Implant Removal with Lift - Baltimore, MD

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?
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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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Hi exhale ~ me too but thankfully I found the site the week b4 my consultation & helped me to have the determination to not be persuaded to do anything other than what I wanted :) It will be great once we are on the healing side, I think even when you know 100% it what you want/need you still Just want to know whst your final look will be - this site has certainly given me courage and confidence xxxx
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Many of us on here are obsessed (in a good way!) From the first moment I found this website I have been a sponge just taking all the stories and experiences in. Exhale, of course you are consumed right now - you are excited at the prospect of being YOURself - all natural and beautiful! Fear creeps in sometimes - what will they ultimately look like? Can I live with the outcome? Will I look sexy? All valid concerns but the bottom line is - beauty is an INSIDE job. Keep us posted - there's a huge cheering section going on here at RS!
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I can only speak for myself, but I was completely consumed by thoughts of my explant and lift for weeks before my surgery! I think it's normal, especially because you wonder what your results will be, how you will feel afterwards, how your life will change... what others will think, etc. I am about 11 days post op and was very surprised how little pain I felt. I used my Rx pain meds for about 3 days, on schedule so I didn't ever get overwhelmed by pain. But on day 4, I was able to manage the pain with extra strength Tylenol and was completely off meds by day 6. Now I'm more worried about what tops I can wear to conceal the compression bra I have to wear 24/7! Haha! It's super fun to experience the light, free and natural feel of being implant free. I am surprised that no one around me has noticed (I didn't tell anyone I had implants or was having them removed) because I think the difference is so dramatic...I guess it just goes to show you that no one is looking at you as critically as you are looking at yourself. Try to stay busy with other things to keep your mind occupied. And have fun reading RS updates and looking at pictures of cute, small and natural Boobies :). 2 weeks will pass before you know it.
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Jasjet - your comment was do encouraging and helps me ~ I can't wait to feel the way you do it sounds liberating - I'm getting a little anxious but mostly excited and waiting for relief as my cc is worse and it feels like the left side is also suffering :( Keep healing fellow explanter xxxx
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Jasjet, you soothe some of my fears. I won't be sharing my explant surety with anyone not in my close personal circle. I doubt they will even notice, as I've been a master at hiding them. You're right, the time will go by quickly and I'll be on the other side soon enough!
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Hi all! Had my pre op appt. today. It was funny when the nurse was taking my vitals and reviewed the referral for the requested blood work that listed the reason for the surgery. I felt judged, like why did I ever get implants in the first place. To stay positive, I am going to chalk it off to my own disdain of my implants that I was perceiving coming from her. Regardless, I await patiently for my explant date. Everyone talks about feeling lighter and free. I am so looking forward to that feeling. I remember waking up in recovery and feeling like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Nineteen days and counting!
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Can't wait until your there. I'm so sorry you got that feeling from the nurse. Less than supportive. You have all of us here! Looking forward to how good you'll feel on the other side! :)
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Exhale ~ your right to turn it around to positive thoughts because each person in life at some point makes decisions that they either no longer agree with or they regret! She just knows yours & has no right to judge or make you feel uncomfortable. Keep positive & count the days until you are light & natural again ~ that's what I'm doing xxxx we are all on this journey together ..... Keep smiling xxxxxx
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Thanks Bluebell!
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Thank you Joe!
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I must have your elephants sister on my chest too...lol...talk about anxiety. . Thats me today. My explant this thursday. .September 11 . well I suppose then I can return my elephant back to the zoo. Lol...good luck..
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Hi exhale. I returned my elephant back to the zoo this past thursday. I so happy too. I feel so much better and energetic.
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