Has anyone removed implants after reconstruction due to pain and muscular issues

  • lillian123
  • 1 year ago

I have High profile 400cc silicone implants for the last 8 months. The pulling, tightness and being uncomfortable under my arms is affecting me all day long. I go to physical therapy and have had steroid shots from a pain management doctor. I know this is very unusual as everyone else seems to be fine. The 2nd PS surgeon has suggested :1- taking them out and doing DIEP - I so don't want to have that operation. 2- explanting the implant and seeng if that relieves the pain and therefore, we will know if  it is the muscles, the implant or the scar tissue. Has ANYONE had any experience with this? If I take out the implants I will be flat as a board( really ugly). I am 53 years old. I was in great health and never took any medications before DCIS- no radiation/no chemo. Had double mastectomy due to family history. I could really use anyone's experience with this.  Thank you        

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I am having mine removed due to pain and scar tissue. I was told it did not happen often but I have had them replaced 3 times. No more for me. God bless and good luck
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Another way to approach your problem would be to replace your implants with expanders and over a series of outpatient surgeries replace the volume with fat graft by removing fat from your abdomen, hip or thighs using liposuction. The fat is then injected into the space between the the capsule of the expand/implant that is well developed from your pervious implants. I perform all of the flap surgeries as well so I have the perspective of providing all forms of breast reconstruction currently available.
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RealSelf has an entire community dedicated to breast implant removal. If you read the reviews, you will see that there are a variety of reasons people explant. It is not uncommon. It doesn't seem right to be chronically uncomfortable 8 months post op. Although it is time consuming and you're probably feeling like you're at the end of your patience, a 3rd and 4th consult with surgeons who specialize in revisions, might be worth your time and effort. Perhaps a moderate versus high profile (and smaller implant,) might be an option. Hope you're able to find some relief soon!

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Thank you for responding. I have gone through most of the sites for "explanting" and "revisions". I could not find anyone with my issues. So, I decided to post to the forum. I have two PSurgeons and both also suggested exactly what you said... I only wanted 300CC in the first place and he gave me a HP 400 cc.. However, it can't be a bigger circumference. I hope I find some relief..but I think I have too much scar tissue etc. If you know anyone with anything similiar to me , I would love to hear if anything was resolved . Can't seem to find anyone who went smaller after reconstuction. (just who did the DIEP).
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I haven't been able to locate anyone with your exact situation. This link from our Doctor Q&A is somewhat related in that it sounds like the pocket for the implant that was created is not right, along with the wrong shape and size implant. Many women have scar tissue or nerve ending pain - this link discusses the pain associated with scaring. I think your 3rd option is a revision with a smaller implant. The implants you have now don't seem to be working for you. I understand your reasoning for posting to Forums, but you still may get more feedback from your own personal review. Keep me posted!

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