This Will Be 3rd Surgery, First a Rupture, Now CC...explant? - Lafayette, LA

I am a 27 y/o, petite 5 foot, 90 lb female...I...

I am a 27 y/o, petite 5 foot, 90 lb female...I started with 32A/B cup breasts...I decided to get implants to feel more feminine and to make myself look "older." I guess I was tired of being told by people that I looked like I should still be in high school...now I look back and realize it was my insecurity and was dumb of me to assume this was because I looked "under developed." So...I had my first breast augmentation after I graduated college in 2010. I got 290 cc saline implants under the muscle...


almost exactly 1 year later, my left breast implant ruptured....so I had bilateral saline implant replacement, again under the muscle but increased to 350 cc. (now I realize from my new plastic surgeon that this was too large for my size...I had asked my old surgeon his opinion on sizing and his only response was "I think that'll look good."....def. not much guidance at all)


(Before the rupture, my left side was a little higher than right, but I had attributed it to not dropping fully yet.) In the few days after the implant replacement, my right breast looked amazing and soft and dropped, and the left was high and firm...my doctor kept telling me it would drop, well, it never did....to this day, it is just as high as it was right after surgery, but now it is getting harder and harder. I had gone to see my plastic surgeon and his only response was that it was CC and we would have to replace it....he did not even mention reasons why, other options, anything...he was in and out of room in less than 5 minutes. yes maybe I should have asked the questions I had, but I was so upset with news and he gave me the "feeling" that he didnt have time for me.
I have been living with capsular contracture on my left breast now for almost 2 years, i cant wear anything strapless, tight, or low cut because my left breast is so high and mis-shapen...i cannot even get a pushup bra good enough to push right breast up to even equal left.


After doing tons of research and looking at pictures and stories, I FINALLY made the decision to find a new plastic surgeon and get this "fixed!" He was amazing!!! He spent soo much time with me talking, answering questions, talking about research, and discussing options! He was talking about trying a left capsulectomy. BUT he also mentioned that my right implant was a little too low! :( (i admit that i havent been snapping bra in the back or even not wearing one if i dont have to because it makes my CC hurt, so it he said it could be from weight of implant, attributed to the implant being too big for my size)


I got the $ quote for a left capsulectomy and it is $2900! I just cant see myself spending that money(already spent about $7000) on something that MIGHT work! AND the doc said my right side might eventually need to be lifted! and what if my capsulectomy doesnt work (which i know it has a high risk of reoccurring)??? then i would be spending about $4000 extra to have the implants removed! :(


So where I am today it that I am almost 100% positive that I want an explant. I am 27, and havent even had children yet...i know pregnancy can be hard on the breasts and i do want to be able breastfeed. With all the types of pushup bras out there, i dont care about having small boobs again, at least ill have "normal" breasts and ill be able to wear my clothes again!


I found this website by accident and it is amazing so far! All of the patient stories and pictures have made me feel better and better about my situation and decision! I know for the first few days, explant might be a shock and scary, but i need to follow what my head is telling me to do and i need to not let my vanity and low self esteem get in the way.


I will be posting pictures soon so id highly appreciate any feedback, suggestions, or words of encouragement! THANK yall so much! :)

Wow after posting my "now" pictures, I can't...

Wow after posting my "now" pictures, I can't believe how even more horrible my breasts are than i thought when i looked in the mirror! I can't wait to get these huge things out! But seeing my pics makes me even more scared about my end results....my right side is so low compared to the left...will my natural breast look even like they did before implants!? I don't think I've seen anyone yet with such uneven implants as mine :(

Talked to the someone from the PS office today,...

Talked to the someone from the PS office today, doc is planning to "clean up" all the excess scar tissue on left breast and will just leave right, normal breast alone besides explant. Question to all you ladies: with my two past surgeries the doctor just went through my old peri areola scar....what gets better results with removal?...To go through the same old scar or to make a new incision under the breast to remove implants? I don't want my nipples to cave in! :(

I'm so so excited!!! I called my PS today to...

I'm so so excited!!! I called my PS today to schedule my surgery for May and he ended up having openings in April!!! So my implant removal is April 8!!! He is doing some capsule removal on my contracted side along with implant removal, but the right should be simple with just him taking the implant out...he never mentioned drains, so the nurse said he probably won't put any. I still go for my preop soon, so he might mention more then! Thankfully the ladies at work switched days with me and I have 3 days off to recover...the nurse said if everything goes well that I'd recover quite quickly!

I need some advice from you ladies about personal experience...I know all doctors say different recovery tips, but I esp trust all y'all who have been through it!...I know I will need to wear a sports bra...but how long do I need to use Ace wrap to compress? And with sports bra on at same time? Did ice help or recommended? Should I massage incisions to prevent/reduce scar problems? (they told me to do that with other surgeries)

6 days away from explant!...sooo excited but also...

6 days away from explant!...sooo excited but also very nervous! my implants are bothering me more and more everyday...esp my right side, which is the side bottoming out! It feels so heavy and throbs!

Surgery preop appt was today! Ps told me theres a...

Surgery preop appt was today! Ps told me theres a 50% chance hell put a drain in the contracted breast to help with fluid collection after...he said the other breast should be a breeze! He is going through my old surgical scars to remove the implants. Wow, now the excitement has subsided a little, and now i am sooo nervous and anxious....i guess it just the nurse in me worrying about all the possible complications!!! My stomach is in knots, queezy, and my BP was high at the doctor! :(

Well, surgery day tomorrow! Ive been very anxious...

well, surgery day tomorrow! Ive been very anxious the past few days replaying what the doctor and I discussed and wondering if its the best decision: i am DEFINITE about the explant, but i am worried about the "after" breasts...nipple caving in, lack of breast tissue, capsule removal. I just need to remember that my PS has done manyyy of these and that i need to calm down and follow his guidance. I am not too nervous about the actual surgery, or pain, but more about how ill look. Thank God for this website and all you ladies! Yours words of inspiration, guidance, and good luck have helped me in many more ways then one! While I am still scared/nervous with surgery, now i know more of what to expect and that i have a great support system that i can turn to!

Well 1st post op update: I'm happy it is done and...

Well 1st post op update: I'm happy it is done and over! I must say though that on my left side I'm in much more pain than expected... PS said I would be sore on my contracted side bc he had to clean it up a lot! I am super swollen and ended up with drain on that side as well....luckily I am right handed and that side feels almost normal. It so hard trying to make myself be "helpless"... The nurse told me to treat my arms like they were tied in front so i wouldn't use them....I'm babying my left side but been using my right some to get around. Thank God I actually filled my pain med to take! My back is so sore from laying down and my shoulder blade on left side is crampy! But overall I'm still soooo happy I did it! I wanted to take a check/ peep today but nurse said to leave it until doc appt Thursday. I'm hoping my swelling will go down even more because tomorrow I can switch to ibuprofen! Lastly I want to say thank you again to each and every one of you ladies for all the support!!!

First post op visit today! So today was my big...

First post op visit today! So today was my big reveal...and I must say its amazing how quickly the body heals! My breasts look almost identical to how they were before implants! They are slightly fuller and a little saggier but I'm sure that's from swelling and fluid. I'm so happy they pulled my drain!!! I was worried bc even though the amount was decreasing daily, it was still putting out 20-40 cc serosanguinous per day...but doc said he was pleased with results! :) The pulling of the drain was painful, but not nearly as bad as I had imagined...it was like a burning sensation and I could feel it under my skin as she would pull, almost like a worm crawling! I guess I made myself more nervous about it than I needed to be...all I could think about were the poor men I made cry in the hospital when I'd remove their abdominal JP drains! (But us women are a lot tougher, right!? Lol)
The only result that makes me nervous are my nipples. My right side looks ok, but my left kind of "dents" in on bottom. I'm thinking this is because of the tape over the incision to keep nipples even and level. I told my PS right before surgery that I was worried about my nipples caving in and he said that he'd be highly surprised and angry if that happened to me...he said I should bounce right back after healing and time....hearing him say this def made me feel a lot better! Well at least there are minor surgeries I've heard they can do locally to fix scar tissue problems, etc.
I am going back to work tomorrow 3-9 so only half a day... I am so tired of watching tv and lying around! PS said no restrictions as long as I listen to my body! He said I do need to use my left side so my muscle doesn't stick, freeze up. I'm going to the store later to buy a good molded cup, sports bra to wear....and I def need to get me a scrub top that buttons down the center...I'm thinking for the time being that'd be a lot easier than squirming into the snug one I have now....I think I'm still a little too fresh/sore for that! I'll be posting a pix later! :)

Hey ladies! Sorry I haven't posted much recently,...

Hey ladies! Sorry I haven't posted much recently, been busy getting back to work! I just uploaded some 1 week post op pics! I am pleased with my right side, healing nicely and no pain! My left (contracted) side is still sore and feels "full." The breast looks misshapen and lumpy, ESP the muscle above breast...nipple is pronounced and pointing downward...I am thinking this is from fluid/swelling and the tape pulling it down. However at 1week post op I am pleased with results so far and can't wait to see more changes, slowly but surely! My doctor said I would wear any wireless sports bra with molded cups...I had bought an UnderArmour compression sports bra with molded cups but my breasts wouldn't even fill the cups so I felt it was pointless! And it was uncomfortable! Luckily I found some comfy bras from Dillard's today by Jasmine and Ginger...they look like a cross btw sports bra and normal bra...no underwire, no padding, just has slightly molded cups! I feel like it'll be perfect to lift my right breast but also will allow my left to "drop." They also fit perfect! (i usually have a hard time finding bras that actually fit snug enough in the band!) I found out that right now i am a 30C...however this will probably change as i heal! The bras are fairly cheap at $26 too! So if anyone is interested id be glad to post a pic!

Post Op Day #10! I went to the PS today for a...

Post Op Day #10! I went to the PS today for a checkup. I thought I was having my sutures removed but they ended up just trimming the "pieces sticking out" bc they actually are dissolvable. PS said that I am healing fine... I am still concerned with the left breast nipple...but the doctor had no concerns and said hell see me again in 1 month. I need to not worry bc i am still too fresh post op to make any judgments about breasts. My PS said that he cut out the old scar tissue (incision) so this new incision should heal nicely. He also said that I can start using Merderma and massaging the incision line daily. After my other surgeries I would press down and massage in a circular motion but I'm not sure if I should maybe try a more vigorous, different technique in this case? I've read that some women actually kind of "pinch" the scar btw their fingers to "break" up or loosen the hard areas. But other than that I am doing quite well! My soreness gets less by the day and I almost have full range of motion on my left side (arm) without feeling a tightness or pulling in my chest! :)

Post Op Day #16 (I'll upload pics tn): right...

Post Op Day #16 (I'll upload pics tn): right breast is doing awesome! Less sagg and "fluffing" up nicely....seems to get a little fuller everyday, which is good but makes left breast look even smaller! As for left breast, still odd shaped, no volume on top, and nipple "pronounced" and puckering in at suture line...bruising is more visible but pain is almost no more. I guess the left breast tissue is still "sqwoosed" and flat from such bad CC! I have started putting Mederma on scars. I lightly massage incision lines but am waiting until farther post op to try a more vigorous massage. I am concerned with the flatness of the left breast...does anyone know of any ways to help the "fluffing" process? Should I massage whole breast? Also, does anyone know of any ways to encourage the puckered incision to "release and come out?" I have heard one blogger talk about a breast pump?

Post Op day # 36: hey ladies! sorry i haven't...

Post Op day # 36: hey ladies! sorry i haven't updated/posted/commented much...been busy with work and family. I am doing great and still very happy with results so far! my right (non contracted side) is still sore/numb under the breast, but seems to be less saggy...skin must be tightening up; my left (contracted side) is not as full as right, and is lumpy and flatter on top of breast...suture line still looks tethered/puckered and nipple is still full/pronounced....before, with the contracture, the nipple was larger than right, so im hoping as my skin tightens, this will go down. if i pull my skin above left breast up, the nipple is level and looks almost like the right breast.
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