Complete Capsulectomy and Implant Removal Without Replacing Implants or a Lift - Portland, OR

In 2008 I had a moment of accute low self-esteem....

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...

Well, another day closer and a bit more anxiety of the final result. My husband and I were at dinner last night and he asked how I felt about the surgery,I told him anxious but ok. He hasn't really shared any thoughts with me about how he feels mostly I think he feels like he might say something wrong or hurt my feelings. At this point I guess I am pretty numb on the subject and just want them out. I feel like I made a very bad choice and have no one to blame but me. I suppose that's how life goes and I am really grasping the concept of being healthy from the inside and thankful for what God gives us on the outside. I mean, really to not compare oneself to anyone else. We are all different for a reason and special in every regard. Thank you all for being there in the process of finding myself again.I hope my journey helps you in yours. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Hello, Does anyone have recomendations for creams...

Hello, Does anyone have recomendations for creams or magic jells ;) to apply to breasts after explant? something to help rebuild the breast tissue and firmness ect? Thank you

So this morning my husband and I were talking...

So this morning my husband and I were talking again about my surgery and he said he is looking forward to having my real boobs back. I am shocked considering his coments befor surgery like if you are getting them "big is better". Anyway, I was caught up in memories of the past and he did play, caress and seem to admire them more back then. So, mabey it's like when you finally get what you want, it's not what you wanted after all! He seemed to be excited to go out and by me sexy bras ect.. and honestly I look forward to being able to ware them again. I know I have become very self consciouse and insecure of my looks since having the implants, so having them out will be good although I am sure a big adjustment in how THEY will look post op and for a time afterwards. Time to walk the dog :)

Hello, well my pain has been increasing over the...

Hello, well my pain has been increasing over the past couple of days :( not sure if it is beacause I stopped taking cymbalta for fibromyalgia pain or the capsular contracture is getting worse? Either way I can't wear a bra at all and that isn't good either big saggy boobs yeah ;(

Hello, Well I had my preop yesterday Dr.Popowich...

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...

Feel your emotions

"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...

well, I am starting my third day of recovery. My biggerst complait is itchiness I feel like there are buggs rawling around inside the bandages. I still have a little bit of pain/burning when standing lots of pulling from my armpits. and my breasts feel lie they are just hanging there. Monday will not come soon enough thats when hopefully the drains will come out and I will be wearing a sports bra. Oh yeah there is some burning sensation where the drains are. Other than that I am doing fine.

Hello Ladies, I just got back from Dr.Popowichs...

Hello Ladies,
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 :)...

Hello again, Well another day of healing done :) yesterday I was doing some feeling around just lightly pressing and moving my breasts a little and WOW there is a spot near my right nipple that is red hot pain must have been a nerve yikes so no more of that for a day or so. I talked to Dr.Popowich about wearing a bra and his thoughts on it. He said regular bras are ok but NO underwires because he doesn't want them rubbing on the insicion. As far as I can tell the insicion is not where the bra sits so I really don't think it would matter. Do any of you ladies have any thoughts? Seems to me if my breasts are nitting back together I would want them in the shape of my bra and not spread out across my chest? Also I still don't feel like the sports bra is supporting me at all, only smashing me down. I still don't have any feeling in the fullness of my left breast and the right only has about 50% feeling. On another note one of my really good friends had a major breast reduction several years ago and had very bad scar tissue develop. She used this method with great results and so I wanted to pass it alon to you all in case it was needed. 1.Castor oil 2.expensive piece of wool or flannel or felt 3.Saturate wool with oil cover with saran wrap, put under heating pad for 30-40 mins a day. 4.Don't use until stitches are out and skin is compleatly closed. apparently this works great for massaging out scar tissue! I hope and pray all is well with everyone :) I have tryed to post more pics but for some reason they are not going to my email? somewhere is cyberspace floats my boobs lol

Hello, Well recovery seems to be going slow.... I...

Hello, Well recovery seems to be going slow.... I am still having a lot of pain like after you workout and sore muscles I guess that makes sence because the capsules were over my chest muscles. Just the weight of my breasts after taking off my sports bra is very painfull as well as walking my dog in a sports bra. I have tried smaller bras but same results I guess I will have to ace bandage myself, however I will wait until Monday to talk with my doctor and see what he says. Another thing that really hurts is if I am w/o sports bra because I have to be able to breath :) and I roll over and my boobs are allowed to free fall omg that hurts. So I am wondering does this sound normal to you ladies who have explanted? I am still very happy I had the surgery and I just found out from my husband he likes it better too, says I look better proportioned lol funny cuz he said if your going to get them go big.. Thanks love :) three years later here I am oh well whats done is done, just would like to heal faster.

Hello, Well I am doing much better and look...

Hello, Well I am doing much better and look forward to my second followup with my Doc on the 23rd. I am still getting used to the flattness on top of my breasts and really feel great to fit into clothes better :) and when I can start my massage sessions again I look forward to laying on my stomach without feeling like I am laying on two bolders. Awe simple pleasures have a great weekend ladies and hang in there "it's getting better all the time!" as sung by the Beattles :)

Hello, So I had my three weeks follow up today and...

Hello, So I had my three weeks follow up today and everything is healing great. I have a hairline scar and internal stitches so that was nice, I can start massaging the scar in another three weeks and wear an underwire bra after the first of the year yahooooo so excited about that. Dr. Pop said light massage on the breasts is fine but not necassary, I am feeling better everyday, tenderness is normal I just can't wait for a sexy new bra. Still very happy I did the explant :)

Hello, well it has been a great ride with all of...

Hello, well it has been a great ride with all of you ladies thank you for your support . I am doing well I can now wear an underwire bra with comfort and I am very happy with the results.

Hello all, Sorry I haven't written in a while, it...

Hello all,
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.
Portland Plastic Surgeon

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 :)

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It would be really great to see an update a year later. I live in the Seattle area and am still trying to figure out the surgeon I want to see.
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How are you these days? Your last pic looks great post op. Looking to explant soon too!
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hi firehorseoflove2002! You are the first person on here that I have found that has implants removed as big as mine. I have 700cc saline under the muscle and I am getting them out and I think lifted at the same time. I just wanted to let you know that you look great and that your story is very encouraging for me at the start of my explant journey. I hope things are still well :) I was wondering if you had indents or caved in feeling from where the implants were sitting on your ribcage or if your natural tissue covers it up? I am just wondering what to anticipate with removal. I have quite a bit of natural tissue as well maybe a C? Anyhow I hope you are well :)
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Fhol. So very good to hear how you are.I think of you often.I read here every day and keep up with everyone, so glad you posted an update.We need a big burn barrel in the back of that 'community house' I mentioned way back, and have a burn the dang sports bra party! Ugh they do get uncomfortable.Take good care. xo
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Hello Relieved, lol sports bra burning yes. They just make me look like I have one big flat boob, I don't want to be pushed up to my chin, I would like them half way there lol. Hopefully in the near future there will be exta money for new bras. So, I read through your recent post and I think it is good for you to keep posting and mabey even post to women who have gone through cancer surgery. You are a very good communicator and I am sure you could help other women in your situation. I pray you will heal completly. Take care keep in touch :)
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So good to hear from you! Been thinking about you!
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Hello Jessica, Sorry to hear about your teeth :( You look great!!
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Thanks honey! We're our own worst critic I think
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Fire, you look soooooooo good, with your natural boobies! Your implants were very high, weren't they? You sure do have more than enough boob left! I hope you are pleased - you look so good! =)
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Hello Aftermath, Yes the implants were migrating up my chest wall toward my calorbones, very painful. I am much wider than before the implants still can ware my old bras and the bras right before explant very mind boggling to me. lol I am shocked you didn't tell your hubby how did you get home from surgery? I remember my days and nights and how I couldn't move well ect. I am glad you are happy and you are a very good and funny communicator. Have you taken explant pics yet to mark our progress? Keep in touch have a great day. :)
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I took a Friday off, had the explantation done in his office under a local & drove myself home. My procedure was about as traumatic as a stubbed toe...seriously. Hubby even had sex with me and STILL couldn't tell the difference! When I said, "Seriously? You cannot BE that out to lunch," he said, "They felt great before implants, they felt great with implants, and they feel great after implants. Just let me have them." That's why I typed, at one point, men just want ACCESS...they don't much care exactly what we look like - they just want them... =) I posted an explant pic right after my procedure have taken other but then didn't post them because they look exactly the same, two months later. I'm losing 30-40 pounds which will, no doubt, cause them to look more deflated, so I'll post those pics in February or March, when I reach my goal weight. I don't care that they'll lose volume - I will STILL look better in CLOTHES, which is how 99.9% of people see us. =)
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I will post more pictures at the six month mark :)
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Fhol2002. Thanks for posting a final update. I've wondered how you have been. I'm so happy things ended up going so well for you. Seems like a crap shoot sometimes. We shared the same timeline but our journeys have certainly been far from the same. God bless. xo
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Hang in there I have learned it takes time to heal it does get better :) ps I still haven't let my husband see me naked yet.... he has felt them and likes them back to normal.
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Thanks. I'm doing my best. Ah, fhol, what's not to love huh? I'm happy you checked back in, and glad to hear things are improving for you, no matter at what pace. We're all here, one day at a time. Please, keep in touch. xo
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You look great, I just hope mine turn out as nicely as yours have!
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So good to hear your recovery is going well! Congratulations again, and thanks so much for sharing your story. I'll be crossing over to the explant side of life soon, and I'm so looking forward to it.
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You look fab-ul-laaaaaaaaas!! Dr. POP - love it! xx
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Your results are amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! WOW. I hope I look HALF as good as you do! My explant will be on Friday, and I am a bit discouraged, knowing I'm older and saggier than most on here...your results give me HOPE. Congratulations! You look incredibly feminine, now. =)
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Yay! Glad to hear your doing well! Hope I can get mine to turn out like yours!!!
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How are you healing firehorseoflove? I hope you're doing well. Check in when you get a free minute. :)
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Hi, just updated my profile, doing well healing great. How are you doing ?
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Sounds like you're doing wonderful. I'm so happy things are going better for you! I will be updating in a few minutes.
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You look way more beautiful explanted! :-)
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Awe you just made my day... Have a great weekend
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