It has been 8 months since my explant. I had CC Baker lV, ruptures and a hematoma. My doctor showed me pictures of the implants removed from my body. It was horrible to see what was inside of me, and I was lucky that the ruptures were contained within the capsules. My surgery and recovery was easier than expected. I had tubes for drainage. That lasted a week, but it really is no big deal. The pain after surgery was a 2. Didn't need pain medication. I was back to work in 2 weeks( my job requires lifting) I felt so good immediately, I really couldn't believe it.
I am 56 years old and am having my explant surgery on July 6th, after have implants for 30 years. My first surgery was in 1982 and a few years later had both implants replaced because of capsules and found they both had ruptured. Have spent the last 10 years with hard uneven breasts. Again I a capular contracture of both breasts, one breast is higher than the other because of this. I went back to the same surgen that put them in and of course he wanted to reimplant with the new cohesive gel ones.
I just wanted to share my "explant" surgery story with all, as I know that a lot of women are looking for truthful answers as to what to expect.
I had size 350 saline mentor smooth implants for about 7/8 years. they were over the muscle. after the initial implants, i got a capsule on the left size about 3 years later and had it removed. the right side was left intact. the doctor recommended just letting it heal on it's own instead of a capsulectomy, (as it is quite invasive and bloody). sorry about the graphic term :(
I'm going on my third consult on Jan.16th. for getting explanted. I got my 1st mentor set Feb.2000. I went from a 34B to a 34D. I had asked for a C. In may of 2004 my left implant (saline) failed. I didn't even know it that morning till I went to shower, I was mortified. I called the PS & was in surgery in three days. It didn't make me sick & as I said I didn't feel the failure. The next set of mentor saline implants were 100cc more in size making me a very fluffy D. Like tires the PS replaced both the left & the right.
For over 6 months I've known that my 20 year old silicone implants have both ruptured and need to be removed
For over 6 months I've known that my 20 year old silicone implants have both ruptured and need to be removed. The implant removal will be taken care of through Medi-care, however it will not pay for a lift or smaller saline ones implanted. I have many issues, To get a visual I'll attach some photos. First let's back up, as to how I got here.
I really wanted to post my story as these blogs and websites have helped me so much.
I, too, am almost 56 years old and have had implants since I was 30. I was very tiny, an AA-A cup at best. After my first set, I developed what I later learned were contractures and lived with them that way for years. After an episode of skin cancer which sent me to a plastic surgeon, I learned they were NOT supposed to be like that, and had them replaced as he felt I should not just explant. That was five years ago, and since then I have had at least three contracture release surgeries.