Back to Basics, Removing my Implants - Venice, CA

I am writing this as a way to pay it forward...

I am writing this as a way to pay it forward because this sight has helped guide me through my research and decision making.

I am having my breast implants removed and a full mastopexy.

I am tired of feeling any and all shirts look too provocative, the feeling of weights on my chest, the uneasy feeling because they're so "obvious" and I can't find a cute shirt to save my life.

I will post pictures later.

The pre-op is coming up in a week.

I am nervous but excited to go back to being "me."

I'm excited for you, too! Please let us know how your pre-op appointment goes, and have fun on your surprise getaway.

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Congrats on setting a date for your surgery, DD! Like so many other women on this site, going back to our natural selves is a very high priority!
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Thanks for the welcome! I changed my pre-op appointment to next week since my hubby surprised me with a last minute getaway for Mother's Day. I can't wait to get it over with.
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Here is a current picture of me.

Here is a current picture of me.
Such a comfort when you feel good about your doctor. Good for you for passing up the ones who just "didn't get it"! You will be so happy, I just know it!
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Hello BTB....You are going to look and feel amazing. I had mine removed 7 weeks ago and feel incredible. I can wear everything and my much smaller real self allows me to hug tightly, sleep well but most of all I have gained my health back. I have read great reviews about Doctor Hughes so I am sure you are in good hands. Keep us posted, warm calming hugs as your date approaches.
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Hi there! That's what I'm hoping for. It's hard for me to run at an incline without feeling that pressure in my chest and my lower back. Thank you for your kind words. It only reassures me I am making the right decision for myself.
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I went to the pre-op today. I was given my...

I went to the pre-op today. I was given my prescription for my antibiotics and Vicodin. I was also given Arnica to take one week before and one week post-surgery.

The procedure is now paid in full!
There is no turning back now!!!

Hubby will have to give his farewell/good-bye to these pieces of plastic! I can't wait to be able to stand up straight! I hunch to hide them and I am sure my posture has paid the consequences.
Healing thoughts for a speedy recovery going your way>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> xxx
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Thank you Light!
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Two days to go....wishing you a speedy safe recovery :) xx
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Finally out!

Well, they are out!

It was quite shocking to wake up and not see the large girls for the first time.

I just took a pain pill in hopes of staying ahead of the pain.
Congrats! Rest and heal quickly!
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Thanks Latte!
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Congratulations, DD (not DD anymore! ;-)) Really looking forward to your results and updates. If he did a good job he might be the go-to guy for my lift later on! Was it an anchor lift? Did he remove any part of the capsules? Happy healing and get as much rest as you can early on! I know it's boring, but you don't want to risk any complications! Don't you feel SO MUCH LIGHTER now?! :-)
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Ouch

Well, I guess it was too good to be true. I'm am now swollen and in pain. I'll just have to keep trying to relax despite my obvious inability to sit still. I can't sleep and I could feel the pressure to the incisions. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.

Hubby is returning to work so I'm pretty much on my own now. I return to work on Monday so I'm hoping I feel a lot better by then. Plus, I still have to plan my strategy since I am walking in without my DDs.
You can tell people at work that you had breast reduction to deal with chronic back pain. That's what I did with the 1 person I had to tell.
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Great idea!
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From a DD to this.....

I changed my gauze and took a picture of what I'm currently working with. Luckily the pressure I felt last night is pretty much gone.

I'm not sure if I'm waiting for them to fluff or settle down from being swollen.

Photo is not accurate...

By the way, the picture makes them look a lot bigger than they are. Strange.
As soon as your wounds are healed enough, try the silicon patches for scarring. My PS recommended them and they are helping.
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Great info! Thanks Rivers! Is there a brand that you recommend?
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My PS recommended scar guard, which you can buy online for less than $25. But you can get similar products at Walgreens for the same price. I have noticed that in the places where the silicon sheets are it is also reducing my bruises. Fun!
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Take it easy....

This is what I've been told and have read over and over on this sight. However, throw in Father's Day and an unexpected barbecue for the hubby and close friends/family in the equation and the outcome is just not good. I know I overdid it. I tried to be as careful as possible but I guess that was not enough. I hope I don't pay for this later. I am feeling a sharp pain on my lower outer incision of my left breast. Why am I writing this as an update? So hopefully some of you ladies that are going to go through the procedure or have recently done it know when to put your foot down and say NO. Take care of YOU.
Recovery is no joke! I picked up my 10lb cat about 2 weeks after removal and payed for it with a pulled pec muscle that throbbed. There is a lot of healing going on in there! Those silicone patches RiversTwo recommends are really good. They help your scars lay flat and also keep them from getting irritated. I also bought mine from amazon- they come in inconvenient sizes (like overl- large bandaids), but are easily cut into strips to fit over your scars. Btw, your before nips weren't 'grotesque'- they just got stretched- the same thing happened with mine. :-/ The things we don't know beforehand, eh?
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Ng my scars look nasty so i have started having micro current therapy...it helps by stimulating the blood flow back into and around the scars..Softens them. Phew yes this is a process!! Still thrilled to have my little ones back though :)
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Light...I don't think your scars look bad!? Besides, you are in the 'ugly' phase of scar maturation. After 6 months, they will start lightening. With my pale skin, my scars stay dark for at least a year. :-/ I wonder if the ultrasound tx I had is similar to micro current therapy? Argh...I see I wrote 'payed' instead of 'paid'. Is payed even a word? lol. I SO wish we could edit on this site! Maybe I should try proofreading before I submit. :-)
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16 days post op

I am getting antsy with the whole healing process. I am gaining wait from just a little over 2 weeks on inactivity. I am trying to stay focused on the big picture. Pretty soon I will be able to run without lower back pain when running up a hill. I am loving the thought of that.
I cannot BELIEVE how great you're looking after 16 days. I hear you about the exercise! Be careful, I keep trying to slip some in and end up overdoing it and having a set back :-/ Congrats again on your awesome results!
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Lol! You are looking great as well!! I just saw your update. We are getting there! They feel like tiny newborn baby steps though! Watch that exercise. I think we can begin some basics after week three. I'll ask my PS this Tuesday during my follow up. I have 3 more weeks for my feet to his the pavement and I can't wait. Running is my "me" time that I only share with my running partner of ten years, my huge doggie that swears he's a lap dog. :-)
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I bet your doggie misses those runs even more than you do. :-)
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Stitches are out!!!

Having my stitches removed makes my healing process a little more official. 22 days post op!! Yay!!!

Oops...forgot to include an update.

Hey DD, you haven't updated in a bit...hope everything is good with you...! :-) I see your doc checked in to see how you were doing as well!
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Hi NG! I just hit my 6 week mark so pictures will follow shortly. I'm about to begin using the strips. I'm just waiting for one last little scab to fully heal and fall off. I went on a 2 week camping trip with my family. It was hard to leave my little ones and return to work. :( ...how are you?
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Hey! 2 week vacation- fun! :-) Work- not fun. :-( I thought that maybe my previous comment had scared you off. I asked for you to post other angles, and even while I was typing it I thought, "I hope she doesn't think I'm a pervert for asking for more pics of her boobs." lol. Glad that wasn't the case! I'm doing good! I think I'm going to leave my scar alone. I'll wait until I get a lift however many years from now. I saw your comment to your PS about how great your results are. I'm so excited to see your pics!!! How are your breasts feeling? Still pretty tender, I would assume. And how much are you loving your profile in clothing now? Lucky you, you won't even need a bra!
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I went to several consultations and was quite disappointed at the surgeons for trying to up-sale another procedure. I even had a doctor request that I make a full circle and then proceeded to tell me that I require major work. The consultants were pushy and quite snobby. Dr. Hughes appears to be on top of it. I posted a request for a consultation on a Saturday evening and he responded immediately. He agreed to see me in between surgeries a few days later with no wait time. I knew once I met him I had found my surgeon. He listened, focused on my area of concern and was candid about potential outcomes. He did not try to sell me another surgery. He truly remained focused and listened.

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