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Old 06-04-2008, 07:03 AM   #1
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Redoing or removing breast implants

I had a breast augmentation just over 2 years ago.

About 6 months after having it done, I noticed that one breast seems fuller, larger, and more painful than the other.

When I went to the doctor, I was told it was scar tissue.

Now, 2 years later, one breast is noticably bigger than the other one and is also higher up. This will only get worse because of the scar tissue.

It will cost me another $2,000.00 to fix with an 80% chance of this happening again.

My question is this: should I pay to have them redone with those percentages or just have them removed completely?

I was told that once you have implants, you can never go back.

Any advice will be appreciated.

 
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

"My question is this: should I pay to have them redone with those percentages or just have them removed completely?

I was told that once you have implants, you can never go back."

I am one of those who went back. FIrst, I am glad you are asking questions. Keep reading everything you can so you can make a decision. This is my story. I had implants put in 1985. They were beautiful, very natural and were just a heavy B size. I wanted to be able to buy bathing suits that fit, but mostly I just felt unsexy for my hubby. I was told they would last forever and there were no problems except for occasional hardness so to massage them to keep them soft. For 3 years, everything was great. However, one day I came down with a flu-like illness that just wiped me out. I could barely function. I went to the dr who could find nothing wrong. 6 months later I was diagnosed a having chronic fatigue but no one could explain the low grade fevers or rashes. My hair started thinning,I had shoulder pain, I itched and previous negative allergy testing was positive to everything. I started allergy shots but had severe reactions to the shots much to the dr's confusion. Long story short. When one breast started feeling different than the other one and would get red, I started seeing plastic surgeons, worried maybe something was wrong. Over and over I was told there was nothing wrong.
In 1992 all the media coverage came out about implants and I knew I found my answer. I went to a well known rheumotologist that I saw on tv and he suspected I had a rupture. He sent me to UCLA and I was told I probably had a rupture. Of course I too had been told by previous surgeons that I would be severely disfigured and suicidal if I had my implants removed. I was involved in a support group and most of the women in the group had been told the same thing. I was assured by the surgeon, who was also the chief of staff of plastic surgery at UCLA that he could remove the implants and do a mastiplexy. He was also a microvascular surgeon.
I had the surgery, and my left implant was ruptured. THe silicone and the other chemicals such a platinum, benzine, etc had spread to the center of my chest and that tissue had to be removed. The dr pulled tissue up from my rib area without disconnecting it into the center of the chest and into the one breast. He then did a lift which tightens up the skin. Other than two happy faces under each breast I look absolutely normal. Yes I am smaller but who cares?
Almost everyone in our support group had their implants removed and not replaced. Only one person did not have the lift. She had alot of saggy skin and it was not pretty. She intended to return to her surgeon and have a lift done as she was pretty depressed about her appearance. Another surprise to many women was the fact they never even needed implants. They had alot of breast tissue to begin with and with a lift they would have been happy and healthy but were talked into implants. They were amazed with the size of their breasts after the implants were removed. Some of the some women had gone through several sets of implants because of scar tissue developing. Once the body starts fighting the foreign object, it will usually happen each time the implant is replaced. That is why the manufacturing companies came out with the polyurithane implants because it was believed the implants were more like the natural body and would not be "rejected". Unfortunately, the material wore off within the first two years and was irretrievable in the body. I guess it lasts better in furniture.
The implant business is bigger than ever. I know I was told by one surgeon, we women were just a bunch of hysterical women and there was nothing wrong with implants. I was even told at one point I was just depressed. I asked the dr if depressed women had rashed and fevers? The final outcome is that now the information is out there for informed consent, something that didn't exist back then. We never were given the inserts about risks. The risks weren't even listed, or maybe some of us would not have had implants. Research, read both sides, look up groups, pros and cons. I learned alot from the freedom of information act of internal notes about the testing of implants way back then. There are now books available about implants from people who worked for the companies. Read everything you can and then YOU can make the decision and be comfortable with the choice you make. Something not available back then for us. Until this happened to me, I was a good commercial for recommending implants. Good luck to you.

 
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:56 AM   #3
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

I think your story is interesting and I know of other people who have had similar experineces, however I also think its important to note that the newer implants are NOT silicone, and when or if they rupture the saline which is used does not harm the body.

I have had implants for the past 4 years. Im going thru something similar but different. Last week I was involved in a car accident. My right breast has been killing me for a few days now. The seatbelt was directly across the boob.
I thought I might have ruptured it, and went to see my surgeon, who is head of Cosmetic/reconstructive surgery at Penn in Phila...he sent me for first an ultrasound and second an MRI. Im having the MRI done today....and anxiously awaiting the results.
At this point, they think I might have torn the pectoral muscle, which holds the implant...my implant is still full- however its so soar to the touch and when I bend forward im in agony!
I dont know what my immediate future brings, but based on my own personal experience, I really wish I never had these things done. yes, Ive looked wonderful for the past four years, and my husband adores my perfect C cups- but things like this happen, and what Im facing is going to be very difficult.

If I had to do it over, I wouldnt have.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:55 AM   #4
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

I have the newer implants that is filled with saline and the outer shell is silicone.

Mine bother me so bad that sometimes I just want to take a big pin and poke holes in them. I know that sounds crazy, but I truely regret ever doing this.

I have pain most all of the time and must wear a bra 24/7 and can't sleep in my favorite position. Even when I hug people, I can feel how hard my breast is and I know they can feel it too.

I don't worry so much about the cost of redoing the procedure. I have just being hearing some pretty scary stuff about problems during cosmetic procedures. A friends neice died during a breast reduction surgery last month. She was healthly and nothing indicated that there would be any problems. A blood clot killed her.

 
Old 06-11-2008, 10:46 AM   #5
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

I've had implants since 2004. They are silicone. I chose silicone for my own reasons after a great deal of introspection and research.

I have gone from a small B (from an original full C) to a double D cup. I am very comfortable and happy with my results. I am very happy with them. I have had no troubles what so ever.

Just wanted to share a positive story for a little balance.

I hope everything goes well with you.
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

" the newer implants are NOT silicone, and when or if they rupture the saline which is used does not harm the body."


What is in the newer implants if not silicone? Silicone was the safer of the ingredients. It was the embalming fluid, acetone, benzene, to name a few that were not safe.
Saline is not always risk free. Look up reports by Dr Pierre Blaise, a specialist in failed prothesis and see what you can find out saline. Sometimes with the saline, since the implants "breathe" the fluid in the body becomes trapped inside the implant and mold and viruses not common can thrive inside. While it is true it isn't common, the saline are not as risk free as we are led to believe.
Also, I had my implants for several years and had NO problems. I was very happy and was asked by people if I recommended them to which I replied yes. I even took a few people to their operations. Again, I don't mean to be shouting doom as there are people who continue to be very happy with their implants as I once was. It just is important for women to be aware of the risks and the symptoms indicating problems. Women also need to know, there is life after implants and they won't be deformed if they have a good surgeon who has removed alot of implants and won't panic if they are faced with a goopy mess. Of course there are risks with any surgery but check out your surgeon well and make sure he is qualified. I am delighted to hear of women who continue to have great success with their implants. Sadly, I was not one of them.

 
Old 06-12-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

Wow .. all these failed boob ops! Well I have a story too. Had saline implants put in in 1981. Within a few months there was hardening and I felt like I had two apples sitting on my chest. Could not hug my little boys or hubby properly or lie on my tummy .. it just felt too uncomfortable as they don't 'give' like natural ones. Then the surgeon cracked them for me .. well only one would crack the other would not. On about the 3rd cracking session (cos they just got hard again after each session- and that cracking nonsense leaves u about as black and blue as the op itself!) .. he managed to rupture one. He did not believe me till he saw it a few days later. He offered free replacements on both sides using a saline and silicone mixture. This was duly done .. but still they went hard. I had been made into a full B cup. I always tended to be a little underweight too hence my desire for the op. The years went by and my health went down. Eventually I was diagnosed as having Chronic fatigue syndrome. Felt as weak as a kitten with sore muscles on slight exertion and doctors just gave the impression I was a bit neurotic. It was a homeopath that said get those removed they are NOT healthy! So eventually I did. I have never regretted having them removed. I have however regretted having them put in in the first place. I was never huge so I was not left disfigured and as I've gained weight (I'm now 54 - they were removed about 15 yrs ago) .. they are a satisfactory size .. basically B cup again .. the size I paid to get when I was 28 and so thin. But .. my only problem now is .. I am left with adhesions under each breast. On the left the adhesion gives a nice shape actually .. but on the right (the one that was cut open so many times due to rupture and also bleeding) is puckered, pulling the breast inwards in a small area and distorting the shape when u look at it sideways. This annoys me everytime I look at it in the mirror. So I am hoping a surgeon can get rid of the adhesion for me and correct the shape. One surgeon way back suggested transferring a little fat to the area when he releases it so that it does not attach back whilst healing. So I am wondering if this fat transfer will do the trick while it heals. But I am one of those these days who feels puttng these foreign objects into our breasts is asking for trouble. Those that get by are the lucky ones

 
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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

Tzu, I have heard of the doctor "cracking" them and that it is very painful. So far, I only have one that has hardened.

Everyday, I regret the decision I made to have implants. My DH is willing to pay for them to be redone, but I just want them out.

 
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Don't blame u tlhalabama .. they not natural. And what I also find unattractive is when u can see the shape of the prothesis under the skin .. more so on very slim females .. it looks awful .. small natural ones would look way better in my opinion anyway. But I can of course understand why many have it done. There is so much emphasis on breasts these days it's sickening. It puts such pressure on women to mutilate their bodies to try and fit into what society says breasts should look like. The fact that they are actually for feeding babies with doesn't even seem to feature! .. I also think the girls who go for very large ones will be even more uncomfortable and regretful as time goes on .. there is no way they can feel comfortable .. though Dolly Parton survived long enough with her huge ones lol. I guess if they were helping to make her money with the image she had created .. she just put up with them .. rather her than me though. I really am happy since I had mine reversed

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Re: Redoing or removing breast implants

cracking is no longer recommended for doctors to do as it was causing ruptures. The body in fighting a foreign object develops scar tissue around the implants. This encapsulation is what the doctors were breaking because the implants became hard due to the scar tissue. Picture pie crust. That is what it looks like. Actually, if the implant ruptured the encapsulation often held in the silicone and other chemicals inside. That is why also it was very important to have an experienced surgeon familiar with removing implants. The encapsulation needed to be removed first from the body and then opened up to expose the implant. Many surgeons were slicing open the capsule and then exposing the body to the gooey mess that was impossible to remove.

 
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