A Year and a Half with Implants Time to Get Them Out - implant removal, no lift, partial capsulectomy

I am 23 y/o and had my breast augmentation in Oct...

I am 23 y/o and had my breast augmentation in Oct of 2012. Both breast have started to have capsular contracture and a nodule in the cleavage of my right breast. I have 300cc in my left and 330cc in my right breast. Before the implants I was a full B/small C and now I am a D/DD. I have been debating getting a lift because if I am going to have small boobs again, I want them to be small PERKY boobs. After seeing 4 doctors, I have decided to go without the lift since I haven't had kids yet and will probably want a lift after I have kids and breastfeed (some day far far away). I am still VERY nervous about not getting the lift but I want to do the least invasive surgery possible…and if I am REALLY upset about the outcome, I can opt for a lift then (crossing my fingers I won't need it though!!!).

Less than a month until surgery!

So after seeing 5 different doctors I decided on Dr. Stoker in Marina del Rey, CA. I am going to do the explant with a partial or full capsulectomy. The doctor will decide whether partial or full is best during the surgery. This will also determine whether or not I will have drains post surgery which will be fine either way- although I would prefer to get back to work asap and I think I would have to take at least a full week off if I have drains. But I ultimately just want whatever the doctor thinks is best.

I decided on Dr. Stoker because he was honest and understood what I wanted and gave me great advice. I knew I wanted my implants OUT, I knew I didn't want to replace them, I wanted perky boobs again, I didn't want scars from a lift, and I wanted to have the least invasive procedure possible. Instead of pushing the idea of exchanging implants or proceeding with a lift (like many of the other doctors) he explained that since I am young and haven't had kids, that I would probably be pleased with just having an explant. He eased my nerves by saying that I should look at the decision of just getting an explant without a lift, as a relief. And if I am unhappy, I can always come back and get a lift and the scars would likely be smaller rather than jumping the gun and getting the lift and explant all at once.

So with this all being said, my surgery date is 5/6/14!!!! Nervous and excited!

I feel like I will have to hide my boobs from my boyfriend for a month though. :( I don't want him seeing them all deformed during the initial healing process... Is that terrible? Shouldn't I be comfortable? Ugh...

NATURAL AGAIN

Had the surgery at 7am this morning. Everything went smoothly. I am currently wrapped up and haven't peeked at the ladies yet- I was told to keep all dressing on. I am very excited to take a look though. I have no drains and will be meeting with Dr. Stoker tomorrow- more pics to come.

Yay! I love my boobs again!

Went to my first post op appointment and got to see the girls! I love them- I still have swelling and drooping but I have faith that time will help! I have steri strips over my areola incisions- can't get them wet for 72 hours and have another follow up appointment on May 16th- they will be removing/changing the strips then. Overall I am very very happy that Dr. Stoker was an advocate for the implant removal without the lift! Less invasive, smaller scars, shorter healing time, and less $$!

Soft boobs

So not much progress has occurred since the last picture I posted. My boobs are soft...very soft...I'm wondering if they will firm up a bit? I'm hoping so. I'm also super curious about my areola incision. I had some buckling under my nipples due to my breast augmentation scar adhering to the capsule around my implant. My PS has tried to correct it but only time will tell if that worked.

Wish I could go to the gym

I'm having trouble staying still and not doing anything active. Good news is I go back to work tomorrow...I just hope I don't overexert myself. Other than that I am very very happy. Besides my boobs being overly squishy, I think I like my boobs even more than pre implants. Is that crazy? Or maybe I just appreciate them a lot more... either way I'm a happy girl. I hope everyone is having a great day. xo
Dr. Stoker

Great thus far!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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those look fabulous! So great to see a happy ending.
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You look great fab results, good luck with the rest of your recovery :)
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Fantastic result....and you looked lovely before implant anyway. Now you look as you did again and that is perfect. I noticed you had them removed through your nipple....is that how they were put in and do you loose any nipple sensation as a result.
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Hope you are doing well and healing nicely!
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Awe, you look fantastic and sound so happy - congratulations! The overly-squishy jello-boob texture improved a lot for me around the 2 month mark, just take it easy and give yourself some time to heal up. Sounds like your mind is in the right place, but your tissues still need some time to recovery so go gentle and pamper yourself :)
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You look wonderful Hun happy healing xxxx and good luck with going back to work
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You look really great! Thanks for sharing your story and continuing to update your photos.
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I am just over 1 week post op, and I feel like mine are firming up a bit. Especially my left side, which is larger anyways. I just can't tell if they are fluffing or if they have fluid/swelling. I go in to PS tmrw, so we'll see what he says. I imagine once I hit the gym/running again some of that fluff may go back down ha! You look really really good, and I totally feel ya on the activity - hard to not be active right now.
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Have a good day back at work. I want to go to the gym and work out so badly. I understand how you feel about keeping still.
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Wow, I hope I look that good post-op ! Congratulations!
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I agree with Jessica87 you are beautiful breasts pre implant. You look good after your explant as well and it takes time to firm up. Happy healing. :)
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thannnk u :)
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You had great boobs pre-implant!!! & they already look pretty darn perfect post removal! You SO SMART to remove quickly and while your still young, implants only cause problems and it just gets worse the longer you have them! Enjoy your healing & your new soft natural set!!! :)
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Your** lol iPad always flubs my comments. & to your questions. 1) your boobs will firm up, it just takes, ever girl is different. 2) your "puckering"... I can't really notice anything in your photo, but I'd say that after everything is healed messaging your boobs with a boobie cream or a high quality oil 2x would be very good idea. But they really do look great already so I'd just go easy on yourself & wait for nature to do its thing!
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I just got some biocorneum and bio oil today- thank you for the advice :)
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I know it wasn't directed to me, but I appreciate what you saud about her being "so smart for removing them". Im 7 weeks post op now from getting implants and realized what a stupud mistake it was! I'm making an appt to get them out. I want to hurry up bc to be honest, I do have some problems already, but i like the way I look with in especially in a bathingsuit. BUT I want to be healthy and thats more important to me. Plus I especially miss really hugging my kids and husband! So thanks for the encouragment!!
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Looking good hun sending soft hugs xxxx
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Just saw your pictures! Glad your removal surgery went well! I just did mine yesterday. So far it seems like your boobs in your post removal picture looks bigger than your boobs pre-implants from your pre-implant pictures. Is it because of swelling? Anyway, regardless.. your natural boobs looks awesome!! If I had your boobs to begin with, I wouldn't even have gotten implants. :) Glad you are loving your boobs again! Cheers!
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Bless you. I am so pleased your boobs look as lovely as before implants. You are so young and were perfect before implants. Now you are perfect and natural. Wishing you quick healing. xx
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you are so sweet. thank you so much :)
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You look great! Rest and heal!
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You look amazing! Happy healing!
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Hi, from the way it appears, it looks like things are and will turn out wonderfully. I have to remove mine also and am considering implants later. That said, were your implants silicone or saline? If they were saline, did any of the drs suggest deflating them first then doing the removal surgery later? Also, were they completely under the muscle or just the top of the implant under the muscle? Thank you and happy healing. Gwyneth
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Almost forgot, were your implants, low profile, moderate plus or high profile? Thank you again!
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I had silicone and only the upper portion of the implant was under the muscle so I had no choice of deflating them. That sounds like a nice option- I'm not too familiar with how that works but it sounds like less traumatic process although I'm usually an advocate for going full throttle bc I hate the waiting game. I much rather get the implants out and see how my breasts heal than have a gradual process that will ultimately have the same result.
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