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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Did ur dent ever resolve itself?
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Please tell me who you went to as I live here to and need an explant also. How are you coming along?
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Hey bd!! Just wanted to say hi and see how you're doing! How's your puckering coming along? xx
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hey hun! sorry I haven't posted or anything in a few, been busy with work! still puckering, I don't see many differences or much improvement, but im not too worried bc still been a little over a month post op! How are you!?!?
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i am still noticing some numbness and soreness under my right breast (non contracted side)...contracted side is still lumpy and not as full
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No worries!! Yeah mine has definitely improved some but it's still puckering for sure which I'm still not worried about. If its hasn't changed drastically by the three month mark I might start to get concerned. I'm still sore and a little numb under my left side that had the cc. Weird you have that under your non-cc side but not on your left?! Hmmm... The human body is a crazy thing! ;) ((hugs))
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Wow, congratulations, I wish you continued success in your healing process!
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Thank u!!! :)
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I do not understand why you decided to have implants in the first place. Your natural ones were perfect. I would never go through a surgery like that if I had breasts like that. I breastfed 2 children and my breasts dissappeared and after 10 years i decided to have them implanted. Wait until you have children and then you will see how your breasts will change. After the children is a good time for anywoman to have them filled or lifted or whatever. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I think that going with just a little bigger than your natural size is the perfect solution. Less complications. Women though put very large ones and it's a shame that the doctors allow that. Good luck. I hope you did not get it the wrong way thinking I am saying it is your fault or anything like that. The same thing can happen to me. It is enough though what I am going through right now, I hope I won't get more problems in the future.
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I definitely agree with you! Now that I look back I think, why? However now I am in a perfect relationship and have great confidence. But at that point in my life when I got them, I felt inferior and like people looked at me like I was 18, I wanted to look more "womanly!" However now I think the natural breast, no matter the size, looks so much more beautiful than the fake look! Yes I will def wait till after I am done with all my childbearing before I even come close to deciding if I want implants again! Lol! Thank u so much for the post! :)
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I don't know what made me get them either. I was crazy!
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Hey, you're coming on beautifully. My left is smaller and so when I explant (July 1st) I'm worried what will happen there. I found some info on massage which has helped me whilst breastfeeding and after. I didn't want to shrink! And the what tissue I had gained, I didn't want to loose. I really feel the massage is helping and its good for overall breast health too. On my last update on my profile, I have put a link to where I found the info. Have a wee look and see what you think hun. If you have any trouble with the link, give me a shout x
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I wish you the best of luck on your surgery! I'm sure you'll look great and be so relieved! Thank you for the post! I will definitely go look at the link!
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Thank you hun. I'm looking forward to the relief of getting them out! Next week, I'll only have two months to go. I really see the light at the end of the tunnel now :o) x
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It'll be here before you know it!!! :)
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Hi glad all is going good and less less. The bruising may still come out and stay for some time. Just lightly massage the breasts. It is still so early and there will be loads of changes so please dont panic yet. Your poor boobies have been through hell! The breast pump.....forget it! In my opinion--i am one of those with the tethered nipple and i dont think it makes any difference. Massage, heat/infra red and vibration helps--but please wait. You never know your problem may correct itself. Take care xxx you look great. REMEMBER we ARE our worst critic xx
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I have been doing some light massage and also been moving breast around side to side and up and down...it feels good and makes me feel like I'm "helping to fluff them!" Lol! Yea, I am still early post op, I just wish they both looked the same, both "lumpy" or both good! My poor left CC boobie has def been through hell! I must admit that even though my left nipple looks "tethered" my bf thinks it looks fine and I am still pleased with how I look in a bra. You are so right and thank you so much for all of the advice!!! :)
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You should send a PM to elle1991 or reed69. They both know A LOT about massaging/ dealing with their areola scars. :-)
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cheers NG! Hey i had a answer to my last question from one of the surgeons here---not sure if it is good or bad??????. Must catch up with you soon xxx hope your ok x
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Will do! Thank u!
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Hey, darlin'! You're lookin' great, still!! I'm sure both of our puckering will go away in due time. I go back to my doc for my 14-day check up tomorrow. The last few days my left side has been more sore and painful than ever on and off. I'm hoping it's normal and not something going on in there! My doc is going to let me know tomorrow whether I need to keep compressing with the ace wrap, and if I can start massage. I'll let you know what she recommends for me! xx
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Hey hun! How have u been!? I am still telling myself that it is way too early to judge myself and that more changes are yet to come! Lol! So the CC side had been more sore? Hmm... I felt alot of relief with the drain removed but as the days went by, I still felt sore and tight on left side, sometimes some throbbing. I wonder if your increased soreness is from "doing too much" or maybe just the body's healing process? I've had some surgeries when it "got worse before it got better!" Either way, yes please let me know how it goes and what he says! I will say a prayer for you! ((Huggs!))
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I've been good!! Yeah, I think I was definitely doing a little too much with my left arm so I was feeling it for a couple days. Today and yesterday it has felt totally fine. I'm SO happy to say my doc gave me the ok to just wear a sports bra!!! No more crazy itching from being wrapped so tight! So your prayer worked!! Thank you, sweets!! ;) Ahhhhh...such a relief! She also said to start gently massaging my scars with bio oil or vitamin E oil, especially the tethered one. She thinks it will correct itself in a couple months so I just have to not worry about it, massage, and wait to see what happens!! It's all a waiting game for us!! Take care and keep taking it easy, doll!! Talk soon... xx
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Yayyy! I'm so happy for you! You'll feel so much better in sports bra! I can't wait to see your new pix! Yes, we just need to be patient! :D
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You're looking better and better, bd!
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