46 - Implant Removal - Can't Wait to Feel Normal Again. - United Kingdom, GB
8 years ago I was struggling with my boobs after 3...
So after lots of research, discussion with my supportive hubby, and looking at implants & lifts etc I decided to research doctors that specialised. Eventually I found an amazing doctor and went to consult.
I 100% needed a lift (I totally agreed)
But I was mixed about implants or just a lift!! I wanted to be how I was before breast feeding bit certainly didn't want to look fake or huge.
Finally I agreed to implants and the lift, and breast tissue removed from my right breast - although I was persuaded to go a larger than I wanted - I was told the smaller size would lead to disappointment.
Even when being marked up for my lift I was still feeling I should just have a lift!! I was worrying that one day they'd have to come out even though my doctor said that off some women they stay in and ok for life.
I cannot fault my doctor in her skills - they looked amazing and natural. Although slightly larger than I hoped.
Anyway for several years now I've felt uncomfortable in my skin, I have felt fake and as my body naturally ages my breast stayed like a teen!!!
Like many ladies I dress to hide my boobs, I hug from the side ( thought this was just me, so relieved when I read others felt the same)
Also for many months I've been suffering extreme fatigue, heavy foggy head and aches all over and I've gone from cycling, swimming and walking lots to struggling to complete my dogs walk each day. My GP has tested me several times for thyroid/anaemia etc - always normal to my exasperation I was told menopause ( surgical menopause as full hysterectomy in 2010) make you tired.....
So I decided to google ( I know not best idea always)
My symptoms and it was like a bright light, oh goodness why did I not think before that possibly my silicone implants could be the cause.
Abundant research and this amazing site convinced what I was already
Sure of - I wanted to explant for many reasons ( one also that I could not check properly for breast cancer, my closest friend 4 years ago had and found through checking) plus I was having huge aches in my right breast which I wasn't thinking ( maybe looking back - denial) was due to my implant!
Anyway I had many discussions and shared info with my hubby and we both felt "get the toxic balls out"
I researched doctors and booked to see one that sounded hopeful and reviews of him
And the hospital were good.
I went (because of all you ladies ) very confident to my appointment, told hubby thing I was defo not going to
Etc ... So he knew where I stood and would not bend with doctors thoughts.
The doctor was amazing - he listened to all
My concerns and he did not try yo persuade me in any way, he talked to
About whst my expectations were and how I felt. He was easy to
And was happy even though his list was running very late to answer all my questions and hubbies and even when I was happy to leave he asked IV j was sure I had in other questions - he gave me his card with his details so that if I needed to
Anything or talk I could contact him - WOW!
He also gave me details of other staff members that I could talk to
If I wanted to.
When he examined me he said my right breast had capsular contraction stage 2 and took
The yr to
Discuss this and made sure I could see clearly this in the mirrors.
I knew after the first few minutes that he was my doctor because I felt listened to and respected. I asked whether I should have local or general - he said I could chose and he would respect what I want even up to the admission day. However he recommends general as this is less stress for the patient especially if the surgery becomes more complicated than expected and also hd felt it was safer. I'm truly fully confident in every thing discussed and I can't wait until September 17th 2014 to have them removed and to feel
Natural - like many ladies I long to wear a simple summer dress or top & not feel like I flaunting my boobs and to hug people properly... Thank you all for helping me - I will post pics when j can xxxx
Pictures of implants now
Anxious last night feeling left implant!
13 days to go and can't wait
Really overweight! I never thought I dressed to hide my boobs until I read about others and then It dawned on me how much i work around these boobs - weird hugs - uncomfortable sleep - dressing & feeling like I'm hugely over weight, stopped running and cycling !!!
This time next week & I'll be I my first recovery day xxx
Posting pics of me in bikini and will after explant to compare xxxxxxx
Just received pictures of my pre implants
Looking back I wish I'd stick with my desire for a lift only - live & learn eh
Before & after implant 8 years apart
Bikini pre explant
Excited & a little nervous - feels weird now it's getting so close xx
Had my explant at 9:30 am uk time
The Day after
Went through the previous scar so I didn't have an extra scar and took out the old scar so it would heal neatly - I was surprised by the results and so was PS - he told me I'd be completely flat after. There will be swelling to go down thorough.
The problem I've had is Tramadol it's caused me to itch all over and come out in awful rash and my face swelled up. Hence I've felt rough from that, on antihistamine and stopped the medication so it's all slowly going away thankfully.
Slept loads and apart from slight burning I feel ok and happy - will post now when less tired. Xx
One day post
All natural . I keep feeling hoe sift they are it's fAb. Xx happy healing ladies you ring regret being natural. X
Feeling a lot better today
Also this morning I took my dog on our normal walk and there is a hill on the last part and for months I have suffered painful legs and struggled with this hill. Today I walked and said to hubby I've no leg pains :) amazing no pain in my legs :) I'm
First day back to work :(
Hoping under them
It's not reacting as it's awful itchy at times!! Wednesday they will be removed so not long to wait now.
I adore soft breasts I just realised I never appreciated the way natural feels until all those years with hard lumps.
When I had my breast implants I woke up after op with regret anger my removal I woke up so content & happy ~ if your thinking about removing and worried - do it for you it's one if my more mature decisions and 100% no regret. Xxxx
5 days post (Monday)
Op was 17:09:14
First day at work
Anyway I wore a floaty blouse ( which previously made me feel huge) with a pretty scarf and felt great :) xx
Before / after same dress
1 week - dressings removed - ouch
Also discuss massage. Has anine any info on massage and is this just for the scar incision or for internal healing too??
Really itchy too - posting pics of today. Hapoy healing ladies.
I guess it explains why they hurt so much I just put it down to healing incisions - starting antibiotics today. Not happy as I'm trying to get all crap out if my body. I can't begin to explain how unhappy I am today. Sorry for winging but I've noone to say this to - I'm off to work with a smile all day but inside I feel like crying .....posting pics
Smelly wound tonight
On the mend - improved so much
I'm posting a picture - part is taped as it's dry and part not taped has dried out lots this morning / finally getting puss free - the smell is almost give too! Xx
Feeling in a much better place today xxx
Feeling much better
A little uncomfortable at times but mostly feeling so much better - I'm so happy to have those implants out and to be natural and soft . Ladies if you haven't yet - just do it it's really worth it.
Treated myself to a "normal" bra only cheap just to try one as I know I can't buy any nice ones till 6 weeks - just impatient lol
My new (old) boobs
Dr check up today
Next week - so I couldn't be happier ;) I plan to ease into it slowly but it's rest to actually feel it's possible again - tomorrow I'm going to the gym to do some easing into it :) happy me xxx
The first time back to the gym
20 minutes running - 7 minutes face paced hill
Walking - 50 squats - and I'm
Not crawling to my bed - I feel great :) my explant has given my life back to me :) xxxxxxxx
Week 4 incisions
Pic of area where incision pulls breast in
I would 100% recommend My PS as he has treated me so well & listened carefully. He did not try to talk me into anything but listened to what I wanted. He did a great job & all of his team were excellent - if I had to go through this again I'd make the same choice.