Complete Capsulectomy and Implant Removal Without Replacing Implants or a Lift - Portland, OR
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In 2008 I had a moment of accute low self-esteem....
- 20 Sep 2012
- 13 days pre
In 2008 I had a moment of accute low self-esteem. I was a 38DD and had implants put in over the muscle 700CC. As my son would say I looked abnormally huge and my husband would say I had monster boobies.. Not what I was looking for at all, as a matter of fact not really sure what I was looking for? :( Well, yes I do fuller breast on top to match everything on the bottom. I have spent the majority of my life having people ask me if I had fake boobs then after getting them I took greater offense to the question. Still not sure why. In 2010 I noticed my left breast feeling firm and asked my husband if he thought it felt different? He couldn't tell, so I just put it aside and thought it was because my breast were starting to regain feeling. I have always had lumpy breast that would swell and ache with my cycles and that went away after the surgery. Well, over the past two years both breast have become painfull and very firm. My left breast has been rated a #4 capsular contracture and my right #3. At this time I am scared of what Dr. Popowich will find when he gets in there, my breasts feel very hard and lumpy with areas that the implant can be bounced under the skin. When I have a bra on the left implant is about an inch from my colar bone. Did I mention it is very painfull? I am excited to be out of pain, I also have fibromyalgia and I truley beleive it has made the contracture worse although Dr. doesn't agree with me. I am not having a lift any time soon I will just package them in really pretty push-up bras, that I haven't been able to wear since 2008 because the girls have been to big. How in the world does Dolly or Pamala find cute/sexy bras? So, the biggest thing I have learned through this is that we really need to love ourselves and not compare with other women. I breast fed my son for one year, no bottles and he didn't even have food until he was six months old. He has never had an ear infection, strep throat, or anything worse than the common cold. I gave to him and really in the end I looked great never had a complaint from anyone (man). I think that our sosciety has really done women an injustus in thinking that one look or way is attractive. I will take some pictures tomorrow and then after the explant, at regular intervals throughout my recovery and hopefully all will be great.
Well, another day closer and a bit more anxiety of...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 13 days pre
Hello, Does anyone have recomendations for creams...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 13 days pre
So this morning my husband and I were talking...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 13 days pre
Hello, well my pain has been increasing over the...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 10 days pre
Hello, Well I had my preop yesterday Dr.Popowich...
- 26 Sep 2012
- 8 days pre
Well I had my preop yesterday Dr.Popowich was very encouroging about the surgery and the outcome. I told him I was worried about the scar and that I might be able to see it standing up, he felt Ihad enough breast tissue that it woun't be visible. I also asked him about how he would position my breast after surgery in the compression bandages. I thought the breast tissue would attach to my chest wall and I wanted to make sure they were positioned evenly. He said the compression bandages are mainly to help with fluid buildup and that he would also put in drains. So the countdown begins.....
Feel your emotions "The key is to not resist or...
- 3 Oct 2012
- 1 day pre
"The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are."
-- Takahisa Kora
Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.
Don't let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.
"Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance."
-- Deepak Chopra
"We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past."
-- Doc Childre
"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."
-- Audre Lorde
*** Awareness is the key to all change.
Well, I am starting my third day of recovery. My...
- 6 Oct 2012
- 2 days post
Hello Ladies, I just got back from Dr.Popowichs...
- 8 Oct 2012
- 4 days post
I just got back from Dr.Popowichs drains came out really easy didn't really hurt just felt wierd :) My breast look about the same shape as before implants however they are flatter and slighty wider from armpit to middle of chest. I think once I can wear a bra I will be fine and I really don't think I will have a lift. I am so over surgerys! I found out what all the itchyness was about apparently I am allergic to the drainage tubes, I have blisters were the tubes indented into my sides. So, if you are experiencing that you might have someone put soft cloth under the tubes. I have taken several pictures and will be posting them asap. I have lost some feeling on my left breast at the fullest point so I hope that will come back soon.
Hello again, Well another day of healing done :)...
- 10 Oct 2012
- 6 days post
Hello, Well recovery seems to be going slow.... I...
- 16 Oct 2012
- 12 days post
Hello, Well I am doing much better and look...
- 19 Oct 2012
- 15 days post
Hello, So I had my three weeks follow up today and...
- 23 Oct 2012
- 19 days post
Hello, well it has been a great ride with all of...
- 7 Nov 2012
- 1 month post
Hello all, Sorry I haven't written in a while, it...
- 3 Jan 2013
- 3 months post
Sorry I haven't written in a while, it has been one day short of three months since my explant. There is still a small amount of pain mostly tenderness and some sharp I think nerve pains. I have gotten a little bit smaller too and I still don't walk around in front of my husband :( I am still getting used to the look and trying to feel sexy. Money is tight so I haven't been able to buy any new bras and am wearing sports bras that are NOT sexy. I am still very thankful for the outcome that I have. My camera broke so no new pictures till I get a new one. Life is good and God is great, happy new year and blessings to all.
I went for a consult because I have capsular contracture. Dr.Popowich had a great bedside manor and I felt like he understood my fears and concerns. Also, he did not encourage me to put new implants in like several other doctors did. I found him through a website search. I want you all to know the staff at Dr. Popowich office are wonderful. Jana CRNA (anesthesiology) Mary RN (pre/post) and Corrinn RN (surgery) Thay were all very attentive and very supportive of my decision I would highly recomend them :)