Natural and Free of Implants - Reno, NV
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Six years ago I was researching breast implant...
- 16 Jan 2013
Six years ago I was researching breast implant surgery. It seems odd to me now that I am researching removal after always thinking that implants were the answer. After having my children, I had imagined that implants were in my future. I had breastfed 2 children and had become very engorged with the first one (E cup from a B cup). After deciding that I was not going to have anymore children, I began my research to finally get the breasts that I believed would "complete" me. I would finally feel beautiful and not self-conscious. Right! All that I have felt is self-conscious! My droopy B's were filled with 450 Mentor MemoryGel Silicone implants over the muscle. I chose this size because I thought that if they were just "filled up" I would no longer feel the need for a breast lift. It worked that way for a while and I did think that I was happy at first. After a little time passed though, I started feeling very self-conscious and even paranoid. It felt like my breasts were the first thing to walk in the room and everyone just knew that I had them done! I couldn't hide them or even downsize the way that they looked. I felt out of proportion. At the time I as 132 pounds and I am 5'9" tall. I cut my hair and that made things even worse! I hadn't realized how much I was trying to hide until I didn't have the advantage of the hair to help cover my chest. I wanted them out 3 years ago, but just kept trying to get used to them.
So why did I decided to get serious about it now? I want to live a long life! And guess what? I decided to have another baby!. He is 3 1/2 months old now. My breastfeeding experience was a nightmare. I became extremely engorged and ended up spending a night in the hospital. He would cry and fight me when I tried to breastfeed.I pumped for a while and finally gave up on the whole thing, as I pumped a whopping 1/2 ounce per breast. It was a very emotional time for me- I had successfully breastfed my other children with no problems and it came naturally..... because I was natural.
Since having implants, I have had some odd skin issues. I break out in hives on occasion, or sometimes in what looks like eczema. The "eczema" appears for a few days to up to 6 months at a time. I have periods of itching all over, as if I have something crawling under my skin. I used to think it was just dry skin, but it only happens when I am tired or laying down. I have felt very fortunate that I don't have any other issues, but I do feel like a ticking time bomb. Who knows what is going on in there?
I am ready to feel natural again. I want these out. I don't want something in my body that could cause me harm. I have a baby to live for. My husband supports my decision. In fact, he never wanted me to get them to begin with. As I prepared to go into surgery, he told me that we could just get up and walk out; I didn't need to do it. I wanted it. Live and learn. I do worry about how he will look at me afterward. He has gotten used to the way I look with the implants- and he does like them. I just think that I will feel so much better in so many ways. I am scheduled for a consultation on Feb. 6th. That's the first step to get the ball rolling!
I hadn't re-posted since my consultation for...
- 26 Feb 2013
I went for my consultation for removal on Feb. 6th. I was very happy with the consultation and the plastic surgeon. I did not feel the need to go elsewhere for further consultation. He was very honest and told me that it may be as easy as removal depending on my skin and how droopy I am. He said that many do not need anything more than removal because the skin can be so forgiving. After he took one look at me, he said that I would benefit from a lift as well. I asked about just removal and dealing with the sagging and he said that I would probably not be happy- but that it was up to me. I didn't feel "talked into" anything. Before implants I was in need of a lift, so it was no surprise that I would really need one now. I remember how I looked before. I didn't like the extra sagging skin that I had and probably should have just gotten the lift to begin with rather than opting for large implants. So I am going to have it done March 8th! It can't come fast enough.
I have not posted any pictures yet, but I will . I think that it is important to see what women have gone through and what the end results are.
Had my surgery yesterday. I forgot to put before...
- 9 Mar 2013
It has been exactly one month since my surgery!...
- 8 Apr 2013
6 weeks post-op today. Still seeing some changes...
- 19 Apr 2013
Almost 7 months post-op!
- 26 Sep 2013
Here on Realself and also from a cousin.