42 yo, 10 years with 325cc silicone, submuscular - IMPLANT REMOVAL w/ Lift - AHH...the relief!

Like many of the reviews I've read, let's just say...

Like many of the reviews I've read, let's just say that I was "inspired" to have BA surgery at the ("silent") encouragement of a gentleman at the time. I was 31 years old and a small 34B. I was never concerned with my breast size until meeting this man. Regardless of the "why" I did it, it's done and over. For the last 10 years, I have regretted more than appreciated it. Five years ago I went back to the original PS for a consult on removal. He gave me my options, but I did not proceed. I love the work my PS did initially, so my resentment towards my breasts is only in my decision with getting them in the first place. This summer after going on vacation and having to wear a bathing, suit sealed my decision. I was so self conscious of my breasts that it compromised my enjoyment. I can't wait to have these toxic, heavy, foreign objects out! I am set to have them removed and a lift in a few weeks. The PS says that I am about 50% natural breast tissue and 50% implant. I had 350cc, silicone, submuscular implants. The PS said I had a slight tubular deformity, so the implants would give my breasts a more round appearance. Over the 10 years, I feel as though my native breast tissue has fallen over the implants, and the implants are in the same spot they were originally placed. Regardless, they are coming out. I am nervous, but feel liberated to know that I am convicted to my decision. It is so comforting to read all of the testimonials of all of the women and their liberation. My screen name of "exhale" is purposeful; I can't wait to finally exhale and breathe in a sigh of relief after these things are out. I believe it will be worth it in the end!

Picture pre BA, 2001

Is it normal to be consumed?

The closer it gets to my explant date, the more I think about it! Every time I get dressed, or if I'm working out and feel my muscle pull away from my implant, or if I think what I'm wearing may reveal the unnatural shape of my breasts, I'm thinking about my surgery. I'm also feeling a little scared about the lift and the pain I may feel after. Any advice?

AM bigger, PM smaller

I guess since I am 10 days pre explant (YEAH!), I am more aware of my breasts than ever before. As of recent, I've noticed (or at least think ) that my breasts are bigger in the evening than in the morning. Can anyone speak to feeling this same way?

3, 2, 1...EXPLANT! Mission accomplished!

It's been a little over 12 hours since my explant. To be nervous prior to the surgery is an understatement. The nurses were very considerate of that, and eased my fear every step. I had a hard time in recovery because I am very sensitive to pain medicine which was necessary to give me (for obvious reasons). I was in recovery for 5 hours with super groggy head and dizziness, but no nausea. I had a catheter during surgery which was removed prior to recovery. I am only left with mild burning during urination, which becomes less intense with each void. Just to recap, I had a lift which is why I was in surgery for 3.5-4 hours. When my PS told me it was all over, I reached out to hug him, just out of sheer appreciation. He is so kind and gentle, I was probably being influenced by the anesthesia; everyone laughed. I have no drains, and knew that prior to surgery. My implant were intact and I had no CC. My pain is tolerable, still taking the Percocet, and will probably switch to Tylenol for fear of the "great backup" with pain meds. (I know, TMI). I am not sure of the result, but that is the least of my concern. I know they are "small and perky". I am probably about half of the size I was at most (34D pre). Despite the ache of the incisions, the relief I feel from the heaviness of the implants is gone! I could not have made a better decision. I have more pics of pre explant that I will upload later and take post explant as soon as I can. For those of you that are on the fence, know it is and individualized decision, but without a doubt, I am 100% pleased with mine! Overall, I was prepared for all of aspects of my surgery, with the exception of my the 5 hours in recovery. With previous surgeries, I tolerated pain meds much better. Thank you to all for your kind words of encouragement. This site has been a real blessing!

4 Days Post - Feeling good and much lighter!

Hi all from the other side. I'm finally off all pain meds. Still really tender, but moving around much more. I did have to force myself to stay sedentary until today, but I definitely think that helped. I'm slightly bruised, but only yellow (none of the deep purple and black). My incisions and tape itch, but that is to be expected. I saw my PS yesterday who said everything is healing fine and the surgery went well. He did not have to remove any breasts tissue when he performed the lift, but did have to raise my Inframammary fold because my natural fold was very low in comparison to my chest/torso. He attributed this to the implant my natural anatomy. He said that my internal stitches will dissolve in 6-8 months and the tenderness at my chest wall is due to the raising of the fold. My breasts are somewhat square and swollen. He said they will round out when the swelling decreases and become smaller. While the aesthetic part of this surgery is never a gaurentee, it is not as important as the relief I feel that comes with having the implants out. I am also so happy that I do not have foreign objects in my body. I know implant/explant is a very personal decision. I am not judging anyone who decides what they want. It is most important for a woman to be mentally and physically satisfied with their body. I can tell you that I am VERY happy I explanted. I am having a hard time attaching photos, but will make some adjustments. I hope all this information is helpful and comforts those that are in the decision making stage.

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Glad your doing great..fyi..your last photos did not attach....
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So thankful for the update, glad you are ok. Rest and take care.
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So glad to hear from you! It sounds like you are on the mend! Your experience is helping to calm me for my explant and lift in a week. Keep resting and keep us posted! I'm sure everything will look wonderful!
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Thank you Exhale for your update - I'm glad to hear that you are taking it easy and resting. I couldn't agree more with you regarding the aesthetic part of the surgery is never a guarantee but knowing one is free of the implants is an incredible liberating feeling! Healing wishes your way - the hardest part is over - you're on your way to embracing your natural lovely self!
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Congrats on making it thru the hardest part. Take good care of yourself and let the healing begin!
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Girl are u still hugging the doctors? Lol. How are you today? Wow u where in recovery a long time ! Xxx hope your feeling better.
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I'm so happy for you! Congrats for making it to the other side. Looking forward to hearing about your healing journey. Hugs to you!!
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Yay for you!!! I'm so happy for you. I hope you are feeling well. Can't wait to see pics!
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Yaa good for you.now your on the other side..
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I hope you are doing well and look forward to an update as to how you are feeling. Is it horrible pain? I look about to be the same size as you and getting an explant with lift AND a TT on 9-30-14. I am so nervous. I hope you are ok. Thank you for your updates. Take care of yourself.
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Thank you exhale for taking the time to update us....Congrats!!!!! Yay!!!! Let the healing begin!!!! Because of the lift and the long time in surgery, you may feel discomfort for a few days but it will be SO worth it! Rest, hydrate and feed your bod nutrient-rich foods! Keep us posted!
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Glad it is over - rest lots and drink plenty water to flush out your system xxx keep us posted how your are doing xxxxxxxxxx
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We are having surgery the same day. I am also getting a lift but keeping implants in place. I have to say that my last lift was not too painful...I was sore and uncomfortable but not significant pain. Good luck
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HRT can cause fliud retention in boobs..to help answer your question .
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Thanks frisky. Regardless...GET THEM OUT!!!!
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How are you feeling? Xx
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Hi Bluebell. Thanks for asking. I'm good. I dropped off my prescriptions today. Getting things arranged for my recovery at home. My very supportive boyfriend said he would take off of work the day after my surgery, but my mom will be able to help. (Nice gesture, though). I'm a little nervous thinking about the scares, but just keep remembering that the scars from my BA are barely visible. I went to the gym today and I could feel my implant and muscle separate. I hate this feeling! I've always hated this feeling! I've given my barely worn (must add...lacy, sexy bras) to my natural D sister, who welcomed the gift. I'm 10 days away, and with my busy work week ahead, it will go by so fast. I know you're 4 days always. What's going through your mind?
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Lol...scars not scares, but hopefully they won't be scared!
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Hi Exhale - Glad yr ok x Longing to be on the healing side. At times I feel A little anxious as until the op we don't know how it's going to go ESP because of cc - mostly I just want it done - I keep thinking about all the ladies that are going through the op each day or that are like me & waiting on count down. I feel the same about the scars - wondering how ill heal and I'm a little anxious about whether I'll need drains etc ... Xxx
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Hi Exhale, (lovely name btw, I don't remember having the option to create a name, this is the one I ended up with–it's sorta pedestrian I think) we have similar experiences, you and I. You describe the condition of my breasts at the end very well: the native tissue drooping off the implant and the business with the muscle interaction. AND the feeling of being consumed. It's been a week today since my explant and I am SO happy that it's done. You will be, too. I'm excited for us and all the new wardrobe possibilities that are open to us with smaller, perky breasts. Good luck :)
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Hi Charleston! Thanks for sharing your experience. It does sound like we have similar situations. I'm also happy to hear your loving the other side. Thanks for your support.
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Hi exhale! Just wanna tell you... everything you wrote is "me"..... from the shape of you breast before to the reasons you got your implants. I am now 6 days post op.....and waiting for tomorrow to see the results! I had 370 cc , cohesive gel under the gland, making me a "D" that I have been trying to hide with flattening sports bra for the past ten years. I wanted them more for fixing the " shape" than to increase the volume...I ended up with the same shape... but bigger! wrong move then. I now expect to be a proud little "B"! I want you to know, it went well and I woke up without pain, with the removal they proceded with a lift and an reduction of the areola 30mm diameter.I got the full incisions package (reversed "t") or in French we say (ancre inversé). I took tylenol every 6 hrs the first day but nothing after that. my left nipple seams to be extra sensitive while my right seam normal...I also have what feels like "water" in my right breast, ( nothing to worry about, they will ponction this out and the body takes care of the rest they said) So tomorrow I am getting out of my bandages and into a compression bra for 3 weeks day and nights. I will be having positive thoughts for you on your operation day! You have inspired me with the reasons why you got your implants at first, Your story could have been mine! I know beleive that if a man makes me feel I am the wrong size.......that may be that I am with the wrong "man". Take care my friend, everything will be just fine!!!!! Bonne journée! ( please excuse me if I" ve made spelling mistakes, I am French)
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Marie, wow! Thank you for all of your positive comments and thoughts. It inspires me to be positive and only focus on the positive, which I belief contribute to a good recovery. The mind powerful! Keep us posted on your recovery! Au revior, my friend!
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Exhale - I'm obsessed too ~ my hubby says that to me every day but understands why - it's a life change and a very personal one - this site helps us understand the journey and to not feel alone. I have read so many stories of how people felt and their journey and recovery and it's so reassuring xxxxxxx good luck on you journey xxxxxxx
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Thanks Bluebell! It is life changing and a big decision. I discovered this site after I decided to explant. It has only reinforced my decision.
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