52 Y.o.-Textured Saline Implants for 22 Years - Winter Park, FL

Thank you to all the brave women on this site for...

Thank you to all the brave women on this site for sharing your experience. I have been thinking about explanting for about a year and finally got serious a few months ago. I went to four different doctors in the Orlando area before deciding. This site helped me make my decision to explant, and I'm so glad I found it.

My first ba was in 1987 when my oldest son was 15 mon old. I received 300 cc smooth silicone over the muscle and went from an A cup to a C cup. At first I was happy, but within a year or so, developed cc on both sides. I lived with that for a few years and then in 1992, decided to exchange them for textured saline, which were also 300 cc over the muscle. I felt safer with the saline in case there was a rupture. Within a year, I began to develop cc on the left and then eventually on the right and it was grade 3-no pain, but very firm. I have been self conscious for years and finally decided enough is enough. I want to be my natural self, whatever that is, and be able to hug people again without the worry of the hard implants getting in the way.

My surgery is August 11 and Dr. Rotatori is going to remove both implants and both capsules en bloc. I'm happy he is doing it this way since they are textured and I have heard bits of the textured coating can break off. I am so excited and have bought three bras so far. He thinks I will be a full A cup after surgery so hopefully they will fit.
Also, he said there will probably be some loose skin and I can wait 6 months to a year, and he can remove it in the office if I want. He doesn't think I will need a lift since I didn't go really big to begin with. I guess time will tell, since I am 52 and I don't know how much skin retraction there will be.

I will let you all know how the surgery goes on Monday. I can't wait.

Tomorrow is the day...

It's finally almost here. I've been busy all day getting the house ready, helping with the lawn, preparing food, etc. Now I can take it easy after my surgery tomorrow and let the healing begin. My husband will be here with me tomorrow, but then he has to go back to work. He is my biggest supporter and best friend and has been for 32 years. Love to all of you who are on the same journey as me. I will post pictures as soon as I can after.

It's Done...

Well they are finally out. I have been home for 7 or 8 hours now. I have been kind of groggy, but doing well otherwise. Not a lot of pain, just a little discomfort. Dr. Rotatori said the left capsule was the most difficult to remove, but I know he did the best job he could. It took a little under 2 hours. I will post pictures as soon as I am allowed to take off the bandages, which will be Wednesday, but maybe can sneak it earlier if able.

It is two days post...

It is now two days since my surgery and I was able to shower today and wash my hair finally. I am feeling pretty good and I have to keep reminding myself not to do too much too soon. My boobs feel strange, a little like jello, but I think they will firm up with time. I'm not at all worried about it. The drains are putting out very little so I'm hoping to get them out tomorrow. That will be great since they are a little itchy. I hope all of you are doing well.

Drains gone...

I got rid of the drains yesterday, and today I feel almost normal. I went shopping this morning and bought groceries and a couple of bras with no underwire to wear when I am out. I still wear the surgical bra, they put me in right after surgery, when I am at home. I will post some pictures this evening so you can see how it looks now 4 days out. A lot of the swelling has gone down so I'm a little more saggy, but I am okay with it. I haven't had one moment of regret. I think the skin will retract some, and I might get some fluffing as time goes on, but if not I am still okay. The main thing is I feel great and I'm happy I decided to explant. Good luck to all of you who are going through the same thing or are thinking about it.

Pictures 4 days post-op...

Orlando Plastic Surgeon

I was happy to find Dr. Rotatori. He is kind and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed in his office. His staff were courteous and professional. I felt I was in good hands and I am happy I chose him to perform the surgery.

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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You look great! I am doing the same thing with this Dr. only I am doing a lift at the same time. Is everything fluffing up nicely for you?
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It's been 4 weeks now and since all the swelling is gone, they look more droopy and a little wrinkled. I wish I had removed them when I was I younger and my skin was more elastic. Having said all that, I am still happy to have them out. Good luck with your explant, and post pictures, if you like, so we can all follow your progress. I plan to post more pictures soon also.
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Glad that you are doing well - you look great - I'm explanting 17th sept and can't wait to feel good and you have encouraged me xxxxxx
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Good luck with your explant. I am going to do another update at 4 weeks and post another picture. I think they are a little sadder looker now that all the swelling is gone, but it is nothing a good padded bra can't fix. I am still happy I removed my implants. I hope all will go well for you too.
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I think you look terrific - I'd be thrilled with your results!
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You look great. I also started off as an A cup. I hope when I explant next month that I look as good as you. Plus, you look like a great size now.
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Good luck with your upcoming explant. It's great to be all natural.
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You are looking good!!!! Makes me excited for mine! Take care.
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Thanks. I'm sure you will be glad to finally have yours removed. Good luck with that.
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Nice natural girls you have there! I bet you are glad the drains are gone. Please post pics. My explant is in 13 days!
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Yes so glad the drains are gone. Good luck with your explant.
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I'm glad you feel great and look forward to the pixs - no doubt you are looking good!
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I'm so happy for you!!
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You look great. They will only get better. Thanks for sharing because your before breasts look alot like mine and I'm close to your age so I'm hoping to look like you after my explant. Did you buy any special bras for post op?
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They put me in a surgical bra right after surgery, so I never had the ace wrap that so many others have had. I have been wearing that bra since Monday, except when I wash it of course. I did buy a couple of padded 36A bras today with no underwire to wear when I am out and about since it looks better than the surgical bra. I hope all goes well with your surgery.
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Congratulations on your explant! I am explanting on Friday (eek!) and it helps so, so much to see lovely results such as yours! I will have drains too and honestly, that is what makes me the most nervous. I will be absolutely thrilled if I look as wonderful as you do on day 2! Thanks so much for sharing your story.
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So you will be implant free in just a couple of days. I hope everything goes well for you. The worst thing about the drains is that there is no hiding them and they are a little itchy. But they have a job to do, and you shouldn't have them in for long. For instance on the left, the output was 45ml, the first day, then 22ml yesterday, and now only 4ml this morning. I am looking forward to your updates after your surgery.
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Wow! You look amazing! I'm glad everything is going well. Thank you so much for your story and photos.
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Thank you so much. Yes this is a great place to be able to share our stories.
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I'm getting concerned about drains. Did your doctor say you needed them right away? My doctor tells me there is no need to remove my capsule and no need for drains... Unless an issue comes up during surgery. I have 15 days left till my removal.
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My doctor told me I would need drains for 3-4 days when I went for the consultation. I think he does them on everyone. I had to have the capsule removed because it was thick and calcified and could interfere with future mammograms, so they say. But whether you need drains or the capsule removed varies from doctor to doctor. I hope all goes well for your surgery.
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Thanks, maybe I'm just freaking myself out over this and trying to think of reasons to back out...
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I get it. It took me a year to get to this point, but I am so happy to not have implants anymore.
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2bemeagain - you really look great! Unbelievable that it's only been 2 days and you look THAT good! According to what we have all read here, you are going to feel so much better once those drains come out. Hang in there - the worse is over. Thank you for keeping us updated - all this info is extremely helpful for those of us who have our explants coming up!
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Thank you for your kind words. The drains are no fun, especially if you accidentally pull on the tube, which I have done a few times.
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