I am 48 and had saline implants placed in 2000...
I am 48 and had saline implants placed in 2000 when I found myself with NO breasts after nursing my children. They have never looked natural, and I find myself trying to hide them and embarrassed by them. I have finally made the decision to do this. Cant live with these implants any longer. Too fake and unnatural. Will have 250 ml saline implants removed followed by fat transfer. Hoping simply to have any amount of breast tissue and no larger than a B cup. Irrational fear of possible complications such as a fat embolism and dying to simply have boobs! I will be doing this on my own as it is something I am not comfortable sharing with those I know. The surgeon thinks she will transfer about 300 ml to each breast. I am hoping to be able to conceal the swelling so that I can return to work in 5 or so days with no one noticing. I will be horrified if I look like I have DD! 2 weeks out and still cant believe I will be putting myself through lipo. I am thin so she will have to take fat from several different areas. Will be staying overnight at the surgical facility as i am traveling alone. Cant wait to get these things out
Getting close now. Drove to Latham NY yesterday for pre-op physical, mamogram and blood work as well as pre-op apt with PS's nurse to take care of all of the paperwork and answer any questions I may have. I am having surgery Wed March 12. Will be so relieved to be rid of these implants . Worried about complications and potential for significant swelling that I will be unable to conceal. I am hoping recovery will not be as long as some of you have experienced as I will have to go back to work after 5 days or so.
24 hours pre-Op
Thought I would keep my post going in the hope that it helps someone else know what they can expect from this procedure. Here are some before pics. I can stand to lose a few pound especially from upper thighs. Sorry pics are not great but you can definitely see how unnatural and round implants look with the edges showing. Pre surg I am 5'5 and a little under 125 lbs. Less than 24 hours and they will be out. Cant wait- but definitely nervous about lipo and recovery
More pics for before lipo views
Here are a few mote pics prior to the lipo portion
5 hours post op
12 Mar 2014
Day of treatment
Time does pass!! All done. No more implants :) !! I think i was in surgery for about 3 hours. I am staying overnight at the surgical facility ( and very happy I am doing so). Ellis Health Center (in Schenectady NY) has an outpatient surgery center and an Emergency room as well as the Health center as far as I can tell. Have not talked to PS yet so do not know details of surgery. I had conscious sedation. Felt surprisingly well for first 4 hours. Then a a brief period (10 min) where I was very nauseous , dry heaved only. got some anti -nausea meds in my Iv , had a few saltines and nausea disappeared. Feel 90% there mentally as far as after effects of anesthesia. As far as pain--very little at lipo sites (I had tummy, flanks, inner and outer thighs) Not really any pain just soreness when moving, a bit light headed when I get up so have not walked yet. Breasts had some burning pain ( on a 1-10 scale about a 3) for a few hours. Now none, just discomfort from bra, compression garment under my bra band. Now for the boobs.They are definitely smaller than with implants (that is what I wanted) but I am worried they may be too small It seems they are what I wanted for size right now maybe a b cup) and I know I will lose some. I will be curious to hear if Dr. Capek was able to place 300 cc as she planned. PS did say she would be limited by skin--that once skin gets tight she does not add any more fat , as it will just die due to the pressure. I am leaking quit a bit of tumescent fluid, which is good, hopefully will get most of it out before I head to hotel tomorrow . I will have to ask if they are giving me pain meds in my IV,although from other posts I am expecting tomorrow to be a painful day.
28 hours post op
I am 28 hours post op and still doing well. Stayed overnight at surgical center. Great care. I was the only patient there with 2 nurses on staff. I received IV antibiotics every 8 hours while there (3 doses total) and also had 3 doses of IV tylenol. That is all I have taken for pain meds at this point. I am staying overnight at a local hotel and already feel well enough to drive home tomorrow ( I did not have general anesthesia). As far as pain now--none really just sore. Incisions under my breasts feel better with the tylenol. No pain from lipo, just stiffness and soreness. I feel best when pacing around the hotel room . Sitting is fine, the transition from sitting to standing is when I feel bruised and sore. Had a short check up with Dr Capek this morning. She transferred a bout 300 cc to each breast. She used all of the fat she removed from me and did not feel she could remove anymore without risking contour irregularities. I think I feel relatively well because of her lipo technique. She performs a gentle low pressure liposuction and does use tumescent fluid. She expects me to lose 10-20% of the volume I hope she is right about that number, that would be the perfect size for me. Just light walking for the next week and then I can increase the distance but nothing that has impact ,no running or even power walking for next month as she does not want the fat graft disrupted. I can shower and wash compression garment after 48 hours, I can also switch to the Spanx garments. The surgical compression garment she provided is comfortable enough. Sort of a high power spanx and crotchless. I will probably wear that as much as possible at least initially. I will post some pics later
28 hour pics
Here are some pics--yukky stained compression garment, gives you an idea of how much fluid is leaked. Breasts are quite red have not turned to bruises yet, they are swollen and a bit hard but still softer than implants. Bruised feeling and sore to touch. I will have no problem concealing them as I think even swollen they will look smaller than implants due to their natural shape. Stomach is quite swollen. Looking forward to clean compression garment
Day 4 Post Op
Things are continuing to go well. I feel better every day. By day 3 I was much more comfortable not as stiff. No longer feel like a 70 year old woman when transitioning between standing and sitting. No pain at all at this point. Lipo sites feel bruised, sore. Breasts have already softened up but feel very tender, delicate like I do not want to jostle them. I am SO happy to be rid of the implants. It is so nice not to have that unnatural pressure against your skin and chest from the hard implants. Especially noticeable when I stretch or reach for something. I feel like me again, no unmovable objects under the skin.
As far as lipo areas, I have two injection marks on my back at underwear line, two hidden under butt crease, two inside belly button, two on my stomach that I hope will fade, one on each outer thigh up high, one on each inner thigh up high. They are small and do not have any stitches. Dr Capek uses a small cannula for the lipo so stitches are not needed. I look like I have lost the 5 pounds I needed to lose- no more tiny pouch on my belly. For bruising-entire breasts are yellowish with a small area of dark bruising on underside. A few light yellow bruises on belly and flank, and some areas of dark bruising on upper outer and inner thighs. Bruising is much less extensive than I expected. Still swelling all around but not too bad. These pictures are 2 days post op. breasts area little larger than what I want but are about a half inch smaller than with the implants and look smaller due to the shape. I know some of this is still swelling so hopefully I will not lose more than 20% or so.
I am 10 days post op and all is going very well. Only a little soreness, bruised feeling in lipo areas when something presses against them. Have been a bit itchy the last few days but only an irritation. Bruising is much better but still there and getting lighter. Still a little swelling in tummy and flank area. Swelling in breasts is gone and they are soft . I am about a B cup right now and I am very happy with the results Dr. Capek achieved. The perfect size and shape for me. I will be so sad if I lose a lot of volume!! I would love things to stay as they are but I know that is probably unrealistic. Here are the 10 day pics. I will also update Dr. Capek's review at a later time. At this time I am completely happy with the results and care I have received.
All is still well. bruising completely gone. Just in the last few days I would say swelling is gone too. A little loose skin on my belly where fat was removed. going to start some toning exercises for belly, thighs and butt! Breasts have lost some volume this week sadly but I am still VERY happy with how they look. They still measure the same--35" but not as full. Hopefully wont lose any more. At this point they are more than I had prior to children and I would be thrilled if this is how they stay