Hooray! Implants Removed Yesterday - Feeling Healthier Already! - Austin, TX

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I feel better than expected immediately following...

I feel better than expected immediately following my removal yesterday. No question that it was the best choice for my health, which is far more important to me than my appearance. I got 500cc gummy bear Mentors implanted over muscle 3.5 years ago going from 36B to 36D/DD after my consult discussing for 400-450s for a natural 36C/D. Oh well. Flash forward 2 years to increased back/neck pain and capsular contracture. I also had weird joint pain and swollen lymph nodes around my groin, but did not realize there could be a relationship to my implants. (Had not found realself.com yet) I went back for removal due to neck/back pain and my doc said ok, they would look almost the same but he was retiring and could not fit me in before leaving. I found another highly recommended surgeon nearby. 

He recommended a capsulectomy and downsize instead of removal saying I would not be happy with the appearance, so I went for that instead. He did inform me that capsulectomy/reoccurrence was much more common once you have had one already as well as other complications. He implanted 375cc on non capsuled right side and 405cc on left side where there had been a capsulectomy and tissue loss, so I looked even. I appreciated that attention to detail. It was a longer surgery than planned but he took the time required. Unfortunately I woke up with severe sharp pain on the right side pectoral muscle near my armpit but the nurse assured me that was normal to have pain. During recovery, I was happy with the smaller size and soon after the procedure my neck/back pain subsided. Flash forward one year, right arm muscle is now a dull ongoing pain, left breast feeling hard again, numbness in both arms every night, joints and muscle pain increasing, lymph nodes consistently swollen, right breast pulling to the outside so I am physically holding it in place with my hand whenever people are not around to see me, and chronic fatigue leaving me too tired/sore to work or exercise. All of this outlasts my threshold for pain management so I took a medical leave and began my Internet research. Here I find realself and learn I am not alone in my symptoms and that my silicone implants may be at cause for many, if not all of them. I read the Sientra brochure cover to cover and find a small section noting joint pain may be a side effect, though their evidence is not conclusive. I then go back to my revision surgeon requesting removal once again and he complies after I mention the joint pain and how I feel like an old lady in my 42 year old previously healthy body. 

I state that even a small chance of relationship between my symptoms and my implants is reason enough for removal. He agrees and seemed genuinely concerned. He did not charge surgeon fee for removal which I appreciate so cost was minimal. He and his staff seem very conscientious and were wonderful during the procedure yesterday and phone follow ups today. Removal was 30 hours ago and already I feel a surge of energy coming back into my system. I did not fully realize how much energy was being used to maintain these foreign bodies inside of me until now that they are gone. What relief! I already know this was the right decision for my health regardless of what I see under the bandages and do wish I had done it earlier, but my vanity got in the way of my better judgement. If you have any instinct telling you to remove your implants, I highly recommend you listen to them. I wish I had trusted mine sooner over doctor opinion. Even good/great doctors don't know what is best for your body more than you do. Your health is your best asset, not your appearance. I know that now, learning the hard way by experience. I'm already loving my littler, natural breasts, especially now that I feel like myself again and am excited to get back to my workouts once I'm done recovering. It's been over a year since I had the energy to go for a walk or jog, leaving me carrying an extra 20lbs now. Healthy diet and exercise are the only future alterations I have planned. Thank you to all who have shared their explanation stories on here. They helped me confirm explanating was the right choice for me, and also helped me feel less stupid for putting the darn things inside my body-TWICE! Live and learn....and pass it on. Before/After Pics to follow with updates in gratitude to all others who have bravely shared their experiences before me. It has been a troublesome road to go down. Nice to know we are not alone on it, and there is a healthy end in sight!

Photos Before/After

One Week Since Explant-Sweet Relief!

I went in for my first follow up this week and all is well. The unveiling of my natural breasts from under the compression bra I've been wearing since the procedure left me VERY pleasantly surprised! I am fine with the appearance and ecstatic with how much better I feel already. I have plenty of tissue remaining and will be back to my original B cup, even after contracture/removal of scar tissue. SO HAPPY I TOOK THEM OUT. What relief! My advice if your doctor says you will be unhappy with the appearance after explant is: Get a second or third opinion. I wish I would have done that a year and a half ago before deciding to get a revision instead of an explant the first time around. My original doctor who retired before he could explant me was correct, they look fine give or take a little sagginess. I would not have gone through a revision had I known how decent they would look the first time I was considering explant 1.5 years ago. Live and Learn. I hope someone else can take the lesson from my extra year and a half of suffering and not do the same thing to themselves out of vanity alone. HEALTH is priority #1.

Anoher Pic-Not so bad

With the right bra, I will be in good shape! My healthy glow will be much sexier than my big heavy fake boobs ever were!

So happy I removed my implants!!!

A few months down the road now and could not be happier with my choice to remove implants with no lift. I just went for a bra fitting and I am now a C cup, which is what I originally wanted before I started this whole implant journey in the first place! I was, originally a B. I am very pleased with the appearance post removal. My doctor was SO wrong to tell me I would be unhappy with the appearance of removal alone. That is NOT TRUE LADIES. I feel great and look like myself again. Still a bit sore when I overuse my arms and its taking awhile to recover fully enough to lift weights and exercise like I used to pre original surgery, but the wait will be worth it. My energy level is so much higher and my joints feel so much better!! Im off all my joint supplements. (I was feeling like my body aged 10 years taking arthritis supplements) Back to myself and feeling FREE again!

Photo 3 months post removal

Very pleased with amount of tissue remaining post removal. Peri aerolar scars healed up nicely considering they have been cut three times in three and 1/2 years! I was born a B, went to D/DD and now ended up a C post removal which is perfect for me. Very happy with appearance, shape, etc. Nipples are still as painful as they have been since original surgery. My husband says they look great. He mostly says he is happy to have his energetic wife back. We are both thrilled with the newly original me- after three years of pain and fatigue caused by this strange journey. Good riddance! All I can do with this colossal mistake now is hope my story helps others as I move forward happily implant free.

One last suggestion....

My last piece of advice to anyone undergoing surgery of any kind is find yourself a good massage therapist to help keep circulation and blood flowing to your healing parts. Long term this is the best remedy I have found for aches, pains, soreness, loss of range of motion and posture adjustment as your body realigns to your new body structure. Also vitamins and healthy food are crucial during recovery as your body needs nutrients to rebuild itself. No one in the doctors offices I have visited ever suggested any of this to me so I am putting it out there. (Use massage after major recovery pain has subsided of course so as not to overdo it. I waited over a month post removal to begin lymphatic drainage massage which has been instrumental in getting me back to my healthy self.) Best wishes! To your health!!
Dr. Tjemland

Excellent reputation, detailed surgeon, great staff, excellent follow up

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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