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!
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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