Capsular contracture. Mine just popped!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my photos...

Hi everyone!


I wanted to share my photos with everyone because I loved seeing photos of woman who looked exactly like me and after their surgery they looked so much better. I absolutely hate the way I look now. I have for almost 5 years. I even cry over it. I have only 2 days until my mommy makeover and I can't wait. I am 5'6" and right now 152lbs. I gained 50lbs when I got pregnant and lost all of it plus 10lbs after without even trying. Then I was left with this horrifying body. I never thought I would look like this after I had my child. He was 9lbs 11.9oz when he was born and that was taking him out 6 days early. I had a very athletic build before. I just can't wait to wear a bikini again. So he are my pics for you all to see and after my surgery I will post more. I have never taken pictures of myself like this ever before to show off and would never, but now that I know it will all be gone soon and I will never have to look like this again it's much easier to.

Thursday, December 15th the day of my surgery. I...

Thursday, December 15th the day of my surgery. I weighed in at 149lbs at 5'6". So I was pretty happy with that. Lost 7lbs in 2 weeks. I wasn't nervous at all. Just excited and couldn't wait to never have to look at my 80 year old looking body again! Both surgeries took a total of about 4.5 hours. My ps worked hard on my belly. He really wanted to make sure he got all of the excess skin he could get and the skin that had the stretch marks. He even pieced back together my tatoo on my right hip that I knew was going to be cut in half. So it actually looks pretty good and I don't even have to worry about getting it fixed right away if ever. I was very swollen the first week and had 4 drains total in my pubic area instead of them coming out of my tt incision b/c my ps wanted my incision to heal properly. It was very uncomfortable with them there and I pretty much wore no pants or undies while they were in. I had 2 drains removed on the 19th 4 days after surgery and the other 2 removed 2 days later. What a releif when they were out. I started feeling much better and more free once they were gone. Everyday got easier. My breast implants were a breeze. What an easy surgery and recovery that was for me. I got a 350cc implant over the muscle with the incision under my breast, which I'm very happy with. The implant in front of the muscle I think is an easier recovery rather than behind and they look and feel very real, which was very important to me. I didn't want any visible scars so the incision under the breast was prefect. I just had all of my stitches out today (12/29) except for 4 little ones around my belly button. So under my breasts and belly button and my tt is the disolving ones of course. I can stand up so much better now. Walking bent over was hard on my back and surprisingly was very tiring. So I don't look like a little old lady when walking anymore. In 10 days from today (12/29) I go back to get my last 4 little stitches from my belly button out. Yeah! I have already tried on my bikinis cause I couldn't wait anymore and I was very surprised to like the way I looked in them already. I'm not even completley healed yet so if I like the way I look now I'm sure I'm going to love it by the summer. Up until today I've been soaking in a tub (once my drains were removed) in epson salt to help heal my incisions. So my ps said I don't have to do that anymore. He said that I healed as good as I did already b/c of the epson salt. My husband has still been scared to really get close to me cause he's affraid of hurting me, but he's getting better. : ) I've been massaging my breasts like my ps said to do and now today he said that I need to start doing the same with my tt incision which feels weird. I'm starting to get a lot more feeling back on my belly and I noticed today that when I massage it I can still see a little fluid move around down there. Looks weird. So I still am def. swollen and I will thin out more over time. So 10 days from now I will have out all my stitches and I will be posting more photos over time. So keep a look out. For those of you reading this b/c you are researching b/c you want the surgery like I was. Go do it!! You deserve it! I am one of the most frugal people out there and I did it. I waited 4.5 years to do this so I spent 4.5 years miserable with my body. So again go do it!! I am so glad I did. It's amazing!!

I absolutely hated the way I looked. I had for...

I absolutely hated the way I looked. I had for almost 5 years. I gained 50lbs when I got pregnant and lost all of it plus 10 lbs after without even trying. Then I was left with this horrifying body. I never thought I would look like this after I had my child. He was 9lbs 11.9oz when he was born and that was taking him out 6 days early. I had a very athletic build before. My ps worked hard on my belly. He really wanted to make sure he got all of the excess skin he could get and the skin that had the stretch marks. He even pieced back together my tattoo on my right hip that I knew was going to be cut in half. So it actually looks pretty good and I don't even have to worry about getting it fixed right away if ever.

So it's been over a year now and I seem to have...

So it's been over a year now and I seem to have capsular contracture in my left breast. Very disappointing! This is the thing with implants they are expensive and you never know when something is going to happen to them and you need another surgery and another and another. They can definitely cost you a lot in a life time. At this point I would of been better leaving them the way they were or just getting a lift. This is what happens when you put something foreign in your body that is not suppose to be there.

So today I have been stressing about my left...

So today I have been stressing about my left breast because I just recently noticed how it was becoming much harder than my other one. I noticed this because the other day my husband and I were messing around and he had my on his back with my chest pressed again his back. He lifted me off my feet with my chest pressing on his back. I heard a pop! I freaked out and said you broke my implant. I started to really check myself. I then noticed on side was softer than the other. After doing my research I realized that my soft side was normal not a broke implant and my harder side was turning into capsule contracture. I started looking at old pictures of myself and noticed a big change in my breasts. They were beginning to look harder and more up high, more my left side than my right. In the beginning my breasts looked so natural when I got them done. You couldn't even tell I hard surgery. They still had he natural drop to them that I wanted. I didn't want fake looking breasts I just wanted them to be filled back out due to breastfeeding. So in doing research I read you can do some massaging or surgery. I read up a lot on the capsular contracture to really see what it was and what it looked like. I saw a surgeon take one and had to cut it with a knife to pull out an implant from inside it. So I learned that they were extremely hard to break once formed. I started thinking maybe I could fix it myself. I really didn't want surgery and wasn't going to get it again. So I read up on some other women like me that had the same problems and what they did to fix them. One of them said how they had a grade IV capsular contracture so they started to roll on them everyday with a foam roller. From the top of the chest to the bottom everyday. After a few months when she went to her Dr. he said she was now at a Grade II. So I knew there was hope if I worked on them. I knew that my capsular contracture was newer. It just started to happen over that last few months. So I sat down on my couch after reading about the foam roller. I put my chest to my couches arm because it was round and soft. When I laid on my chest one breast was much softer than the other and the other was hard. So I sat up and felt my right breast. I squeezed it very hard and it was easy to. I then grabbed my left breast and did the same and I could not fully squeeze it like my other one. It felt like a hard water balloon. So I took both of my hands and put them into fists determined to break the capsular contracture. I started to push my fists together with the hard water balloon feeling implant/capsular contracture. I pushed and squeezed as hard was I could not stopping until I heard a pop. Like a water balloon popping. I was stunned! I couldn't believe I did it. Something so many women had surgery for I fixed myself. I then realized when I heard a pop in my right breast from my chest being on my husbands back that I must of had a low grade of capsular contracture in that one too. That's what the pop was. So thank god to my husband for horse playing with me when he did. Otherwise I would never of know what was happening to my breasts and they could of got to the point of needing surgery. Everything does happen for a reason. Thank you god! Once I heard my left breast pop it felt so much better. It is actually almost just as soft as the right one. Almost identical now. I am assuming that the capsular contractor is still around my implant and I just broke it so I am going to keep up my massaging and really moving my implants all around to keep the hardness from forming again. I hope this can help other women out there. Catching it early is the key. I think that's why I was able to break mine. So if your implant is hard put it between your fists and squeeze the crap out of it till you hear the pop. Don't get nervous. It's just the capsular contracture bursting.
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