Small Boobs Please! - Houston tx

I'm planning to have my implants removed finally....

I'm planning to have my implants removed finally. I feel like I've been through hell already. I had my first set 23 yrs ago. Saline 325cc above the muscle. They were perfect for about 15 yrs. I started developing ripples so as soon as I saved enough money I went for a revision. The doc said I need to switch to silicone and go under the muscle. I did and the ripples became way worse and my boob wrinkled when I am on my side. I saved more money and went to a different doctor 1 1/2 yrs later. The new doc said they weren't positioned correctly and all he needed to do was re-position them. On surgery day he decided that we would go with a different implant after all. Now my wrinkles and rippling in even worse than before. I've spent so much money and so much time in recovery mode that I am just exhausted. My breast hurt everyday. I can't do push ups or jumping jacks when I'm in my exercise class. I am ready to just get them out of my body! I had a consult with Dr. Melmed yesterday and I have a consult with Dr. Khouri in 3 weeks. I will schedule my surgery for December when school is out so that I have time to recover.
Have you spoken to Dr. Ramkin in Ft Lauderdale?? He's chief of PS at St Marys Medical Center so I suppose that means he's a decent doc ;)
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There is a lot of valuable information on this site, and the women here tell the real story. Reading their reviews, learning from their experiences with their explant helps to prepare you. It is pretty hard to find a woman on here who regrets her explant, and the majority of them just regret not doing it sooner.
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Thank you littlehugger. I wouldn't even be considering it if it weren't for this site. I can't say that I'm not scared though. I'm sure everyone was though.
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My explant surgery is scheduled for Dec 9th with Melmed

Since my last surgery I've gotten CC in my right breast and now feel more urgency about removal. I'm so over these boobs! I consulted with Dr. Khouri in Aug and was planning to consult with Dr. Bednar in Dec.about fat transfer but decided that there is too much risk involved. I can't afford to do a second surgery if it doesn't turn out right. I'v opted to just remove them.
If your body is technically rejecting them now, then the odds of this happening again are high. The docs don't seem to tell you this, because they want the business. I've noticed that everyone that has had a CC, gets it again. I think your doing the right thing for yourself & will be very happy when this is all over with.
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Thanks, I feel like I am too. I don't want to take anymore chances and I tired of giving all my money to doctors!
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Have you scheduled a surgery date yet?
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New explant date Jan 3rd!

I had to change the date due to final exams at my school being on the same day. I'm now scheduled for explant on Jan 3rd. I'm starting to get cold feet but I know these implants need to come out.
Good luck with the explant, don't chicken out! I had mine out too, and did go for fat grafting and am very happy with the result. But you DO need someone who is skilled in the procedure and you must have realistic expectations. ( have a look at my profile). Anyway, you can still go that route if you are not happy with your appearance after the explant. Good luck for the 3rd! Pink56
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Excited for you & counting the days, until your finally free of this nightmare. Your going to look & feel so much better!
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I'm super nervous but I'm ready!
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I'm starting to panic!

I'm getting really nervous about having the implants removed through the nipple. I've seen so many great results with just going through the original incision. At first I just really didn't care and now I'm thinking that I don't want the extra scars. I'm sad. This is hard.
So Hi! Saw your post and recognized the story! About the same for you and I. 25 years with a revision in '08. Fast forward through my lifestyle and probably of traumatic incidences and I looked very similar like how the hell do I hide these!!!!? So the engorgement I researched seems to have been 'fat trauma neurosis' and made for massive c.c. and a very gorry mass of...? Decisions had to be made so quickly and the only one I could come to is Explant and get over it!! They no longer serve me or enhance my life...on the contrary. So I explanted december 4th with my original doctor and here we are. So...I bought a home gym instead of another set of boob imposters and some breast forms to hedge the difficult transition. Dr. and other consults suggested aeriolar because of the bulk of the problem so to speak was in the upper pole and going in the top well...cleaning the igloo from a good vantage point. So...thats what we did. At 51....having been a DD...healing is slow and scar tissue as a result of the 1/4 Pounder Dr. fileted out of my right breast...is apparent but diminishing. Yes...it was a difficult decision...but the only choice. IMPLANTS DON'T WORK. shame on the industry...shame on me for not getting to the bottom of this before b.a. or at least revision. 3rd time? I dont think so. Protein powder heavy amino acids work outs and breast enhancing herbal dosing and alot of patience and maybe in 6 momths we can be at peace with this bizarre un-natural oddessy. Im thinkin...emphasize the positive...legs...butt...abs...and de-emphasize the negative. Its about time I put them away;-) YAY...no longer on my list of subscriptions!!!
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I like the way you think!! That's my plan... emphasize the positive!!
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HUGS! Great post! I love your attitude. Thank you! :-)
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One more day!!

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified.
Thinking of you today! :)
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Thank you!!
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OMG so excited for you! EEEEeeeeee!!! I hope you're feeling okay! Rest rest rest! Can't WAIT for pics! I think I'm going to change my Dr to Melmed too. :) It's worth the flight from LA :)
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It's done!

I'll post pics tomorrow. I'm still bound tightly, I guess until I see Dr Melmed tomorrow.
congrats! very excited for you!
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Congrats! I'm so happy for you. Take it easy and get lots of rest.
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Congratulations!!!!!
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Day 2

Done!!! I wonder what's under there??

First peek

Ugh!!!

First peek photo

Give it time. You will look and feel so much better after a few weeks. I'm so happy for this website. It's given me so much confidence to explant in under 3 weeks! You look better already!
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It makes you wonder why we've done this to ourselves in the first place. I'm looking forward to healing and getting on with my life.
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They will smooth out! In a weeks time they will look so different!
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Day 3

Looking much better today. Still really sore though. The right one is the one that had CC so it need some TLC!! Poor little thing!!
I promise you'll continue to heal and they will look better and better as time goes on! Try and be patient because your body has been through so much. Good luck and keep us posted!!
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Congrats, thanks for sharing!
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Looking good! Big difference already!
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Setbacks

Just when I thought things were looking up I start developing a hematoma/seroma. I can't see my doctor for 2 more days since its the weekend and his office is 4 hours away. He said not worry and it will be okay until Monday. Ugghh!!! I feel like I can't catch a break!

one more pic

The seroma breast looks like it has an implant in it.
SENDING YOU GOOD VIBES!!!
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Thank you!!!
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What did the doctor say/do? Checking in on you, hope you're alright?!
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Seroma Update

I saw Dr Melmed on Monday and he drained the breast that had filled with fluid. I still have some swelling and the right breast still seems to be sitting way higher than the left. It even seems like the breast is starting to fill with fluid again. UGH! The crease is way above the original scar from the implant. I don't know why it's doing that. This is becoming a nightmare.
Glad that you are implant free and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers from here on out. I finally just found a Dr and I am beyond thrilled to get this procedure started. Im super scared to see what I will look like though. You look amazing and cant wait to see how your body heals from here on out... :)
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Thanks. I know how it can be when you're feeling anxious and desperate about having them out. For the last 2 yrs I've felt like I had big clown boobs. I'm feeling so discouraged right now because my outcome is less than desirable. It's only been two weeks and I know that it takes time but it's easy to feel discouraged. Keep that in mind, I hope the best for you. I know you've had a long road also.
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bad day

I've had a really hard day today. I've been crying all day and second guessing all my decisions. I can't even stand looking at myself without clothes on. I feel like I've been mutilated. I've had so many problems with my breast over the last 2 years, I just wanted to take them out and be happy with small breast. My right breast is still super hard and lumpy. Both breast are wrinkled and sad looking. I never wanted to have to have surgery again and 74-now I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to need some kind of reconstructive surgery or fat transfer. There is a big portion of tissue missing from my right breast and the only reason that it looks halfway decent is because it's still filled with fluid. I'm upset that I'm feeling regretful.
Your body will continue to heal. Thanks for being brave and continuing to post. Have faith, I know it's hard. Your left looks great and your right will ultimately get better. You are so early in this process! Hang in there.
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You're not even a month out yet.... have faith your body will heal itself. I know it's hard.. but try to stay positive :) Thank you again, for updating us! :) My surgery with Melmed is March 12th
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I know it seems bad right now but our bodies have a wonderful ability to heal itself. Once your swelling goes down and it will look so good. Did you say your 74??
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At this point I'd rather have the implants back

Things have gotten worse. I'm so depressed. I felt so hopeful at first. I don't feel that way anymore. I don't know what's happening to my breast. It's been almost 2 weeks since I had the hematoma/seroma drained and things have only gotten worse.
Itannos, sending you healing vibes. ((Hugs))
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Thank you!
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Hi there and thank you for sharing your story. It is so appreciated, especially as it seems as though there has been a bend or two on the road to recovery, and I'm sure this must be making you panic like hell....so thank you so much. My fingers are crossed for you and hopefully you will be seeing a little improvement again soon . Did your doctor say things will settle down. Has he said what the lump is. I just want to also say that like many of the women searching through the stories on this site, I too have seen pictures posted by ladies whose initial results haven't looked quite the way as they had envisiged...and yet, hey presto....move 10 months on....profile photos updated and wow!...much more like they had thought they would look. Hugs. xxxx
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Sorry for the bad attitude

I haven't posted in a few days because I've been so very busy with work and school. Things are looking so much better. Not completely better but way better. I still have a lump that is pulling skin but it is shrinking everyday. I'll post pics in a week or two after it has a little more healing time. I'm feeling much more positive than I was last week. This can be an emotional roller coaster.
Sending good vibes your way. When is you surgery date?
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I did it yesterday. I'll post pics after I get to shower tomorrow.
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How are you feeling? Was it local or general?
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Feeling regretful.

I'm updating pics. I had scar tissue revision surgery with Dr. Melmed on the 10th. I don't feel like I'll ever look normal again. For me, I feel that this was a big mistake. I'll wait a year before I do anything else and then I'll reconsider putting implants back in.
I'm so sorry, those pictures so your pain physically and emotionally!! Take.the.time to do research and you will get the result's your look for :)
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It seems like you would be a candidate for what I went through (I had my implants removed and my breast reconstructed via an upper abdominal lift. My surgeon did this so he could use that skin to create new breast tissue. It sounds brilliant, right? Unfortunately for me, however, I didn't consent for my surgeon to perform this one me. He also inanely removed my implants from an area that is CLEARLY visible when I wear a bra and a bathing suit....... I was also left with crippling pain because my doctor (Dr. Khouri), again without my consent, inserted a "Refine" permanent, BARBED, mesh, surgical suture device to "lift" the breast. I'm telling you all of this so when, and if, you decide to get reconstruction done, you'll be prepared........Check out my review to learn more before you make another mistake. I still need to update it with my new findings (of that horrible, implanted, lifting, torture device).
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Hi Itannos. I just sent you a pm and then read your review. I'm so sorry you are going through all this. You were wise to give your body the time it needed to heal it self and to decide what your next step will be. I'm sure that whatever decision you make it will be the right one for you. We all try to give the best advice we can from our experiences, but in the end the you need to do what feel right for you. I've done the implant thing (2 sets) and had them in for 30 years until I decided to have them out. I was just going to replace them and then found this forum and decided that for me the right decision was to have them out. I didn't have the best results after the implants were removed. Then I decided to do the fat transfer. Please keep us updated on your progress. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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5 months .... not much change

I'm looking into fat transfer now. It's hard for me to look at this site much and see how others have had great results and I have to be one of the small percentage that have a bad result. I'm saving money and researching doctors to move on with this journey to try and feel normal. I'm learning a lot about myself in the process.
I'm just starting my journey with finding the doctor to explant. I'm afraid of what my breasts will look like, but your story has shown me that there's a possibility that my breasts won't look like all the other perky tata photos and that my explant results are uncertain. I really appreciate your brave blog and photos. They're inspiring and honest. Stay positive and keep posting. I hope you feel better.
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Sorry you are going through this. You are brave! I know you are not happy with one breast, but was your removal totally not worth it or would you still do it? You marked not worth it for removal so just wondering.
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If I had know that I would have these results then no, I would not have removed them. I still have pain everyday. My breast are disgusting. I have massive adhesions from scar tissue. I have no idea how much more money I will have to spend to even look sort of normal.
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6 months since last surgery

I'm adding this pic because I want to show how the adhesions look. This happens anytime I flex my muscle even the littlest bit. I cannot wear any clothing without padded sports bras or it obvious. This is most of the reason that I say that this has not been worth it. For me this decision wasn't the best thing. Maybe it's good that I no longer have fake boobs and implants inside my body but I have been left severely disfigured.
Just checking in to see how you are doing? Are you going to have any additional surgeries???
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I'm so sorry to read what you have gone through. What a painful journey. I hope your breast problem will work itself out. In about a month I'll have my surgery. I've already signed up for a massage treatment even before my explant surgery. Hope it helps, can't hurt. Wonder if that would help you?
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Hugs and good vibes your way. It has been a long road for you. I'm still hoping that there is a good solution. Btw my boobs look like hours when I use my pecs - all scrunched up Not quite as much but the muscle is adhered to the breast tissue. Have you tried myofacial massage?
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Dr. Melmed or Dr. Khouri

Is there a way to change the Dr? I have decided on Dr Melmed

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