Hello beautiful souls!
Well, it is day 1 after surgery. Today I will tell you briefly about yesterday and also add some tips, that really helped me, in preparation to surgery.
I was very tense on the way to the hospital, but my husband played some beautiful music and I began to relax. I arrived to the hospital and almost right away I was taken in for preparations. Doctor Chong gave me a pill to relax me during surgery, and then they took photos while the pill began working. I had surgery with local anesthesia, I feel lucky to have been able to, because it makes the mental state of mind less groggy. Everything went well, the doctor talked to me throughout the procedure, and the nurses where just lovely. At one point we were all laughing with the silly things coming out of my mind, I realize my happiness of getting my body back, was stronger than my apprehensions.
Doctor Chong took the implants out from the under-bust fold, using the same incision that was used when they put them in, but smaller. She kept the capsules in and I required no drains. The whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours, and after they wrapped me up, I was able to see my silhouette in their mirror, I finally recognized myself again. I began crying of happiness, and even though I was beginning to feel pain, due to the meds wearing off, nothing mattered, just me being me again.. I had been re-born. Doctor Chong is an amazing human being, I absolutely love her and recommend her to anyone who needs someone with skills but also with a heart.
Doctor Chong reminded me to drink 8oz of water every two hours for at least the first two days, to help keep my skin hydrated. That eve, I had a lovely celebratory dinner at home with my husband, and then I went to sleep, wedged between pillows on each side of me to prevent me from rolling on my sides.
This morning I feel INCREDIBLE! I have very minor pain so I only took half of the pain medicine prescribed, another thing is, my suspicion that the implants were the culprit of my body's auto-immune problems may be true, because this morning I woke up feeling uplifted, refreshed, it is hard to explain, but imagine not sleeping well for many years, always feeling weirdly tired when you woke up, no matter how long you slept, and then suddenly one morning waking up feeling as if you slept for a week... that is me, today.
I attached a photo of me this morning, with bandages. They come off in one more day, I will update then :) The bandages by my waist are my own thing, I feel they help me with keeping a good posture during this critical recovery time.
The main tip I have for you all, is Coconut oil. It has been my family beauty secret for decades, and I have applied it to my breasts and worked miracles. So this tip is no only for "in preparation for explant". Coconut oil has enzymes, free radicals defense support and nutrition that your skin eats up! It helps with dryness, flakiness, softness and elasticity. I use it on face and body, when going to the beach, I coat my hair and put it on a high bun and the coconut oil protects it from salt or chlorine, until I shower. You just need to learn how much to use and give your body 15 minutes to absorb, then pat excess with a moist towel.
COCONUT OIL IN PREPARATION FOR EXPLANT:
I have been gently using scrubbing gloves on by breast and massaging them for 20 seconds each during shower, then, while still damp, rubbed unscented coconut oil on my hands and applied to my breast in a gentle, circular motion. I did this for two weeks prior to surgery, the way my breast tissue felt, I can't even describe, it is like baby skin. My doctor noticed it too, she said my skin felt hydrated and very soft, so she thinks it has really good chance to bounce back well. When using coconut oil in the morning, before getting dress, you should know that if you want to leave a generous film on your skin to be absorbed, you need to sacrifice a couple bras, because otherwise the oil may stain your clothes. I selected a black and skin tone bra, and I wore them interchangeably depending on clothes, right after applying a generous coating of coconut oil, so even though they got a bit stained, my clothes did not.
Coconut oil I use us called NOW and it comes in a glass pot, when it is cold, it becomes white and solid, but a few strokes with your fingers and it liquefies. The company removes the smell and it is about US$4.50 to $7.00, depending on where you buy it. I buy mine online.
Sending love to you reading this.