I am a 27 y/o, petite 5 foot, 90 lb female...I started with 32A/B cup breasts...I decided to get implants to feel more feminine and to make myself look "older." I guess I was tired of being told by people that I looked like I should still be in high school...now I look back and realize it was my insecurity and was dumb of me to assume this was because I looked "under developed." So...I had my first breast augmentation after I graduated college in 2010. I got 290 cc saline implants under the muscle...
almost exactly 1 year later, my left breast implant ruptured....so I had bilateral saline implant replacement, again under the muscle but increased to 350 cc. (now I realize from my new plastic surgeon that this was too large for my size...I had asked my old surgeon his opinion on sizing and his only response was "I think that'll look good."....def. not much guidance at all)
(Before the rupture, my left side was a little higher than right, but I had attributed it to not dropping fully yet.) In the few days after the implant replacement, my right breast looked amazing and soft and dropped, and the left was high and firm...my doctor kept telling me it would drop, well, it never did....to this day, it is just as high as it was right after surgery, but now it is getting harder and harder. I had gone to see my plastic surgeon and his only response was that it was CC and we would have to replace it....he did not even mention reasons why, other options, anything...he was in and out of room in less than 5 minutes. yes maybe I should have asked the questions I had, but I was so upset with news and he gave me the "feeling" that he didnt have time for me.
I have been living with capsular contracture on my left breast now for almost 2 years, i cant wear anything strapless, tight, or low cut because my left breast is so high and mis-shapen...i cannot even get a pushup bra good enough to push right breast up to even equal left.
After doing tons of research and looking at pictures and stories, I FINALLY made the decision to find a new plastic surgeon and get this "fixed!" He was amazing!!! He spent soo much time with me talking, answering questions, talking about research, and discussing options! He was talking about trying a left capsulectomy. BUT he also mentioned that my right implant was a little too low! :( (i admit that i havent been snapping bra in the back or even not wearing one if i dont have to because it makes my CC hurt, so it he said it could be from weight of implant, attributed to the implant being too big for my size)
I got the $ quote for a left capsulectomy and it is $2900! I just cant see myself spending that money(already spent about $7000) on something that MIGHT work! AND the doc said my right side might eventually need to be lifted! and what if my capsulectomy doesnt work (which i know it has a high risk of reoccurring)??? then i would be spending about $4000 extra to have the implants removed! :(
So where I am today it that I am almost 100% positive that I want an explant. I am 27, and havent even had children yet...i know pregnancy can be hard on the breasts and i do want to be able breastfeed. With all the types of pushup bras out there, i dont care about having small boobs again, at least ill have "normal" breasts and ill be able to wear my clothes again!
I found this website by accident and it is amazing so far! All of the patient stories and pictures have made me feel better and better about my situation and decision! I know for the first few days, explant might be a shock and scary, but i need to follow what my head is telling me to do and i need to not let my vanity and low self esteem get in the way.
I will be posting pictures soon so id highly appreciate any feedback, suggestions, or words of encouragement! THANK yall so much! :)