Implants Are out but I'm Nervous - Lititz, PA

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Hi - my name is Pat. I'm a 53 year old mother of...

Hi - my name is Pat. I'm a 53 year old mother of 3, Grandmother of 1 and "one on the way". I went through a divorce in 2003 and decided in 2005 that I needed breast implants. At 5'7" with an athletic build, my 38B size never "fit my shoulders". I regretted getting them almost immediately. They felt unnatural and I couldn't comfortably lay on my stomach anymore. Plus, I didn't look like "me". Between then and now, I've remarried (married for almost 6 years) to a wonderful man, have 2 of my 3 kids married and am now a very proud Grandmother. When I held my g-daughter pre-explant, it felt 'wrong'. Like I was pushing her against two cantaloupes. With all that said, my left implant deflated in 2011 and I had it replaced in May 2011. In December 2012, it was obvious the left implant was deflating again. I made the decision to have them both removed and did son on May 1, 2103.

My PS did not do a capsolectomy - he said it wasn't necessary due to the fact that they were Mentor salines nor do I have drainage tubes like a number of you other ladies have/had. It was a quick, 1/2 -hour procedure. While I'm glad they are finally out of my body I am worried sick about how deformed my breasts will now look. I took my first shower yesterday after seeing my PS and was disturbed by my right breast (the side that never deflated). At this point, the pocket left behind by the explant is extremely obvious and my breast looks like something shriveled that was stepped on.

I was given instructions to keep a compression bra on for at least 3 weeks so the pocket/space can close up a bit. I'm trying to remain positive but must admit I'm scared.

Did any of you other ladies have breasts that looked like this as well and then got some shape back after time? Not sure what to expect. Thanks SO MUCH in advance, Pat

Work was not as tiring today as it was yesterday. ...

Work was not as tiring today as it was yesterday. Feeling better and better every day. I can't WAIT until I can pick up my 15 month-old granddaughter again and feel her close to my heart!

Tomorrow I go to my PS to have the surgical tape...

Tomorrow I go to my PS to have the surgical tape removed - so glad! The little buggers are itching me. I haven't slept well since I had the explant done - plus I've had a headache and jaw ache since the removal. I'm hoping the jaw ache is from being tired and nothing else. The compression bras I have aren't comfortable and dig into my underarms when I lay down. Tonight I'm going to have my husband wrap the orignial ace bandage the doc put on me around my breast/back to give some relief from the bra. I have an all cotton bra on order; can't wait for it to get here!

Anyone else have a lingering headache after the explant surgery? Blessings, Pat

9 days post op and I can truly say this is the...

9 days post op and I can truly say this is the first day that I feel back to "normal". I slept GREAT last night. I slept in the ace bandage I was given after surgery instead of the compression bra. Saw my PS today - horrible tape, off, stitches out and told it "looks good". Of course, he told me he'd be glad to "do more implants for me" when I'm ready. *Don't hold your breath buddy* I have a day off from work; the sun is shining, I did light gardening, cooked for myself (I'm a vegan and haven't cooked for myself since April 31st). Life is GOOD!! I am falling in love with my B Cup breasts :-)

I hope everyone is doing well. Blessings, Patti

Happy Mothers Day :-) I had a wonderful day with...

Happy Mothers Day :-) I had a wonderful day with my kids. Treated to breakfast this morning, a walk through the woods and walked hand-in-hand with my beautiful granddaughter - I even picked her up for a short time. She's 25 pounds so I'll probably be feeling sore from that tomorrow but it's worth it.

I hope everyone is feeling well and has had a great day! Patti
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