6.5 months post-explant....smaller is better! - Los Angeles, CA

I had my BA in 2000 at 21, 350cc, went from full...

I had my BA in 2000 at 21, 350cc, went from full 34b to full 34d and now am a bit bigger at 34dd! I had always wanted bigger boobs but never really considered getting breast augmentation because of the scars. When I heard you could get them through the belly button, I got really excited, scheduled an appt and after only one consult set up my surgery for 2 weeks later. I was young and naive, and the doctor told me "no visible scars! they last a lifetime!" There was no mention of sizes, he just told me to bring a picture on the day of my surgery. There was no discussion or thought as to the realities of living with implants and I very impulsively jumped in. Everybody around me was getting their boobs done, so it seemed no big deal. My surgery was very uneventful and my breasts looked great, but seemed a little too big. I was left with only partial sensation in my right nipple and complete numbness underneath the same breast. Very hard to get used to.


Well, they settled soon after and I look like I have naturally heavy boobs, not full, high ones. The weight of the implants has made my boobs look heavy/ saggy. I regretted my decision 6 months after, but I didn't really think there was much I could do about it. Three years later, I returned to my doctor and told him I wanted them removed. He said I would be left with saggy boobs that needed a lift and would be full of scars (which is absolutely terrifying at 24), and since my result was so great, I should leave them be. So for the past 12.5 years I have lived with them, hating how fat they make me feel and look, telling my husband to take neck up photos only, and finding ways to make them look smaller and hide my cleavage under clothes. I want to get pregnant very soon, and I am thinking now is the right time to remove them. I now know these things have a shelf life and I really don't want to be dealing with boob issues while I am pregnant or dealing with young kids. I am terrified as all of us are at how I will look afterwards. But I must say, everyone seems to look perfectly normal! I won't be having a lift, as pregnancy will stretch them out again. I like to think that I will have "pre-stretched boobs," so I won't be disappointed at them after pregnancy as many women seem to be. Who knows, maybe I'll never lift them and just learn to appreciate my body, saggy boobs and all. My husband is being supportive, but I am wearing him thin with my constant obsessing over this. I have been looking at boobs ALL THE TIME for the last two weeks, and have been reading about all of your experiences, positive and negative, and they have been really helpful, so I thought I should add mine to the list.


I had an appt with a PS for removal, and since my capsules are very thin, she will leave them in and not use any drains. She said I'll probably need a lift, and that I should try not to look at them too much for the first 6 weeks after removal!!! I am so worried about getting depressed about flat saggy boobies! But she does think I should be about a B cup after, so at least there will be something there! I really look forward to a smaller size. Hoping my areolas might shrink back some since they went from quarters to silver dollars after implants! I am very, very nervous about surgery and pain in general, and am prone to anxiety/ panic attacks, so this will be a very rough journey for me, but I know once they are out, it will both literally and figuratively have a load off my shoulders!

Here's some photos to show you how nice and low my...

Here's some photos to show you how nice and low my implants are sitting...also, just noticed in pictures that my right boob appears to be running away from my left one! weird how i can't see that in the mirror!

Thank YOU so much for paying it forward and sharing your journey! It will be hard not to look at your breasts after surgery, but that's probably good feedback. You're going to feel so much lighter and freer after this and, speaking as a mom with young kids, you're smart to do this now! I know people say you can breastfeed with implants, but it just seems that it would be so much easier to not have them. it's hard enough as it is for the baby to learn to latch and then when your breasts are full of milk I can't imagine having implants in there, too. Ouch!

Please keep us posted on how things are going and lean on us for support! The ladies in this community are fabulous!

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Just had another consult. This surgeon quoted a...

Just had another consult. This surgeon quoted a much better price than the previous, $3500 (vs $5600) for removal and capsulectomy. He said he recommends removing capsules (and placing drains- ugh) as to avoid seromas, but also because leaving scar tissue behind can interfere with mammograms and look suspicious. I am very nervous about this as it's more aggressive than straight removal and I don't want to lose any more sensation in my breasts. He also said my nipple position looks good, so I might feel okay without a lift. He refuses to do lifts upon removal anyways, as he says the tissues contract quite a bit over 6 months to a year, and you get a much better result going in at a later date. The coordinator told me it's a very good idea to wear a sports bra all the time for the first 6 months to keep all the tissue tight against your chest for better contracture. The doctor also brought up fat injections, saying they might be needed in the future so things look normal. While removing fat from my stomach or thighs and pushing it into my chest sounds brilliant in theory (who doesn't think this sounds like a dream?), I don't think I could consider that unless I had a deformity of some kind. This kinda scared me, his mentioning things not looking "normal." My boobs look completely normal now, shouldn't they just end up a deflated saggy normal after removal? Also, he said removable stitches tend to leave prettier scars and that nipples do usually shrink back some after removal, just to let you know!
keep those words coming! love your flippin phone, it put a smile on my face x lol
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Lol it gets me in trouble! :p x
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Hi Nervous Girlie--welcome to the site. Your breast do look good, sounds like you have a really good PS so go with it. xxxx Will be watching your posts xxxxx
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Just scheduled my surgery for end of November....

Just scheduled my surgery for end of November. Thinking of having my implants deflated a week before, so it will be less traumatic coming out of surgery! I am so nervous I lost about 10 pounds in the last month and a half. I think this might be a bad move because I need all the booby fat I can get to kepp my saggy boobs from looking ilke empty pancakes! I'm not worried about the sag and have no hope like other ladies that they won't be saggy after, as they are now, but I am really hoping I don't have a sunken in chest with sagging skin underneath. I think this is my greatest fear at the moment!
Best of Luck Girl! We are the same age, have the same size implants, and have had them for the same length of time. The one difference is I've had 2 children and breast fed them with these things in. Let me assure you that you are REALLY smart to do this before pregnancy and kids. I wish I had, the engorgement pain and swelling (not to mention the freakish watermellon size) of implants w/pregnancy made me hate these things even more. As a result my breasts stretched and sagged much more than if I had explanted before having kids, but better late than never. I bet your results will be great - and again, very smart of you to do this before kids!
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Thanks for the heads up! I figure sine I hate the size now, I'll really hate them when I'm pregnant! Are your implants sagging low like mine? I would love to see pics! Are you definitely taking yours out or looking into it (with lift or natural)? I see you HATE them, so hoping your pulling them out. I wish I'd had a leak years ago so I would have had a reason to have an op and get them removed! I'm really nervous because everyone else seems to have implants that ride high. Mine settled low very early on even though I wasn't saggy at all before!
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("since" I hate the size)
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Okay, so I know I can't hope for great results...

Okay, so I know I can't hope for great results like a lot of the other girls here, since as I mentioned before, I am already sagging. I am really getting seriously depressed/anxious about this. I have tremendous side boobage as implants were too wide and am sure that I will just have loose skin hanging on my sides. The implants have made me much wider, so my boobs will be flat, wide and saggy. They already flop all over the place and fall underneath my arms just like natural boobs. I have very little upper pole fullness, and most of your implants were riding high, almost up to the neck, but mine start low down and my skin is very stretched underneath. :( I know they will look absolutely terrible. I feel totally disgusted for putting myself in this situation and honestly, I sometimes feel if I am ready to handle the aftermath. I am worried that my husband will find my loose hanging skin repulsive. I met him after I was implanted, so this is all he has known. He is not excited about lift scars, so I don't know if that will be an option for me. I am having trouble sleeping at night and seriously worried about depression setting in afterward. I think I will look like I'm 84 years old with 12 children and a 100 lb weight loss. I wish one would rupture just so I will know I won't be a monster.
I would love to see pics. Are you having a lift?
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You should get them deflated. it doesn't hurt at all and it will give you an idea of what they will look like. Then you can decide if a lift is needed. I just had mine deflated yesterday, and the relief was amazing. I was able to lay on the hard floor without feeling ballons pushing against my chest. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I don't feel that constant heavy pressure on my chest and already feel so happy. My surgery is tomorrow morning for removal. I am thinking about doing a post as well to help others make a decision, but maybe when this is all over. Good luck with everything!
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Love my buppy we would love to see pics! Good luck tomorrow
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I don't know if I can do this, ladies. I am so...

I don't know if I can do this, ladies. I am so saggy now and all my implant is in the bottom of my boob. I will have sagging sacks of empty flesh afterwards. Plus, someone wrote a review (brooklynbabe) about how disfigured she was afterwards and how her doctor was all reassuring. I look to see which doctor she used, and it's the same doctor removing mine! I am really, really freaking out bad now! Thinking of cancelling!
I go through the same battles daily. I sometimes feel that I may be making the wrong decision. At the end of the day I know I want smaller breast. I guess it is a process. Ask yourself how unhappy you are with implants? If you are totally unhappy than go for it. There's no guarantee that you will have great results but you haven't had any babies or nursed. To me it seems you would bounce right back. Maybe consult with one more PS to get a third opinion.
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Hello, I'm sure you are going to be fine. but if after 6 months you find them saggy then you can consider a lift. As to your worries about the outcome, of course there is a risk to every surgery and we go into it knowing this, but since over 90% of realself women say they are happy, i'm sure you will be too! However, perhaps you can discuss that bad review with your surgeon and tell her about your concerns. Hugs x
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PS. these worries are totally normal!! I seriously thought about not going through with it just days before, but I just knew I wanted rid of those beach balls. You sound so certain that you hate them and really want rid too, so I doubt you are going to regret this.
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Thank you everyone for your reassurances. I don't...

Thank you everyone for your reassurances. I don't know why I'm so scared. I know I will be saggy, but saggy boobs are pretty normal. I just keep thinking I have a sunken in chest wall underneath these things for some reason! I sleep on my stomach and feel like 12 years of pressing these things against my body all night has created a cavity! Arghhhh!!!! Anyways, did not cancel, and my doctor is very well respected and known. As I am having a simple removal, I don't think there's much skill involved anyways, so it probably doesn't matter.
Hey Girlie, I have not read all of the comments, but I wanted to begin by saying that they are not as bad as you think, and you just look like you have large boobs (look at mine with dents and a deformed areola, and maybe you will feel better! :-)). With that said, I TOTALLY get it and HATE how HUGE mine are. And I am 480 cc's, but I look about the same as you do. I have surgery to lift and get a smaller size on Nov 9th. I also wanted to ask you whether you got them under or over the muscle-? They look like they are over the muscle, maybe-? That would explain why they are sitting a bit low, or perhaps they have just moved over time because you have had them for many years. At 350 they do look larger than I would expect, so I wonder if you know your BWD. If you plan to get them re-done, I would highly recommend going to a doctor who measures your breasts and discusses what size would fit. I would also suggest getting surgery notes from your doctor or at least finding out what brand they are so you can find the measurements. I found out that my BWD is 13 and my doctor put in 14.8 cm implants and 480 cc's! So that is why mine have the same wide look as yours. So here is what I can tell you-- I had a spontaneous deflation of one of my breasts, and I always had large breasts but they had deflated a bit prior to my BA, so the one breast started to look like they had prior to the augmentation. As time went on and it totally deflated, it was definitely more deflated than prior to my BA (I had them for about 3 years before the deflation). You are not going to love them, BUT here is the good news, IMHO: You actually have really great "material" to work with for a revision. And, quite frankly, getting pregnant will fill them up again, so you get 12 months or so of "borrowed time!" Then, you can either get pregnant again quickly or choose to have a lift, and you will know by then what you want to do! I personally would not do fat transfer. My adorable, neurotic BFF sounds exactly like you, so I have been researching what she wants to do and what I want to do. She has overs and numbness and looks a bit like you, and she wanted no lift and a fat transfer. I researched and fat has estrogen and estrogen is not good for breasts b/c of increased breast cancer risk. Not to mention that when some of the fat dies it leaves little areas that appear to be cancer on mammo's. IMO, you would be trading one problem for another, and do not worry about your husband not liking scars. My husband, a doctor, was not crazy about the idea either. That is, until I began showing him photos, and he realized that scars look way better than my breasts do (fingers crossed- my surgery is Nov. 9th!). One of the docs on here put it this way--would you rather have a Ferrari with a few scratches or an old Ford Pinto with zero body damage?! Anyway, my biggest fear right now is that my lift and BA will not make me small enough! And I am going from 480 to 320 to 350 (just because I have to, due to my BWD of 13--I would go smaller if I could). Let me know if you find out your BWD and the size of your implants and please keep us up to date on what you decide and how you feel about each step. Thanks for sharing your story. I think everything will turn out great, and in the meantime you are helping all of us by sharing! :)
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Hi! NervousGirlie I was reading your story and I had same sensation problem when i had my implants in, same too on right breast and I actually thought that after removing that sensation wasn't going to come back but It did, I was very surprised. But I guess it depends how much damage they did in surgery. And I agree its less pain full to removed than place in, it just takes time to heal.. But Good luck!
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you´re breast look similir to mine, and I think you will be happy with the results. my husband also met me with implants, but now he is very supportive and loves my natural look. But it is about you, and you alone. I am dreaming about running, doing yoga and sleeping on my belly, all what I couldn´t do without feeling those implants between me and the rest of the world. my breast look sagging now, but I feel a lot better already without the implants. Good luck, hang in you are almost there!
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Hi all, not doing well at all. Realizing how...

Hi all, not doing well at all. Realizing how enormous my boobs are, and am losing weight rapidly as anxiety sets in. This is making my breasts "all implant." I can't believe my surgeon pumped me so full, guaranteeing problems down the road. Bottoming out, which I have, necessitating a lift. It is no wonder I lost sensation the first go round. I am lucky to have any feeling at all in my boobs. If I remove them, I will have empty floppy skin, which will probably have to be reimplanted and lifted. I am starting to think mine are overs, since everyone under the muscle seems to have implants that stay high up. I have been looking online, and I am larger than the average playboy bunny. I am not sure I am doing the right thing in removing them, as the result will be so far from liveable, I will probably go into a deep depression. I feel so stuck, and so sick. I am angry at my surgeon. I hate myself so much, for taking a perfectly lovely, healthy body and deforming it with these huge saline balloons. Oh, and I am starting to have a little nerve pain in the sensation-compromised breast, likely from the pressure of the implant. They have never felt heavier in my life. I am so distraught that I reached out and told my whole family, who never knew I had them. They have been supportive, but I am so shaken with the likely extent of my deformity, that I am not functioning. I keep reminding myself that I am more than breasts, and women have mastectomies and are in a much worse situation than I. This just makes me hate myself all the more, as I did this purely out of vanity and stupidity. I wish I had gone to more than one consultation, or at least done a little research. I would have at the very least ended up with a proper size for my body. I feel like I will always have to have implants, and will continue to lose more and more sensation through lifts and implanting until I no longer care anything about them at all anymore. Or worse, I will have nerve pain or get capsular contracture and suffer in that way as well. My heart is heavy and my head hurts all the time. There is no result from removal that I have seen that I think will be worse than my own. I would take pretty much anything over what I will likely end up with. I am not sure I am strong wnough to deal with the impending results. I think I need psychological help before taking this step.
I agree that making the decision for sure - that psychological angst is so hard to deal with. I also think making a list of pros and cons can really help. You are very symmetrical and I think you'd have a great shape once explanted. And being in your early 30s with great skin - you have plenty of elasticity to bounce back into pre-BA shape I bet! Honestly, I know it's tough and easy for the whole boob issue to become an obsession, but once you can try to adopt a calmer feeling and think only positive thoughts it will totally benefit your surgery - if you go for it - and healing process. Don't make yourself ill from worry and weight loss honey. Get yourself strong and fighting fit - and with the help of your friends and family. I have made some terrible decisions in my life but this was one of the best, most positive and sensible because small-chested was how I was supposed to be and natural boobs in any way are NOT a deformity. I really hope you feel better and stronger soon. XXX
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here here felicitygal!!!! xxx
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all the women here have had beautiful results. small breasts are not a deformity at all, implanted breasts are, i think. i know my boobs will look a mess. if i thought they would look okay, i would be super stoked to have them out. just not looking forward to the horror show that awaits my eyes. my elasticity is crappy, which is why the implants look so low to begin with! and my pre-ba shape is so completely different than the one i have now. i don't have those hopes, i just hope to have a liveable result so i can step away from future surgeries.
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I am hurting inside so much. i know it may be hard...

i am hurting inside so much. i know it may be hard to believe, but i never would have gotten implants if i knew they had to be replaced. i was told they were lifetime devices. i believed this! i also went through the belly button because i never wanted scars on my lovely boobs. i was not told that repeat surgeries would need to be done by cutting into the breast. now i will have very scarred up breasts that are a lot smaller and way less pretty than had i left my breasts alone. i feel in a different boat than a lot of you. you had implants because you felt your breasts were unnattractive, which i am sure they were not. most of you loved your implants, but decided to get rid of them. you have them out, and walk away with breasts close to what you started with. only some of the older ladies choose lifts, even though they do not really need them. i am young and because of the terrible boob job i was given, i now need a lift even though i absolutely do not want one. my breasts did not sag, my implants did because they were improperly sized and placed. i am not having a lift upon removal because i want to minimize the cutting into of my breasts as,little as possible, and do not want touch up lifts after pregnancies. i realize this sounds like a pity party, and it is, but i have received no joy at all from my implants, have disliked having my breasts touched since i got them, and feel i ruined a large part of my sensuality at the tender age of 21 by having them in. they are my biggest regret in life, and i feel unlucky that i cannot just take them out and walk away happy like so many of you seem to do. i realize this is all my doing and now i need to deal with it. i know some of you have illnesses you are dealing with, and my situation is nil compared to that. i would give almost anything to go back and undo this. after ignoring how i feel about my breast implants i am finally dealing with all this and i am devastated.
You are stronger than what you think you are. We all went into the removal surgery not knowing what the outcome would be, I was told I would look terrible. And like you I wasn't happy with my implants from the beginning, I couldn't stand them being touched either. Get them out and let yourself heal then decide if you want to have a lift, you might be surprised after the surgery. Just remember you have the option to have the lift after, if your not happy. Mine aren't perfect after removal, but just being implant free is awesome! I feel so free and comfortable within myself and I don't care what anyone else thinks. I too dealt with a lot of guilt before surgery especially about the money I have spent, around $16,000 getting them in then getting them out! But I'm okay with it now. Its hard to explain but after the surgery I just felt everything was better somehow. Wishing you all the best for your surgery and recovery and remember your not alone in this.
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i would bounce of the surface of the moon if i had your breasts. you are crazy to think they are not perfect! you actually look better without implants! thank you for your well wishes.
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I understand feeling guilty about our choices. I was 21 when I implanted and didn't know or care about the consequences. I just want to say that you can get out of the vicious cycle. Remove those things and get a lift. Your emotional and physical scars will heal and you feel better. Life is more than breasts. It is very important to remember that the whole world will not be looking and judging your boobies. No one has even mentioned mine although my daughter says I look like a ballerina now ;) Implants are a heavy burden and your body is mentally and physically reacting to them - it knows that they don't belong. You are so young and you will feel this way until you get them out. Shake off that extra baggage and live life without implants. I am thinking of you!
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I realise you can see my weight loss in the new...

i realise you can see my weight loss in the new pic. too bad i hadn't left my boobs alone. i would look really great right now.nothing sags on me except my saline balloons. too bad i will never look normal in the boob area again. empty skin flaps for me. sigh.
Hi Nervousgirlie, you really or going through it at the moment. BUT!! I am so sure that some of these feelings are because you are getting closer to the operation date. What is it now 2 days away??? I remember reading EVERYONE´s posts just before explant when i was just about to explant and everyone's feelings were certainly heightened just before. I dont doubt you for one second about how you feel but i am really hoping these feelings are a little magnified as you are about to undergo something you have to have done and are really not sure of the outcome. We are all here for you and are waiting on the other side! I have everything crossed that it wont be as bad as you think and your breasts will make a good recovery. I am still so shocked at pictures just after explant and then 2 or 3 months later how much they do change for the better. Please try to find , think, of something to be positive about like your health, before you go for the surgery. Some say if you go in negative then you wake feeling negative. Dont forget that--try to be positive pleasssssse xxxxx sending huge hugs to you. xxx
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thanks, reed. i just found out that my surgeon had no credentials in breast augs and had only been doing them for a year when i had him do mine. so, basically, he had no real knowledge of the procedure. that is probably why my breast is so numb and my implants so poorly done. this just keeps breaking my heart further and further.......
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That is unbelievable, Nervous. I'm so sorry! It should be illegal for people to perform surgeries they aren't expertly trained to do. I wish nothing but the best for you.
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I know I will need to remove tons of excess skin...

I know I will need to remove tons of excess skin from around my implants. I am hoping to be able to live with the resulting loose skin mass until after children and hoping I have enough breast tissue to make a decent boobie. I am not sure all the hanging floppy skin will be something I can live with long term, but I really want to limit myself to just one lift instead of touch up lifts after kids. The lifts look amazing, but everyone seems to be struggling so hard to heal from them!!! And because my implants are overs, I understand nipple circulation is an issue. Am I doing the right thing by waiting? I really hope I can just lift my skin and not need another implant. If I am caved in underneath, I don't know if that's possible. I have been reassured that everyone has something to lift, but I saw a really funky looking one in the review sections! I have only one good nipple left and am concerned about losing that one! How many of you still have numb nips?????
Thinking of you for tomorrow's surgery. I KNOW it's all going to go perfectly! Sending you healing thoughts & prayers & white light all around you!
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thank you bb. i know i will be a horror story afterwards. but i really need that white light, my friend. i hope my boob just looks squashed and not too terribly deformed. my hopes are not high, though.
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Thinking of you tonight and tomorrow! Soon, we celebrate. Muwah!
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Heading out to the hospital. feeling very scared...

heading out to the hospital. feeling very scared as i know it wont be pretty. hope at least the pain is light. it feels a bit like jumping off a cliff.....

Back from surgery! haven't seen boobs yet, but i...

back from surgery! haven't seen boobs yet, but i took a top down peek and there is not much left and they are really low down on my chest. this is so weird as i have not been flat chested since i was 11! ps says skin already contracted quite a bit and i dont seem to be caved in on the top part at least, so maybe it isnt a complete disaster, but she wont let me see them until friday, so i am sure they dont look great. turns out they were under the muscle, just way too big for my frame to handle. duh! feeling pretty great, not in any real pain (yet!). feels more like i got hit in the chest while playing dodgeball.surgery took 1 hour and 20 minutes and i had a capsulectomy with drains. i look so much thinner in my clothes and feel an incredible weight off my chest. when i walked downstairs i didnt have to cup my breasts, which was nice. i am still scared to see all the skin on the bottom of them, though. thank you so much for your support, everyone. you have no idea how much this forum has helped me to prepare. this needed to be done as i have felt a prisoner to those boobs for so many years. my husband says it's strange for him since he is used to me with big boobs! it is weird for,me too.
WOW!! All i can say is i am so ENVIOUS!! you look FAB. Hope your pain is ok. Take it easy and keep us up dated how ur doing xxx
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thank you reed! not much pain. boobies are super numb. would rather them be painful to be honest. the numbness scares me.
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Omgoodness....THAT is the "disaster" you feared????? You look amaaaaaaaazing.....andthat is an understatement! Not flat... At ALL. Sooooooooooooooo happy for you! Two things you said resonate with me....the joy of not holding implants up and down stairs - ha ha - and having felt like a PRISONER TO YOUR IMPLANTS FOR YEARS....I totally relate to that overwhelming burden. Hugs to you from Austin ! Rest those beautiful boo IRS now! So incredibly happy for you!!!!!!! WOW.
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I am going in to have my drains removed today....

i am going in to have my drains removed today. boobs are rapidly shrinking down! the deformity i thought i had on my right breast is coming from the drain tube poking out sideways. i don't have much pain and i think the discomfort i do have is from the drains. because my other doctor moved my creases and my scars were in my belly button, my new doctor had to make a guess where my boobs would end up. my scars are not in my crease now, but on my actual breast. i was upset about it, but she said it was normal for them to be placed higher than the crease? so underwire bras don't rub and irritate? does that sound right to you guys? also, she did some tissue arranging to make my breasts come out as nice as possible and they look a lot better than i think anyone was expecting. the only thing that has me devastated is that my left breast is now numb from the nipple down as well. the dr assures me this is temporary, but i am really afraid that now i will have two numb breasts. did anyone else have such extensive numbness after removal? this is going to be really devastating if my entire chest is numb. i was hoping for a possible return of sensation and completely unprepared for loss of it. i guess i have to be patient. as i am only 3 days out from surgery.....

I had the drains removed today. i was given...

i had the drains removed today. i was given numbing shots and i didn't feel anything. saw boobies without all the taping and drains and i love them! the are smaller and much lower than when i first got them in. i would say i am a b cup, assuming they don't shrink up too much more (which i don't really care about anyways)! they definitely are on the droopy side, but i think they are beautiful and push up bras make everything okay! i am so glad i didn't listen to the doctors telling me i needed an anchor lift. it is AMAZING how skin contracts even after having huge implants for 12+ years. if they lifted my boobs, i probably wouldn't have anything left! now i need to learn to correct my horrible posture after years of slouching. thank you so much to all the women who posted about how awful it was to go through pregnancy with implants, especially hatemyimplantsinor, who posted photos especially for me to show me what pregnancy does to implanted boobies. for the women who are told over muscle implants look much worse than under muscle implants when removed, i can tell you one of my implants (the right) was under muscle, and the left had slipped out from under the muscle years ago, which is why it had gone sideways. it was just hanging in my skin!. but as you can see, when they were removed, they look pretty symmetrical, not to mention that most boobs aren't symmmetrical to begin with. so please, don't let doctors scare you into keeping them in. if you really want them out, have them out and see what remains. you may be very pleasantly surprised. my poor stretched out boobs did me real proud. i got really, really lucky on this one and for this i am extremely grateful.
You look so much better than before!!! You've been through such a journey and I'm so pleased you got such a lovely result! Happy healing!! xx
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thank you demi! i think i look better, too. those implants were way too big and gross!
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Looking good!
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She placed the scars above my crease. one is...

she placed the scars above my crease. one is actually high up on my breast and is starting to tether, pulling my breast tissue inward. it looks really deformed! i am not sure how one would even fix this! i am completely devastated!

I think i am a cautionary tale. i will pay for my...

i think i am a cautionary tale. i will pay for my foolish mistake with numb breasts and ugliness. i hope i can come out of this without crumbling...
Please inhale and count your blessings...your glass is half-full. More than that, in your front-view pic, the scar does NOT show. You are a BEAUTIFUL woman with whom I gladly would trade breasts! Even if the scar is high or significant, it does NOT show when you walk around naked. Additionally, I bet your hubby is taller than you are, so he doesn't even get the front view we get - he's looking down on them. If you will love him confidently, he will never care! Hugs to you - you are GORGEOUS.
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my husband says they are still beautiful.
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i will trade breasts with you right this instant if it were an option. i think your breasts look great and i would proudly wear them. i feel as though i am being punished for something i did. i am not sure what that is. i am a quiet, nervous long time vegetarian who loves animals and hates to see anyone suffer efen a little bit. i almost thought i got out of this scott free with just numbness in my breasts. now, for some reason my surgeon placed my scars on my actual breast and the right one is 2 inches from the fold. i can feel the pulling inward of the scar and it feels disgusting. if my scars were in the creases, all this implant nonsense would be behind me, but alas it is not to be.....
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Came back from post op visit. dr says she doesnt...

came back from post op visit. dr says she doesnt think it is tethered. she says that breast has a lot more swelling and bruising, which is making the area look funky. she says worst case scenario in six months she does a revision under local, but that the scar should lay flat and they look exactly how they are supposed to at this point. she also says my stitches last 80 days! i thought it was more like a few weeks! my wounds are fully closed and got the go ahead for light massage around the breast, avoiding scar. she measured the scar and saw she was off, but said she really had to guess where the line should be. she measured me from nipple down rather than crease up, so i guess thats why the scars are so high. i will never be happy with how high that right scar is, but i guess my boobs do look pretty good considering i thought for sure i would be a shapeless floppy monstrosity. i guess an unideal scar is just a bump in the road. i really hope it does heal well like she says it wil, but time will tell. she says she is glad we didnt do a lift as they look very nice and are exactly where they should be. i know they are low and saggy, but i quite like the shape! still havent had much pain, and dont remember much from the original aug either. even with my scar setback, i am still super happy i removed those implants. they felt horrid and all i did was try to hide their size. looking forward to pretty bras that i dont have to mash all that massive side boob into! will post pictures at a later point when i feel there is a change.
You look great!! How are you doing?
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Thank you! I am doing great.
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You have great boobs - i'd be over the moon with them. You are right we are our own worst critics xx
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So three months have gone by, and it's been a...

So three months have gone by, and it's been a roller coaster. I am so happy and relieved that I dont "need" implants anymore! I thought by now I would be 100% healed, and I am not in any pain, but my breasts are still very "moody." Sometimes one will be a little sore, or I will get a sharp pain, and I notice as a stomach and side sleeper that some mornings I wake up a little achey in one of them from the pressure. My scars are still sore as well. 12 weeks isn't really that long, after all, and the full healing takes many months, I am sure. Explanting is a very real thing! It is so emotional. I cried quite a few times afterwards. I was tired of the discomfort, of sleeping face-up, really upset about my scar placement and tethering, nervous about the numbness in my "good breast" (which has largely resolved at this point), but never upset about the size or shape of them, strangely. I love having smaller boobs! Not to mention they feel so soft and lovely. I forgot what real boobs felt like, and it is NOTHING like implanted ones. My husband has been amazing and tells me how beautiful my breasts are and how sexy they feel! Also, I got a lot of nipple sensation back in my right breast! Since the augmentation, I only had a little bit of sensation in the top portion of the nipple, but the "sexy" feeling came back! Yay!
My scar is still tethered, and I don't think it looks very different. It only seems dented in a small portion of the scar, but when I lift my arm it looks sunken in. I have only just now started really massaging it. Boy, it feels disgusting to do it! That portion of my breast is completely numb from the augmentation so I can't feel anything on the surface, just a dull pain underneath. This breast is slower to heal, apparently. It still feels "bruised" around the scar. My dr is suggesting physical therapy in the form of ultrasound and massaging to help it along.
I went to Nordstrom's to get sized. I am apparently a 32DD! I didn't believe it until I was given a stack of bras that fit! I felt the band was tighter than I was comfortable with, and I just refuse to wear anything that says "DD" , so I went with 34D, though I am guessing I am probably a medium C tissue-wise (with no upper fullness, though). I wonder what size I really was with implants. Probably about an E! I really only wore sports bras most of the time because bras for large breasts are usually pretty ugly and very full coverage. My fave bra is the Natori Feathers Plunge bra, which has been mentioned on this site many times. It's very comfortable. It doesn't have any padding, but has molded cups that lift nicely and give a great shape!
Thank you so much for the continued support from all the brave and beautiful ladies here. I wish you all the best of luck and may you have beautiful results and love your natural self!
girl i think they look great...the scar is not visible unless u show it. i see woman end up horrible.
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thanks, labarbie! that scar is a struggle- you know how we women are with our boobs, it is hard to accept when something on 'the girls' doesn't look right!
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wow! you look great! i had my implants removed 3 weeks ago and i have the same scar problem that you do. mine was already existing with the implants in. do you have it on both sides? how do you massage it?
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I have updated my pics to tell more of a complete...

I have updated my pics to tell more of a complete story, which I am hoping might also help someone out there contemplating implants. Be careful what you wish for! I thought fuller breasts would be 'fun,' but they were anything but!
I have been seeing a physical therapist for the last 3 weeks for my scar issue. My PS wrote a prescription for this therapy, which means my insurance covers it! I am getting 1) infrared laser 2) ultrasound and 3) massage. It has been determined that my scar tissue is now only a small lump under part of the incision and is not attached to the muscle. I do feel it has softened after treatment, and I am hoping to avoid revision by continuing the therapy for another few weeks. I will update (hopefully with good news!) when the therapy is finished.
On another note, when I joined this community in Sept '12, there were about 200 reviews, and maybe only 40 had photos. This number has now doubled in only 6 months- amazing! I think we are seeing a trend, ladies! I am so excited to see women of all different ages and implant sizes posting stories with before and after pics! Know that by doing so you are helping other women in the same situation- I can't tell you how much hope the ladies who posted before my explant gave me!
You looks so much better without them!!!! So beautiful! Congratulations!
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Thank you, mariaparadechorar! :-) I FEEL better without them! I have looked at your profile and I am sorry that you are having a hard time with your surgery results, but you are still a very beautiful girl! Please try not to let it get the best of you...you honestly look very lovely! You are too young to be hating your looks...keep smiling that beautiful smile! :-)
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Thank you Girlie, but I have to admit that it is being very very difficult. I experienced a change not only in my nose, but in my overall face, loss of face fatness, my face looks thinner and longer. Its unbelievable, I used to have fuller cheeks :[ I'm very sad about this all! But thank you for your compliments!
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Implants and breast cancer

Wow, I have just read an article which reports that an analysis of various studies on women who have breast cancer shows that women who have cosmetic (meaning not placed for reconstruction purposes) implants had a 38% higher risk of dying from breast cancer than other women with the same disease and that women with implants are diagnosed at a later stage due to issues with detection. Very scary indeed! Just one more benefit to having them out! http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/01/breast-implants-cancer-study

Also, I am still loving my squishy, floppy boobies at almost 7 months post-op. My scar is improving. I have felt some lumpiness under/ near my incision which will be examined. Pretty sure it's a resolving hematoma or some scar tissue, but lumps in breasts are never to be taken lightly! I will be posting a proper update with photos soon. Thanks for all your continued inspiration, ladies!! And the explant trend continues......
My implants made my boobs wider than they naturally were. Do you think mine would shrink back to their original width after the implants are removed? I am really worried.
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Hi OCDgirl! They will shrink back some, but probably not completely! Your boobs will probably be a bit wider than before, but after looking at your photos, I think you are going to be just fine. Your skin seems very tight and elastic, which is always a good thing! I'm assuming your name is accurate and that you have OCD? I have anxiety issues, so I know how hard it can be to go through stuff like this. For what it's worth, I feel like my anxiety has lessened since explant. Not sure it has anything to do with the explant itself, but most likely from the relief of not having those foreign objects in there putting pressure on my chest all the time. Hang in there, you'll be okay. I bet your results will surprise you (in a good way!).
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Just looked at your pictures again you look soooo great!!! Wow scary thing about the breast cancer detection huh? It makes sense though that it would be harder to see with implant in. Glad mine are gone:-) Take care:-)
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Almost 7 months!

This will be the third time I am trying to update! Fingers crossed!!
I'm just shy of 7 months post explant! I have essentially forgotten what it was like to have implants. I feel like I have always been the size I am now. Pretty amazing how the mind can adjust! My husband said the same- he can't remember my 'before' boobs! There isn't anything I miss about the implants, honestly. They never gave me the confidence boost that I assumed they would and their size was forever getting in the way. I have not once been tempted to use a padded bra. After years of having BIG boobs, I am so happy to be small again and not to have cleavage pouring out of my tops and boob spilling out beneath my armpits! And I can wear dresses straight off the rack! :-D
Will follow this update with scar pics...
You look great!!!!
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Thank, Natural! You do too! You need to change your screen name to 'HaveNatural' now! :-)
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scars

I still have the tethered scar. It's mostly noticeable when I raise my arm, although there is a bit of a dent/ contour defect even when my arm is at my side. It has definitely improved and softened over time. My husband has taken to calling me the Statue of Liberty because I kept lifting my arm to see the indentation. Point made! I guess I'll stop lifting that arm! I'm not sure I'll try any revisions on that scar because I'm not planning on posing for Playboy (and even if I was, they do a LOT of airbrushing!)! I do still have my bad moments when I see it because I feel my issue was preventable. I don't think the closure was done properly and as you'll see in the photos, it looks like she sewed the bottom part of the skin inside- it was dented from the very start. If the scar was near the crease, I wouldn't see it and it wouldn't bother me half as much as it does. But I don't think about it as much, and I still think I have better boobs than some ladies WITH implants. ;-) Now to work on my midriff which has gone soft...should have sucked it in for the photos! lol.

scar treatment

You look awesome, and you're making me rethink my decision to get a lift with my explant.
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Your natural breast are beautiful and have you youth on your side :-) If my breast would have been that size EVER in my life I would have been thrilled ;-) Good luck w/ continued healing!
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If u look at my pic u will see I look pretty close to what you did with implants..even the scares on my breast are not in in the crease either...so.mim hoping my breast turn out as nice as yours sept. 11th when I have my surgery...like you. I have anxiety issues also...I sure hope my doc does pucker my scare...honestly..if it was me..id want that fixed now for free. ..it would be a simple fix..
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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

She is a very compassionate PS with 29 years of experience behind her (and lots with post-cancer reconstruction). I was a very anxious, worried client and she was very reassuring and lovely. I had a relatively simple procedure; implant removal via crease incision. I had no existing incisions on my breasts (inserted through navel), so making the incisions under the crease was very easy. For some reason, she placed one incision 1 1/4" onto my breast and the other 1 3/4" onto my breast (which is almost halfway to nipple). So they are NOT crease scars and this odd placement makes them appear as lumpectomy scars rather than implant removal scars. One of the scars has adhered to my pectoral muscle and looks unsightly when flexing or lifting my arm- very puckered. She has offered a revision whenever I should want one, but this issue was so easily avoidable with proper placement and a PS with her experience simply should not be making this mistake. As much a I like her as a person, I would not recommend her for implant removal.

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