Getting Implants Removed After 25 Years! - Santa Barbara, CA

I made the decision on Sunday after putting on a...

I made the decision on Sunday after putting on a bathing suit top and a rash guard shirt over it to go paddle boarding. I looked in the mirror and it looked like I had 2 balloons under my shirt! Terrible! So, that night I got on this website and started reading and got motivated. Had my consulatation today and am scheduled for the 29th. It's all happening fast, but I'm so ready! I've been thinking about this for years. I know I will be healthier without these implants. They have hardened and get in my way. I'm always trying to cover them, but it's rather impossible. The stories on this website have helped me so much. Thank you for sharing.

And thank YOU for sharing. Your day is coming up fast. I hope you'll keep us posted on your progress. If you haven't already, check out Green Temple's insights about her removal here.

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Saw the ps again today along with my husband. He...

Saw the ps again today along with my husband. He spent 45 minutes with us, answering questions and explaining the procedure. My decision now is whether or not to get a lift at the same time. I think I'm leaning towards doing it, since I'm not going to have much there and I remember what my breasts looked like before I had the implants. Might as well end up with small perky breasts! Anyway, I've got until Monday to decide so if you have any input that might help me decide, I would appreciate it.
How did it go? Thinking of you.
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I'm wondering how you're doing! Hope all's well :) xx
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Good luck....please update me after. Just 3 more with my drains, I can't wait to be free of them and enjoy no implants.
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It's been five days since my surgery. Had the...

It's been five days since my surgery. Had the surgery on Wednesday, 8/29, scheduled for 11:30. Arrived at 10:45 and filled out some more paperwork and met the anesthiesiologist (how do you spell that!) and then the ps came in and marked me up. I walked in to the operating room and the needle went in my arm and I felt the drug immediately and I was out! It was 3:45 when I remember the nurse asking me if I wanted to go home. I said sure, but thought it was weird that I could go home so soon. She got me up, helped me dress, gave me some applesauce and my husband arrived and took me home. I spent the evening sleeping. I ate some soup and went to bed. I took the vicodin every 4-5 hours through Friday. Thursday I basically stayed in bed but didn't really sleep during the day. I slept elevated on a wedge pillow on my back. My back hurt more than my chest from sleeping like that. On Friday I went back to get the bandages removed. I took one look down while she was pulling away the tape and I almost passed out! I had a thought that my nipple would come off when she pulled the tape and that did it! They had to lay me down and elevate my legs and tell me to breathe deeply. It took a good 10 minutes before I could sit up again. That was a totally unexpected reaction! So, I came home and went to bed and took a nap for about 2 hours. The nurse told me I could take a shower that day so around 6 I thought I'd try. As soon as I took off the support bra I felt weird again, so I didn't try to shower. It just felt too soon! So, Saturday I woke up feeling really good. We went to the beach and I sat and read my book and walked in the water. No pain pills. That evening I decided to try the shower again and I didn't have any problem at all. The worse thing I'm dealing with is the itching around the base of this support bra. I have an organic cotton cami/bra that I have now put on underneath this thing to give me some comfort from the velcro and polyester. I go on Wednesday to get my stitches cut and maybe they will change the steri-strips. I've practiced yoga the last three mornings. Today I did downward dog for the first time. I'm lifting my arms over my head (slowly and with great attention) and stretching them out to the sides. I'm not doing headstand yet, just because I want to make sure the sutures are completely healed. There has been some minimal oozing under the right side incision. Oh, and backtracking a bit, the PS said that both implants were encapsulated and ruptured and the right one was leaking through the capsule so it was a really good thing I got them out!

As far as how I look....my husband says I look sleek! He likes the way I look and so far, everyone I've seen says I look great. I've tried on a few of my clothes and I feel like I have new things, just because the way they look on me is so much better! The bathing suit top that put me over the edge that day now looks fantastic on me! So, absolutely no regrets about not having implants! I'm super happy! I'm so grateful to have found this website and being encouraged to take this step. From the day I found this website to the day of explant was 10 days! It's been an amazing experience. I'm really glad I got the lift. I'll try to post some photos.
My goodness, how wonderful!!!! Fab photos and thanks for sharing. I just saw mmgdv's photos too as we've also had lifts.

You look amazing. I'm loving my leaner fitter look and I know we are small but my goodness, we are pert! I posted some advice that I was given on mmgdv's wall which you may find useful.

Well done on having the op and be careful - go gently :) xxx
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I hope your surgery went well and you are resting comfortably!
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Went to my second post op yesterday. PS is on...

Went to my second post op yesterday. PS is on vacation but saw the PA. She removed the steri tape and cleaned the incisions and retaped me. She said I was looking really good and each week I'd see an improvement. I didn't get nauseous or anything this time. She told me I could wear a sports bra instead of the velcro thing so I was super happy to come home and take that thing off! I have a little bruising, but it just shows up as a yellow tint, nothing dark. So today I did my yoga practice and did my first head and shoulder stand since the surgery day. It felt really good to get upside down again. I purposely waited until after I went to my appt. yesterday so i could be sure that the healing was where it needed to be. I'm only saying this for those of you that practice yoga and are familiar with these poses, just to share my amazement with the body's ability to heal and bounce back! I don't feel like I'm challenging myself in any way. I'm simply practicing poses that I did before regularly and finding out where I am each day, keeping the energy moving and the structure aligned and mobile. I still hope to post a short video showing a few things that can be done soon after (of course each person is different!). And now I can wear one of my new yoga tops! For the first time in 18 years of teaching yoga, I can wear the cami top with the built in bra! I got myself two of them yesterday! Yipee!

You look lovely and I'm glad you're back to doing your poses!

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I am a Yoga Lover to :) sooo excited for you to get to wear your new yoga tops!!! :D
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Yes, it is fun! I have to stop myself now from wanting to buy new things! It's just that I'm so happy to just be me, that I want to show off my little chest! So funny, the opposite of how I felt about the implants. I was always trying to hide them! What a relief!
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Went back to the PS today and he said I'm healing...

Went back to the PS today and he said I'm healing very well. I no longer have to wear the sports bra to bed, but need to wear it when I'm being active. I wear the steri tape one more week then will start applying a silicon gel to the scars. I go back in four weeks. I'll post some photos next week after I remove the tape. I feel really good. I'm also amazed that my breast always looked white when I had the implants. Now they look like the rest of my chest color! That was not a lighting effect on that implant photo...they always looked like that! And when I would get out of the shower they would be red. Not anymore.....Very happy!
Thanks for sharing your story. I've had a consult with Dr. Mackenzie and found his manner pleasant. I will be getting a second opinion though because explantation is major surgery and I want to make sure I've done plenty of background work for myself.
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so glad your happy, exactly how i feel, love my small chest, and it moves when i walk, ha, happy healing. looking forward to seeing more pictures xx
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Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon

I found him on the Real Self website. My post op with a nurse was a little disappointing. I'm going back in two days for follow up so I'll report again after that. The nurse was late and then seemed flustered and unprepared. She taped me up very sloppily, didn't even have scissors to cut the tape so the tape was extra long and went way above and below where it needed to go. Hopefully things will be better Wednesday. Dr. MacKenzie was fantastic, and so is Lisa Glenny, his coordinator. My second post op with same PA was much better this time. I think the fact that I didn't almost pass out this time, made things better for her too. She removed the tape, cleaned the site and retaped very neatly. Good experience!

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