My cup is half full or possibly only 1/4 full but that's enough!

I am 52 and have had my saline, over the muscle...

I am 52 and have had my saline, over the muscle implants for about 22 years. I weighed around 100 lbs at the time and started as an A cup and went to a full C. I was very happy with them for a long time. No problems. Now that I'm older and 25 lbs heavier, they seem out of proportion to my body and sloppy looking. That perception has been creeping up on me over the last two years. I hate having to wear industrial strength bras (I sometimes call them bulletproof bras) and being squeezed by them all day. I've had shoulder and neck problems that might possibly be due to the added weight. At any rate, my perception of what is beautiful has changed over the years. I find overly large breasts, whether they be natural or implants, to be unattractive. I find it strange that some men find large breasts attractive for the sake of being large, whether they are aesthetically pleasing or not. It takes all kinds.

Anyway, I got around to researching removal and after reading lots of stories and looking at lots of pictures, I have decided to have them removed. I don't want to get a lift and from what I see here, I probably won't need it. I will be relying on VS, inserts, and padding. Now it's just a matter of finding the right doctor. My big dilemma is whether to insist on a capsulectomy or not. I've read all the pro's and con's about it but still feel really unresolved. The thought of having to travel far away to have that procedure is daunting... and expensive. What happens if you travel far away and have complications when you get back home?

I had one consult so far and it was quite obvious that he didn't want to explant without a lift. The doctor I went to is very well known here and does excellent work... putting them in. I had to wonder about his knowledge of explant because he had qualms about how my breast was going to attach to the chest wall in a saggy manner and whether it would cause problems later if I did want a lift. I can't decide if he was trying to bamboozle me into a lift or if he really didn't know that it is common to wait 6 months before lifting. He showed me pictures of a person who had drastic weight loss and told me that is what I would look like after explant. Of course the picture he showed me was horrific. He was also a bit patronizing about my looking at pictures on the internet. After looking at many pictures on this site, I can tell that my breasts would be somewhat saggy but not horribly so. I look a lot like Lillibeth on this site in her before shots and I think her results are entirely acceptable for women our age. I am hoping for similar results.
The whole capsulectomy issue is the scary thing. If I were to get a capsulectomy, I would want a doc who has done lots of them. I've spoken with Dr. Feng's office in Cleveland and would have complete confidence in her doing it but I have to think long and hard about the cost. $10,000 after travel/hotel expenses and such. It's all very nerve wracking and I just want to make sure I won't have repercussions down the road. The differing opinions on capsules are maddening.
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Do not rush. You have had implants for years and taking a little time to research all leads and figure out in your own head is important. In fact, I think it helped my husband and me with the whole operation process (at least so far). Look under" nearby " reviews for leads.
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I agree. Take your time, start scheduling consultations and get some opinions on what type of surgery is best for you.
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I found the surgeon who implanted me

I actually couldn't remember the name of the surgeon who did my implant and couldn't remember the exact year either. From reading on this site, I got the idea to call the hospital that his office was a part of and am so glad I did. They still had me in their system so I found out that I did have it done in 1991 and they gave me my doctor's name. I made an appointment for a consultation with him next week and I actually got a good vibe talking to the office assistant on the phone. They still had my complete old record. My weight was actually 110 and I am very excited to see my before pictures because I have forgotten what my old boobies actually looked like. I apparently had 350cc's in both breasts. I have high hopes for the possibility of using my original surgeon. He is in a different town but only 45 minutes away.

I still have not received the quote from my first consult and it would not surprise me if they didn't send it at all since he was not very excited about doing an explant without a lift and came within a hairs breadth of insulting my intelligence.

I am starting to wonder about the healing process and the wrap. I will try to frame this question as best I can. Since I am not getting a lift I expect results similar to Lillibeth's on this site. There is definitely some overlap at the inframammary fold that doesn't occur when the ladies get a lift. What is the optimal way to position the breast in the wrap after surgery to ensure the best result when everything heals and reattaches? Does this question make any sense? I would think that wrapping in a lifted postion would provide for the better result rather than say, wrapping with an ace bandage starting from the top down so that the breast is actually forced downward a bit by the bandage. I would love to hear some input. I told you I was a worrier.
Glad you found your original surgeon -good thinking to call the hospital!! Def let us know what he says about wrapping afterward. I am definitely wrapped so that the top of my breasts are flattened. I will ask tomorrow if there is a trick to wrapping. It would be more comfortable in a lifted wrap, but given the doctor herself wrapped me, I am not worried about it. But a great question!
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Do you have links to this data? I would love to have it as a reference.
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Well said!!! I am getting my 450cc saline OVERS removed in January (with capsulectomy) and waiting 6-12 months for everything to "settle" before I decide on a lift. As you said, I'm thinking I will be able to get away w/ just a Benelli lift rather than a lollipop!
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Had consult with original surgeon

He was a very nice man but he spent the whole time telling me that my reasons for wanting an explant were invalid and that I would be very unhappy and come running back to him wanting implants again... that being the case, I should save myself the extra surgery and get smaller replacements now. On a lighter note, they did have my old photos and I was happy to be able to see them since my memory of what I looked like is a bit hazy. I think they were beautiful. The search for a surgeon continues.
Have you read reviews when you choose nearby tab. It will give you reviews near you that you may not have seen.
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Ugh these docs are killing me. They need some continuing education on the explant movement. We are emotionally vulnerable and don't need to be scared into thinking we will be disfigured and full of regret. Grrrrr!
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I was actually given a printed sheet informing me that removal might result in 1. Disfigurement. 2. Severe Psychological Disturbance/Depression. 3. Loss of interest in sexual relations by either myself or my partner. 4. Possibility of barring reconstruction later because of scar contractures. What they need instead of scare tactics are realistic pictures like those found on this site. There are women who have had less than optimal results here too so I know that that is the risk I am taking. Most surgeons are painting a really bleak picture about the outcome but I'm hoping the reviews on this site are representative of the real percentages and not skewed. I spent a lot of time looking for reviews from women whose stats were similar to mine so I hope I have a realistic idea of what I'm in for.
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The date is set

After ruminating and sitting on the fence for several weeks, I came to a decision last night. After I made the decision, my mood lightened considerably and I felt a welcomed relief. I called to schedule today and November 7th is the day. Yikes! So soon! The scheduler offered that day so I thought, 'Why not? Less time to stress and worry about it'. I'm financially committed now since I had to put down a non-refundable deposit.

I decided to go with the first surgeon I saw although he wasn't too happy about doing it. He is a top notch surgeon and will do an expert job regardless. After weighing the pros and cons of travelling hours away or being in my own town, I chose the latter. If I had qualms about his ability I would definitely travel... but that's not the case. It would be nice if he were more optimistic but it isn't necessary. There were other women on this site who also had excellent surgeons who were not thrilled to be doing explant but did a wonderful job regardless. I think he is reluctant to do an explant because the results are not what he would consider to be aesthetically pleasing and is afraid that I will be unhappy and tell the world about it. I will assure him that I am fully prepared for what I might look like. He definitely wanted me to choose a lift but I'm going to wait and hope for the best. I have great faith in bras.

So, I have just about 2 weeks to scramble to get everything I will need. I am going to prepare food ahead of time and make sure I have everything I could possibly want while recovering. I'm having the capsules removed so my recovery won't be as quick as some on this site. I am really excited and scared... just like everyone else! I'm going to definitely pick up a few sport bras. Suggestions are welcomed.

I've been trying to figure out how to deal with the change in my appearance to people who don't know I've had implants (Really?). If anyone mentions it I will probably say I've had a reduction and leave it at that. Cold weather is here so covering up is easier and I will be buying padded bras and such. I am so looking forward to wearing fitted tops and cute summer camisoles!!! They haven't been an option for many years. I had my eye on one about a month ago at a local shop but didn't buy it of course... I would have looked horrendous in it. I might go back this weekend to see if they have any left. I'll hang it on my closet door, look at it everyday, and wait for warm weather.

Can you tell I'm stoked?
When I made my comments below I did not know you had come to a good place with a doctor. Please forgive my frustration at doctors not listening. I do think being near home is important. I also don't think drs understand the 50+year old with old implants. I believe we are at the beginning of a huge demand in the future.
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I feel the same frustration!
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Yes, and there is no one near. All would require hours of travel time. Going to Chicago is always a terror due to construction. What should be a three hour trip usually turns into 5 or 6 due to various factors. What it boils down to is that a surgeon's positive attitude isn't worth 2 or 3 gruelling trips to Chicago. It's a trade off I know but I had to weigh everything. This is the short story. I actually feel like I am going to be in very competent hands.
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Pre-op complete

Had my pre-op appointment today. My surgeon plans on explanting en bloc. I'm a bit confused because I didn't think en bloc was necessary with saline implants. He is removing the capsules but I have to wonder if the capsule can be removed from a smaller incision after rupturing the implant and removing it. That would require a longer incision and who wants that if it isn't needed? He also talked about possibly using some internal stitches. Me, being the worrier that I am, wonder if this will result in dents. I am 1 week away from my date and am really very glad I made the date so soon because it will save me so much stress! Just think if I had to wait a month.
I am so looking forward to getting the weight off my shoulders and at some point to be able to wear bras that aren't so binding and uncomfortable. Some of the ladies here are much bigger than I am and I don't know how they stand it. I always feel like I'm in a catch 22... I can't wait to get home and take my bra off but then I worry that the 'down' time will just make them saggier. Sometimes I compromise and put my bra strap down on the side that I just had shoulder surgery on. I had decompression done and still the weight of my bra makes my shoulder hurt. I am looking forward to the sudden lightness. Every time I stop to wonder if I really want to do this, I think about the possibility of sudden deflation and having to do this anyway. I think about the fact that surgery won't be any easier the older I get and my breasts won't be getting any younger. Now is the best time to do this. I can't wait to not look so top heavy.
Amen. I feel as if I could have written your last paragraph here. Dying to take off the bra and wearing the strap down on one side where I had a "frozen" shoulder last year. Can't wait to remove these aching balloons once and for all. My preop appt is tomorrow and I'm going ask about the wrapping technique too. It does seem like it would make sense to wrap them in an "uplifting fashion". It scares me to think they may be very concave after since I'm not getting a lift and I'm in my late 50s.
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Be sure to look at this review... Just in case you do wind up with cancavity. http://www.realself.com/review/houston-tx-breast-implant-removal-regretted-the-day Be sure to look and read all the way to the end. I am afraid also but this review was very helpful.
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People, please help me! I'm in chicago as well! I'm looking for a PS to remove my implants. I notice that noone is saying which PS they went to or any mention of surgeons on here other than Dr. Feng. I'm interested in someone here in chicago. I'm 32 and have 320cc saline implants under the muscle and have had them augmented about 9 years ago. I've never been happy with how they look in clothes, as they just stick out and look so unnatural. I just have to have them removed soon and I've been obsessing. Obviously, i've done my own research about a few PS's here, but I'm wondering if I could ask about specific PS's. Is this allowed? Nicole
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By this time tomorrow...

It will all be over with this time tomorrow. Hopefully I won't be in a lot of pain. My surgeon is going to use something internally that lasts for 72 hours. Maybe the worst part of the pain will be over by then.
I am really stressed and feel a bit panicky. My poor dog is afraid of me because he can sense my agitation. That disturbs me because he is my buddy... has been glued to me for 6 years. I guess he just doesn't know how to react to this strange me. I have to be there at 7:00 am. I am so thankful that it is an early surgery.
I just had an awful thought... I'm having hot flashes lately and won't it be fun to have a hot flash while all wrapped up in an ace bandage! Woohoo! Not.
Thinking of you.. hope all went well today!!
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goodluck girlie! you are in my prayers!
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Good luck & congrats on your decision! U will do fine & come out great! I'm scheduled for Monday myself. Have to pass this broker test tomorrow first. Wish me luck!
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On the other side now

It's all done. Surgeon said it all went very well and he ran into no problems. I had full capsulectomys. Very woozy still but not in too much pain. I don't know how much boobage is left because I'm wrapped very tightly. I do hope for at least an A cup... something to hold the bra down. I have my implants in a bag and they are actually bigger than I envisioned, which means that very little of my pre-explant look was actual breast tissue. Yikes! I'm too drugged up to be anxious right now though ;p
I want to say 'thank you' to all those who wrote comforting words yesterday. It really does help tremendously to hear from boob sisters and take the journey with others.
Don't worry about size.  They wrap you up like a mummy!  You will have tissue, but it will take some time to materialize!  Glad you are finally on the other side.  Now let your body do what it needs to do, and let your mind REST!  Congrats Rubedo!
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So happy for you!! Its a great feeling to be on the healing side of things. Speedy recovery!
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Yay! Happy it went well for you today.
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Drugs are kicking my butt

I'm going to try to decrease my use of pain pills. I feel like a shaky zombie. Indigestion too... oh and add constipation to that.
The doc said I could loosen my ace bandage if I wanted to but I'm afraid to take it off. I'm not sure I can handle what I might see. I want to be a bit more clear headed before looking. The pain meds have me all nervous and doped at the same time and I don't want to add another stressor in the mix. Hoping to feel better tomorrow.
I had my explant almost one year ago and I still feel that its the best thing I could have done for myself. I'm 57 and I was pleasantly surprised at my outcome... not as saggy as I had envisioned :) Hang in there and give it lots of time. I am still seeing changes (for the better). Congratulations on being on the other side.
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Chicken Little

Inspired by Rascal100 I stopped the demerol today and I feel tons better. I have some pain but it is tolerable. Who would have thought? Glad I read your review Rascal!
I am considering peeking today and changing the ace bandage for the compression bra. I did pull the ace out a bit to peer in from the top and my breast looks wrinkly and smooshed. I think (hope) that will fluff out when the compression is off.
Can I just say hope you are feeling better rubedo and hoping the results are those you wish for. ... and to all of you ladies can I just add....did you all see Celin Dion on the Johnathon Ross programme last night (sat)....please ladies....if you did not, then you must take a peek on You tube or catch up TV....and for those of you who did, you must surely know what I am going to say...watch her walk on to the set.....what an inspiration. Absolutely amazing body.....and totally flat chested!!!!!! she looked the most classy, feminine, sophisticated women I have seen on TV in years....and totally flat chested!!:-) :-) xxxx
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I will definitely check that out. I love her.
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Yes, they will be wrinkly at first!!  Mine were totally wrinkly.  Don't worry...give them time!  :)
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Post op appointment

I made it through my post op appointment. I was pretty nervous about getting the drains out. The nurse cut me out of my bandage first and I had time to look and assess things before the doctor came in. I have to say I was pleased because I had prepared for the worst, just in case. I didn't know what to expect with the removal of the drains... some women say it hurts and others say it's no big deal. I wouldn't say it was extremely painful but it was definitely a moment of intense discomfort. I had no clue until after they were out that they were in there that far. They actually coil them in your breast and that is exactly what it felt like coming out. I had to laugh at myself afterwards because when I was at home I accidentally tugged a bit on one of my tubes and worried that I had dislodged it. Ha! It would have taken a heck of a lot more of a tug to get that baby out. They had to put some muscle into it. Thank God that is over.
I took my first pix tonight. I'm still swollen and bruised and I will probably end up being an A cup. That is fine by me and I am not against embellishing when needed. I am liking my new look even with the compression bra making me totally flat. I can't wait to try on bras and clothes and figure out my new look. I am horrified by my stomach right now... very distended and I'm sure it looks more pronounced to me since the top is flatter. Laying around the house is contributing to the Jabba the Hutt feeling. I'm bored to tears already but not cleared to drive yet and certainly no exercise yet. This too shall pass. I am very glad to be done with the boob thing although I really did enjoy them for a good many years. Not so much toward the end. At this point in my life I can enjoy and appreciate a leaner look.
You look wonderful! I can totally relate to your post. I have been stuck in the house because of the drains and totally bored. I'm counting the weeks until I can start to detox and really work out again. I'm so ready to be stronger, leaner and healthier.
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You look great!!! It feels song into be over the whole implant thing. Mine were done today & I am VERY happy too! We are so lucky to come out as good as we did.
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Good to be on the other side, isn't it? Let the shopping begin!
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Dress up

I played dress up this morning and I have to say that I am loving my new look. I don't feel any regret or misgivings at all. Maybe that is due to my age and the fact that sad events in my past are not tied to my breasts. I know that some of the younger women on this site have experienced that and I truly hope that it resolves. I'm flatter than a lot of the women on here but I'm happy with it. I can enhance when I want. I almost feel like I have to enhance immediately so the difference won't be so noticeable but I'm loving the sleek look right now. My profile is athletic, petite, and feminine... and it's true that you do look thinner. Even with the bloated stomach right now! Thrilled! I am so happy not to look like a walking pair of boobs!
You look fine! It will get better day by day... The bloated tummy will go once the pain meds are stopped and the boobies will fluff up! I think it is a huge pity that your surgeon was not really supportive of your decision. My PS encouraged to explant, told me to research implants, biofilm infections and their relation to cc, told me to consider fat grafting rather than replacement. ( he was not willing to even consider replacement with other implants until after 6 months). So it depends who you speak to. I respect my PS for recognizing the issues that have become apparent with implants, for researching this and exploring alternatives, rather than continuing with what has been a straightforward money earning routine op for most Plastic surgeons. Initially I wasn't happy with his message, wanted a quick albeit maybe smaller replacement, but the more I researched, the more I asked him, the clearer it became that the tupperware had to go - permanently. I'm sure that you will be very happy that you made this decision.
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Sounds like you have a great ps. I am already very happy with my decision. I love my new look!
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.....I think your boobs look fantastic. I really hope mine would look like that too. Well done. I hope you heal quickly...:-)
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Pretty much in the clear now

The scary part is all over and I couldn't be happier. My ps gave me the ok to lose the ace bandage. There is just no way to look good in clothing all wrapped up in an ace bandage.
I went to Kohl's and purchased quite a few Bali Comfort Revolution bras with the padding. I love how they make me look and they are SO comfy! I don't feel squeezed to death anymore... I am so thankful for that.
My skin has retracted a bit and I actually look fairly smooth. I really can't complain. I'm a b cup and I'll take it! I'm loving how I look in clothing. I feel normal again.
I need to update my pix. I'm about 6 weeks out and the wrinkling is gone. Swelling is gone and I'm still a B! Couldn't be happier :)
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Wow u look GREAT! I'm so happy & excited for u! I will be post explant 30 days on the 11th. I am loving the new me as well & shopping is a blast now. There is so much I CAN wear now!
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Yay Rubedo!! Going to def check out the Bali bras!! I am still in sports bras - just so darn comfy! Congrats on your new look!!
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