I got implants after having my first child, I was...
After the surgery, they were ok. Very hard to get used to! Especially with working out, ever since then I just can't get back into the swing of things. They ended up being D's .. not happy about that!
Fast forward a couple years, my husband and I finally turned the corner with our problems (thank you Lord) and things were looking up. I had my second child. My breasts grow during pregnancy quite a bit, so there I was with DD's ... and they haven't gone down from there! When I first got implants, the PS said you normally lose tissue with each pregnancy. So I figured if anything my breast size would go down, not up. He is 2 1/2 now, and I don't have weight to lose. So being stuck with DD's is miserable, so embarrassed, always covering them up. Did not make me more confident, which was the initial goal. Hard to be active. Definitely feel more sluggish and unhappy.
I have also been having pains, especially in my left one for quite some time now. Over the last few months, they got worse. I finally went in to figure out what the deal was. My PS said they look ok, the left may be bottoming out a bit. It was enough for me to just decide to get them out. I don't want to deal with more surgeries, I am always scared there are other issues going on that I can't detect. I'm just ready to be natural again! After finding this site, I was so happy to know I could just get them out without doing a lift!
So the explant is this afternoon (my post wouldn't let me select today), we'll do in office under local. Removal only. My PS didn't think I would need a lift at this time, I sure hope he's right! I just don't want any more surgeries, already regretted this expensive life lesson. I will update you all on how it goes!
Day 1 Post Op, Feeling Fine!
Here's how my surgery went:
Arrived 30 min prior to procedure, brought my pain meds (had taken an antibiotic that morning). Nurse came out into lobby, had me sign my consents and then made me take 3 valium, one hydrocodone, and one anti-nausea pill - holy crap! I didn't feel too out of it though, really just relaxed I guess? Not loopy at all. But how odd to make me take the meds in the lobby ... felt really weird to me, no privacy. Then she said "Now you can just sit here and bake, then they'll come get you." Um ... geez, her nurse bedside manner is just terrible.
They took me to my surgical room at 2pm, which was full of all kinds of equipment and even the trash can was full. Seemed a bit unorganized and "cold" to me, but I think I'm just jealous of other's who had the "zen spa" experience at their PS office. The nurse that took me in was nice, didn't say much though. So I started drilling her with questions about the procedure, why they remove the capsule, why I wanted them out. She answered them fine.
PS came in, he is very pleasant. I had to lay on a surgical table, arms straight out to my sides. Covered everywhere, even a sheet to shield me from seeing ... but it kept falling onto my face ugh! Felt claustrophobic. He numbed me up locally, felt a little pinch. They sterilized my skin. Then he got started, told me each step. Opened up my old scars under the breast. When it was time to get the implant out, they were definitely pushing and yanking! I thought for sure I'd wake up today totally miserable from that, but I'm really fine. Then he cauterized as much of the capsule as he could, that part was not great ... no real pain, but discomfort. Then they washed it all out with water - very weird sensation! And on to next side, I bet each side took around 5 minutes or so. They cleaned me up, did the steri strips with gauze and tape, then put my bra on. Oh yeah, drains on both. I had to ask how and when to empty them (those nurses just don't talk much!). It was fast as I could have hoped, just wished the nurses would have chatted with me during.
I walked out and rode home with the hubby. Took a pain pill a few hours after, rested in bed. But I can get around fine, can even lift my arms if I need to (they said I wasn't restricted to that). Supposed to shower tnite, removed gauz and keep steri strips/drains. I have only drained 10 cc on each side, so I may be able to get them out by Thursday. But I'm scheduled to get them out in 1 week.
So early to tell on the shape and look of them, but I am soo happy I did this! I feel lighter, I actually have energy. I know I need to watch that and not do too much though, I have read that you can crash on day 3. Thanks to all for the support and for posting your stories! I'll keep you updated on my progress. Posting 2 post-op pics, those are from the day of surgery.
Drains are out!
100% no regrets, even if they stay this flat! I would much rather be small chested than have those big toxic bags in me. Even my husband said today that I'm in a much better mood, he feels the relief too I think. He has also been a rock star for helping me with the kids, I think I better get him a nice thank you card or something :).
3 Days Post Explant & Loving It Already!
Didn't take any pain pills yesterday, none today either. Felt so good all day! But I did sort of crash by around 3:30 - 4pm, so decided to nap and relax for remainder of day. Slept well last night. Will update more next week -- sooo anxious to be further along and buy some REAL bras. I haven't worn real bras in so long b/c my implanted jugs were so huge and a real bra made them ridiculous. Thanks for all the kinds words!
1 week post op, feeling great!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my breasts after explant. They still look a little sad at times, flat on top. But I just don't care! They feel warm and soft and amazing. In the pics, they do look bigger than real life. But I will at least be a B cup, unless they fluff up more than maybe B-C. I wear this padded sports bra a lot, it's from Walmart actually - Danskin. I have Champion bras from Target, but they are pre-explant and a bit stretched out. So I'll need a new one, I love their thin strap racerback style for summer tanks. I did get a wireless bra as shown in my pics from Kohls, Warner's Invisible Bliss bra size 34B. It's comfy, and I just needed something for a dress I'm wearing this weekend to a graduation. Just for fun, I did try on some underwire and push-up bras, and was pleased to know I've got something to work with here. It will all depend on the fit of the bra once I get to that point, as my breasts are low/wide apart and flat on top. So some bras gap at the top. I think this forum has good advice on bra shopping though! And I'm willing to pay the extra money for something good, since I do find myself wearing the same bras over and over again anyways.
Stuck a swim top shot in here too so you can see the comparison. This top is either L or XL, I can't remember. I just need to switch it out for a medium or small, and can't wait to try other styles for the summer when the time comes. My post-op appt is Thursday with my surgeon, so I'll report back if any new info. Otherwise, I will keep doing progress pics for the months to come.
Stitches are out!
I also have had some soreness on my left side again. He said the tissue inside looked good to him, benign. And he thinks its just those muscle spasms/hormones. But I will be going to my regular physician to make sure everything checks out. I have birth control for PCOS (mild case) that causes breast pain, so wondering if that is the real cause ... wanting to switch up my treatment anyways, so I'll just go in for those issues. Love all of your support and kind words - you girls rock!
3 weeks post op - loving it!
Sharing pics of front, side and then with swim tops. The triangle swim top is a medium at Target to go with some navy bottoms I already had from there. After trying on several tops, this honestly fit the best! The halter, bra and bandeau fit weird at the top (gaping). The green top is a medium Becca top to go with my bottoms from last year. I had originally had to get their D cup top and still felt exposed with the implants. I was so happy to find this top online and on sale, I just love this swim suit!
I ran for the first time yesterday. It was different! I feel like I need super tight bras, things are just softer now. But I do have more energy, I am not constantly trying to cover them up any more and I just love being natural! If you are on the fence - JUST DO IT! Best decision I have made. They may be flat on top, but I just don't care. Love them for what they are :).
I like Dr. Cannova, although sometimes I think their office encourages you to go larger. Most women do like to be large, and I think they've just had several come back wanting to go bigger. In my case, this just did not work out for me. He was wonderful during the explant procedure, made me feel relaxed. I think some of the nurses could be more empathetic at times, but Dr. Cannova is definitely a professional in this field.