Finally Did It & over the Top Happy - Surprise, AZ

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I'm a 42 year old who had my implant done in 2001. I’m 5’7’’ weighed 158 muscular/boyish shape when the surgery was done. I have long legs and bubble booty with no hips. I’ve been small busted my entire life and have been the same size since high school. At that time I wanted my breast done but was talked out of it by all the larger breasted members of my family and friends.

With each child my breast grew into firm lovely mounds that I so dreamed of. So my decision to make them permanent came after the birth of my 2nd daughter who single handedly turned my high firm breast into shrunken ski slopes after nursing for 14 months was the easy.

I lived in Los Angeles so finding a doctor was also easy and after spending almost a year “interviewing” surgeons I selected the one I felt most comfortable, had great reviews and who seemed to understand what I wanted best. My desired size was 34 full C, as I felt my 34 small B’s were unbalanced to my bottom half. I'm usually very clear when I explain myself and my desires but when I awoke from my surgery I knew the elephant on my chest was way too big!

I was told upon release from the hospital that they were swollen and would settle into position and be smaller after the swelling went down, about 2 months. I was measured repeatedly out of dismay mostly but was I was a 35DDD and although I’ve gained some weight since 2001 I'm still a DDD!

Don’t get me wrong they are beautiful-they have dropped and no one ever believes they weren’t a “gift” from above. They are very soft, subtle, and my skin is smooth and perfect really. I’ve had twins since the surgery and nursed them both with more drop in location. My nipples/areolas are on the rather small side to begin with so the implant didn’t really change that. They look a lot larger in photos. Many doctors are surprised when they feel them at my yearly exam that they are not real.

My problem you ask, I'm tired of wearing an x-large shirt when I could wear a medium! I'm tired of looking like I’m still pregnant. I never used to be uncomfortable about having my chest out when they were small and my favorite shirts are tank tops! I didn’t want to continue to have clothes altered or buy separates to fit each half. Now I feel like I have to cover them up to avoid being stared at. I never wanted extra attention; I wanted to be balanced in my clothes.

I’ve spent thousands on bras that only partially fit because my breast are naturally placed higher on my body as most woman of color can relate to so the implants always look they are under my chin in a bra. I was recently given a routine mammogram and while awaiting the results I really started to worry about what may be found or not because of them and what if they were popped during the procedure?! It came to me I'm so over them! I want to buy smaller shirts, bras that fit- just want my smaller top half back! I want to run, jump, sleep on my stomach comfortably, and wear any kind of tank top in a medium or a cute bikini without feeling like a stripper.

Finding this site has helped me determine this is the right path for me and that I'm not just a fickle lady having a middle life crisis. I want to be natural again and that the grass isn’t greener- it’s hay! I now live in the Phoenix area and I'm scheduling appointments once again to begin the “interview” process so I greatly appreciate any comments! I will update this and hope to move my procedure up as the waiting is killing me!

Officially a card carrying member of IBTC again! 2/14/14

Fast forward to 2014--Mommy Makeover (breast implant exchange/lift and full tummy tuck with muscle repair as well as liposuction of my flanks.) Original implants were 375cc over filled to 600+ replaced with 175cc silicone under muscle. Now perky firm 36 perfect C (was 38DDD). Anchor lift with very little scaring. New Belly button is amazing!

Finally I Did It, Great Doctor!

I have been a member of Real Self for a few years now and thought I wanted my oversized breast augmentation explanted (done by another surgeon). Since moving to AZ I’ve interviewed five (5) doctors here in the valley. Four of them told me that the work I had done was really good but I just needed to exchange my implant for a smaller or just have pocket repair due to sagging. One popular male doctor even told me, “Way should I make them smaller you’re only gonna come back in a year to have me put them back in!” I don’t make these type of decisions lightly and it took me twenty years to decide to get them and only thirteen to fix them so I felt immediate anger come over me and after voicing my anger I left in search of someone who would listen to “MY” wants and then could work “THEIR” expertise into the results. A close friend very highly recommended Dr Flint only eight weeks after her Mommy Makeover.
I first read the reviews of Dr. Flint on any site that came up on both Bing and Google. After meeting with her I found both she and her staff remarkably refreshing from the very first time I stepped into her office. Not only were they professional, efficient, and the most thorough I had interviewed. My consult was initially for the correction of my previous BA and gather more research on a tummy tuck. She answered my extensive list of questions and although she is direct it’s from a position of knowledge not arrogance as some reviewers have noted. After spending over an hour with me I knew she was the surgeon I wanted to correct my breast and a tummy tuck was the right way to go. We are all adults here and having any surgery is a big deal so I think it’s more important that your surgeon is qualified and up to date with current as well as proven techniques more so than being phony with the hugs and kisses and a staff full of Barbie dolls.
After my initial consult I met with Dr Flint again to go over more questions/better clarification and she was even more pleasant and helpful this second time. This additional visit only secured my decision to use her as my doctor for breast implant exchange/with a lift, full tummy tuck with muscle repair as well as liposuction.
I went from clearly looking like I was 6+ months pregnant with rolls and huge sagging breast to perfectly placed and sized breast for my body and flat tummy with new found curves. I followed all of Dr Flint’s recovery instructions and healing went amazingly smoothly. My scars (what scars?!) look amazing and if I could do it over I wouldn’t hesitate on not only doing it sooner but with Dr. Flint. (Note: The surgery center was absolutely amazing!)
As with anything I believe you have to be fully invested in your duty as a patient and realistic about your expectations. Her skills are magical but she is not a magician she is a highly trained surgeon. She strives for a very “natural” only better result. Bad reviews always spread like wildfire but I’d say if you want an honest, knowledgably caring doctor meet with her. I will upload photos. See my profile for the beginning of my journey.
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Hello all you lovely ladies! I had my 34D/DDs (375cc) exchanged for a modest 275cc. I FEEL AMAZING! The surgeon did a small removal of under skinf and had to move my nipples slightly. I had full internal disposable stitches to decrease the original pocket and external regular ones that were removed the other day. I had full range of motion with little to no discomfort. The most annoying thing us the stitches and the itchy sites. They D&F right away and although I have swelling still, they are sooo much more comfortable. My self esteem has home back up to pre-BA (2010). I live in FL and can't tell you how amazing it is to wear tank tops again! So happy I did it; should have a modest C when all said and done! Thanks for sharing all your stories! :)
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I feel so similarly--skin is great, look great, no one knows they're fake...except ME. And that is somehow becoming very important lately. I'm scared of sagginess but also OVER these things!
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Sounds like you have answered your own question. I can't wait to see you natural you go girl! I have NO REGRETS! :-) Blonde
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Girl!....You totally told MY story except I had mine BA in 03, I still live in Los Angeles and I went from 34B to 34D/DD. Other than that our stories are really similar. Like you, I wanted to be a 34C as well and when I woke up I was like "WHAT THE ---?!" I was told the same thing, "They're swollen, they'll drop & fluff and blah,blah,blah" Over the years, I got used to them. But recently....I realized I was so over it too. It's like they went out of style. I have a couple friends that want an "Explant" and I even saw a reality show where the woman on the show expressed the same feeling. I went back to the Dr who originally did my BA and I told him what I wanted to do. So 3 weeks ago, I had mine removed and got a lift. Now it's too early to be totally "happy" with the result as far as appearance, but I'm happy that I can move more freely, workout with out double sports bras and buy cute little outfits that don't REQUIRE a bra. I also totally happy that I finally did it and got those implants out. Unlike yours, I was having issues with Capsule Contracture and my right one was like a grapefruit! Anyways.... just wanted you to know, Alot of us wanted our itty bity membership back :)
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Wow-Thank you for the comment! It has once again inspired me to remove these “jugs”! It seems that when you’re younger you want bigger breast and as we age we want simplicity; and no matter how nice a BA is the end result is there’s nothing simplistic about bigger breast! I was wondering what it cost for your removal as my original doctor is in the LA area?!
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Wow-Thank you for the comment! It has once again inspired me to remove these “jugs”! It seems that when you’re younger you want bigger breast and as we age we want simplicity; and no matter how nice a BA is the end result is there’s nothing simplistic about bigger breast! I was wondering what it cost for your removal as my original doctor is in the LA area?!
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I went to my original PS who did my BA 10yrs ago. I was given a price of $7000 for explant and lift. (and if I want to get new implants in the future they will charge me $1,000 ) but I don't implants again. I'll keep my little chi-Chi's They told me the price for a lift alone $7800 but they were giving me a discount because I am a returning client. My PS is in Pasadena,CA.
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"Simplistic" is a perfect descriptor
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are you getting them out? I hope that you don't chicken out. It feels so great to be implant free. Just check out my results. I love it. I feel light, limber, healthy and free. I'm me again. Keep me posted. Peace to you.
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I thought that I was the only one that felt this way! I read other sites where women are going bigger and bigger and I am lamenting over mine. I only wanted to balance out my healthy hips and now I find I am dressing around "them". My clothes choices have gone completely 180 from my choices before. Like you, I want to wear cute baby tees and bikinis again-- but I feel like an older woman with the larger unshaped clothes that I have to wear. Thank you for sharing this story. I feel normal... again. :)
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I'm glad my story helped you! I really think we are all "normal"! We grow and change in our choices over a lifetime as does the way we see ourselves. I just wish more doctors understood this and used this to help woman modify the things they want from a more natural position instead of an advertising position as it seems "Plastic Surgery" has become more about the plastic part instead of the natural enhancement. Good luck to you!
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I had a consultation done for an exchange. But I am so confused as to the exchange size. He is recommending switching my 375cc for 300ccs. I cannot imagine that would make an incredible difference. I would much rather err on the side of smaller and do a lovely little puch-up, if needed. I started with a 34B (smaller side of it). I would like only a 34C. I was thinking to do 250cc or 275cc. I read somewhere that 150cc=one cup size. The doc (who is not the original PS) says that I would need some internal stiches and a little skin removed from underneath to prevent sagging (both of which I can endure). He also said that the pocket is already created which is most of the pain/discomfort of the BA recovery when one goes under the muscle, therefore my recovery would not be as bad as the original BA. No nipple work would be needed. I have felt so liberated just making the decision to change them out. I cannot wait!! I live in Tampa, FL. Everywhere that I go, I am giddy when I see nice shaped ladies because I know that my wardrobe will go back to "normal". If anyone can help, I would be so very grateful! Thank you all so much!
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I had a consultation done for an exchange. But I am so confused as to the exchange size. He is recommending switching my 375cc for 300ccs. I cannot imagine that would make an incredible difference. I would much rather err on the side of smaller and do a lovely little puch-up, if needed. I started with a 34B (smaller side of it). I would like only a 34C. I was thinking to do 250cc or 275cc. I read somewhere that 150cc=one cup size. The doc (who is not the original PS) says that I would need some internal stiches and a little skin removed from underneath to prevent sagging (both of which I can endure). He also said that the pocket is already created which is most of the pain/discomfort of the BA recovery when one goes under the muscle, therefore my recovery would not be as bad as the original BA. No nipple work would be needed. I have felt so liberated just making the decision to change them out. I cannot wait!! I live in Tampa, FL. Everywhere that I go, I am giddy when I see nice shaped ladies because I know that my wardrobe will go back to "normal". If anyone can help, I would be so very grateful! Thank you all so much!
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I read your page and I feel just like you. I am getting mine out in one week. I hope that you do it too. Stay in touch. I would love see your results when you get your out. God Bless.
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Thank you for reaching out to me! I wish you all the best and please let me know how you are doing next week! I've been feeling really "chicken" the last few months-I've been losing weight and these skin bags have gone down somewhat. I know I'm gonna break down and do it & I have to say there has been one obstacle after another since making up my mind-so I congratulate you in your determination! This is the year-without fail! I've been putting other things ahead of my peace too long! Take care & KIT!
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Tiny- How did it go?! How was your recover and are you happy with the results?! Did you have a lift done as well?!
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Yes, I did get a lift as well. I have the.lollipop incision. I'm coming along. This surgery & recovery is certainly more intense. I took Vicodin the first few days(stopped because I ran out) and took Tylenol extra strength for 2 more days. By day 5 I was off, but I'm afraid of pain. Realistically, the rough days are days 2&3. I had drainage tubes for 1week. As far as being happy with the outcome. Not super happy yet, but From what I understand, it's not unusual to feel this way so early. I'm almost 4wks postop. My surgery was done on 4/10. I have met other ladies who have had breast reductions and they assure me that they felt the same a month out. They're not symmetrical...but heck, they weren't before. I like and take comfort in the fact that my Dr said. "I know they look funny and cone shaped, but soon the bottom will drop and the end result will be a nice tear drop shape. So I'm glad he acknowledges that they don't have symmetry, but expects they will relax, soften up and fall into a nice position. The waiting game is hard. Over all, I'm thrilled the implants are out. It's so nice to not have those water balloons hanging off my chest. For now....I try not to over analyze since they will look different and continue to improve as the weeks, months go by.
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Dr. Steven Vath in Golden, Colorado did mine. He is an amazing surgeon. I can't recommend him enough.
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Hi Monique611,

Hadn't heard from you in a while and just wanted to say hello and see how you are doing. Hope all is well. I'm still recuperating. A mastopexy is no breeze, I can vouch for that. Still, I like how my boobs turned out and I love my new tiny areolas. If you want to see how the girls are shaping up I posted new pics under my review.

Anyway, wishing you well.

Xplant
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Good luck!!!!
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Thank you for sharing this. I loved your story and could relate with everything you said. I felt the same way as Xplant and carokofer. It seemed like the doctor took "artistic license" and I about bawled when I saw them. I too am in the middle of the "interview" process and seem to keep finding doctors who have talked me out of it--telling me that I have "beautiful breasts" and I would be so disappointed with the results. I leave their offices second guessing my decision but I am going to keep looking until I find a doctor that will support my decision. Good luck!!!
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Hi cheifner,

I missed your post it seems. I went out of town for the past two weeks. Thanks for your thoughts on how plastic surgeons use their position to sway us.

They have this cash agenda and it becomes so obvious when we go in to have our implants out. Too bad we miss it the first go around and get them.

We are so conned by society into believing we are not good enough unless we look "perfect." Plastic surgeons- at their worst- cash in on this.
I suppose it's a lesson in learning to step outside the status quo and be strong in our love for our selves.

I hope you find the right surgeon. Good luck on you mission, soldier.




I saw a license plate yesterday that said, "Wounded in action" and I thought, you aren't the only one my poor brother.
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Please keep looking and sharing your results! It can only help those out there looking for answers, both good or bad information is often priceless! I was told by three doctors what good work my doctor did...not that I'd expect much else from them. They either bash the other doctor or say how surprised they are that I'd want them smaller. I guess maybe I should locate a female doctor as I may get a more realistic view point on size. Take care!
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I am seriously considering removal. Saline hard, uncomfortablel. May I ask where you had yours removed (Phoenix metro)? Thanks for sharing.
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Why do doctors go overboard with size when you haven't asked for that. Anyway, I wish you all the luck with your journey and hope that all turns out well in the end. Lots of support here for you. xxx
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