annie458 14 Oct 2012
Hello, I had my implants removed Sept 27th,still recovering and it's not fun! I had saline placed under the muscle in 2004. I went from an average B to a D. Loved them at first, but as I'm getting older, (I am 54 now,) going thru menopause and my weight has definitely redistributed itself. I am 5'2" weigh 124 lbs, but as the years have gone by, gravity has taken its toll on my size D breast. They started to look heavy, started sagging and falling off to the sides, causing side/back fat, I felt very matronly. Decided I was tired of lugging these big things around, busting out of tops, feeling self conscious at the beach. agonized over whether to have them totally removed, not replacing them with smaller implants, take my chances,be my own self again. Had a full bilateral mastopexy, implants removed, liposculpture - lateral chest (with breast reduction.)
I think I'm going to like the outcome once I can wear a normal bra and the scars heal properly. Right now, I have spitting stitches, my right nipple has been a mess, looks crooked, raised outer areola, flattened nipple, skin not pulling together. My PS/nurse assures me this is normal, wear the steri strips, keep compression bra on. Well, that has caused a set it's own problems! I feel like a freak, hate looking at them right now. I go tomorrow to see my PS, I took the steri strips all off, as my skin was so inflamed and red, I was oozing some fluids, the smell is very unpleasant, you can shower 3 times a day, but the yucky discharge under the strips is just plain gross. I have been wearing a sports bra with cut pieces of cotton T shirt to sooth the incisions underneath.Thank you to a poster here who suggested that, worked well. I hope they start to look better and heal with minimum scarring and I end up with small shapely boobs!!!
Hasn't really changed my life yet, but I know I will feel much more at ease knowing these foreign objects are out of my body and I can be myself again. I can breath better now, take deep breathes which was becoming difficult. Jogging/running was painful. I do wish I knew implants will and do begin to sag after the years go by, as you age, looking like saggy old breast! Mine weren't unsightly, but they were in my way and cumbersome. I'm sure if I waited another 5+ years they would of looked much worse. The pain has been tolerable, probably a bit more bruising and recovery as I had the lipo also. I would recommend it to any woman who is tired of the fake boobs, as I know I was, it was fun for 9.5 years, but I'm so over them!!!
I did post my post op appt with my PS today in the regular forum, more encouraging :)