )) If you have any questions this is definitely the place to be! I have enjoyed reading everyone's stories and honesty here as well.
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How are you doing??
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doing awsome! its been 1 week so I am still sore and have steri strips on the incisions and cannot lift anything heavy. I went to the doc yesterday for my 1 week check up and he was pleased with my recovery so far. The only thing I was really surprised about was how swollen I am. These cups are over flowing right now. I do have some "noise" from fluid in the pockets left from where the implants were but am assured it will go away and no danger of problems from that. Cant wait to see what size I wind up with but that is later on down the road.
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Glad to hear everything went well :D YEA!!!! What a GREAT feeling when there out. I LOVE IT!!! Congratulations your now on the other side LOL!!
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good luck and happy healing, cindylu! cannot wait to see your results! anchor or lollipop?
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we went with a lollipop! I have nipples where they should be instead of them looking at the floor! lol
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Good luck and all the best Cindy!!! I am waiting too, will have them removed on the 22nd. Keep us posted and thanks for sharing your journey
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Hey there!! checking in on you!! Im one week post surgery and doing really well. I am swollen and sore but so glad I did it! Good luck to you and the first 3 days are the suckiest! take your pain pills, muscle relaxers and drink tons of water!! AND SLEEP as much as possible!
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Hi Cindy, thank you very much for thinking of me. Yes I slept all day, went early to bed and got up very late this morning :) And yes I drink lots of water. I feel awesome, I think its because I am so happy.
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thats great! I feel like Im part of this huge happy club! :)
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Big smile on my face, yes we are! :))
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Hi Cindy,

Welcome and thanks for sharing your experience with us. Wow, I can't believe you had a deflation, right there and then! So much braver than I would have been! :-)

Please do keep us updated with your progress.

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