Re: 11 years after breast augmentation
Please do more than just ask your plastic surgeon. Read everything you can and ask for the insert to read about complications of implants. I had them in 1986. I loved them and they looked great but 3 years later I started having rashes, fatigue, hair loss, memory problems, joint pain just to name a few. Never attributed it to my implants and for 5 years I was so sick I had to give up my career. I started wondering if it was my implants as my breast was red, itchy, hurt and felt heavy. Doctors told me everything was fine and I was just a hysterical woman because it was announced the implants were not FDA approved. In 1992, I was watching Phil Donahue interviewing a female Navy officer who was describing her shoulder pain, numbness etc and it was due to a rupture. I lifted my weary head up and started crying because that was me. The media was in a frenzy and to make a long story short, I ended up at UCLA. I had a rupture and the silicone and other chemicals used in make them, (benzene, acetone, platinum, to name just a few) had spread to the center of my chest. All the tissue had to be removed. My surgeon was also a microvascular surgeon and he was able to move tissue up from my rib area to rebuild me so I didn't have deformities and then did a lift.
Immediately the low grade fevers stopped and over the next few months I improved so much. I still have reynauds, fibromyalgia and a mixed tissue disease. THe good part was I met hundreds of other women and was a contact person on the west coast for women seeking answers. Thankfully now, the information is out there so woman can make choices with the facts. Implants do not last a lifetime as I was told. Not everyone will have reactions but how do you know until you are in that position? Please research and then decide. I wish you the best.
Good luck Susan on the 31st with your appointment regarding the pain.