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Why I’m Exchanging My Breast Implants For A Smaller Size

Hi guys! If you’re reading this, you probably already know I have breast implants and made the decision to exchange them for a smaller size. When I first shared about my experience getting implants (you can read about that here) I got SO much positive feedback and support from you guys! And when I shared about exchanging them, your reaction was no different. You all were so encouraging and loved that I was talking about this topic and thanked me for being so open about my experience.

With that said–I don’t know why, but topics like this have never been too hard for me to talk about. I don’t feel shame or embarrassment around it. I don’t care what other people think of me because I chose to get implants (or in general). And I don’t mean that in a way where I’m disregarding people’s feelings about every situation haha, I just mean that when it comes to personal choices, when I’m doing something for myself that isn’t affecting anyone else, if I know it’s the best thing for me then I’m going to do it. I’ve gotten so many messages from you guys saying you feel that your friends or family are judgmental of you wanting to get implants or you’re worried what your co-workers will think. In general, my experience has been that people who give that much thought and give you that much judgment for doing something that is none of their business and doesn’t affect them in the slightest, are usually just jealous or unhappy with their own lives and choices. At the end of the day, living for other people’s perceptions of you isn’t going to make you happy!

Alright, so! Why am I getting my implants exchanged? If you read my first blog post on my initial breast implants, you may remember that I said in an ideal world I would have gotten a smaller implant. Now don’t get me wrong! I haven’t been unhappy with my implants all these years. My surgeon and his team did an amazing job (I mean, a lot of you guys said you had no idea I had them even after I told you!!) so I feel like they look great (IMO)! LOL. But over the last year or so I’ve just felt a smaller size would be more fitting for me.

In general I’ve realized that I’m pretty modest. I mean this in that I just don’t want people to see “BOOBS” when they look at me haha. And I get it. Some people feel much more comfortable showing them off and that’s totally fine! But for me, less is more. For example, anytime I put on a lower cut shirt I don’t like the amount of cleavage there is. I even remember trying on a dress for my rehearsal dinner and I loved it so much but felt like I was showing too much cleavage to wear it (see photo below). Also, when it comes to sports bras that don’t have high-cut neckline–still too much cleavage! When I’m at the gym doing deadlifts or bent over rows I don’t want to feel like I’m flashing the whole gym when I bend over. I don’t like being distracted by, “Do my boobs look like they are about to fall out right now?” LOL. Also, whenever I wear tighter shirts I still feel like I have issues. Whenever I’m wearing a really tight shirt I just feel like it looks like “BOOBS.” Like, Hey! Look at those two giant mounds on her chest. And I get that some people would be like yeah they are boobs, that’s what they are supposed to look like haha. But I just don’t love how they look compared to the rest of my frame when I’m wearing something so tight.

A lot of you guys may be like what is she talking about? They never look that way! And that’s because I don’t wear really fitted or low cut tops BECAUSE I don’t feel comfortable in them. SO when I found out that Davis & Pyle could do an implant exchange it was kind of a no brainer! I don’t have to go under anesthesia, it’s a lot less expensive, and there’s practically no downtime. You literally go in for the surgery that takes about an hour and then you go home, back to work, whatever! Obviously, I’ll have to take my workouts easy for the next 6 weeks because my muscle and scar tissue will still need time to heal but overall the recovery will be much more simple and less painful than the initial one. I will be awake the whole time (they give you a prescription for a small dose of Valium if you want it, I’m not going to take anything though) and they just place lidocaine in your old incision site, make an incision to remove the old implant and insert the new ones. The beauty of being awake is that I will literally be looking at my chest in the mirror after the new ones are placed and I can say–okay that’s still too big, let’s go smaller. Or I can say–actually I think I want them a little bigger. We’ve predetermined a range of cc’s for what aesthetic look I want and what is possible with the current implant pocket (right now I have 420cc and will probably get around 300-320cc). I’ll definitely be keeping you guys posted on IG stories, and I will be doing a video testimonial with Davis & Pyle so stay tuned for that!

Overall I’m not nervous and feeling really confident going into surgery (well, procedure I guess?!). I’m seeing Dr. Pyle here in Raleigh and I feel so comfortable with him and his team. I did a lot of research and felt very confident going with them from the beginning, but after I originally shared that I was getting this exchange, I had so many of you message me saying Dr. Pyle did your initial breast augmentation and that you were so happy with how everything went. So that makes me feel even better! I also met with Jenny Eden of Eden Knows Implants through Davis & Pyle, and she was super helpful as well! She has created a community for women to discuss anything and everything about implants. Whether you’re considering getting implants for the first time or thinking of an exchange she is a great resource. It’s just a safe space where you can get your questions answered and hear about experiences from other women. And if you’re in the RDU area, you can even meet with Jenny for coffee to talk about your questions in person!

If you guys have any questions about the exchange feel free to leave them below, and I’m happy to answer! I got a lot of questions about cost and it varies some from patient to patient but mine is around $4200. And if you have any questions about getting implants initially, be sure to check out my first blog post on it! I also answer a lot of FAQ in those comments 🙂

Special Offer: Davis & Pyle have kindly offered my audience $50 off their first consultation for anyone interested in meeting with them about getting an implant exchange or any other service. You can book your consultation with the discount here.

Also, I did not receive any compensation for this post, I just wanted to share my personal reasons and experience about getting this implant exchange in hopes that it will help educate and empower other women!

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11 Comments

  1. Lety
    January 30, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Hi Claire! I love that you share all your thoughts and experiences with us! I have breast implants for like 4 years now and I am kind of in the same situation that you are! I did like the result but now I feel like I wish they were smaller. I already considered doing the surgery to exchange it BUT my biggest concern is about my skin! Are you just changing and not doing a “skin removal”? Like what happens with all that skin that expanded because of the previous implant?? LOL And if you are doing it, is this mean that you will have one more scar? That’s my biggest concern!
    Thank you!!!

    • Claire Guentz
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 11:43 pm

      Hey! So! In general you can only go up or down a certain amount of cc’s because you have to be able to work with the existing pocket. For example, I went from 460cc to 325cc but if I said I wanted to go to 200cc they probably wouldn’t have able to do it because the new implant wouldn’t have filled out the entire pocket. However, I had a little bit of excess skin but barely, and they basically just “tighten it up” so I just ended up with 1 new scar–the old skin/scar was taken care of (sorry I don’t know *exactly* what they did). But if you’re making that big of a change where there is a ton of extra skin then you probably couldn’t do a simple exchange. I had over 150 cc difference and it was fine so I would definitely look into it and get a consultation. But yeah, only 1 scar!

  2. Nicole
    January 31, 2019 / 1:39 am

    Hey girl,
    I also have implants, but on the contrary I would like them a bit bigger. How’s this procedure exactly, like is there a pre/post op? Is it the same pain/soreness as normal ordinary surgeries? How’s the recovery? How much more/less expensive than regular surgery?

    • Claire Guentz
      Author
      January 31, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      hey! so no pre or post op since you’re not going under anesthesia. I literally walked in and walked out of surgery. I’m a little sore today but no where near anything like the first time. I would think though if you’re going a little bigger you may have more soreness since the since it having to stretch some, but since your skin is already stretched and your muscle was already torn (if you went under the muscle) from your first surgery, you won’t be in nearly as much pain. I can workout my lower body right away and then they just said to rest my upper body for 2-3 weeks, and a little longer for specific chest exercises. And i mentioned the price in the post–mine was $4200 but can vary slightly per patient 🙂 hope this helps!

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