Tomorrow will be four weeks since my explant surgery with Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach, CA.
A Note about My Surgeon: I have had an awesome experience with Dr. Sayed. He is super nice, takes his time and explains everything thoroughly (I rarely have questions with him because he’s explained everything in such great detail), and he does great work. I felt comfortable with him instantly. He has a nice, calm demeanor and positive energy. He and his staff have been accessible to me when I had questions, even at night or on the weekend. The night of my surgery, I was having extreme back pain – so severe that I finally decided I couldn’t take it anymore. My husband called Dr. Sayed at midnight, and within one minute (no exaggeration), we were getting a call back from Dr. Sayed. He ended up FaceTiming me to ensure I didn’t have a hematoma or anything that would necessitate a trip to the emergency room. As it turns out, I was double-wrapped, and so tightly that it was causing my back muscles to spasm. So I took off the outer wrap and slightly loosened the other wrap, and that helped tremendously.
Anyway, back to the four week explantiversary.
Soreness and range of motion are both improving daily, and my activity levels are gradually increasing. I’m walking daily, and just started doing some lower body exercises like squats and lunges. Dr. Sayed recommended I wait until the 6-week mark to introduce upper body strength and yoga, which I’m happy to do, as I don’t want to overdo it and set myself back at all. (He said a lot of women have a tendency to overdo it during weeks 3-6 because they’re feeling a lot better, but their bodies aren’t quite ready for it yet and they end up getting sore and swollen and regretting it.)
As for my pre-explant symptoms…
- Brain fog – GONE!
- Fatigue – GONE!
- Burning eyes – mostly gone!
- Canker sores – I think they’re gone? I was getting them monthly with my period (I believe I had a hormonal imbalance caused by the implants) and I’ve had one period since explant and no canker sores
- Hair loss – improving!
- Restless legs – still experiencing at night
- Headaches – still having daily headaches, but hopeful they’ll resolve
Daily headaches, brain fog, and fatigue were my chief complaints, so I’m elated that two out of the three are gone. Now my focus is on getting rid of these darned headaches. I’m going to give it at least one more cycle and see whether, as my hormones regulate and my body detoxes, the headaches decrease in frequency and/or severity. If worse comes to worst, I do have a medication that was prescribed to me pre-explant by a neurologist/headache specialist. I was initially leery of being on a daily medication, but it did seem to help and had only minor side effects, so I’m willing to go back on it if the headaches don’t resolve in the next month or two. The neurologist had also wanted to do a magnesium infusion (intravenously) so I plan to schedule that this week.
Emotionally, I’m feeling so much better than expected. Granted, I was 38 when I chose to undergo breast augmentation, so I had lived with my itty bitties my entire life. But I loved having implants, so I was afraid it would be even worse after knowing what my body could look like with full, beautiful breasts and then going back to being small again. I thought it would be devastating to look in the mirror and see the old gals again, but I’m happy to report that I don’t really feel that way at all! Instead it’s more like “Oh, hi. I remember you” but also an empowerment too. Like, this time I chose to have small breasts. It was my choice, and a choice to put my health over vanity, so I feel good about it. I’m not in love with the way I look with small breasts (yet), but I dealt with it before and I can do it again.
All in all, I’m very happy with the direction this is going, and feel 100% confident I made the right decision in choosing to explant.