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I am 33 years old, I received 525 cc saline...

I am 33 years old, I received 525 cc saline implants 7 years ago and I have hated them for about the last 6 years. Starting at a 34B, the implants made me a 34DD. I started developing severe neurological problems over the last 2 years, very similar to MS. A neck MRI revealed that I have a herniated disc (maybe the horrible posture for the last 7 yrs?). I am a small girl, 5'3" and 130lbs, so the implants made me look and feel like a big spectacle! I started wearing big loose tops and feeling awful about myself. I quit hiking and exercising, and got very depressed. After reading so many stories about other women going through this, I decided to talk to a surgeon. I went to University of Virginia hospital and saw Dr. Campbell in November 2012 and decided to just get them explanted and not lifted. If they look bad down the road, I'll think about a lift later. I do not have insurance, and the hospital is working with me on a payment plan because the back neck and chest pain were considered a medical problem. I am only one week post-op (surgery 12/26/12) and my back feels 10 years younger already! I never even took a pain pill after surgery. This was the best decision I've made about my body, and I actually love my small boobs. I missed the way I fit into clothes before I wrecked my body with those things! My left side has some fluid build-up right now, as the drain slipped out the 2nd day home in my sleep. I'll post some pics in a few days after my follow-up appt. Has anyone had to have fluid drained post op? Right now I'm wearing the tight surgical bra, with an ace bandage wrapped around it to reduce the fluid...

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I went to my follow up appointment and my Dr...

I went to my follow up appointment and my Dr actually did an internal lift while removing the implants. He did a partial capsulectomy (anterior) which allowed some internal stitching and lifting to be done.

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** still bandaged very tightly with swelling in...

** still bandaged very tightly with swelling in the left breast, will post after photos in a few days ** I am thrilled with the results!

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Good luck to you too! I hope your recovery goes well:)
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Hi Natural, admire your story! I also had fluid retention, PS decided to do another surgery. Went in and found a vein opened... If the swelling does not subside I would recommend looking into other options... Do you have drains?
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My drain slipped out in my sleep (very tiny tubes) the 2nd day, I did go back on Thursday 1/3 to the PS. He said he didn't feel an actual pocket of fluid but that it seemed to be all over swelling. I am worried though as it is implant size breast now :( Getting very nervous, college classes start in 3 days.

The left side continued to swell and hurt, so I...

The left side continued to swell and hurt, so I went in to the E.R. yesterday morning (Sunday 1/6). I was admitted and kept overnight, today they used a catheter, needle, and local anesthetic - drained around 300cc seroma. New drain in just the left (huge tube) stitched in until Thursday when I go back in, but now they are the same size yay! I am exhausted, but very relieved to be home and resting now. I'll try to take a few photos tomorrow.

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Good call going in to the ER. You wouldn't have wanted to leave the fluid in too long. Glad you're doing better!
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So good to hear that they resolved your problem. Hope your feeling better. Can't wait to see post op pics!
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Hope you are resting comfortably now that it is resolved! :) Looking forward to pictures~ I have to post some soon... I have been extremely lucky both with BA+lift and Explant+lift (no complications, set backs, etc.) And I, too, am thrilled beyond belief with my results! I love my little, bitty B's! ;)
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Tomorrow I go back to the PS to have the drain...

Tomorrow I go back to the PS to have the drain removed from the left breast. I took 2 pictures today in hospital bra, still taped up sterile around the drain catheter, so I'll take better ones when bandages come off tomorrow. Hurts like crazy with this tube inside :/

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Pretty interesting bra... Looks like a corset : )
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PS sent me home in this, It holds them in place to heal in the lifted position. Very comfortable and helped with the swelling I had around my armpits - It was velcro adjustable, I sewed the strap to fit.
Just saw your post explant photos !! You look amazing !!!! How exciting!!! I'm explanting on the 24 th!!
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So it's been 2 1/2 weeks and I feel so free!...

So it's been 2 1/2 weeks and I feel so free! Happy, lighter, more energetic, sitting up straight, breathing better, neck and back pain GONE. I finally feel petite like I was made :) What a relief!!!! I took some photos today - since the left breast was aspirated then drained an extra 4 days (got it out Thurs 1/10) the right side (your left) looks a little bigger with just a little swelling yet. They are filling out more each day, and taking better shape on top. My PS told me to sleep in a really tight sport bra every night for at least a month, so the breast tissue heals together up top instead of sags. He described the healing process as similar to "post-liposuction"- the fat that is left binding together. My skin still looks irritated from all the abuse and tight bras, but clearing up.

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Not sure if I put in my review, but I have 3...

Not sure if I put in my review, but I have 3 children. I breastfed my 2 girls for a year each, the're now 12 and 14 years old. My youngest was a preemie, I had to pump rigorously to get milk to come in at 32 weeks gestation. He was able to nurse after coming home from the NICU, but sadly only a few months later my milk stopped. I got the implants a year after he was born instead of giving my body a chance to heal and bounce back (Feb/2006).
Of course as I have aged 7 years, I've gained a few pounds (like 20). I am so thrilled that some of my body fat has proportionately gone to my breasts. For all that I've put my body through I'm feeling proud of the way they look only 2 1/2 weeks post explant. Do not be scared what you'll look like, our bodies are resilient. Big pornstar boobs did not make me feel better about myself. Unfortunately thousands of dollars and some backaches later I have learned to love my body. I want to be an example to my teenage daughters, and I have been 100% honest with them about the whole process. They have stated they'd never even think about doing it after what they've seen me go through. Guess that lesson is priceless.

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you look amazing - I am very happy for you. Congratulations!
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You are being a great mom, and my first thought was, "Oh my GOSH...she looks so much YOUNGER..." - you have lovely boobies!" Welcome to the other side, friend. The grass is greener over here. =)
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You look great! Nice to read about your kids. I have two daughters, 4 and 7 years old, and I haven't told them about my surgery because I think they both are too young to understand.
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I am feeling really torn about when to let my...

I am feeling really torn about when to let my husband see them. He's never mean, but never good at compliments either. I was expecting the worst outcome, but am pleasantly surprised at how nice they're looking. I'm afraid he will (not intentionally) hurt my feelings and get me down. I remember after I weaned my son, and before implants (few months altogether) I always wore a top to bed. I was much thinner then and think my breasts actually looked worse as they were just mostly post-breastfeeding saggy skin. Now I weigh about 130 and have some boobs, but not what he's used to seeing for the last 7 years. Maybe I'll buy a few cute nighties until I get brave enough. Any suggestions? It's easier for me to put pictures on the internet for total strangers to look at than show my own man, I know it sounds backwards.

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I remember that I was feeling the same, and my hubby said:"...you had more breast before the implants..." and I only had them for 2 years..lol, I didn't but he got used to the bigger size I guess. I know it is important what out partner say to us, most important is how we feel and how happy we are. You know god bless there hearts, but men are just men. And you know, he is going to love you anyway, because you are more then beautiful, you are gorgeous the way god made you, you are you again, and you're happiness will show it.
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You make a good point about him "seeing the happiness in me." A happy small chested woman is sexier than a miserable girl with big boobs lol! Thanks for the uplifting words, I know you are dealing with the same thing :)
You look amazing! So no matter what he says you should feel good about yourself, but I know our men's opinion means a lot so I would go with some really cute and sexy nighties until you feel comfy with yourself!
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I'm hoping that some of you who are recovered long...

I'm hoping that some of you who are recovered long enough to exercise can answer this. My arms feel so fat and flabby around the top/armpit area since explant. Not so much loose skin, but WAY more out of shape than I ever remember before implants. Ugh those dumb things were giving my side boobs. Has anyone had that problem and/or found a good exercise that helped tone it up without doing too much too soon?

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Try lateral overhead pull downs when your allowed at the gym.
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Yea I have that problem too, although I'm not over weight, some bras fit in the cup but I have loose skin hanging over the sides, its weird I didn't notice it when I had the implants so they must have pulled all that skin forward somehow? I'm not sure how to get rid of it, maybe time, its been about 4 months for me.
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Oh Liv, I know how that feels! Been there, felt that, too! :( My sweet, amazing hubby wanted me to downsize, even went so far as to want to go to all my PS appts and talk to the dr about it, money was no object, just "how I wanted to feel about myself", because you know, I was the one that wanted the BA in the first place, I chose the size...you've heard my sorry little tale enough, sorry... DH never outright expressed his opinion, just tried to get me to like them, complimented me, etc. I should have paid more attention, since when the time came for me to actively plan my escape from 3Ds, I did not include him in my PS appt and he was so disappointed and upset that I was actually going to go through with it, AND that I wanted to completely explant and not downsize! :( There were a few nights of some heated debate over why I would do that! Like, I was purposely explanting against his wishes and not reaugmenting just to spite him! It was confusing, and distressing and completely destroyed me that he thought more of my big boobs than about what I wanted. Plus, being only married for 2 years, mentally I was thrown back into my previous crazy, chaotic life where nothing I did was right unless it was what the ex deemed it should be... (another story altogether... sorry... don't want to go down that road again!!) I had faith that I would be able to convince him otherwise, once I was healed. I mean, really, I know he loves me, and will love me no matter what~ I even told him right after that I was going to convince him that he will absolutely LOVE my Bitty B's, because I was ecstatic with the outcome already after two days... Of course, I have scars from the lift, so I have been wearing the sports bra to bed, but the micropore tape blends nicely so even without it on, I look pretty darn good. AND I am back to being the ME I used to be~ outgoing, smiling, happy, upbeat! Amazing how much joie de vivre those boobies sucked out of me! He came around. Was supportive during the early days of recovery. Helped me take off my bandages, then helped remove the tape. I really didn't want him to see at that point, but also wanted his help since he offered it. He asked the other day how I liked the new (old, but lifted) boobies and I couldn't control my response of "I ABSOFREAKINLUTELY LOVE THEM!" I chose not to ask how he liked them... just told him that I am confident I will be able to show him how much.... ;) I love how this journey has made me more confident. Sure, it matters how people view us, and how our spouses, significant others, family feel about the things we do and say. But at the end of the day, we have to be true to ourselves... We are beautiful, and that shines outward over those we love~ and they love us back because we are who we are. xo And cute nighties really do work!! ;)
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3 weeks today - took pics after shower so all the...

3 weeks today - took pics after shower so all the sport bra wrinkles don't show. I hope these encourage people and doesn't scare them lol - I am thrilled how they are coming along :)

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I am new to the site and found your story first. It gives me hope that my own explant will be successful. You look very natural after yours and it must feel so good to be free of the implants! Thank you for your story and pictures!
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Thanks, I am so happy that I did it!! Good luck to you =)
I'm only 3 weeks out - he hasn't seen a peep except when we went to the e.r. to get drained, and at that point I was hiding the best I could! The closeness we had though has eased my mind a lot. I just forgot how close we used to snuggle :)

Second day in a row I've woke up on my stomach. My...

Second day in a row I've woke up on my stomach. My back hasn't felt this good since I was a teenager. My husband keeps telling me how much he sees a difference in my happiness and energy. We went grocery shopping yesterday and he said "I can't believe I have to tell you this, you are walking too fast!." Before explant just 3 weeks ago, I was so messed up that I'd hold onto the handle of the grocery cart and he would pull it from the front so people wouldn't notice how pitiful I was. He just smiled at me and said "wow things keep getting better" :) To all of you who are worried about what your significant other says, remember there is a lot more to a relationship than nice boobs - my man is so happy to have the spunky wife back that he hasn't dared mention my breast size. I was scared this was going to make him look at me as less sexy, but instead I am realizing how much he actually cares.

A friend of mine saw me at the grocery store the other day and looked at me as if she were sad for me that I "had to get them out." I smiled and said "are you kidding, I chose this and I have never been so happy to have my own little boobs!" I explained the misery, and now the relief - and she just smiled and said "I'm still getting some." Like I have said, I'm not "anti-implants" but I have learned a priceless lesson for myself that I hope I can at least share with others who only hear the great things about implants.

I hope all of you wonderful ladies are healing nicely - physically and emotionally. I would not have made it through this experience without everyone's honesty and encouragement here.

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Hi Liv, It is great to read that you feel so much better already! And your husband seems wonderful! I am sorry to read about your friend's attitude, and I have been thinking about what many of us seem to go through here, the feeling of shame of what we have done to our bodies and the money wasted. I think we have to be kind to ourselves and realise that we are only human. It seems like it's a human reaction to not take in any negative aspects regarding something we really want, either if it is getting implants or dating a charming man who is bad for you, hope you see my point? I haven't had any physical problems with my implants, but still I am so glad to be natural again.
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I know what you mean Swedish Mary, we women can be stubborn. I know as people see me and realize they're gone, that I'll have to explain it over and over. Hopefully I can use it in a positive way instead of bashing implants to friends that want them - I'd like my friends to see me as confident, smart, and happy with my decision - not the friend with the awesome "big boobs." I'm so happy for you too :)
I felt odd knowing my PS implanted his nurse. She is a lovely lady whose implants look fine - not too big - but I was cognizant of the fact I was making a decision she hasn't. I didn't say much more than, "I just want them out - I've gained weight trying to 'hide' my humongous melons amongst my fat and want to get fit." It is EUPHORIA for me, STILL, 2+ months later! On an encouraging note to those of you who also say you've gained weight with implants, I've lost 13.0 pounds, so far! Twenty-four more to go, and I will be healthy, happy, average- or small-breasted, and looking FINE. =) I wish women considering implants who read this forum would truly see our hearts and regret at the end of the road and save themselves MONEY and those feelings of regret.

It's been almost 1 month! For everyone...

It's been almost 1 month! For everyone contemplating getting your implants out, I will tell you my life has changed so much since I explanted. I knew I was "not feeling like myself," but looking back I was really, disgustingly sick. I didn't realize just how bad it was. I know many of you want them out because of pain in your neck, back, arms, chest - and trouble breathing. I had severe pain for years (I'm allergic to pain meds, so just dealt with it a long time), ALL of which is gone.

I had SALINE implants, and the worst of my symptoms were neurological. I spent thousands of dollars on MRI/CT scans, going to a neurologist, and getting other tests done - was even sent to a neurosurgeon for the herniated disc in my neck. My decision was this: I told the Dr's it was a terrible idea to rearrange my spinal column when I knew it was the implants ruining my posture - let's get them out and give me 6 months to see if my symptoms improve. I am too young for a neck surgery that could do more harm than good. I was having trouble walking (literally dragging my numb left leg around for months), had embarrassing and debilitating tremors in my hands, numb fingers (i dropped everything i picked up), writhing pain that shot from my left boob to left arm, speech difficulty at times, memory fog, and peeing on myself was the most troubling symptom of all. It was a real time of despair, thinking I probably had MS and would keep deteriorating. I was shopping around for cute walking canes, seriously!

EVERYTHING has cleared up, within one month! It's unbelievable, I have even told myself "don't get your hopes up..." but it's real and I feel so healthy and happy!! I haven't felt this amazing and youthful, well, since my youth!!


On another note, how many of you post-explant have had serious indentations in their shoulders from bras, and have they gotten noticeably better since explant? My shoulders look very deformed, and I can't wait to get out of these suffocating sport bras =) Anything in particular help??

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sooo happy that you are doing better!!! this is really encouraging because as you know, I am in a very similar boat!!! Keep on smiling! All the best!
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I thought about you krissyninja when I wrote my last post, I hope to encourage others who are nervous about the decision. BEST thing I've ever done =) Let me know if you have any questions!
So HAPPY for you that things are going Well!! My indentations are still there but seem to be resolving themselves slowly but surely. As for the sportsbras... I have changed up and bought new styles (Kohls) that are more like bras with straps and sport bra cups... They kind of look like training bras! but they are more comfortable than the binding, firm support sports bras I was wearing. I found that the tight straps around my neck muscles were causing me to tense up because they were so tight and binding. I know we are supposed to wear firm support so that everything can compact together, so I alternate, but sleeping in this more comfortable bra has made all the difference in a good nights sleep! Hugs to you!
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Today it has been one month since I got the...

Today it has been one month since I got the implants out! Because of the extra energy and no pain, I've been exercising and much more active :) Today I weighed myself to see the progress, and I'm 10 pounds lighter than when I got home from surgery!! My breasts haven't shrunk any either with the few pounds shed. I'm still frustrated about getting my upper arm/armpit area in shape, but showing improvement.

Congrats to all of you that have explanted lately, and best of luck to you ladies trying!!

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Great story! I'm happy your health has improved so much. I hope things keep getting better for you.
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So happy for you!! I promise to get on posting my story... Life is so Amazingly wonderful post explant! I really need to share the journey, if only to document all the things I think about and have experienced on both sides... Musings, if you will, but the personal insight I have realized during this journey is enlightening, at least for me! :). Love to see your happy updates!
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You should share your story on here Tiki22!! I have received some really nice private messages, and it's been so rewarding to know I've helped some other ladies who are struggling with the decision. It felt good too just to "get things off my chest" lol, things I can't blab about at home or to my friends who just don't get why I did it. I thank God for this site and all the ladies that hung around a month or two to give encouragement =)

While changing sport bras this evening one rubbed...

While changing sport bras this evening one rubbed under my incision and I felt burning. I looked at it in the magnified mirror - my incision under the left breast was all red in one corner with puss, yucky little spot on the end not fully closed. Eeehhh will have to call the PS in the morning. I dread taking antibiotics or anymore needles, it has a knot there now that hurts. Just when I was dancing in flowery fields singing LOL :)

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Good morning Liv! As I sit here trying to recover from explant (48 hours ago), I know that if there is a forum/site that has helped me through, more than thousands of dollars of therapy and plastic surgeries, this is the place. I applaud the candor and honesty of each woman, there is no such thing as TMI especially when we are talking about our health, our bodies and our psyche. I only had my implants for two years...it was done post separation from a 23 year marriage. Now that the divorce is finally over after two years...it's funny that I feel that I don't need the implants anymore. Just like most of you, my gynormous breasts didn't fit me. I am 5"1, 112 lbs and I had a a 34DD, not by choice but the capsular contraction made it bigger by the day. When my son's friends started tweeting about having the "hots" for Mrs. Diaz, I knew it was a mistake...huge mistake. The only thing that I missed while having my implants was running. Now I am able to go back to my runs, I can go to the gym without worrying if my top is too tight or not, and you know if my boyfriend can't handle the saggies, well then he can start dealing with that just like I have to start dealing with them. I know I have so much more to offer than big, fake breasts. I wish you the best...all of you, with this site/blog/forum, I know a lot of insecurities will be addressed, a lot of questions will be answered and a lot of stories will be told. Keep them coming...because they really are healing for our souls. More power to all the explanters!!! God bless us all! Jenine
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Jenine that was very heartfelt :) I know what you mean about the kid's friends. My daughter are 12 and 14, they are both "growing into their bodies" and I did not want to be a source of insecurity!! Not to mention the teenage friends were always glancing at my huge rack! My son is 8, as he develops crushes and starts to perceive beauty, again I did not want to be the source for unrealistic beauty. The reasons for explanting go on and on, my health the first of them. I am surprised about all the added benefits, so much energy, a clear mind, less self conscious in public... I'm SO happy that you get to experience this joy with the rest of us on here :) I am eternally grateful for this support - I had no one to turn to! Happy healing sis!!!
You look so amazing! I hope your scar heals up nicely.
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It has been 6 weeks now, there's been a...

It has been 6 weeks now, there's been a significant change in my breast size size and shape since week 2-3. I've worn the sport bras at all times! I decided not to buy more than 1 real bra a few weeks ago, thank God I didn't waste money because I'm sure I will need a C cup. Before implants I was an A/B of sloppy post-breastfeeding skin that I squished into the small cup. Now I actually have some volume!

The biggest news - I FINALLY SHOWED MY HUSBAND YESTERDAY!!! (up to now I've only shown the dr's)
We were getting ready to go watch the superbowl. I was getting dressed in our bedroom's bathroom, he was in the bedroom. Lol I stood there in the mirror pep talking myself, "just go out there!" So I did, he was getting dressed looked up, I was in my jeans, boots, no top. He did a double take and grinned at me. That turned into a bigger smile and he said "Wow, I was not expecting them to look that good!" YYYYAAAYYY =) I felt at that point an awesome feeling that I've made it, through an amazing journey of finding real self-worth and a true understanding of beauty and perfection. Best feeling ever!

I love all of you ladies on here and wish you the best healing and happiness!!

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If you don't mind me asking how far out our you on the last pics?
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The very last picture is with implants to show the size with weight gain. The last several post-op pics are labeled 2,3, and 5 weeks post-explant.
I love your post about your husband on superbowl...that is great. I'm 5 days post op and they look very flat....I'm waiting and hoping..lol Congrats on everything working out so well....:)
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8 weeks of happiness!! I put up a final set of...

8 weeks of happiness!! I put up a final set of pictures since mine have fluffed another cup size. I went to Victoria's Secret with my daughter Sunday and we got fitted together. 34C!! (both of us lol and she is 14) Pictures of my cute new bra too :) I am loving life and feel completely healed and healthy! Still keeping off the 10 pounds I lost since surgery, and now that I'm able to lift and run I believe 10 more will be coming off soon!

HAPPY HEALING LADIES - xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Wow, Liv you look amazing! Perfect
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Thank you !! :)
Hi Natural liv , Glad you're doing good. You look Great!! :)
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2 months have passed! I'm back to fully working...

2 months have passed! I'm back to fully working out now, able to do 30 minutes aerobics with hand weights, jog a mile, and feel great doing it! This is a huge milestone for me, I had gained weight over the last few years with implants robbing me of my energy. It was impossible for me to just walk through the grocery store a few months ago without help. Now my family and I head out to the nearby track every time it's nice out to go run with the dogs and kids. Unbelievable. I knew I'd feel relief, but didn't think my life would turn around so completely so quickly. Grateful!!! =)

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Wow Liv! Congratulations on everything - babies, breast feeding, explant. I relate to every bit of it. I am very encouraged by your results and hope mine will continue to transform. Your pics are very encouraging.
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One word.....Perfect!!! Happy for you!
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Thanks =) Hope you are healing nicely, congrats to you too!!

Wow, 3 months has passed. I was in bed most of the...

Wow, 3 months has passed. I was in bed most of the time until 12/26/12 when I got them removed. In the last 3 months my husband and I have started making our home into a little farm. I get outside a lot, take care of all kinds of critters, exercise, and feel happy. Not much has changed, but I'm putting updated pics up because I lost weight and and feel much more petite, and the boobs haven't shrunk much! =) I hope everyone is healing well, and those who are patiently waiting, hang in there! Best thing I ever did for myself.

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Well done you have healed beautifully and your confidence is growing all the time its lovely to hear x
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Ah, Liv, you look perfect! Your boobs just keep going up and up and up! :D You are so ready for bikini season- hot mom alert! I wish we could edit posts, too. I've made errors that make me cringe! :/
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:) That is so nice coming from you and your perfect boobs!

One thing I've noticed since explant - my hair is...

One thing I've noticed since explant - my hair is growing again! My hair sat brittle on my shoulders for the last 2 years (same time I was sick) it just didn't grow. Since I got the implants out in Dec '12 my hair has grown more than 5 inches in length. Loving all the little changes as my body heals :)

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Very Lovely Results. Yes, your whole body has been revitalized. You can see in the pictures how happy you are through your body language. It's so much fun seeing each others pictures. Show n Tell. :) xxxBirdie
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Awww thanks :)
You look amazing!
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Http://thescarswillfade.blogspot.com/ Here is...

http://thescarswillfade.blogspot.com/

Here is my latest blog post about removing my implants.
I hope all of you beautiful ladies are healing, happy, or hopeful to get there soon! My weight is still down 20 pounds since explant ~ I feel amazing and full of life!!

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You look so natural and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your journey!
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Life keeps getting better!

STILL SO FREAKIN' HAPPY, I just had to tell everyone :) I have so much energy, play outside all of the time, and I am LOVING my body in summer clothes! http://thescarswillfade.blogspot.com/2013/04/breast-implant-removal.html

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You are my inspiration!! I pray my breasts look like yours when the twins are removed!
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:) Good luck sis!
Hello, Well I would like to start off by saying your explant breast look amazing, I too have mentor 525 cc silicone breast implant placed submuscular. I have had them for about 4 years now. I was a small 36 a cup and ended up with these enormous breasts i have hated them for about the last 3 and 1/2 years. I am now going to get them explanted due to serious health issues i wanted to know if you had saline or silicone implants and were they placed submuscular or over the muscle. I can only hope my turn out as well as your did.
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Wedding dress fits again!

Great things have been happening in my life! My husband and I have a contract on our dream house sitting on 5 acres; we are planning a small organic farm! We got married in 2005, just a small justice of the peace ceremony. We've decided to renew our vows on the property so that our kids are included in the ceremony, and have a huge party to celebrate the event and farm. Sooo, my teenage daughter and I were plotting and planning, of course: what do I wear?! When we originally married my dress was a US size 5/6, which I had to wear two padded strapless bras with inserts to fit in (shortly after weaning my last baby). Well I pulled out the old dress and we unwrapped the $300 preservation package with much anticipation. I got it on, zipped comfortable, and couldn't believe I filled the top - no bra! Posted before and after pics for fun; my arm posture makes me look pregnant in the second one lol - I have a flat tummy, just standing weird!

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Congratulations, Liv! So nice to hear your wonderful news! You look beautiful in your dress and renewing your vows is such a sweet thing to do. I got married with implants, so I know how my dress would fit- there would be a huge open gap on the top! lol. What a happy ending!
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Wow, you look great. What a great story and I'm glad your symptoms have resolved! I'm hoping all my back aches, neck pain, trouble breathing, nerve pain, etc will go away as soon as I explant. I never had any problems with any of this before my implants 3 months ago and I just want them gone!! Explant 7/19. Can't wait! Did your PS talk to you about removing the entire capsule for silicone contamination. I'm having others tell me I need to have it removed in case any silicone from the shell has leached into the tissue, but PS wants to leave it in place since it's so thin and new. Just don't know what to do...
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Absolutely awesome, Liv! Congratulations on everything. You are one of those special Women who's story and encouragement gave me a lot of strength during the worst of it. I am feeling so good, and so happy now too!
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Bikini top and boobs

Here's my final set of photos, 6 months post explant today! Over 20 pounds lost, I feel great. I put on a bikini top and it felt so good not to feel like a spectacle! Pics of the scars, sides so you can see upper pole, armpits are smooth now (i thought i would NEVER go sleeveless again right after explant). Keep your chins up ladies, our bodies heal at their own paces - don't get discouraged early on!!

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About the last pictures...

I am on day 4 of prednisone (steroid) for a recurring ear infection - so I look bloated, because I am. I hate being on this medication, my digestive system shuts down. 5 more days of tapering down off of it; hopefully I will feel and look healthy again.

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Thanks Natural Liv I am still wearing sports bras but lately I'm only wearing one. For the first month I wore two. I also have been working out and will be losing weight. Dr said wear sports bra for 5 more weeks possible 4 now. Thanks
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I have a question. It's almost 2 months. Could they still move up more at this point? Thanks yusu.
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Mine look much better at 6 months post than 8 weeks after explant. They have filled out more on top, giving a much fuller appearance, so yes :) I have lost quite a bit of weight since explant - so mine should have sagged more but didn't.

Confidence

At first, I couldn't WAIT to hit the store and buy that hot push-up bra. But the more time has gone on since explant, the more I realize I did this because I want to be me. I feel sexier than ever in a little sport bandini and a tank top than I could have imagined.

My two teenage daughters are more developed than me, and I thought this would make me want to cry - but I find that when I go around as "natural" as can be I am giving them one hell of an example (compared to porn-star looking mommy of the past) and it makes me feel great. I'm not 15, and will not ever look 15 again so what the hell is the point of trying. One day they will have children, hopefully breastfeed, and they will remember this ordeal of mine when their breasts change/age too.

So if you are in the dressing room freaking out, "when and how will this gigantic stuffed bra ever fit?" ... you might be surprised how confident you feel over time.

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Natural Liv, YOU LOOK AWESOME!!! I am just like you in that, I am SO happy to be natural again, and am loving being small breasted. Such a relief to have the implants out, and get on with life feeling happier, lighter, and healthier. Thanks for showing all your pictures, you have shown us all that healing and improvements are definitely seen for months and months after removal. xoxox
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Thank you littlehugger! Yep, that's why I come back every month or so to update - because I truly feel that the changes are slow and steady :) I'll post some more pics of me in summer tops so you all can see how I'm rocking this little chest.
Thank you for your story Natural Liv! My explant is in 4 days and I have been ill with fatigue for the last 4 years with sinusitis and fatigue. I have been bed ridden most of the time and am so tired of being tired. It really gives me hope to hear how you have regained your health. Yay for being naturally healthy and beautiful! : )
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10 months

Hey everyone! I can't believe when I posted this 10 months ago there were only 200+ reviews, now there are over 650! I'm thrilled to see this community growing and more resources for those considering explant.

My hair has grown almost 12 INCHES since I got the implants removed Dec 2012. It never grew, and now it's down to my nipples (which are considerably lower LOL)!! Here are some pictures of me working in my garden recently, on the farm we bought this summer. I was thinking I'd be in a wheelchair by this point with all the health problems I was having before removal. But instead I'm over here building my dream. Much love to all of you ladies, whether you are healing or hoping to get past this obstacle in your life. I'm still around if anyone needs to talk or message me.

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My public blog, read and share if you'd like.

http://thescarswillfade.blogspot.com/2013/04/breast-implant-removal.html

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Wow. You sure are an inspiration! Still scared though!!!
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Hi, I am a little late on responding and am not sure how to navigate this site yet but came across your blog and, noticed the neck pain! I never really contributed my neck pain related to this (developed sleep apnea in response to neck pain even)... Uuugggh the thought this could be related makes me very happy. Not counting on it though. And your after pictures: I don't know why but I think it looks WAY more attractive. It seems odd but I'm finding in all cases the afters are way more attractive and if I was a man or a lesbian I wouldn't even look twice at non natural So congrats and am hopeful that mine look as good. Did they go through aereola? It doen't look like.
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Thanks wanttobeb. My previous incisions were used underneath. I see a lot of scarring and puckering on aereola removal photos. I'm telling you the neck pain was gone almost instantly. Still gone 10 months later. I agree, we do look much more attractive as natural women!

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Thanks so much for sharing. I have been ill for the past 6 months. I want to have an explantation as I feel it is from my saline implants but unfortunately don't have the money at this time. We had twins in 2010 and I think I may have damaged during breastfeeding and using pump. I was wondering if you could share how they got your insurance company to pay. Thanks so much, I look forward to your response.
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Hi your story is much like mine. It's been 2 months since my explant and eventhough I've had an infection for part of that time, I wouldn't trade it for anything! Did your internal stitches ever come to the surface?
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Dr. Christopher A. Campbell

Excellent care!!! He let me take all the time I needed to ask questions.

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