Should I live with my Capsular Contracture or get my implants replaced?

  • wantsoftboobs
  • 2 months ago

Here is my background. I had breast augmentation and a tummy tuck with muscle repair in '02, only 3 months after giving birth to my last child. I was 29 yrs old at the time. I am a small woman, 5'1" about 120 lbs (at the time around 105 lbs)  I had around 325 Smooth Saline Mentors put under the muscle. My stomach healed fine. My breasts, however never did get soft. They developed CC almost immediately. My PS went in and tried to "score" (those were his words) some of the CC about 3 mths after the first surgery. I do remember the nurse telling me afterwards that I had had a large hemotoma. This surgery was a failure. I could not even tell any difference afterwards and they became even harder and painful. I went back in for yet another surgery for the CC a couple months later. Again, the breasts never did soften up, but the pain was gone. My PS acted like my case was a total mystery and that he had never seen anyone get CC like me. So, after 3 surgeries in about 8 months, I was just emotionally done. Now, 12 yrs later, I am still living with hard breasts. They do look pretty good though, if I do say so myself, and I am in no pain. I had just accepted the fact that maybe that was the way my body reacted to the implants because I was so flat chested to begin with. And that hard breasts were better than no breasts at all. However, at this yrs physical, my gynecologist told me that I should think about getting them replaced. I really hate to open up that can of worms again if I will only be facing the same problems/issues again. The only issue I face is hard breasts. Of course, I dream of having wonderful squishy, bouncy boobs, though! I wonder if it is even a possibility. My PS has since moved out of state, so I would be going to another PS. What to do? What to do?

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I don't think i would of went to the same ps. Thats why Im having a different ps do mines. My ps acted the same way like he had never seen breast like mines before. And he even asked "what you don't like them?" I was no!
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I had a revision after having a cc for 4 yrs...i had drain on the side of the cc.also my new Dr went under the crease instead of through the nipple because he said there is less risk for contamination that way.im 6 months po and still very soft! Its worth the revision if you get someone who is good at revisions
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Which doctor did your revision?
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Dr.Richard lee
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I just got home from a consultation from an area local PS. He really does feel like he can do the revision surgery with excellent results. When he looked at me, he said he was very surprised I had the CC so bad. You really can not tell from looking and both breasts look exactly the same. He said that I was very lucky to have them both look so good and to have no pain. However, once he felt them, that was a different story! He said the CC may have started because I had the surgery done so soon after having a baby, and even though I did not nurse, I still had milk in my breasts. (in fact after my initial BA, milk oozed out from my areola incisions!) He said breast milk harbors bacteria. And then the fact that I remember the nurse telling me after the 2nd CC surgery, that I had had a large hemotoma in there. So, his course of action is to replace the implants, hopefully still intact in the capsules. He would cut me under my breast in the crease this time. He said no way would he touch the areola again after being cut on 3 previous times. He would still go under the muscle and he recommends silicone gel instead of the saline that I have. He said when he removes the capsule it may remove some breast tissue as well, and the saline may show rippling. I would have drains out both sides for at least 10 days he said. He said no way would he take out the drains until the fluid has cleared and has stopped. He said that would lesson my chances of the CC even more. Plus, he would put me on a round of high dose antibiotics after the surgery. I have another appointment Monday with another PS for his consult. Still contemplating all of this.
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Hi :). Just read through your story.. I can imagine how difficult this whole journey must be for you, that is a lot to go through and of course we never assume these things will happen to us when we make the decision to get implants. I can understand how it would be hard to make a decision on whether to have another surgery or not, but it sounds like this PS really knows what he's talking about. Of course there is always the fear that you could be putting yourself through the same pain all over again, but there is also a good chance that everything will go well and you will have lovely squishy soft boobs! Good luck with everything. Let us know what the PS on Monday says!
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Thank you so much for your kind words. I am pretty anxious to hear what the other PS says on Monday. This particular PS has done BA's on several people that I know and everyone of them are well pleased with their results and no issues. It's funny because no one at all knows I have ever had any complications other than my husband. Glad for this site to read all of the reviews and stories!
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Really! It's awful that you have had to deal with hard painful boobs but I guess you are at least fortunate that no one could tell.. I have seen pics of women with cc and they look so terrible :(. That's great that you know people who have seen this PS, it's always reassuring to get an opinion from someone with first hand knowledge
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the thing is...no pain...they look good...why do they have to be so firm, lol!
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No kidding! That must be so incredibly frustrating!
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Wantsosoft, good luck with your revision and deciding what course to take. I waited too long after cc as no pain but found one breast was severely ruptured. (Of course different because they were silicone) Because of that I ended up losing a lot of breast tissue. One thing to remember is that drains are our friends. As much as we hate them they do a good job of draining fluid. Good luck and I will follow your story.
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I agree drains are good!
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What kind of implants do you have? Saline/silicone? Under the muscle or over?
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