I am scheduled to have my implants removed on Dec. 3
I am scheduled to have my implants removed on Dec. 3. I am not having a replacement. For the last 4 years I have battled with the decision to have them removed and left out. I originally had implants in 1986, with no problems for almost 20 years. One had developed a deformity due to capsular contracture, and the other had ruptured (not known until surgery). I had these removed and replaced with new ones. Both times were silicone implants and both times I was pleased with the results. I had a number of difficulties after the replacement; developed DVT in one leg, one incision did not heal and had to be re-opened and sutured, I developed a severe case of hives for no known reason. Then I developed a chronic infection in the left breast. I went through several rounds of antibiotics over several months. I finally had that implant removed to let the breast heal from the infection. 7 months later, I had the implant replaced. Everything went ok for several months, then I developed rippling in that same breast. To the point where I can physically poke the implant back into the capsule. Apparently the capsule tore and the implant is protruding out. Not only does it look bizzare, but it is painful. I cannot do any type of exercise that involves my chest muscles (this set was placed on top of the muscle). If I do strain the muscle, inflammation occurs and another infection develops. Finally, this fall, I had developed a severe infection in the breast and went to a new plastic surgeon. He immediately put me on IV antibiotics for 3 days, and I'm still taking oral antibiotics. I will be relieved to be rid of the pain, and frankly, glad to be free of the implants. I think they make me look heavy, I'm tired of having to buy larger sized clothing just to fit my boobs so they don't pop the buttons open! And after many years, I have finally come to the conclusion that they are just a body part. They don't need to be the biggest, or the perkiest, or the best on the block. My health is much more important to me. Please pray for me, or send me good vibes; whatever you do. I will try to follow up after surgery.