Ready to Have Implants Removed - Valencia, CA

Following a relationship breakup in 2001, I...

Following a relationship breakup in 2001, I decided that implants would give me the confidence that I lacked. The surgery was performed by a doctor in Australia. I had small perky B cups. I told the surgeon I wanted to be a small C cup (or just a C). The surgeon advised that I probably wouldn’t be happy with a small C and would probably have to spend more money and come back for more surgery. He suggested a full C. I went with my surgeon’s advice and had saline tear drop implants inserted above the muscle via incisions below the breast. I can't remember the size recommended by the surgeon. When I came out of surgery I thought OMG! They are huge. When I had my first follow up and said they were huge, the surgeon told me they would settle that I was still swollen from the surgery. Eleven years later I am still waiting for them to settle I am a DD.

I enjoy exercising and just feel these breasts are not me. I don't like how I look in clothes and feel like I am always trying to cover up. I have had no problems with the implants, however have had some slight rippling in the left breast that is not visible, but I can feel it. They make me look bigger than what I really am and I find myself longing for my small B Cups. I have had a consultation with a surgeon in Marina Del Ray, total cost including his fee, Operating Room and Anesthesia is $7,500! Wow that’s almost how much I paid to have the breast implants in the first place. I am now looking for another surgeon in the LA area and hopefully have found one in Valencia after reading someone’s blog on this site. If anyone has any recommendations I would be grateful! I am a little worried about how my breasts will look after the surgery. I breastfed my daughter with the implants 7 years ago, so I am worried what they will look without the implants. The Dr I saw in Marina Del Ray said I would probably be a full A, small B. But at least I will be my natural self. I can’t wait to find a surgeon and have them out – the sooner the better! I have found this site so helpful, and don’t think I would have the confidence to go ahead without reading everyone’s journey.

Had another appointment with a surgeon in Valencia...

Had another appointment with a surgeon in Valencia who quoted $3800, a little different to $7500 quoted by the surgeon in Marina Del Ray! Turns out I have capsular contracture in both breasts - they definately have to come out.

Wow - things have moved pretty quickly. I am...

Wow - things have moved pretty quickly. I am booked in for surgery on the 8th. I am nervous about what the results, but I am looking forward to being me again! Will post pics and update when I can.

Well surgery went well, I went in at 11am and was...

Well surgery went well, I went in at 11am and was back on the road to home by 1pm! I am glad to have the implants are out. However was disappointed to find out the my original surgeon put in Silicone implants and not Saline implants as we discussed! Lucky they didn't rupture.

I have been following doctors orders and taking it easy, even though I feel great, I don't want to over do it and end up with an infection! Took pain medication the first day but haven't needed any today.

I am a little nervous about the result. My breast are certainly a little saggy. They look ok from the side but they have a slight ridge at the front. This looks awful - you can't see in the front photo yet as still have the stitches covered - will post photos next week after stitches are out. The ridge could be some swelling and from the stitches. My doctor removed the implant from the original scar and it was a little higher than he would have liked. I am straight into underwire to try and give the breast some shape and hopefully the ridge will re-shape - it is only day 2 following the operation so I guess I will have to wait and see! Overall it is definately worth it.

So its been 2 weeks since my explant surgery. I...

So its been 2 weeks since my explant surgery. I originally went to Victoria's Secret to be measured for bras and had 3 different girls measure 3 different cup sizes (A, then B then C). I then went to a lingerie shop, and the lady who measured me, estimated correctly before measuring what size I would be. She had me take off my off my top and bra to measure (said that was the best way to get the right cup size) - Victoria's Secret measured in clothes so could have been why they suggested 3 different sizes. They suggested great bras at the lingerie shop, that fit me well. Some brands do run smaller or larger so it can be a little hit and miss - I found you have to try a few different style bras to see what is best for your breast shape.

I have posted some pics that show the ridge I've been talking about and one holding my shoulders back (the ridge seems to less prominent), one showing the stitches and a bra shot just to show how they look now.

The ridge looks different just after I take off my bra at night (there is less of a ridge) or if I hold my shoulders back - but I certainly can't walk around like that everywhere - lol!

Anyway very happy with my decision, and my husband loves them, I guess that's all that matters. x
Dr Marc Lussier

Dr Lussier and staff were excellent. Made me feel very comfortable. Dr Lussier rang the evening before surgery, the afternoon and evening following my surgery, and also rang the day after my surgery to check my progress. He also gives his home number in case of emergency. He was very professional but also very caring and concerned for your well being. I am sure I made the right decision in choosing Dr Lussier as my surgeon!

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Thanks Explant. I know I won't regret it. My maternal aunt died of breast cancer at my age (57) back in 1970. My maternal grandmother had it and so did my paternal aunt. Honestly, what in the heck was I thinking when I had it done. My health is much more important to me now than ever. I retired last year and now I'm able to take better care of my self.
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One good thing about smaller boobies is that you can buy cuter, sexier bras! I'm so grateful that I came upon this site because now I don't feel so alone. I'm now one step closer to getting them removed. Thanks to everyone for all your comments.
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Hey Keco, I wish you all the best with making your decision and with your journey. For me it was the best decision and I haven't looked back since my explant. This site has been amazing and very helpful. x Kylie
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Thanks, ExplantReady for sharing your journey with all of us!
One more question, did your doctor perform enbloc wich means removing all surrounding capsules?
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Hi Young77, my doctor said that he would check the surrounding capsules once the implants where removed to see if they needed to be removed. He said that I would likely need drains if they were removed. All must have been ok, as my doctor did not perform an enbloc. I totally forgot to ask him, but assume all was ok and no need for capsule removal as he didnt mention it after surgery and I had no drains. I was a little out of it so forgot to ask! Sorry I just saw your other comment about having implants just over 8 weeks ago. I felt the same as you do and I covered up for 11 years before finding this site and deciding to have them removed. It's a very personal decision and I guess you need to be really sure before you make the decision to remove them. For me it is a decision that I am very happy with, so glad to have them out. The implants made me look heavier than I was and just they felt heavy and hard. I lived with the implants for 11 years and from the day I had them in until the day they were removed I was never happy with them. I was a small B, and wanted to be just a C like you. But I ended up with DD's! I am now actually a C cup, which makes me think either they naturally increased in size or I was wearing the wrong size bra before I had the implants in. I really wish you all the best with your decision and your journey. This site has been so helpful for me. xxx Kylie
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Hi godsgrace. Thank you so much for your support! I didn't have a lift, just a straight explant. My doctor suggested that if I wasn't happy with the result, that I could always come back for a lift. But I am happy just the way they are (except for the minor ridge which I hope will disappear). I also found this site so helpful. I was so scared about what my breasts would like after having implants for 11 years, and seeing some of the other ladies with similar stories helped me make my decision to explant. For me it has been the best decision. Good luck to you. I hope all goes well! x Kylie
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Hi Explant REady....I have a question.....Did you also get a breast lift when you got your implants removed? and if so what kind of a breast lift? ...thank you so much ....also...wanted to let you know that your breast look amazing!! im excited now to have them removed !!!! god bless you for sharing your story!! you have helped me with my fear.....thank god for people like you !!!
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I think your boobs look great without the implant. I had mine done last July and I hate the size. I wanted a full B and ended up with a full C. I hate boobs and I made the doctor very clear about that I just wanted my size firm. I am going back in June to have them removed but I am so worry and upset that I have to pay all this money again.
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Hi Maria11111,
I also had breast implants done 8 weeks ago and do not like my size( wanted a full b and ended up a full c). I am so self conscious of my breast size, I always try to wear a jacket or a loose shirt to cover them up.:( Very upset and depressed that I wasted hard- earned $7000 and not being happy with them. But not sure 100% yet, I am completely ready yo have them out... Guess everything happens for a reason and at least we don't wonder what if I get breast augumentation!?!?
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Hi Maria1111, oh I hear you...the surgeon I went with talked me up a bigger size and I regretted my decision. For me also an expensive mistake. I have to say I am happy to have those big hard melons out! I wish you all the best on your journey. I hope your surgery goes well in June. Best wishes and thank you for your support. Kylie
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You have the most amazing shape!!! I'm so pleased for you that things are going well. Your pictures really give me some encouragement :) (I actually think your shape after is SO much better than before). You look liked you've maintained a good amount of breast tissue :) The "with implants" picture looks like they are so heavy and now, well, wow!
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Thanks louloubear, I did maintain a little breast tissue. My husband thinks they look alot better - they were so heavy and huge! Thanks for your support. This website has been wonderful and really helped me make the decision to explant! x Kylie
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Hi ExplantReady,
Your story is truly encouraging! Your breasts after explant look awesome. I recall you wrote you even breasted a child with implants in but your result look fantastic.
You are absolutely happy with dr. Lussier? I need to find a great doctor with both great skills and warm heart... Thanks!
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Thank you Young77. Yes I did breastfeed for 7 months with them in. I am so happy to have them out, little disappointed with the shape (the ridge) at the bottom of my breast but I am hopeful that will change over time. I was very happy with Dr Lussier, for me he was very personable, rang me the night before surgery, 2 times on surgery day, the following day and then a week and 2 weeks out (even while he was away in San Francisco for a weekend). He also gives out his home number in case you need it. There are other ladies on this site that went to Dr Lussier and were also very happy, but I guess as with everything it is an individual choice. His surgery and operating theater are in the same building - so convenient, and all his staff have been lovely. If you mention this site and even mention that you have been speaking with me he will probably reduce his fee. Best wishes to you. I hope all works out for you. x Kylie
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They look so good, it must be so nice to be able to wear the cute bras now!
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Thanks so much for your support p.sanchez512 - the women on this website have been so amazing with their support. It made me confident to go ahead with the surgery. x Kylie
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you look great! i also went bra shopping last week - i now realise i've been wearing the worng size bra for the whole of my life! both band and cup. is the pink bra a triumph amourette? as one i bought looks very much the same. i havent started wearing the underwired one yet as heard it was 6 weeks post explant and i am only 4 (can anyone shed any light on if this is right?)

glad hubby loves them. mine does too - although if he said he didnt he seriously would not be in my good books ;-)
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ah, i have just read your comment before about using underwired bras. did your surgeon say this was ok? if so, then out come the sexy bras for me!! (or at least more sexy than a sports bra).
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Thanks Flashgirl, I think the normal is 6 weeks. My surgeon told me to start wearing the underwire straight away to try and re-shape that ugly ridge - I am hoping it works, but normally I think its 6 weeks. Thanks for your support. The pink bra was a Cosabella Never 1131. It was a good shape for me cause the wire comes up a fair in the middle of the breasts (and I have quite a gap there). Oh I'm glad your husband loves them too! xxx Kylie
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omg, you look wonderful!. Does it still become bigger? Wish, my breasts will be the same with time.
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Thanks for your support Limoncute, hopefully the ridge will fade over time! Do you mean does the breast become bigger? I think they fluff a little as they settle into shape. When did you have your surgery? All the best to you. x Kylie
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looking good!!!
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Thanks for your support Ely25!
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Hi Andi22 - thank you for your support. My surgeon told me to start wearing the underwire straight away to try and reshape the ridge - fingers crossed it works! I am still wearing the sticky bandage along the scar to protect it through the day. xxx
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Thanks for posting updated photos, you truly loo amazing!!

Are you wearing underwired bras already, or was that just to try on? I got told I have to wait 6 weeks.
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