Implant Removal Without Lift, Partial Capsule Removal - Seattle, WA

My doctor is suggesting removing the capsule from...

My doctor is suggesting removing the capsule from my left breast as it is thick and twisted. He says if he does not my breasts may look different sizes. Has anyone had this? Any comments?

I got my implants 10 years ago. I was 22 and in a different place in my life. I went from a 34 A to a 34 D. They have always stuck out from my body like torpedos, and when I am really fit they feel so hard and strange in my body. I have capsular contracture in my left breast, and it has twisted so it is looking somewhat deformed. I had one consultation to have them replaced, and thought about how I don't want to have to do this ever again. I want to be able to hug people without big rocks in my way, and do a push-up without my breasts pushing into my armpits, and wear a low cut shirt without looking slutty. I'm really hoping I can have the surgery next week, and can't wait until I can go shopping for a new swimsuit. Push-up bras, here I come!

Had a second consultation with another doc. He...

Had a second consultation with another doc. He wanted to do a capsulectomy on both sides, which the first doctor thought was unneccessary. I've decided on Dr. Haeck in Seattle, I have my pre-op this week and am hopefully going to be scheduled for April 2nd. Thanks for your helpful comments!

Had my pre op yesterday, surgery is scheduled for...

Had my pre op yesterday, surgery is scheduled for April 2nd. In the meantime, the capuslar contracture in my left breast has actually been changing the appearance of my breast week by week as the implant is sqeezed into new and unlovely shapes. I now have a lumpy looking breast. Soooo ready to get these out.

So, it's done! Everything went smoothly. Pain is...

So, it's done! Everything went smoothly. Pain is moderate, most of the pain is around where the drains are in. He put drains on both sides, but I only seem to have fluid on the left side where he removed the capsule. It is strange to look down and not have a bosom. Drains will come out wednesday, then I will post pics.

Well, 2nd day after removal. I went in to get the...

Well, 2nd day after removal. I went in to get the drains out this morning, and that made a world of difference for my pain and comfort. Most of my discomfort was because of the drains. He went through the nipple, so I still have tape on the incision. I've also been squished in a bra and now a compression band for 23 hours a day, so my skin is wrinkled and imprinted from that. I took my first look tonight when I took a shower, and I'm pretty pleased. I think once the tape on the nipples come off and they fluff up a little they will look pretty good. I feel pretty good, much of the pain is gone. My fiance told me that he is already happier with the way I look. he said that my implants looked weird and unnatural. That makes me feel better too.
All in all, it still feels strange to see myself in the mirror with a flat chest. But I think I will be very happy with the decision.

Itchy! That is the worst of it now. I'm down to...

Itchy! That is the worst of it now. I'm down to only 2 pain pills a day. I'm probably doing too much right now, which is why I'm needing anything at all. The incision sites itch, as well as the little incisions where the drains were in. But feeling better every day. I'll post pics again after he takes the tape of the incisions on the 16th.

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

Just went back in for my 2 week post op. He took...

Just went back in for my 2 week post op. He took the stiches out, ouch, and told me I am free to take off the compression band and graduate to a big girl bra! He is very pleased with my results. I feel great. I still have some tenderness and swelling in the left breast because of the hemotoma, and the doctor told me I need to wait another two weeks to work out so it doesn't get worse, but other than that I am healing just fine! I'll post new pics once I go get my new bra!
BTW, my doctor says not to get a push up bra for awhile, because while I am healing a push up bra could possibly cause my breasts to become deformed.

Got fitted for a real bra today! I went to a...

Got fitted for a real bra today! I went to a professional fitter and she taught me alot. Turns out my underwire size is actually a D. That doesn't refer to the cup size, but the underwire width. I'm a 32 D in a small cup. She says it is very important to not have the underwire pressing on the breast tissue, and that my breast tissue goes far around my chest. She said that having the right size bra will help develop a better shape as I heal. So glad I didn't just go to Victoria's Secret. So for all you explant ladies, go get fitted!

Well, had my first real workout today, just over 1...

Well, had my first real workout today, just over 1 month out. I tried running earlier in the week and found my bra was not supportive enough, I could feel my breasts bouncing in an uncomfortable way, so had to get a much more supportive bra. It feels so good to workout without big beach balls in the way! I ran, did push ups, chest presses, etc; and had no pain or discomfort. I am so glad I went through this.
I also saw a bunch of my family this last week. Everyone keeps telling my that I look thinner and younger! Can't go wrong with that! It was also wonderful to hug everyone tight, without feeling awkward!

2 months post-op. Saw the doctor last week, and he...

2 months post-op. Saw the doctor last week, and he pronounced me wonderful! He said I don't need a lift, and just need to start massaging the scars. Yay!

Wow, I forget that I had those things sometimes! I...

Wow, I forget that I had those things sometimes! I am very happy with my breasts now, and love not feeling freakish! The scars are healing, and while they still pucker when I bend over they are getting better. I am so happy with my choice to have the implants removed.

Over 1 year out, still happy

I went back to the Doc recently for my one year check up. I am really happy with my results. I'm little, but everyone tells me I look skinnier without the big boobs, so I will take that trade off! I also fit clothes better, no more gaping shirts or massive cleavage. I can wear low cut things without looking trashy. Plus, it is more comfortable to run and lift weights now without them. So, I'm still super happy with my choice. I don't even bother with push up bras or inserts anymore. I just don't need bigger boobs at this point in my life.
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Dr. Haeck is wonderful. He made me feel so good about my decision. He just wanted to do what would make me happy, and never tried to sell me on a different procedure. He was very professional and friendly, and made the whole process smooth and comfortable. i would recommend him for any procedure. He is very caring. My results are so wonderful, he made me very happy.

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