Thank you to all the brave women on this site for...
Thank you to all the brave women on this site for sharing your experience. I have been thinking about explanting for about a year and finally got serious a few months ago. I went to four different doctors in the Orlando area before deciding. This site helped me make my decision to explant, and I'm so glad I found it.
My first ba was in 1987 when my oldest son was 15 mon old. I received 300 cc smooth silicone over the muscle and went from an A cup to a C cup. At first I was happy, but within a year or so, developed cc on both sides. I lived with that for a few years and then in 1992, decided to exchange them for textured saline, which were also 300 cc over the muscle. I felt safer with the saline in case there was a rupture. Within a year, I began to develop cc on the left and then eventually on the right and it was grade 3-no pain, but very firm. I have been self conscious for years and finally decided enough is enough. I want to be my natural self, whatever that is, and be able to hug people again without the worry of the hard implants getting in the way.
My surgery is August 11 and Dr. Rotatori is going to remove both implants and both capsules en bloc. I'm happy he is doing it this way since they are textured and I have heard bits of the textured coating can break off. I am so excited and have bought three bras so far. He thinks I will be a full A cup after surgery so hopefully they will fit.
Also, he said there will probably be some loose skin and I can wait 6 months to a year, and he can remove it in the office if I want. He doesn't think I will need a lift since I didn't go really big to begin with. I guess time will tell, since I am 52 and I don't know how much skin retraction there will be.
I will let you all know how the surgery goes on Monday. I can't wait.
Tomorrow is the day...
It's finally almost here. I've been busy all day getting the house ready, helping with the lawn, preparing food, etc. Now I can take it easy after my surgery tomorrow and let the healing begin. My husband will be here with me tomorrow, but then he has to go back to work. He is my biggest supporter and best friend and has been for 32 years. Love to all of you who are on the same journey as me. I will post pictures as soon as I can after.
11 Aug 2014
Day of treatment
Well they are finally out. I have been home for 7 or 8 hours now. I have been kind of groggy, but doing well otherwise. Not a lot of pain, just a little discomfort. Dr. Rotatori said the left capsule was the most difficult to remove, but I know he did the best job he could. It took a little under 2 hours. I will post pictures as soon as I am allowed to take off the bandages, which will be Wednesday, but maybe can sneak it earlier if able.
It is two days post...
It is now two days since my surgery and I was able to shower today and wash my hair finally. I am feeling pretty good and I have to keep reminding myself not to do too much too soon. My boobs feel strange, a little like jello, but I think they will firm up with time. I'm not at all worried about it. The drains are putting out very little so I'm hoping to get them out tomorrow. That will be great since they are a little itchy. I hope all of you are doing well.
I got rid of the drains yesterday, and today I feel almost normal. I went shopping this morning and bought groceries and a couple of bras with no underwire to wear when I am out. I still wear the surgical bra, they put me in right after surgery, when I am at home. I will post some pictures this evening so you can see how it looks now 4 days out. A lot of the swelling has gone down so I'm a little more saggy, but I am okay with it. I haven't had one moment of regret. I think the skin will retract some, and I might get some fluffing as time goes on, but if not I am still okay. The main thing is I feel great and I'm happy I decided to explant. Good luck to all of you who are going through the same thing or are thinking about it.
6 weeks post...
It's been 6 weeks and I thought I would post some pictures. My breasts are smaller, more wrinkled and deflated since my last post since all the swelling is gone, but the most concerning thing is what appears to be tethering on the right. It is quite noticable in the picture (see the crease going upward on the inside of the right breast), but I am being patient since it takes time for scars to soften. As long as it doesn't get any worse, it'll be okay. I have been massaging it so hopefully that will help.
Also, the only person who knows I had the surgery is my husband. In case there is someone else out there who is concerned about people noticing you had surgery, I wanted to mention that I too was very concerned about that. I finally figured out that a 34B push up bra was the answer and believe it or not, I fill it out on the left and almost on the right. The maidenform dream bra (09839) is my favorite and it is so comfortable you almost forget you are wearing one. I am too small to actually push anything up, but the extra padding inside the bra, seems to enable me to wear a bigger cup bra so my smaller size is not as noticeable. In this bra, my adult sons have not noticed or my extended family, This style is discontinued, but I found 2 on the clearance rack at Kohl's and it is available on ebay and Amazon in certain sizes. I hope this helps someone who is trying to conceal their explant. I should also add that my husband is also the only one who knew for sure I had implants in the first place, so I wanted to keep it that way. ????
For some reason I can't upload the photos right now so I will try again later.