I have an Explant date!

I have read many reviews on this site regarding...

I have read many reviews on this site regarding implant removal, and I would love imput from anyone with experience! I had my initial augmentation done in 2007. I was 33 years old and had nursed 2 kids for a year each, so my pre-children 'B' cups were deflated and sad. I was very adamant about only wanting to replace lost volume with the implants, and absolutely did NOT want anything larger than a C cup. I ended up with DDs!! (425cc saline under the muscle) and I was mortified!! Actually, the very first question I asked when I woke up after sedation, was "how many cc's did he put in?" because I had chosen 300-325max. While the surgeon did a beautiful job, I felt they were simply too large. I am 5'5"/115 lbs. However, feeling guilty about spending the $$, I lived with them for 3 years, then finally approached my husband about downsizing. He was extremely supportive and in 2010 I had them replaced with 325cc, much to the disappointment of my surgeon. Again, he did a beautiful job, but I am still in a D or DD cup, and feel they are too large. I am sooo self conscious about how I dress and almost no one knows I have had them done. In all honesty, there are times when I feel good about them, but that's usually when I am alone with my husband, or wear a constricting sports bra. I have had recent issues with my shoulder/back, and my physical therapist said my issues were caused by the implants being placed under the muscle without the tissues being stretched/released first. I guess what I'm asking for is opinions on whether I am out of my mind for considering having them removed when aesthetically, there is nothing wrong........help!
How they feel is just as important (if not more so) than how they look. No, you are not crazy. I'm glad you reached out here for support and suggestions. We will be here for you!

Here's a great post by Green Temple about her explantation experience.

Please keep us posted!
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Thank you for your responses! I have been reflecting a LOT about my health since I've had implants, and after reading about other women's experiences there are some things that are beginning to make sense! Shortly after my initial surgery I began having flu like anxiety symptoms ( I have a nervous stomach) but had many instances where I literally left my husband alone in a restaurant because I would suddenly feel "flushed" and nauseous. I dealt with those kind of situations on and off for a couple of years and countless dr visits and blood tests revealed nothing. I have never thought my implants could be the cause since they are saline and "safe". Now I'm not so sure!
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Do what your instincts are telling you to do. It's your body and nobody elses! I had implants 17 years ago as an indirect result of cancer leaving me with a very poor body image. I was barely a 32a before explant. Like you, I didn't want to go too big and went up to 34b. I had them explanted 3 months ago, having agonised for years about them. I am now smaller than before, at 34aa, but can live with that and the help of padded bras. I had to have capsulectomy as I had a rupture, probably caused by an over-zealous nurse during a mammogram. My breasts are now tiny but so lovely and soft and the discomfort has all gone. I am beginning to sleep on my tummy again and have far fewer headaches and hardly any neck or back pain. I was self conscious at first as people who know me have been looking at me askance, as I have never told anyone but close family about my implants. At first I put extra padding in my bras to make it less obvious but then I realised how silly I was being. I'm 55 years old and it's now time to be comfortable in my own body and others can think what they like. I do hope all these comments from others are helping you. To be honest, at the end of the day, everyone has their own personal problems and hangups and don't really spend that much time wasting their thoughts on the way others look anyway. Take care and whatever you decide will be the right choice for you.
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Still unsure......

Well I still am as confused as ever! It also looks like my husband isn't thinking removal is a good idea. His thoughts are unless we are sure the implants are causing health issues, size isn't a reason to explant. (As I've been there, done that by having them downsized once already). Maybe he's right. Also, one office I contacted quoted me a price of over $5,000!! That is just straight removal, no capsulectomy. Wow. I was really thinking my best option was deflation/removal in office under local! My original ps said my pocket was totally clean and had no scarring when I had my exchange 3 1/2 years ago, so I am not sure I would need a capsulectomy. Ugh. Here goes more time wasted thinking about what to do!!!
I just stopped by to see how you are doing. My husband also thought (and probably still thinks) I am crazy for wanting to remove my implants just months after getting them. They were also visually perfect and really did help to proportion my body. HOWEVER, this is my body. I had to live with them inside my body. I had to give up sleeping comfortably. I had to worry about complications if I was not wearing an appropriately fitting and supportive bra (which are EXPENSIVE!!!) I had to worry about leaking and ruptures and obstructed mammograms and not being able to give tight bear hugs to my kids. And he got to play with them. Fair? Not to me. I can't tell you what to do, you have to decide what's right for YOU and YOUR BODY. Maybe explanting won't make you happy. I won't lie, mine are little. And I mean liiiitle! But I like small boobs. I like small boobs even more now that I have felt what gigantic ones feel like :D But even more than that, I like the feeling of not having something foreign and potentially dangerous in my body. It is so freeing, very liberating. Explanting was the best decision I have ever made.....seriously. I wish you all the best in the decision. I went back and forth and second guessed myself a lot. But I am so happy I did it. I know my husband misses them, but I don't. Could you go back to your original PS? Oftentimes, you can get a returning customer "discount" kind of thing. Good luck, hun, whatever you decide. Just make sure the decision is YOURS!
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Thanks so much for your input! As far as my original ps, I could try that route, however he made it very clear that he didn't agree with me downsizing the first time! I feel like he would not be supportive at all!! In the end if I decided to remove them my husband would be ok with it, but I know he also sees more $$ signs and I can't blame him for that. Soul searching is not an easy thing is it?? Thanks again for your response.
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Good luck, hun! Just remind your husband how expensive it will be in the long run, explanting will actually be saving you money! :D
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Photos in clothes

Here are a couple pics.... Not brave enough to "reveal" totally online!
sorry about the duplicate posts...didn't think my first one went through so had to retype shortened version. :)
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No problem about the duplicate posts! Having downsized myself I have to say that for the first year or so after I was "happier". Not completely satisfied, but close enough. Now that in know it is possible to have an outcome similar to what I was pre BA, I really feel like I want to go that route. I would love to get dressed without having to think about whether my boobs look huge in a particular shirt or not! I am still slowly working on my husband. Trying not to push it just yet, but hopeful he will come around!
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I completely relate to your dilemma! I also look amazing and well proportioned after BA six years ago and no side effects. I'm athletic build with wider shoulders but curvy, small waist and good butt, which is why my PS put so much volume in. Really look well proportioned. However, I have always been self conscious. I just wanted a small C not a D or DD which is what I have. Anyway, having lived with them now 6 years, I want to either downsize or explant. But what if explanting makes me feel remorseful? I also thought about fat transfer but worried about long term efficacy and cysts. Do I have enough fat to transfer? I saw my PS 6 months ago and he said "leave perfection alone" and didn't think I should risk another surgery. My husband thinks this is in my head. I hate seeing pictures of myself with big boobs. lol Anyway, keep us posted and sending you support! :)
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Feeling closer to a decision

I think I have become a stalker of this website! Lol. Actually, I am so thankful for the courage and honesty of all of you to share your journeys. It is extremely helpful to see the photos of after explant. I have contacted several ps and my original ps only does removal under general for a cost of $5500. Uh, not interested!! I really do NOT want general anesthesia again. A couple other drs were the same. I have been talking with Dr Christa Clark in Folsom and she has a great feature on her website called a " virtual consult". You can email your photos and info about what procedure you want and she will consult with you via email. Genius for those patients that live out if town and are in the early stages of research and decision making! She feels that I would have a good result with straight explantation and is willing to do it under local. $1350..... Much more reasonable!!! I think my next step will be to meet her in person and ask the other million ?s I have before I make my final decision. Although, I think I am at the point that unless she tells me I have a high risk of disfigurement...( lol kidding......sort of...) I will proceed. Thanks again to all of you for providing a resource of REAL women who have been in my shoes.
Hi. I have read so many stories where women who wanted strait explant under local where the average price is appox $500. I dont know why your quotes are so high. I would keep emailing and consulting ps. I wish you the best of luck in your journey!!!!
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My PS told me (and I believe her) that twilight with local anaesthesia does not provide adequate pain relief for explant (not sure if she feels the same way about implants). Also some general practice doctors can set themselves up in private rooms (not hospitals or day surgeries) and do it (Australia). I want a full qualified surgeon in a hospital, so that if anything goes wrong, it can be addressed quickly. I am booked to explant in Jan 15, after 32 years with implants I never wanted in the first place.
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A step closer....

I've finally scheduled an in person consultation with dr Clark on 8/29!!! I had a "virtual consult" already and so far I think she's the right dr for me, but I still have so many questions and it's really important that my husband is with me for the appt so he can come to terms with this whole thing. I am so grateful for the updates everyone posts, they really are helpful and I am on here multiple times a day!! Also, this sight is how I found dr Clark as well. Thanks again ladies and until my consult, I will continue stalking everyone's progress photos.......:).
Keep us updated! I feel the same way as you. Mine are too big and causing some health issues. I am looking into explanting as well. I was also a B cup prior to surgery and decided on implants after breastfeeding three kiddos.
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Love your cute profile name - Bcoconuts!!!
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Consult went well!

I had my consult yesterday and I love the doctor!! She was so easy to talk to and very supportive. At no time did she try and talk me in to anything else, and she really feels I will have a good result. (She tells me I have good skin and look great for nursing 2 kids! She actually asked if my pre BA pics were before or after kids... Nice compliment as they were "after"). When I make my final decision, Dr Clark is definitely the one!!
That's great news! It's great to have a relationship with the doctor. Glad things are moving along and thanks for keeping us posted!
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I felt the same as you. The implanted breasts looked nice and sometimes I liked them. Then there were times I hated them. When my back, neck and shoulders hurt and when people stared. I wore minimizer bras and sports bras all the time. Mine were saline 750cc and under the muscle. I cannot stress enough to you how happy I am on day 2 of explant. The pain is gone. Keep us posted on your explant journey. It is okay if it is what you want to do.
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Explant Scheduled for October 23!

I am so excited I actually have a surgery date!! I am scheduled for October 23, under local anesthesia. I am so happy to not have to have general....I hate the after effects of that! My only concern right now is my recovery. The surgery coordinator assured me that with local I will be feeling good the next day (except for muscle/incision soreness). I sure hope that's the case, as I have a fundraiser/dinner to go to Saturday evening! If I didn't take this appointment time, it would have been the end of November before there was another opening, and my husband travels most of November for work. Have any of you ladies had local?? How was the recovery?? Also, I am trying to figure out how to update my Dr. Dr. Vu was my original ps, and the doctor I am using for explant is Dr. Christa Clark in Folsom....not sure how to fix that!
Hi - I think you it's certainly possible ( with exception if drains !!?!) you might feel Tired quicker than normal But it's certainly possible - I agree with H&H dressing might be tricky dependant on how your bandaged/bound after etc xxx I'm Sure it will be a lovely treat xx
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So excited for you! Good luck! I was explanted sept 29. Mine was under a general and while the dr didn't think I would need drains (but wouldn't know until he got in there) I ended up with 2. As long as you won't need drains you should be fine. Just ask your dr about activity level after explant. My dr recommended minimizing walking for 2 weeks. And then finding an outfit where you can wear have compression wrap. Good luck and congrats!
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Congratulations for making the date! You are on your way to feeling lighter and more beautiful than ever! Recovery is always easier when you have a local, don't have a capsule that needs to be removed, don't have a lift and don't need drains. Your only challenge with the fundraiser dinner is wearing an outfit that can accommodate a compression bra and/or ace wrap should your doctor suggest that. Keep us posted very excited for you!
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Any body else get a little panicked??

It's real. I've paid for it. It's going to happen. Holy SH**!!! I know that I am making the right decision, and I have been looking into this for months. Why now am I freaking out inside?? Anybody else go through this??
Just had mine out last week and I am very happy too. I got super scared the day or two before, wondering if I was making the right decision. My husband tries so hard to be supportive but I KNOW he was not looking forward to explant. We've only been married 1 1/2 years and he never knew me without the implants. I had general anesthesia and drains for five days. The first couple of days, my boobs looked a little sad. Not bad, but a little deflated. Over the past few days, they are definitely perking up and looking pretty cute (if I do say so myself). I'm THRILLED with the results and this is coming from a 51 year old woman who had them in for 24 years. Take a deep breath.
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Very happy to hear that you are thrilled with the results! Congrats!
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3 days!

The day is rapidly approaching! I have been afraid to post a picture until now. I feel like I owe all of the ladies that have been brave enough to post before me. You all are the reason I was able to make the decision to explant! Thank you for that. 3 days to go....
You look so good!!!!
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Good luck tomorrow. Keep us posted when you feel up to it tomorrow. GRAM1
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They are gone!!

I did it! Wow. I cannot believe how quick and easy that was. I think it took maybe 35 minutes?? The only teeny discomfort was the initial local injection. That's it. I am actually kind of scared for tomorrow because today was so easy. I have only taken ibuprofen so far and that was actually for a headache. I have to take an antibiotic thru tomorrow as well. I am tightly wrapped in an ace bandage so hopefully I can post pics tomorrow. Thanks for all your support ladies!!
Congrats on a successful procedure! You will feel a lightness that is AMAZING! Your profile name of "toobigforme" will no longer represent you - you are now more like "justrightforme"! I'm very happy for you - make sure you rest and take it very easy. Listen to your body and be gentle with it.
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I had my implants removed October 21 2014 and I am so glad I did... I had gained 30 lbs since they were put in and I felt they were huge! Turned out one had ruptured (not sure how long) After nursing babies and weight loss I had deflated balloons... I never wanted huge boobs just wanted to fill in all that empty space... 400 cc cohesive gel high profile round is what I had...
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First look

Here's a couple pics of the day after explant.
You look great!
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You look great - what are you screaming for silly woman! You have a beautiful shape and they are going to heal so beautifully!
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Day 3

So I made it to both of my "dinner obligations" this weekend and my only challenge was how to dress. I have felt great! No regrets. I have a small blister that formed on the edge of my steri strip, but I just cut the end of the strip off so it should be fine. I also was able to remove the ace wrapping which is a relief! My skin was so itchy being wrapped like that!! Now I have a better look at my littles without the wrinkling from being wrapped and so far I like what I see!
You look great! Wow, you aren't even little. Congrats!
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Lol. the camera for sure adds size because I am little! It's all good though! Still adjusting from being a D, DD, to now hopefully a B. Big difference!
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Looking lovely! Congrats on being implant free!
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Day 6 not much change

Day 6 post op. Not much change in appearance but they definitely are firmer and less "jelly like"!
You are looking even better than last week!! whoo whoo! It looks like you didn't even need implants? Your breasts are close together which is a huge plus. 34 c? Wow. I'm sure you feel great. How has your husband reacted to the explant?
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Thank you! I am smaller looking in person than the pictures show, but I am loving the way I look in clothes now! My husband has been great. I waited nearly a week to "reveal" to him, not because I thought I looked bad, I just wanted to be sensitive to his time frame. I think he wasn't sure how I would feel about myself, so was more concerned about my confidence. After seeing that I was more than good, he was fine.
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You look amazing - congrats! I've had similar issues with doctors in the Bay Area quoting over $5k for removal without a lift, and that's just too much! Did Dr. Clark do your removal, or did Dr. Vu in Stockton? I'm a bit confused by his mention at the bottom of this page versus your notes about Dr. Clark above. :)
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1 week post op

I am one week out and feel great. I took the steri strips off and per my ps instructions snipped the knot off my stitches. ( I live over an hour from her). I went bra shopping yesterday and actually am fitting in a 34 C. Say what??? Since my tissue is still "spread out" so to speak when it's all pushed together in a bra cup a B is too small. Go figure!! I have some scar treatment stuff I will start applying to the incision lines. They still look about the same to me. Hoping the "dents" will fill in some.
So early after the op and they look great. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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You are healing so beautifully! You look great!
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