Orange County - 38 Years Old Implants Are Out! - Orange County, CA

I am beyond excited about my consult for explant...

I am beyond excited about my consult for explant in a couple of weeks. I have had these 450+ cc boobs since my early 20s. They never looked right on me. I have been hiding them and covering them up for years. Clothes don't fit properly. The implants hurt when I sleep. They are under the muscle. One of the challenges is I think the implants look nice when naked.

I thought my only option was to take them out and add smaller ones with a lift. I hated the thought of the anchor scars and cut out nipples so I never did It. I stumbled upon these reviews and I am on a mission to join these wonderful ladies that have explanted. I can't wait to feel like myself again even if they are inverted and saggy. I had a big B before and not sure how they will look after being stretched out for so many years.

My husband I think likes the implants. After I told him my plans he seems to be touching them more which makes me uncomfortable. I don't want him to miss the implants!
I'm hoping my body looks slimmer without them and that I get motivated to work out again and shape my real body how I want it. These boobs have gotten in my way of honoring my body and seeing it in a healthy way. I can't wait for the weight to be lifted off.

I will post pictures and update as I go :)

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I can't wait. Thank you!
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Congrats! Any ideas as to which drs you're going to consult with? I'm in OC too :)
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I'm going to one that ittybittytc recommended. I'll PM u. Uttersbegone is cracking me up! So true!

Can't believe my boobs are public now!

Wow. Never thought that would happen! I just want to help others with their decision by documenting my journey. I am a little nervous that my real boobs will look so bad that I won't want to post any more pics. I will fight that feeling for you all. Good or bad! Next Friday is my consult and I'm going back for a removal soon after I hope. I hate all my bras. I hate all my shirts. I hate all my dresses. I'm so over it! I have a friend that is going to take me, get coffee for an hour, and then pick me back up. I'm going to take some kind of a Valium before and something after. I plan to rest for a couple days and then get back to life. How does that sound? One other fear is that my boobs will still be too big!

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I had probably small Cs from the time I was 16, and they were nice. Then in my mid-20s they sagged a little (I realize that now; it wasn't that much!) and I wanted a lift. I probably would've been ok with the scars because from what I know now, they really fade in most cases, but... I consulted with three different doctors who all said that I would hate having scars and that if they put an implant in, it would have the same effect as a lift. When I told them that I didn't want to be any bigger, ALL of them said, "Oh, you won't notice any difference." If one had said that, I would have been suspicious, but all of them? So I did it and hated it from the very first day. The only difference for me, 9lives, is that mine were above the muscle, and even though they looked a lot like yours, I have a teeny-tiny rib cage, and I think my body looked fake and cartoon-y. Anyway, after a lot of research and checking things out here, I chose my doctor and last Friday, they finally came out en bloc. I'm SO glad I did it. So far, everything's gone smoothly. I'm bruised but not in pain. I had them for 20+ years, but my ps told me I had a lot of tissue, and so far it doesn't look like I was too stretched out by them. Amazing. Unfortunately, I probably won't be smaller than a C, but I won't know for months, so I'm trying not to worry about it. But still, I AM smaller even with the swelling. I've tried on some cute clothes that I don't feel self-conscious in for the first time in forever, and I'm standing up straight when I wear a cute t. And I'm not hauling around poisonous bags of plastic that could leak inside of me sooner or later. I can't wait to get back to the gym and do yoga and be able to lie on my stomach, etc, etc. My best advice is that you see more than one ps for a consult. Don't rush into anything even though you want to. Good luck, and we'll be with you. :)))
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PS: I had an internal lift with the explant. Hope it does enough. No way to tell for at least six months to a year.
How were you feeling the next day? Could you move around and do things? Did you have drains? What does en bloc mean? I am thinking about having them removed on a Wednesday morning but have to do something Thursday night that would just require standing for a couple of hours. I wonder if I would be able to do that? Congratulations on getting them out and feeling great about it!

Coming out this Monday!

Having them explanted this Monday. The days are going to fly by I know it. I am slightly afraid of having something way uglier then I currently have. My implants look great! The only problem is, they aren't me. They are too big. I hide them every day. I can't do it anymore. I have no energy for these things any more. I don't want to push them up or look sexy. A girl at a meeting I was at last night had her natural boobs pushed up with a little cleavage. I could never do that. If I did that I would look like a stripper! I want to be sexy again. This is my path to my own personal sexy. It so weird because I'm going to look worse but feel better about myself. So conflicting!

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Husband

He is a little worried I think. He met me when I was 27 with great implants and awesome body that I didn't mind showing. I haven't felt like that since after my kids and when I do feel like being sexy my implants get in the way. He is worried that I will be miserable after I get them out. I understand his worry he wants a happy wife! I do too! He thinks I will be unhappy with how I look. I know you girls will support me with that. I am going to post pic of after explant maybe a couple of days after. It is my promise to you! I know it will be tough and I won't look that great but I want to be brave for other women out there. Also, a part of me thinks I will look smaller and cuter after explant. I hope that happens! I'm taking pics in clothes before and after.

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I think my husband felt the same way & was worried about me getting sick from deflation. But 10 days after..... I couldn't be happier!!!
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I go for my removal next week too (Wednesday)! It's funny, I think our husbands are going through something similar. Before I scheduled he was more supportive than once I had a date. Then he started worrying, and telling me he likes them as they are. I'm hoping he will like them even better once they're soft and lovely. Good luck on Monday!
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Please post post op picts when your recovered & good luck on Monday! I'm sure you must be a combination of nervous and excited!! (My explant is still a month out.. I can relate to everything you said & had the same feeling about having a lift.. I like the look of alot of girls that had it but the idea of someone cutting my nipples out and placing them where they think looks good freaks me out plus possibly loosing sensation would be tragic. I have been trying to find before and after picts of someone with just removal no lift that is similar to my situation and appearance to ease my nerves. I'm sure you'll look great, thank you for sharing your pictures! I will share mine as well even though putting them online scares me possibly more than the surgery does!
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Removal tomorrow

I will be implant free tomorrow. I've been obsessed with boobs lately! I can't wait to see what I have to work with. I wonder if this will change my whole style of dressing. I'm kind of excited about it! I want to go shopping already!

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In the waiting room.....

Almost out! They have been more uncomfortable lately and all of my tight bras and sports bras make it hard to breathe! Can't wait to take a deep breath.

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Good luck today!
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Prayers coming your way! Let us know how you do!
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Best wishes on Wednesday! I'm on Thursday!

They're out

I can't believe it. It's done. I drove myself to have it done one hour ago. I actually hadn't had a consult I just scheduled it with a doctor that was recommended and I had researched him. The cost was $1500 in Orange County. It really takes a lot of balls to go through with this. I gathered the strength from all the implants put me through over the 16 years I had them.
He talked to me a bit about why I wanted them out and what to expect. He didn't try to up sell or get me to have any other procedure. He said we can always do that later if I want to. They injected me with lidocaine and began the procedure. It was a tad bit uncomfortable but definitely worth it. You do have to be strong though. It went very fast. I told him I didn't want to see my breast after. He wrapped me up and when I got home I took a peek and took pictures. It is so weird to have he same boobs I have been seeing pictures of on this site...... The office staff was very supportive and friendly. They realized I went alone and were being a friend for me. One of the things I read was that after they drained the first one I would feel so much less pressure that I would want the second one popped to get relief. I didn't feel that. Another thing I thought was I would be able to breathe better, not true because I am wearing an ace bandage for three days. The rest I've read is about right. He made a very small incision to get them out so I would have small scars. I thank him for that. He made them a little higher so a swim suit will cover the scars. He was a very nice man and wants the best for his patients on an individual basis I can tell. He wasn't rushed or anything. He was very sensitive to my feeling and why I was doing this. He was very genuine and caring.
I am pretty flat chested now with the ace bandage. I'm kind of thinking people will notice when I pick up my son. That's kind of strange! Overall I'm excited to get on with my life. I thank the doctor for being so kind and making this affordable.
Thank you for all that had the courage to share, because of you I was able to make this journey to my pure authentic self. I will be forever grateful to you. Thank you.

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He did it in the office and no drains?? I'm having mine out in a few weeks, had my pre-op today. He said I would be put under a general and would have drains in for 4-10 days. You look awesome by the way!!
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You look great! I had mine out yesterday too and haven't dared peek yet. We're the same age so you give me hope. If mine turn out like yours I will be made up!
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Thank you! I look really flat right now! I have a small frame 108 lbs 5'2". I look smaller with them out. The first after pic doesn't show that. I think when I can wear a cute bra that pushes them up and together I will look better than I did with the implants. I did cry after. I was sad that I had ever put them in and wasted 16 years with them. We have to be kind to ourselves and forgive ourselves for that.

Had to try on a swim suit!

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Hi, thank you for sharing your story and I hope you are feeling well. I think you look pretty damn good. I haven't found the strength to get myself sorted yet. I understand your comment about people noticing the difference in body shape and that's what's holding me back. I just can't face that part. I look at your pics and you look so lovely without the implants...youthful too and I know it makes sense because now you can hug your kids close and even sleep on your tum!...and that must feel pretty great! I had thought about push up bras (hoping to disguise a new post op shape) but the ladies on here post surgery, have said that they haven't bothered. I spoke to a nurse at a consultation who said that the push up bras really can disguise the body shape change completely and I have seen some very padded bras, but I can't imagine that it would. I wouldn't bother disguising it as I think I would be very happy afterwards were it not for a few people (a bit of a click that I am not a member of) that would tease me (mmmm, bully me is perhaps a more accurate description) relentlessly. I actually prefer smaller, because I think just like in your pics, it makes you look youthful and sophisticated, and slimmer too. It certainly seems to be a far easier process for removal in America. It sounds like you just walked in to the clinic and just, had them removed, ta da! and that really appeals to me. Then, I wouldn't have to count down, just decide on removal and then bingo! it's done! no counting days down, no going back, just ta da and done! My ma and pa always say to me, you'll never hang yourself!!lol but I really want to either get them out or replaced soon. Well, I'll leave you to rest and wish you quick healing time. Well done, you look perfectly amazing!!.x
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Today I'm wearing a loose t-shirt with a sports bra and nobody has noticed. I bought a small push up bra to wear with a tighter tshirt and it looks really cute! I don't think people will notice or say anything. I will keep you posted on that. I think people only notice when they are on the large size. I'm less worried about that now because I have some new tools to work with (padded bra and soft cupped sports bra.) I am really happy with my new old look. Trying on the bras at Victorias Secret with their little try on tshirt was awesome. I could never wear that before. I'm excited about letting myself shine through my clothes again instead of hiding. Good luck to you. I say go for it!
Congratulations on your explant and you look fab already xxx
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Go for it!

If u are thinking about doing it, I say go for it! I am two days out and don't have pain and can do all the things I could do before. I even went to a meeting last night that I thought for sure I wasn't going to make. I love how small I look now. I bought a little push up bra and sports bra from Victoria's Secret and love how they look. I have to teach myself to not hunch anymore! I catch myself doing it and sit up straight and it feels so good. Even driving, my back feels better.
The thing that confuses me is I got the implants and removed them both for cosmetic reasons. They were great when I got them and awesome getting them out. I feel like I improved my appearance by getting them out when in reality it's all me now. There's nothing fake and I feel so good about myself.
My husband is fine. I am still myself and with each day I will dress sexier and he will love it. He will love how I look without them. He won't be seeing me without a bra for a while if ever though. He didn't see me without one with the implants much either. They are pretty droopy in the front so I can just leave that up to the imagination for him! He can touch them through a sexy bra!

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You look great! I have been wanting to get mine out for the longest time. I have had them for so long that I am embarrassed to tell you HOW long. I was so young when I got them that they started off as a B and I am now a D. I guess I wasn't finished growing. I was in my 20's. They are just too big and I am petite. You have really encouraged me to do it.
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So glad you are happy, and you look great!
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...you sound as though you are well on your way to healing and running in top gear:-) ...I've just been checking out the impact the implants have on a mammogram reading etc and it's a bit non committal as there doesn't appear to be enough studies although most reports seem to stear towards the implant getting in the way of vision of the mammogram. I've also read two medical opinions, both contradicting each other. The reports say that mammograms don't have any physical effect on implants; don't do any damage to the implants, but I know for certain that my implant was damaged as a result of a mammogram. I have also looked at mammogram images of women with and without implants and to me it seems pretty physically obvious that the implants are a obstruction that stops the mammogram penetrating through to the breast tissue and therefore risking missing anything abnormal and worrying. You must be very please to be whole and healthy and not have the whole implant obscuring the mammogram image worry . Do you have a picture of yourself wearing the push up bra you could post and share with us all:-)
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Boobs

My boobs r definitely not the best looking right now. I probably won't be naked in front of anyone for a loooong time. I do love how they look in bras and clothes though. I was never the type that walked around naked or was intimate without a bra so it's okay with me. I just want people to know they are beautiful in their own way but not really! They are saggy and mushy and I don't expect much fluffing. My husband is 50, if I had a young one I don't know how I would feel. I am super excited about how the world sees me now instead of the huge implants. That part is amazing! I really love how they look in a bra. Just not naked. So if u can handle that I say do it!

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Hi you look great and can only get better...don't be to hard on yourself it's early days and things will change trust me...I am nearly 6 weeks out now and they are still changing....happy healing and hugs your way xxxx
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Give yourself some time! Mine were the same after explant, but they fluffed up and that scooped part is pretty much gone now! As soon as I felt well enough (about 4 weeks in) I started massaging my breasts with soap in the shower,including the sides and that scooped area, and also with the lotion I use. Then moved onto Coconut oil. They are SOOOOO much better, looking like pre-implants! They can change up to 6 months to even a year for some women. Don't be so hard on yourself! I know how it is to feel a bit self conscience right now because of the change, believe me! LOL but guys really don't care too much, boobs are boobs and they're really just happy to see boobs in the first place. A sex and relationship therapist said that on Dr Oz once, must be true? (haha) She said she has never had any men complain about less than perfect 19 yr old boobs. Congrats on your surgery!
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They look GREAT! Which Dr did you go to? I want mine removed also
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Pics

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You look great! Really, you look fantastic. I do understand how you feel though. It's funny. Your post pretty much mirrored my own thinking this morning - and we're at the same time out. They look great in clothes and I look like I've lost lots of weight....but they are a bit small, mushy and carved out when I'm nudey. They don't have half the oomph they had pre-implant. I'm still glad I explanted but I'm a little sad that I might want to wear a bra while being intimate when I've never been self-conscious before (oh, the irony!) I hope they fill out. I know it's early days but sometimes it's hard to see how they can. I'm heartened to see the other encouraging comments here.
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I'm three weeks and one day out, and some of the swelling has gone. I'm feeling the same way. They're not small, but they're definitely mushy and saggier than I'd hoped. Not really bad, but not what you'd call perky. I don't regret explanting for a second, but I was hoping for something I'm not seeing yet. I guess the operative word is "yet." I can't judge the final result, so there's no point in worrying about it now. Thanks for sharing your feelings, Return and Wantmytittiesback. Helps me a lot. :)
That looks great!!!
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1 week post

Everything is going great! I'm not hunching over anymore. I can fit into lots of clothes. Husband is fine with them :) although, he hasn't seen them naked. Still need to buy a nice padded push up bra. Nothing more to report. I will post more pics a month out and we'll see if they change any more. Thank you ladies for all of your support on here. I couldn't of done it without you!

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I agree! Men r happy seeing any boobs! As long as we are happy and playful they r happy :) I really appreciate men. What would we do without them?!! They like dinner too! Haha

One more thing!

I didn't realize how much pain I was having with the implants. If I roll to my side I had pain, if I moved a certain way I had pain, I didn't like anyone touching them. Now my breasts are pain free. I would do it again just for this reason alone!

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I love how you mentioned that you used to hunch over like you're trying to hide yourself before you had your implants were removed. Lol. I find myself doing the same thing!! It's as if I'm saying "don't bother looking, they're not real anyway." Lol. Congrats to you! You look great!! : )
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Thank you! They're not perfect but I like them. I'm going to get a pushup bra today. When I first had them out the skin was more loose and wouldn't look right in a push up bra. Now I think they have firmed up a little bit so might look better. Everyone has big boobs! That's what it seems like! Everywhere I look there are boobs! I saw this blonde with big implants hunching over at the baseball and what she was wearing looked like she was trying to conceal. You really can't hide them. I bet people pick up on that that we are trying to hide them and we don't come across as confident. (I'm sorry to look at others this way with implants. I feel bad about it. It makes me feel better about my decision to see how I used to be.) I am so confident and happy about myself right now. I have stood up in front of people and had to talk and am so proud and I didn't even get nervous like I have for the rest of my life. I am so happy and joyous to be in my own skin. It feels so good. A few of my workout buddies noticed but didn't say anything. I think they were happy for my decision. The response has been positive for sure. Three people have said nice shirt and I have never in my life heard nice shirt! Husband says it's because they are noticing and want to play it off! This will pass and I know I will continue to be happy with myself. I work in an assisted living with people at the end of their life. I couldn't imagine having those implants or any implants during that time. No way, that was not going to happen. I was thinking about what I was going to do about them for so long when I stumbled on the removal a couple of months ago and then I couldn't get them out fast enough! They really were painful for a long time. I didn't realize it. I am so happy now you guys. I will keep checking back and post 1 month pics. Thank you for your comments :)
One more thing, I said I bought a push up before, I did but it wasn't padded. Today I'm going to buy a padded push up to try and get the volume on the top that the implants gave.

Swimsuit

I'm kind of obsessed with swimsuits! I went today to try some on. I decided to try Target since they always seem to have so many and I needed a couple since I don't have any now. I really thought it was going to be a long shot. This green one is the first one I tried on! All the tops fit! I love it!

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The green bikini is absolutely gorgeous and I can see bits of your beautiful blonde hair on your pics....you obviously have so much more to you than your boobies. After so much indecision I have now booked in and decided on replacement. I just don't have the courage for removal even though I see fantastic results like yours. Good luck with the bikini shopping....I think you look ammmmmmazing!!well done!!x
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You look amazing !! I am 16 days post op today. I had a second lift so my recovery is a little harder and longer. I can't wait till I'm allowed to wear regular bras and bathing suits !!!
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Looking great Hun xx
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One Month Post

Hi ladies! Just wanted to post some updated pics. I think they are coming along. I have been working out a little bit and using weights for the chest area. I see some improvement! I think in four months they will look even better. My wardrobe has expanded tremendously! I used to wear black Vnecks all of time time to not draw attention. Now I wear all kinds of tank tops and colorful shirts. I am hearing new things from people like I'm athletic and pretty. I think my implants blinded people before! I really like my breasts :) the only thing I'm thinking is that it would be an idea to remove larger implants, let the breasts shrink up, and then maybe a smaller implant without a lift. That might be a possibility for someone. I don't think I will ever do it but I bet they would look good with the fullness on the top. I'm old now so why bother with it! Take care people!

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Thank you! I wanted to post realistic pictures with the same outfit. They r coming along! Are u keeping your same size or going smaller?

I can't believe...

I can't believe that first picture of me with the implants! They were gigantic! I can't believe I had those for so long. When I posted them I didn't think they were that bad. Wow. Looking at them now I am in shock! My poor body and self. I wish I never did it. They held me back from so much :( people didn't see me for me. I'm so sad about that. I tried so hard to connect with people and I think they were getting I the way. How heartbreaking and depressing. Happy I have only felt this way twice since removal but it is still sad!

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Wow! You look amazing! Did you have saline or silicone? When you had your BA where was the original incision site? Please send me you doctor's info would love to consult! *~Blessings!
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I had saline through the armpit. I will message you my doctor's info. Thank you!
Thank you for posting - you truly look amazing - xxxx
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Three months and two weeks post

Here are some new pics! Very happy. I do need to get some kind of a workout going but other than that! Everything is going strong :)

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You look amazing, I'm SO pleased for you. It gives us all such hope ~ xxxxxxx
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You look amazing! You healed beautifully!
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Surprised!

I do think they look higher in the last pic! What a difference from the first one after removal. See guys, you have to be patient! I sleep braless which is amazing. I put on a body by victoria demi before hubs sees me in a tshirt in the morning. That's the only thing I have to do to make this work! Everything else is great. I got a new job with the school district and those humongous boobs are behind me. Never again do I have to deal with hiding or worrying about those things. I am sooooo grateful for that. It's over. I made the right decision 100%. I don't need anything else to grow old gracefully. Good luck ladies! You can do it!!!!!

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Looks great! Thx for sharing! Can you share The PS you used?
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You look great in your swimsuit 9lives! I've experienced everything you mentioned about your implants, and more. I had a complex breast revision a over a year ago after I had the first implants for 35 yrs. I didn't really want new implants, but was swayed into getting them. Long story short, I explicitly asked for a B cup and no larger. I weigh 100 lbs and the first ones were large C cups...way too large for my small frame and my active lifestyle. The P S, 5th one I consulted with agreed that I should have smaller implants. Imagine having those, what seemed like beach balls, for 35 years! Well, doctor # 5 who I chose to do the surgery gave me F / DDD implants, depending on the manufacturer, and stuffed them into pockets that were made too small for the implant size. It was a long surgery; I was under anesthesia for six hours and wound up with worse implants than the old Cs! These bombs are uncomfortable and hurt to some degree or another every single day! I want them out, but three other doctors with whom I consulted all said they would use anesthesia during the explantation. We're your implants saline or silicone, and were they under the muscle or over? I'm wondering if either of those factors are why the docs I've seen want to put me under. I appreciate your response 9lives..thank you so much!
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I had saline under the muscle. 450cc's or so. Not sure why it varies so much between doctors. The guy I went to does reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients I think. He was a real nice guy and seemed like he wanted to help me. Not sure how risky the whole thing is. We were just making sure the incision site didn't get infected. He put some tape over each one and took it off the next week. No antibiotics.
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