My explant procedure was low-cost and low-pain!

  • maryinmich
  • 1 year ago

Hi.  My implants were 20 yrs old, so I decided to have them out.  At the first appt at the plastic surgeon's he simply drained the saline.  It was clear fluid.  Then he gave me a week (or more) to decide if I wanted reconstruction surgery or more implants.  It turned out that I am fine now with my real breasts.  I'm 59 yrs old, and don't demand as much of myself as I used to!  So at the second appt the dr. simply made an incision under each breast and removed the implants.  They were submuscular.  I did not have any encapsulation.  Yes it hurt for a while, but it was manageable.  Easy peasy!  And altogether about $600!!!!   Best of all, I think some related problems are disappearing!  Neck and shoulder and rib pain and problems plus fibromyalgia.  Exciting to wait and see!   So I just wanted to post this to let some of you know that it can be easier than you might think.  

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Wow I wish I could find someone in Texas with this great experience! So happy for you maryinmich! Us middle-agers appreciate your posts as we decide what to do.
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I am confident that if you have no obvious complications with your implants, then you should make an appointment with a reputable plastic surgeon and tell him/her how it happened for me. I really think it might be more common than we know! Good luck and let me know how it goes for you!
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I am 47 - live in Austin, Tx - had my silicone implants removed by Dr. Robert Caridi. He is an expert. My removal was more complicated because silicone and one was ruptured so I had to have capsule removed on one side, but he doesn't push the lift immediately or implant exchange. He prefers to wait 6 months before considering a lift and says he has good experiences with that approach because less invasive and generally have good bounce back.
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I also had mine removed by Dr Caridi in Austin Texas. The implants were saline so removal was pretty smooth. I did mine with only local anesthetic and the only painful part was when they were finishing and stitching me up and one stitch went where the anesthetic didn't reach. I've needed no pain meds after and feel *great*. To further 2nd what tsauers1 said, he didn't push me to do a lift or get new implants. It's refreshing to find a plastic surgeon who appreciates natural beauty!
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Yes I know - I love him and his staff. Absolutely the best!
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Can you please tell me how much it cost to have them done this way? I would travel to TX if it was worth it. I am having a hard time finding a Dr. to do it this way in KS
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Thanks so much for your post! It might help others locally to know who your surgeon was that removed your implants.

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Well, here's the thing. It was so basic that it seemed like any competent surgeon could have done it. I mean, he didn't do the recommended procedure on this site - "en bloc" - in fact, when he was detaching the bags from my tissue he sort of "hacked away" at it, that was the impression I had. But it was low cost, and I'm healthier than ever for having it done. And since the fluid in the bags was clear and there was no sign of invasive molds or whatever and no encapsulation, for me it went smoothly. He was very very kind and helped me felt empowered to make my own decisions every step of the way, so I would definitely recommend him. My surgeon was Dr. Christopher Jeffries in Traverse City, MI. His link: http://www.tc-plasticsurgery.com/ It's been since August, and I am SO relieved to have those implants GONE!
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