Flat & Happy :) - La Jolla, CA

I just want to say a big thanks to all the brave...

I just want to say a big thanks to all the brave lovely ladies on here for sharing their stories! They were all so helpful to me and I hope my story will be helpful to others too! I will be 30 years old next month, I'm 5'3 at 123lbs. I had 450cc hp silicone unders via areola incision. I was a 34B pre op and 34D post op. I had my implants in for 3 1/2 years. Growing up I was ok with my breast size but a few years ago I went on a crazy diet and I exercised 24/7.. I lost so much weight. My boobs shrank to almost nothing and I thought maybe I needed to get them. I had several gf's that already had them and they looked great! So I decided to go big or go home on the size and I thought 450cc was a good choice for my body type. I'm a little short but I thought since I had hips and a butt it would balance it out. The first year was great, but after a while noticed how much it made me appear top heavy.. Always self conscious about how they looked in tops. I sized up because I didn't want them to be the main focus when people saw me and these flowy tops made me look bigger than I was. I started to hate them.. Then about a year ago, I notice my right boob was sitting up much higher and felt firmer than the other. I knew I had gotten capsular contracture :( . I went to see my original ps (about a 1 1/2 hr drive) and he told me that he would need to do a capsulectomy but said I had a 50% chance of it coming back. I didn't like those odds so I knew the best choice for me was to remove them completely. I found this site and it gave me the courage to do just that. I came across an explant review here and I loved her results and the great experience she had with her surgeon. It was an added plus that she was a woman doctor and she was only a 20min drive from me! I went in for a consultation and I was so happy with how well she and her staff treated me. She told me I didn't need a capsulectomy but that she may need to remove some scar tissue if needed once she gets in there. I had my explant yesterday morning, everything went great. She left the capsule in on my left (good boob) and took a small piece of scar tissue on my right (cc boob). I woke up ok with minimal pain on my right boob. Here are some before and afters :) I apologize for cropping out my left arm, my tattoos may give away my identity.

One week post op

Everything is healing ok, they still looks the same to me. I still have a small amount of seroma on my right. I'm continuing to wear my compression bra plus ace wrap 24/7.. I hope it will absorb soon =\ .

One month post op

So far I'm really happy with my results! My ps did an amazing job :) it feels great to be natural again. I am no longer wearing the ace wrap but I still wear the compression bra to bed. I've been massaging my breast with firming lotion every night after I get out of the shower and applying newgel+ on my incisions. I hope they continue to improve!

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La Jolla Plastic Surgeon

Great caring surgeon and wonderful staff! She could tell I was nervous and held my hand until I passed out and gave me a follow up call later that day. Very informative and answered all my questions.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thank you for sharing your encouraging experience - I hope yr well - you look great x
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Thanks! I am much happier :) so glad I did it.
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You look so much better without the implants - congrats on your decision!
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Thank u!!! :)
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I'm so glad you are happy, and you look so much better....natural breasts... yay!!!! And in the long run, it's the healthier option to leaving them in. Congratulations.
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You look great, goodluck with your recovery, I could only wish for similar results! x
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I can't wait to have my implants out! Your boobs are awesome!
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I got my breast augmentation two months ago. Still having a really hard time getting used to them! They really are not the thrill I thought they would be... and the scars are gross.. I didn't think of that. I don't have a bf so there's nobody but me to enjoy them... I got them because I thought men would like me more... then I figure out that a lot of men don't even like implants....I miss my old ones alot..... I'm happy I saw your post. If I get capsular contraction at any point I'm just going to have them removed. I can't even believe I made this decision.... but it was a moment of insecurity and I saw all these fitness models with implants that looked great and mine kept shrinking from working out... But yours look good after being removed! They're not all sunken in or anything! I would explant sooner but I spent $7000 on these and I would feel like such an idiot for having them and then throwing it away... can't figure out what I want to do. It's kind of crazy... but in my head I think I'm even hoping for capsular contraction just to justify removing them. God what a dumb decision.
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Hi janna1, I'm sorry you feel that way. I felt like that too but everybody kept telling me not to have regrets about them. But honestly I do sometimes.. i wish the money was spent on other things rather than it feel like a waste. But at least you did it and u won't have to wonder what if ? Give it some time and maybe you'll grow to love them :) don't wish for cc, it's no fun at all =\ .
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Thank you! I hope I learn to love them... honestly though I wanted natural and my dr talked me into going bigger than I had wanted... they look so round and glued on... plus they've got a huge gap in the middle making them even more fake looking! I don't buy that bs about drs saying 'that's just the shape of your breasts". They can move them slightly closer together I'm sure without the nipples pointing outwards... right now my nipples point directly forward and too much side boob. That's not all that natural to me... Anyway that's my rant. Learning to love them. Scars look horrible though. Did not even think of that part before surgery. Don't want anyone to see my boobs yet because of the scars.
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Would you say you look close to what you were pre BA?
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Yes :) Slight difference but pretty close to what I was before!
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"I went on a crazy diet and I exercised 24/7.. I lost so much weight. My boobs shrank to almost nothing and I thought maybe I needed to get them" -- This is the reason soo many fit girls get them, only to find they actually work against athletic performance, not to mention health! Thank you so much for sharing your story :) -- Your results are so lovely, and perky! Smart move with the removal, now you can live your life all naturally beautiful and free!
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Thank you!!! It feels good to be free :) no more rock stuck on my chest!
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You look awesome! I hope my result looks that good! Thanks for posting.
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Thanks! Keep us posted on your explant journey, good luck!
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Looking good lady, thanks for the update! I like that VS bra too, seems to fit you nicely!
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Thank you! :) I just visited your page, u look amazing! I might have to pick up that kohls bra too, looks comfy! Do you recommend any other comfy every day bras?
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Thanks! I find myself wearing those Danskin sports bras from Walmart most often ha! They are just the most comfortable for the scars right now, along with good support. They have a v-neck ones with padding that I like a lot. But I haven't shopped for anything else yet, so I'm sure there are better options for wireless bras.
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Can I get Newgel in the UK or is it an American product? I'm very pale and scar easily.
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I found mine on eBay :) I bought the 1oz tube of the gel instead of the silicone strips. I'm pretty pale myself and I think it works pretty good. Right now it's a light brown color scratch so I hope it lightens up more.
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Thanks. I used bio oil on the original scars, which was quite good, but I will have a look at Newgel.
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You look fantastic! I hope to look as good as you do when mine are out!
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Thanks :) it would be nice if they fluffed a bit but nonetheless I'm happy they're out! good luck on your explant journey
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You look really good, happy healing xxx
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