almost six month update

Hello to all.... I am thinking about removing my...

Hello to all.... I am thinking about removing my implants after 11-years. I am so glad I found this site, I wouldn't of never considered it otherwise. I was implanted with saline implants over the muscle. I was a nice 34B and despite my request for a small C; I ended up with a D. At the time I had the extra money and didn't really think it through. I was so unhappy right after surgery they were so HUGE and felt like two hard balls inside of me and still do. I am a small lady at 5'3 and 115 at the time so I always felt a little awkward. I got used to them over time and got to like them. I guess we all adjust to changes.... I did consult with my doctor and expressed my concerns but he simply dismissed them. I consulted with other but all assured me I would have terrible results and I would not be happy. This was all back in 2003 -2005.

Here I am 11-years later and my life has changed considerably. I have had two babies and nursed both. I am a super busy and active mom and I feel that my boobs are too huge. I am always trying to wear things that aren't too revealing or show the size of my breast. I was never unhappy with my size. I wish I would have taken the time to think about it.... But I guess we all do thinks we regret in the future.

The reason I started this whole search is due to a burning sensation and pain on my right breast. I figure it is time to replace my 11 year old implants. My doctor tells me I don't have much breast tissue and I will look deflated and flat. He says I should get a lift and smaller implant put in under the muscle. Maybe he is right and I will look horrible but I will never know what could have been unless I try. I have decided to take them out and be free of this bags! I am scheduled for surgery in 2 weeks. I hope The Lord hears my prayers for no complications and good results.....

I will post photos soon.

Hi Flora! I'm your height/weight and I totally get how awkward it is to have big boobs and identify with how you feel. My implants are very soft and also saggy, so I know what I'm in for!!! But it's like you said, you never know until you go for it! I wish this site had been up many years ago when I wanted them out, but although we can't change the past, we can do what we can to direct the future! Good luck with your surgery. I look forward to seeing your photos and updates.
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Hi Flora34! Good luck with your surgery. I hope all goes well for you and that you get good result. Will keep you in my prayers. :)
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Thank you....
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Surgery is scheduled for first week of Nov. I sure...

Surgery is scheduled for first week of Nov. I sure hope I am doing the right thing.... I am really worried about the outcome being that my implants are over the muscle and how long I have had them. I have posted a couple of photos. Will post more pics after the surgery. Thank you to everyone who has posted on this website it has help me out a lot in making my decision.

All the best of luck to you Flora34! Mine are coming out after 9 years next week and are over the muscle, and I'm so glad I wasn't persuaded to have smaller implants put in place. That burning sensation must have been awful and so worrying...we never know until years after out BAs what these things to our bodies. I'm sure your parayers ill be answered. xx
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*Prayers xx
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Hi Flora. Your story sounds similar to mine, except I was an AA o A cup before I got implants. Take at my before and after pictures. I have so little breast tissue that I could feel the valve cover under my muscle on my implant that had deflated and flipped. Yes, I'm quite flat after the explant, but I was flat before!
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Surgery is scheduled for October 24th. I am really...

Surgery is scheduled for October 24th. I am really excited about being natural again! I am concerned however about removal. My ps wants to use local and no drains. I have also read about enbloc and not sure if removing my capsule is necessary to have better results??? So much to think about and consider.
Hi Flora - my doctor said that he would use a local if my capsule was not going to be removed. Since my implants were under the muscle he recommended removal of scar tissue. I wouldn't have hesitated at a local - the medicine is pretty dialed in these days and it can be very similar to having a general. Oh, I had drains too... Glad your surgery date is near! Good luck to you!
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My friend Reed69 I believe did local. You might ask her about it. :)
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Gosh....I am so nervous!!!! I want to be smaller...

Gosh....I am so nervous!!!! I want to be smaller as I feel very top heavy for my heigh & weight (125 pounds currently and 5'3) but everywhere I look I see women with big perky boobs. Will I miss having them??? I hope not given i have wanted to be smaller for a very long time. I wish there was a way to still have volume with my small breast. :) I guess VS push up bra will be my new BFF. Seven days to go!
Hi Flora, I'm so excited for you! I'm also saline over the muscle, and am planning explant before my next birthday (April). From what I gather in researching for my procedure, enbloc removal is when they remove the implants with the capsule attached to the impant without puncturing the capsule at all (think like removing a whole grapefruit without damging it - the skin of the grapefruit being the capsule). This is really important if women have silicone implants which are ruptured or leaking - removing enbloc keeps the leaked silicone inside the capsule so it doesnt spill into the body. Enbloc is a much more difficult surgery to perform and can be more invasive from what I understand, and is generally reserved for leaking/ruptured silicone. When they do a 'regular' capsulectomy, they will slit the capsule open, pull out the implant, and then remove the capsule from the empty pocket - this allows the surgeon to clearly see the entire capsule and remove it. I personally *wish* I could do a simple explant under local, since going under general anesthesia scares me, but I have contracture and a very thick capsule in my L - so I need a capsulectomy, but I'm not worried about enbloc since the only silicone in me is the bags themselves :)
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you are going to feel a HUGE weight off of you! :) as soon as i could buy a bra i didnt even buy a push up, i bought all cotton no padding LOL!! cause i LOVED how slender i felt with out boobies LOL!! :D
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Elle1991 If I have as much volume as you I won't need a push-up bra either. :) But I don't think that will be the case. I have little breast tissue left from nursing 2 little babies. But keeping my fingers cross for good results. :)
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Two days to go! As time passes I am more and more...

Two days to go! As time passes I am more and more excited about the prospect of being able to have proportionate breast. I am a little afraid about going local but confident that for me it is the best move given the risk of general anesthesia. I am also having a simple removal not removing the capsule as mine is very thin. I am still afraid of the final results given it will be out of my control or the ps's. it seems that every women's body reacts different to removal just hope mine is forgiving. I am also hopeful to return to my daily activities quickly, I don't have the time to rest. Lol...

The more I think about it.... I wonder why we are not all informed at the time of implantation that we will "NEVER" be the same. Sure we will age, have children, nurse and naturally sag but it is nothing like the damage an implant causes. Risk, cost, etc., should be the first thing our ps's tells us when looking to get bigger breast. I would have gone home and seriously thought about it before going through with it or not, who knows? When you are young one doesn't really think of the consequences. Anyway, I am babbling. The point is, I would love for our younger generation to make better informed decisions when it comes to plastic surgery.

Thank you all ladies, your post and pictures have given me the courage as well as realistic expectations. Hugs & Kisses to all of you very strong beautiful women!
Best of luck tomorrow! Stay strong
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flora34 :) will be thinking of you and you are strong and brave as well :)
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I have natural, humongous , pendulous breasts and honey if I could take them off, I would become an A in a split second. Unfortunately, I can't even have a reduction because I have Lupus and am on Chemotherapy. Soooooo, good luck to you and don't think twice about being small (and looking wonderful in nice clothing) at all. LUCKY YOU!!!!!
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Surgery went well. Fast and little pain. My PS was...

Surgery went well. Fast and little pain. My PS was fantastic. Very understanding and caring. Unfortunately I did not have the results some of you lovely ladies have had. I am so depress.... I am not sure this was the right move???? Sure I was really big but not deformed. :( My breast have caved in and I am now the size of a two-year-old boy, which wouldn't be so bad if I weren't caved in and wrinkle. The top of my breast have a life of their own. I haven't stopped crying but I know I shouldn't be so vain. I know that there's women out there with worst problems and I should feel blessed that I am healthy. The pro is that I feel much lighter. the cons are that My breast will NEVER be the same as before implants. I am simply one of those women that didn't do so well with implants. This has change my life forever.... I simply wish I had know then what I know now...implants are a life time commitment for some of us women. I am not sure I can live with my results. Please don't let this discourage anyone considering implants. Everyone has different results. :) I am not sure I am ready to post pics as I look terrible and this would simply confirm what my eyes are seeing. :(

I meant women considering explantation. The drugs...

I meant women considering explantation. The drugs are still kicking in.

P.S. I had such high hopes for my breast. :(

P.S. I had such high hopes for my breast. :(
Nowhere near a 2 year old boy!! Keep your breast tissue lifted (lift up from the bottom of your breast) in your compression garment and any sports bra you wear and I believe you will heal very nicely! You have a very good amount of tissue left, now you have to take the time to "train" it back to where you want it. Happy thoughts!
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Don't take the compression bra off. Its job is to even things out. And give it time.
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I have nine days to go before my explant and your pictures don't even for a second change my mind. Your skin is an organ that is going to tighten up. I would give yourself a few months before you can even imagine what your true breasts will really look like. Hang in there. Keep venting. I may need to when it's my turn. I still need to get pics up.
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Thank you all you fabulous ladies for being so...

Thank you all you fabulous ladies for being so understanding, encouraging and gentle with my feelings. I have not been able to sleep a wink, combination of tummy troubles from when I came home from surgery I was so hungry I must have eaten my whole fridge. Ha! And of course no changes to my appearance. I know it takes time but I feel that I have butcher myself. I don't know what could I have done different???? Should I have removed the capsule? Is there something my doctor needed to do to better my chances? I simply can't see this getting any better. How? The caved in part latterly does not have any tissue it is like the top of my boobie is being eaten by my lower half. :( You can see the deformity through my shirt. I don't even have a way to hide it. Where I live it is hot and humid, jackets are not an option. I am an emotional mess.... BTW, thank you all for the nice comments about my skin. Like you ladies said, the bottom is fine it is simply the empty pocket left that I am terrified of - I feel like A freak show. :( Sorrry I am venting.... I have no one to talk to.

P.s. I looked up that website with MsHayes but I don't see her pic.
Hi Flora, feel free to contact me, my name is Lynne Hayes & I run Explant Info, and the international support group/forum for ladies who Explant. I have accepted your request to join the forum, all users receive the ban notification that you received until they have been accepted, this is to ensure all members are genuine. xx Lynne
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Thank you Lynne.
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Byeimplants - thank you for all you have done for me.... I was able to log on an view Lynn's pics. I feel much better this afternoon than I did this morning. Sending lots of hugs your way!
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I feel much better today. I am no longer crying or...

I feel much better today. I am no longer crying or angry with my decision to explant. I have decided to give my body time to heal before making drastic decisions. I am not liking the recovery period. I was told this would be a simple recovery. At the moment my breast are in a lot of pain and I feel a constant burning weird sensation. I am also very tired and weak. Has anyone experience the weird sensations in their breast after removal?

I am also on a special diet that will help with recovery. I got the idea from the livestrong.com website. It gives you a list of foods that will help with elasticity of your skin. Basically all healthy fruits and veggies. Yum!

As for my breast, to be honest, I have not seen much improvement but will keep waiting for that "fluffing fairy". :)

Thank you all for all your support and kind words! Couldn't do this without you ladies. Hugs & Kisses!

P.S. I will update my photos in a few weeks.
Flora, How are you feeling? Are the breasts starting to settle a bit? Hope you are seeing some progress.
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Hi flora - My implants were removed close to 4 months ago now. They were in for 30 years. Give it some time and your breast will fill up some. I kept my sports bar on 24/7 for the first 8 weeks. I think that made all the differnce in the way I healed, also i massaged each morning in the shower. Think really started to look up once i started to massage, it was a little tough at first because they were so tender, but I kept at it. I am doing fat transfer to the breast after the 1st of the years to fill things out and to correct asymmertical breasts. My ps said to let my breast heal for 6 months and then we will start the Brava system. I'm so excited to start the next phase of my explant journey. Hope everything works out for you, just give it time. My ps said you really do need that 6 month of healing.
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Beaglebaby1 - does the fat transfer look good?
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Thank you ladies for giving me hope! I will say...

Thank you ladies for giving me hope! I will say that I am an emotional mess. My breast have improved a tiny bit and I like the feeling of not having implants. However, I miss having an actual bra size and pretty breast. I have the cup size of my former breast but zero volume. My breast are also still caved and seeing myself in the mirror is very hard. I refuse to let my husband see my breast and no longer feel sexy. I feel like damaged goods. I have good days and bad. Today is a bad day.I keep asking myself if this is really what I wanted? I wish I could be less vain and live with my results but I am just not sure I can. I wish I was as brave as other women on this site. you ladies ROCK! I am going to wait at least until after the holidays and I may consider a smaller implant.

I can't stop thinking of how women who have had cancer and breast issues deal with it??? My heart goes out to these ladies. I plan on getting more involved in anything to help Women with breast cancer, research, etc...

Sorry I am not as optimistic. Maybe with time....

P.S. I have very hard lumps under my incision. I sure hope this is normal. :(
Hi Flora, give yourself time...and lots of it. Do what you believe will make you happy. I can relate totally to what you have said about bras. I went bra shopping yesterday and couldn't find anything to fit me. My surgeon thought I'd be a C cup after explant so I was quite excited but also dubious as I was an A cup before implant! It turns out I am a C cup but a flat C cup with no filling!!! I can't wear an A cup as my breast has been stretched so much. Can you buy bras for women like us?? PS you ARE brave and I hope you have more good days coming your way soon. Take care of yourself. xxx
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I'd like to know too. My boobs are so wide and soft and jelly like its hard to form them into cups
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Hi there, I am sorry you are feeling like getting a smaller implant. Have you considered fat transfer? I saw this www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init and thought it looked amazing! No foreign objects for your immune system. I wish this had been an option for me in the year 2000, but this is a new technique.
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To those of you ladies who are having my bra...

To those of you ladies who are having my bra problem. Cup size is perfect but there's not enough breast to fill it. I went to Target and found this bra that fits perfect! I will post the pic. Hugs & kisses!
Hi, concerning lumps under the incision, I also had those and have been able to massage them out also if memory serves me I had them before lol also I was massaging and a few of the disolvable stitches popped and freaked me out I swear I could I heard them pop. Victoria secret has bras that will push ya up and give you the fullness you are missing :) hope this helps keep me posted
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Thanks for the bra suggestion. How are you doing?
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OMG FLora i can sooo relate to how you are feeling---the WHOLE lot!!! Please please hang in there. It is still so early for you. I am now just over 2 months. I will post some more pics today or tomorrow and i am praying there will be a difference in my nipples!! The hard lumps under/ behind the nipple could be scar tissue building up. You will need to start massage on this as soon as your PS says it is ok. I will post some pics too on my profile of EVERYTHING i am using. Dont be discouraged--your breasts WILL change. I know my actual breast itself has changed. I hated the small irregular size to begin with, i still have a wobble when i try certain clothes on it is difficult after so long to have big breasts then go to nothing!!! I surprise myself from time to time when i put on a nice bra--i even say to my husband i have a cleavage!!!! He still hasnĀ“t seen them. I really do have to overcome this, he is so good but i know he wants more and it has been some time--i have almost forgotten what its like!!!LOL! I really do hope you have a better day today. Dont forget what the surgeons say--they wont do anything for 6 months to a year so that tells you there is still loads of heeling to be done! xx And i am sure you have looked at the profile of Elle--she is reall proof that the breasts/ nipples can get better--IN TIME! YUK i HATE that word x
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Today is my third week since my explantation....

Today is my third week since my explantation. Things have changed and continue to change daily. My breast seems to be improving but still have indentations from the implant. My breast are wide but hopefully that will sort itself with time. Overall, I am happy without implants but not sure what I will do in the future. For now, I am going to give my body time to heal. I feel really great in some clothes but others are simply depressing. The bra issue continues to annoy me but I guess it doesn't matter as I have to wear a fitted sports bra for a while. I am doing everything to try to promote breast tissue healing, changed my diet, hydrate, massage and fitted sports bra. I hope that with time and prayers I will not need the small implant. Thank you to all the ladies who have suggested that I wait and who gave me hope, I would have been back at my ps's the next day if it weren't for you all.... Xoxoxo
Hi Flora do you have some more up to date pics???? Love the one upside down LOL :) xxxxx
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yeh hi flora how are things with you now in?
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Just wondering how you are. I hope all is well with you and you fluffed out some more.
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It has been almost six months and let me tell you...

It has been almost six months and let me tell you ladies it has been an emotional journey but with a light at the end of the tunnel. I have seen my body recover in ways that amaze me. I still to this day feel weird sensations in my breast and know that I am still recovering and have yet more healing to do. I can't wait to see my lovely little breast at the one year mark. I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin. I love not feeling fake. I also like the idea of no more Breast surgeries. I feel healthy and walk with my chin up. I feel more proportionate.

I still have nothing against implants they were simply "not me" at all.

The weird part is that I think implants are out of style. More and more women are opting to embrace their natural gorgeous selves, I admire that!
Seeing how you come along flora gives me hope I too have wired feelings on my left breast. My first post op is Tuesday.
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Are you still happy?
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Ahhh i am so pleased for you. I checked out your posts and pictures and brought a tear to my eye.you truly are an inspiration to all of us . What a transformation your breasts have gone through. We really do under estimate what our bodies are capable of. You look lovely xx thankyou for sharing x
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A Year Later!

It has been a year since my surgery and since my PS told me my breast would stay deflated and he best option would be more implants!
My breast are healing till this day. I have some nipple issues but I had started to see the problem with one nipple while I had implants so I think it has do more with previously nursing. Overall my little C cups are awesome. I am thankful that I went through with the surgery. The skin retracted nicely. I use vitamin E, coconut oil and massage my breast every day. I am also wearing a fitted sports bra to bed every nigh. I currently wear a no wire bra from VC, size 34c. Sure I don't have the volume that I did with implants but my bra does the trick. Overall feeling blessed!
YOU look gorgeous! Thank you for coming back to remind us that healing really does go on for a year! :-)
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Hello wow you look so good and I'm happy for you ... I'm 7 days post op and hating life but after reading your story I have hope :) thanks and a quick question when did you start massaging your Breast ???
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Thank you so much for sharing your story..... You are looking great!
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