9 Year Old Implants Removed with Lift - Oakville, ON
So I guess you can say my story started 9 years...
Getting ready to go for a run. Having to wear a tight compression bra and they still look huge.
Shoulders are killing me today. :(
Wonderful news today :)
So a day that started out on a bit of a crappy level turned out really well in the end. :D
First apt w/ the surgeon is tomorrow!
Surgery is booked!
Things they don't tell you before you have implants?
Consultation with my surgeon today. :)
I hope that my surgeon is able to give me back a newer and more real me. Someone who can get up in the morning and not have to worry about "what am I gonna wear today?".
I also want to set a positive example for my step daughter who is turning 11 this year and is already starting to "notice" what other girls on TV look like. I want her to know that true beauty is really on the inside and it's not just a cliché saying. That sometimes you don't need plastic surgery to "fix" something with your body. Sometimes you just need to "fix" yourself on the inside. How can I look at her and tell her that she is beautiful just they way she is whiling having these monstrosities on my chest.
Anyways, I'm rambling now. lol
I'll keep everyone posted on how things go.
4 days till surgery
Surgery is tomorrow!!!
I'm me again!
Thanks everyone for sharing all your stories with me. It was what really gave me the strength to get this done....so thank you!!
Very sore today.
I've uploaded some new pics to show that not much has changed. I haven't seen what I look like under the bra just yet and I'm still too nervous to peak. Not too mention that I'm also one of those people that faints if I see blood...lol. It's quite embarrassing tbh. I cut my toe once and blacked out so I don't want to take a chance on peaking just yet.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask away. I'll answer any that I can :)
May be getting my drains out tomorrow!!
Just wanted to give everyone an update. :)
A nurse called me today to see how I was feeling and to get the measurements on my drains. She also told me that based on how little is coming out of my drains, I may be able to get them removed tomorrow (Friday). Another nurse is going to call me in the morning to get one last measurement. If it's still low then I'll be heading back to Dr. Khanna's office to have the drains removed! Yay! I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed caused that would be wonderful. Drains suck :( the sooner these things come out the better. It's not that they necessarily hurt, they are just really uncomfortable. Every once in a while I move a certain way and I can feel them pulling.
Another thing that isn't so great is that I'm also still really bloated and my back still hurts. I am still getting up every hour to walk around a bit which really helps my back along with the stretches. It's just after I sleep for a little while that my back gets stiff. It's funny cause I did remember this from when I had the implants put in. I also remember too that the pain did eventually go away so I know this will only be temporary.
Another positive note is that I have already been able to start cutting down on my pain meds. I'm down taking 2 Tylenol 3's every 6-8 hours and 1 400mg Advil once a day if needed. I usually only take the Advil at night so I can get a little extra sleep. I don't take any Advil durning the day and sometimes I only take 1 T3 as opposed to the 2 T3's. Actually while on this subject I'll give everyone a tip. Keep a written or digital log of when you took each medication. I also put a tick mark next to the time I took my meds just so that I know 100% that I took each pill. I'm not sure what everyone else was or will be prescribed but I'm currently on 2 types of antibiotics, T3's, a generic stool softener and Advil (when needed). I find that sometimes I just can't remember when I took each pill cause they all have different schedules. Without writing down what dosage I took and what time I took it, I would be lost. And I also wrote down any side effects or things I should do next to the name of each medication. Things such as "take this medication with food" and "no dairy". I don't want to get an upset tummy and will do anything to prevent that, hence the detailed medication log. I also want to be 100% sure that I can do everything possible to have the best results I can so I'm following everything Dr. Khanna's office said to do almost to the letter.
As for Dr. Khanna herself, she and her team has been amazing so far. I have never once felt pressured to do anything that I wasn't comfortable with. She has listened to everything that I said I wanted and told me if something may not be possible. For example, she told me that even after a lift I may not have fullness in the upper poles of my breasts but I'm ok with that. :). Her staff has also been extremely nice and helpful. They have never seemed pushy in any way and listen with compassion when I told my story of how I got my implants to begin with. I basically feel like I am in really capable hands and I would recommend Dr. Khanna to anyone at this point. It's worlds apart from the treatment I received when I had implants put in.
Anyways, that's my rant for the night. I'll keep everyone posted tomorrow. And maybe even get some actual pictures of my new itty bitty boobies. :)
Getting my drains out today!
Anyways, I will try to get more pics of my actual boobs today when the drains are removed.
I'll keep everyone posted. :)
A little scary to look at.
Got a shower :)
Got my first shower tonight and was even able to gently wash my own hair which is a wonderful bonus. I'm also down to taking only 1 T3 ever 6-10 hours so that means the pain is subsiding. I still take 2 T3's at bedtime so that I can get some sleep as that's when I mostly feel the discomfort. When I up moving about by day I'm sore but not really in much pain so I don't need the T3's much. I'm still taking the 1 Advil 400mg by night to help with the swelling. I also still apply the ice every so often too as today I was a little more swollen than usual when I forgot.
Hmmm what else? Oh, I got to really look at everything after getting out of the shower and I'm optimistic that it will look better once everything starts to heal, it's just not that hot to look at right now. To be honest, it's a little hard to look at myself but it still has not gotten me down. When my husband finally saw tonight what everything looks like (he helped me dry off and get dressed), he told me that he's still happy that I got the implants removed. He also told me that I do look better now and that he never truly loved the large implants from the start. I can see the sincerity in his eyes too which means the world to me. If my husband can still find me beautiful even with the scars then I think I'm gonna be just fine.
Happy healing to all the ladies that may be reading my story that have had the procedure done already. And to those who may be considering breast implant removal or a reduction but haven't taken the plunge just yet.... Just do it! It's worth it in my opinion. :)
5 days post op
So it's day 5 post op and I'm feeling better every day. I've showered twice now and I take my support bra off every day to wash / dry it and to allow some air on my breasts. The swelling has gone down a bit and I usually only take 1 T3 at bedtime. Otherwise I only take Advil 400mg when needed. Another side effect that I'm not happy with is that I now have a feminine yeast infection from taking all the heavy duty antibiotics. :( Out of all the stories I've read on here I never heard anyone say they got this so I'm not sure if I'm the only one whose ever gotten this side effect or, and this one I believe is more likely, is that no one has ever mentioned it. So I figured I would share this lol
I also still have swelling in my belly, centre of my chest (between my breasts) and on the right and left side of my breasts but it's starting to subside.
Other than that, not much has changed. I'm still sleeping on a 45 degree angle and putting ice on my breasts for about 15 mins every 2 hours. The ice actually really helps. Another side effect that I haven't heard about is the itching. It's not sever or anything like that but there is some slight itching of the skin on my back, sides and top of my breasts. No itching on my incisions though.
I also still get really tired through out the day if I've been moving around a lot so I nap for 45 mins about ever 3-4 hours. This also helps a lot. I'm also not lifting anything remotely heavy. As I said before, I'm basically trying to follow the instructions Dr. Khanna's office gave me to the letter. I want to look back on this later in life and honestly tell myself that I did everything possible to have the best results possible :)
Anyways, I'm off to have a nap. :)
9 days post op
So today is the first day that I have been able to get up, get dressed and do my hair since the surgery....... I feel fantastic! It took me longer than it normally does but I did it all on my own. :)
I went for my 1 week post op appointment on Wed and while in with the nurse she asked me a question. "How are you feeling?". I thought for a moment and the first word that came to mind was liberated! I feel LIBERATED!! Gone are my back / shoulder aches. Gone is my memory fog and even my Rosacea has cleared up. Gone are the days of trying to "hide my boobs"! I'm down 5lbs since surgery and I just feel so much better about myself.
One last thing. I spoke with my Dr about the itching and she said that there are a bunch of nerve clusters just under you arm pit that get aggravated during surgery. The itching is because the nerves are firing signals and reconnecting....which is a good thing. :). She also said that applying ice to the body just under your arm pit should help and that if it doesn't help then talk to your Dr.
Anyways, Happy Friday Everyone. Hugs
11 days post op
Another thing, and this one I'm really happy about, is that I slept on my side a little last night for the first time since the surgery. My nurse told me during my last visit, that it was then ok to start sleeping on my side, as long as I kept a pillow between my breasts. It actually took me 10 days post op to do this gently as opposed to the "normal" 7 days. But hey, better late than never right. :)
Feeling coming back
Tape is off
So I had another follow up apt and got my surgical tape removed. I still have some sticky residue left on my skin though, hence the black stuff. My left breast (right one in the picture) still has some swelling and itching but the Dr is pleased with the the results. I'm hoping that once the swelling goes down completely that the nipple should be the same size as the other one.
I'm extremely happy with my results and my husband is also happy. He confessed to me a couple of days ago that he never did like the implants but never wanted to tell me as he didn't want to hurt my feelings. (I already had implants when we met). He said that this was the best decision I have ever made even though it's made our monthly budget really tight for the next couple of months. This confession was insane to me cause he always tells me that I looks great no matter what size I am (I gained 80lbs when I was pregnant and that didn't include the "baby weight"). Since surgery I have actually lost 8 lbs and counting. It's like the weight is just coming off which Is strange cause this has never happened to me before. I have ALWAYS had to work extremely hard to lose weight in the past. I'm not doing any exercise or walking for that matter but I am watching what I eat. Only clean eating for me right now (until the weekend lol). This weight loss journey has been a 2 year journey so far but I'm 8 lbs from my goal weight. Yay! Can you say excited?!?!
Anyways, I'm off to work. Happy healing ladies. :)
6 weeks post op
So....I guess I'll start with all the positives.
1. I still feel amazing!
2. I'm cleared to go back to light exercises and I can start to lift objects that are a little heavier than 10 lbs. (I don't feel I'm ready just yet for the lifting part just yet, but I'm definitely ready to start walking again).
3. Back & shoulder pains are almost non existent now
4. My clothes fit better
5. I've now lost a total of 12 lbs since surgery without really changing anything (although I eat pretty heathy for the most part)
6. My husband loves the new me. He still tells me how much healthier I look without the implants and he doesn't even mind the scars (although, if I'm totally honest, I'm still a little nervous to get naked around him).
7. NO MORE UNDERWIRE BRAs!!!! Yay!!!!
And the list can go on....
Now for the negatives, or should I say the one negative.....
1. I've broken out in a not so fun rash. It doesn't hurt but it can be super itchy at times. I've been to see Dr. Khanna and she thinks it's due to an allergic reaction to the scar cream. I've stopped using the scar cream and have switched to using pure coconut oil (Dr. Khanna's recommendation). I've noticed a difference but the rash still persists unfortunately. But it is getting better so I'm just gonna give it time. Plus I smell pretty good most of the time and my skin is thanking me.
Dr. Khanna said that if the rash hasn't cleared up in two weeks that I have to go back to see the dermatologist.
Overall, I'm very happy with my results. My one nipple is slightly larger than the other and it still does not have any feeling but it does get perky.
That's all I can think of. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask away. :)
3+ month update
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kahanna and her staff. From the moment I walked into her office I have been treated with kindness and respect. The staff as always on time and very helpful when ever I have a question or concern and I have never felt rushed or pushed to do anything. My life before Dr. Kahanna was horrid.....horrible back pain, should pain, memory fog, constant weight battles even though I ate pretty good and exercised a lot. My life after Dr. Kahanna....AMAZING! I am always happy and optimistic due to having me back. My memory is already better, my back is no longer hurting and I just feel wonderful. Honestly, if you live in Ontario and are thinking about having a breast implant removal or a lift, you have to see Dr. Kahanna cause she is worth it! :)