Release the Boobs (In Mexico)/Chronic Health Issues from my Breast Implants

Updated: May 18


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Do you love boobs? Do you think large boobs are sexy? Or are small boobs the best? Do you have breast implants? Or were you blessed with perfectly shaped natural boobs? Do you think your boobs are too big? Or are you intimidated because you think you have small boobs? Do you think your boobs are too saggy? Or do you think, “Nah, I don’t need a boob lift?” Do you feel uncomfortable talking about boobs? Are you a guy and love all boobs? Are you wondering what this article is about? … hehe


Whether it's BOOBS or BOOTY, I'm pissed that I bought into the fairytale that I need to meet societal standards to LOOK SEXY.


THIS IS THE MOST PERSONAL STORY I'VE WRITTEN YET. I almost didn't write it - "I'll be embarrassed, I'll be ridiculed." Those voices are the ego and I'm done listening to it.


Throughout my upbringing, I was persuaded by that fairytale that to be beautiful as a woman, you need to be very skinny and have big boobs. When I was in high school in the late 70s and early 80s, I weighed 108 pounds and was worried about gaining weight… The bathroom scale was my friend and I probably became anorexic (back then, there was no word for it - it was called “wanting to look like a supermodel”). I kept waiting, but my boobs never grew to a “decent size.” So, in 1999, I had breast implant surgery at 35.


Before 2019, I NEEEEVER EVER EVER EVER talked about my boobs. Certain personal topics were not acceptable to discuss while growing up, even with your friends. Sure, maybe you’d talk about your school crush or whether you were going to work at Dunkin Donuts during summer break. But personal problems? Nope. Nada. My mom is also Japanese, and in that culture, your private thoughts and feelings are expected to remain private - so for me, to talk about many things about myself was taboo.


Now that I'm in my 50's, I’m free of society’s handcuffs and am done worrying about what others think about me. I need to be myself. And if I can tell a story that might help someone else, make them laugh, make them wonder, make them FEEL… then I'm going for it.



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I had my breast implants removed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2019.


WHY?


They were 20 years old and I heard my spirit guides tell me it was time (the spirit guides are another story on a different day). The thought “You need to remove your breast implants” followed me year-round. My typical response was, “NOOOO! HELL NO! I DON'T WANT TO REMOVE THEM". Eventually my response was "HMMM... DO I HAVE TO? WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE WITHOUT THEM? WILL MY HUSBAND STILL THINK I'M SEXY? WILL I STILL THINK I'M SEXY?”.


Larleen Pre Surgery

WHY NOT REPLACE THEM?


By the summer, I relented and absolutely knew it was time to say goodbye to my breast implants. I definitely didn't want to replace them, I needed to go “all naturale.” Why? First, I have the Asian gene that doesn't process alcohol or any drug; so, the thought of having to go through this same surgery again and again... in three, seven, ten, twenty years was scary. Second, I'm in my 50s and I'm ready to accept my body the way it is. I'm tired of others or the media telling me what pretty looks like.


We're all sexy in our own way. I swear if I had seen the tv-show “GIRLS” twenty years ago, I POSITIVELY ABSO-FRICKEN-LUTELY WOULD NOT have gotten breast implants. This girl is sexy, and she knows it. She doesn't have a skinny body with big boobs, she has her own beautiful body as it is and is proud to show it off. Love that girl! You go Lena!


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Healthcare in Mexico is Excellent: My breast implant removal process was amazing! My doctor was open to natural antibiotics post surgery, prescribed by my naturopath (will list the names below). My husband already had surgery in Mexico in 2017 (his first surgery) when he had a double hernia, and his surgery was also incredible. So, I felt comfortable going into the procedure. FYI, the referral for both doctors was from Pamela Thompson with Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta - she lives in Vallarta and is an excellent resource to physicians in Vallarta.


The medical-vacation market in Mexico is huge. Between 800,000 and one million Americans go to Mexico every year for medical services, dental care, or cosmetic surgery because not only does this country south of the border have great doctors and hospitals, it’s MUCH cheaper than the US. Typically, Americans can save between 40% to 70% of its costs. Healthcare was a critical reason we moved to Mexico. In the US, our healthcare costs were astronomical and didn't cover much, including natural preventative healthcare.


Breast Implants Can Cause Health Issues: My implants were saline; however, the outer cover was silicone. I've discovered more and more stories about health issues related to breast implants. I felt my body deteriorate and my health decline after having breast implants for 10 years. I had chronic back pain and was in a constant state of extreme discomfort. My tight back made me so uncomfortable that it was difficult to breathe. I searched and scoured for a treatment to little avail. What did help the most was Pilates.


Another major health scare I had during the last 10 years was feeling dizzy and passing out. The first time I passed out was when I got up to pee in the middle of the night. After I peed and stood up, I felt intense pain in my heart and blacked out. When I woke up, I was shaking, my body was covered with beads of sweat, and I was peeing, even though I had just peed. After several tests on my brain and heart, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong and attributed the incident from low blood pressure after getting up in the middle of the night—a vasovagal syncope. I passed out a handful of times after that the next 10 years, usually when I was peeing. Some scary moments were when I was sitting with friends simply eating lunch and would suddenly feel as if I was going to pass out. Typically, drinking lots of water would help, but I still often felt dizzy and foggy.


Immediately after my implants were removed, the intense back pain WAS GONE - POOF! I didn't want to get my hopes up, maybe the implants were not the cause. Fast forward to the present time - it's been several months later, and the intense back pain has NOT returned! I also haven't passed out, and don't feel dizzy or foggy anymore. Coincidence? I think not folks.


What My Body Says: YIPEEEEEEE I"M FREEEEEEE!!!! At this time in my life, I feel a deep connection to my body and spirit. When the implants were out of my body, my body immediately did a HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY DANCE... my body feels amazing and FREE! Another relief is that I no longer feel the sharp pains I’d sometimes got from the implants. I FEEL DAMN GOOD!!!


Breast Implant Advice: My advice is not to get breast implants. Though in no way am I telling you that you should remove your implants or that you shouldn't get them. The decision is different for everyone. I'm sharing my story because I know it may help others and to encourage you to be aware of what your body tells you. If you have health issues after receiving breast implants and you and your doctor can't find a cause, do some research on breast implant illness. Some people feel sick immediately some develop issues years after, and others may never have health issues with breast implants.



Me post surgery


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I've had only a couple of surgeries in my life (the last one was a hysterectomy). this time I had a naturopath on my side who helped prepare me with natural care both pre and post surgery. I've learned incredible tips from my naturopath about healthcare while living in Puerto Vallarta, so I knew she'd have the best advice. She told me which foods and natural supplements to consume and which ones to avoid. She said that you must get your immune system strong before surgery, including peace of mind, which is just as important. And, of course, she recommended and provided natural antibiotics for after the surgery.


Day of the Surgery: I had a local stabilizer in my spine and some drugs to make me a little loopy, but no general anesthesia. And they didn't give me much to make me loopy because he knew I wasn't good with drugs. The worst part of the whole procedure was getting the pain killer in my spine because my back was constantly in spasm (remember the chronic back pain), so every time they tried to insert the needle my body would jump. They tried for a half hour and were about to give up when it finally worked. For a few hours after surgery, I felt shaky, cold and sick to my stomach. Other than feeling dizzy throughout the day, I felt fine and there wasn't much pain, just a little pressure on my chest and a little pain where the incisions were. By day two, I was incredibly surprised by how good I felt! I attribute that to the local anesthesia and natural antibiotics, plus a strong immune system and peaceful mind.



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PHYSICAN REFERRALS... Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta

THE SURGEON... Dr. Guillarmo Ramos

THE NATUROPATH... Claudia, Alquimiate



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A part of me misses my boobs. Hey, they were with me for 20 years, of course I miss them. The stigma of what our body SHOULD look like doesn't go away with the snap of your fingers. I'm well on my way, though, to accepting who I am and what I look like - I'd say 89% there. CONFIDENCE is sexy, KNOWING who you are is sexy. I'm excited to be all me! I'm excited that my body is happy! I'm excited about not listening to what everyone else says or what society says about what I need to look like. THIS IS ME BABY!


Any questions about losing boobs in Mexico, reach out to me.


xo Kathleen

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