Implant Removal Three Months After BA -Minnesota, MN

I have to say this site has been a relief and an...

I have to say this site has been a relief and an inspiration. I have only had my implants for three months and have developed mild symmastia. I am horrified at what they currently look like and having a revision is out of the question for me for multiple reasons. I told myself when I got them that if I had complications - they would come out, no other options are even a possibility for me because I do not want to be that woman that has six revisions down the road and spends $$$$ on keeping her breasts looking less normal and more deformed with each surgery. I am hoping that taking them out a short time after implantation will minimize the changes my breasts have gone through and haelp me bounce back to almost what i was. I am a thin 33 year old and was a 34a before with 385 cc implants. I am terrified of what I will look like after removal. i am so frustrated with myself for not considering the possibility of this awful outcome and upset with the surgeon for contributing to development of my problem. I am not willing to go through symmastia repair as they often need further revisions and I cannot tolerate the idea of living for months in a thong bra to keep my implants from colliding over my sternum. The skin in my cleavage is lifted and lifts even more if any outside pressure is applied to the breasts. I cannot wear a tight fitting shirt or anything that pushes them in from the outside. I am terrified of wearing anything that may expose my weird looking cleavage. And now I am so scared of what I would look like after removal. I have not had children and my breasts were very small but perky and now I am dreading that first time I will see what I have done to myself.

I am so ashamed I put myself any my husband through the expense and the pain. The surgeon is removing my implants for free so that is one good thing. He really pushed me to wear the thomg bra and see what happens but I know that symmastia is notmfixed without surgery and am not willing to go down that road. I do not blame anyone but myself for doing this. However, i am so sad at spending our money on something that caused a complication and disfigurement. I am worried about what my husband will think of them. He told me prior to augmentation it was completely my decision and he liked me just the way I was and now I have caused us both headaches and pain.

I would really love to hear from other wonderful women on the site about what you did to emotionally heal after something like this. How do you prepare yourself for your first look at them? I am already making plans to shower in the dark for the next month until things start to hopefully look better. One thing that is making me feel better is that my husband said that if in a year things look bad - he would support me in seeking a lift if needed or some sort of recomstruction. Ugh... I have two weeks until removal - I wish I could keep from obsessing over this. I am going to try to focus on getting out of the house and doing nice things for myself until then.

Last night I felt completely overwhelmed and cried...

Last night I felt completely overwhelmed and cried for a few hours and picked a fight with my husband. Now I feel pretty terrible because I know it is not his fault in any way. He is just trying to do the best he can to keep things normal but I am so stressed out about this I feel like my life is on hold until next week. I just want them out NOW. I seriously have to think of occupying myself somehow each night this week so I can make it to the big day. I keep telling myself that I haven't meant for this to turn into a huge mess and these things just happen sometimes...

Three days to go - anxious and excited to be done....

Three days to go - anxious and excited to be done. I am the first patient of the day so hopefully will be home fairly quickly after the procedure. I ordered some sports bras on line and got them today. Not sure what I will fit in. I want to thank everyone for sharing their explant experiences - this has been a God send to be able to hear about other women's stories and recovery. I am a little more calm. Trying to stay busy. Maybe a nice outing tomorrow with my wonderful husband and then a busy day at work Monday and next thing you know - explant day!! I will get my courage together and take before/after pictures as that is the most helpful thing for others in this situation... Here's hoping the next three days fly by and explant goes well!

So tomorrow is the day... I haven't slept well...

So tomorrow is the day... I haven't slept well since two weeks ago when I scheduled my explant... I am anxious, tired, stressed out, I just want them to be gone. I worked up the courage to post pictures as I want others to be able to see what things look like before/after in my case... I cannot believe I thought this was ever a good idea. Hope things go well - only planning on taking three days off work. My mother will stay with me for a few days as my husband needs to work... I hope to have a positive update tomorrow.

I am home after explant and mentally feel like a...

I am home after explant and mentally feel like a huge weight is gone!!! The procedure was very short - i was on my way home two hours after we got there. No drains, capsules thin and left in place. They did mention a littlemfluid may build up but just to keep wearing compression bra and come back in one week. Everyone was nice, PS still tried to talk me out of it amd wanted me to wait but that was out of the question. I do have moderatw pain in both incisions. I am bandaged up tight and VERY flat. I peaked and seems like i am definitely flatter than pre-BA but so happy to be done!!! I can shwer tomorrow so will have an idea of how things look then. Thank you for all the support - I cant tell you how much it has meant to me to find this group of amazing women for encouragement, education and emotional help. I will post back when I actually see them.

So I had my mother help me with unwrapping the...

So I had my mother help me with unwrapping the bandage today and it is better but different from what I imagined! They are flat and small but not droopy or misshaped! They seem smaller than before but thats no wonder as there was a lot of pressure on my tissues. If this is the worst it will look I can definitely live with it and still am happy and relieved with my desicion. I can feel the tissues are soft and swollen and my incisions are big. I will wait a until I shower for pictures but I hope this helps relieve someone's mind - they look FINE :-)

Today is day 4 after surgery. I am still wearing a...

Today is day 4 after surgery. I am still wearing a sports bra and a tightly wrapped bandage on top. I can feel a little fluid in my chest, just like after initial augmentation. The tissue does feel somewhat swollen but that makes sense as I had surgery and trauma to this area. The breasts are not as firm as prior to augmentation and a little like "jello" as some of the other women have described. I hope they will firm up as tissues contract and swelling subsides. My follow up is on 3/19 and I plan on wrapping myself tight until then. I will have to re-assure my PS that this was really the best decision for me to have implants removed and not wait for revision - he seemed upset that this was my intent and really tried to talk me out of it. My pain is mostly gone and I went back to work yesterday, day 3. In fact, I have to remind myself to take it easy as I feel pretty darn good! No one at work had noticed/said anything. I wore my old bra with foam inserts over my bandage and then a tank top over that and I looked just I did before surgery :-) my husband saw my breasts yesterday and I was so worried as he is terrible with blood/incisions/any sort of medical things... He made me feel so much better because he said they look good and much better than he thought! He said they dont look much different from before and will only improve from here on. I am very happy to have them out and cant wait until I can sleep on my side and stomach again.

One week post removal yesterday and had my follow...

One week post removal yesterday and had my follow up visit. Everything looking great so far - no pain, no evidence of fluid. I am keeping a sports bra, then the tight wrap on at all times and my PS said to do that for a total of three weeks. The muscles still feel odd - like they are loose, but I guess that makes sense as they were stretched and I am probably more aware of them. I go in for final follow up in 8 weeks for scar re-check. Still incredibly happy with my small breasts and glad to have those bags out!

I am 15 days post implant removal today and feel...

I am 15 days post implant removal today and feel amazing!!! I feel almost back to normal, the only reminder are my scars. I have no pain, no swelling, no discomfort. My breasts feel more firm and are my previous shape. I am back on the treadmill and no issues at all. Thank goodness that nightmare is behind me - I am happy :-)
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your result is beautiful, I'm so happy for you!
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Did you have just local or full under??
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I am removing at the 2.5 month mark after my BA! I'm glad after 15 days you feel back go normal! I'm so worried about my outcome even tho my ps thinks I will look the same as before. I am an anxious wreck since implants I really hate them they don't look or feel natural I'm ready to have them out asap
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Hi - i hope you have had your implanys removed and recovered by now :) honestly, six months later I look completely back to normal and happier than ever
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Thank you. I removed at my 9 week mark last Monday! So I'm day 4 post op. I'm definitely smaller than I was pre-BA. Which scares me. Was that the same for you? Did you "plump"/"fluff" eventually? And if so, how long did that take? Your results look great and I love that you say you feel like you're back to normal now.
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I just had mine removed after having them 6 weeks. They feel like total jello and I can't stop crying. No one will tell me if they will form up and not look so deflated.
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They should firm up. How are they now? Better? Do you think they look the same as they did before your implants? I'm freakimg out I ever got implants to begin with I made a huge mistake I am removing at my 8 wk mark
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Mine I like them even better than before I did the explant with lift and I'm happy with results but I lost sensation around nipple area....otherwise I'm satisfied
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You look great! Your story gives me hope that I can get my old breasts back. I've only had them for 3.5 months, but I've known since the moment I got them that I made a mistake. I couldn't tell from your story if your implants were under the muscle or not, but if they were, have you found that using your chest muscles is feeling more normal, like it did before your BA? Well, here's hoping I have as happy of an ending to my nightmare as you did yours. =)
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My implants were under the muscle. I have had them out for two months now and it feels amazing! Everything is back to normal, no changes at all other than the small scar. You will be just fine if you decide to take them out :)
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Oh also i am back to doing yoga and exercising. My chest muscles feel normal and i have no motion deformity at all
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Hey Bmesoon, I was wondering how you were doing? I am explanting next month and so very nervous. I'm scared bc mine are under the muscle and I'm scared I'm forever going to feel them move around. :-( I will be getting my 371silicones out at my 4month mark. Do you have any updated pictures and how you are feeling?
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You look beautiful natural :-)
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you look great!
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You look great! I know what you mean about the muscles feeling odd. Mine still do that funny thing pulling my breasts out to the side whenever I flex my pecks...maybe they always will. But overall I think you are going to be so happy with the results and sleeping on your stomach again is awesome!
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So happy for you....you look awesome and sounds like you are feeling that way too. I will be joining you on the other side in 15 days after almost 30 years most of which I spent, like you, wanting them out. The stories and pictures posted here has given us the support to go through this knowing we are not alone. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Continued healthy healing to you :-)
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Good to hear you're feeling amazing! Congrats Thanks for your story. If it wasn't for all these awesome women I wouldn't have had the balls to go thru with it. Hugs to you!
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I am so happy for you!! Yes, it's unfortunate that you spent the money but thank God you made the right choice for you. Many of us wanted them removed shortly after BA but talked ourselves into keeping them. I will be so relieved to get mine out 26 years later.
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You look amazing! Really. So good!! I am so happy that everything went well. Isn't it such a relief to be on the other side!! I am finally not obsessing about boobs every waking second!
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I am so glad you are feeling good! You look fantastic - I think it is wonderful things are going so well for you. Keep us updated on your progress..26 days to go :)
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Well done, Im glad eveything went well with your follow up : ). its interesting what you say about the muscles feeling odd. Im slim and athletic like you and when I first had my BA the muscles were SOOOOO tight, so I suspect my muscles will feel odd to me aswell after explant X
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Wow, congratulations! You look great and were very smart and brave to explant as soon as you realized implants were a mistake for you. You should be proud.
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BEMESOON: you look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. So glad you happy, I explant in less than 4 days and I am so excited. I've had mine for 23 years so I am sure my skin will look a bit different. I really have no expectation on how I will look but I do expect to feel better. Again Thank You
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Thank you so much! I have honestly been feeling like i am floating around these last few days I am so darn relieved amd happy to be rid of those things. I hated looking at them and feeling them. They were a source of anxiety from day 1. I know your explant is going to go great and you will feel amazing!
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Congrats! Glad to hear everything went well!
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