Removing or replacing breast implants

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I've had my breast implants for many years and am starting to consider whether I should remove or replace them. Just wanting to hear from other women who have had implants for a long time and find out what they did.

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It's been 42 years now. Saline, I was told at the time. Love to have them out, but would rather not go through the surgery. Now that I am 70, there is some concern that if I wait the procedure may become more difficult with age. They don't bother me, but I would prefer to be natural. I was told by a doctor many years ago not to remove them. He said I would be very unhappy with the result. Still considering.
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Hi Im Heather.. Nick name Worm:-) Well Im 43 nearly 44 years young:-) (Ive never had Children) I had Cilocon Implants Put In In 2000 so 13 years ago. My experience I have to say Was great I was very Happy With the Out Come. The reason I got them was for My Own personal reasons "no one Elses", And I think that Is the Reason you should get them, not because some one tells you, you need them!! Small Boobs, Big Boobs they are all Beautiful as we are All built differently! So the Change Is Intirely Up to you! I had Cilocon Because I lost alot of wieght when I was younger and had alot!! Of loose skin to fill so they looked a bit Saggy , I had to put socks underneath to lift them:-) I was not happy with them. So decided to get Implants. Well over the years because the Cilocon was on top of the Mucsle they started to get heavy as I went a DD ( And I loved Them) but I wanted after 13 years I needed a new set, I was not ready Nor Will I be!! to go small again or remove the Implants at any time In My Life Unless I have to For Medical Reasons! (Fingers Crossed) I like a breast and thats just me, Im a size 12 to 14 and look good with a Boob! I did alot of study to alot of surgeons and it took a Year of talking to this surgeon and emails and constant searching before I made the desision! It did cost me $13'000 for removal of old Implants and new ones put In from a doctor at the Gold Coast.. He Is AMAZING!! Friendly , Helpful and so understanding and new exactly what I wanted. My Breasts were quit saggy and I did Not want a Lift and Scaring and Removal of the Nipple so he placed A Brazilion Implant DD hight profile half behind and half infront of the Muscle and WOW I have only had them In for 4 weeks now and They Look BEAUTIFUL:-) It takes alot of care and looking after for the first 3 months but thats fine:-) I Had Minimal Pain just a Bit of Discomfort and have to sleep on my back for 2 months lol but all good:-) and the scars he did over my last ones so look very tidy and neat:-) Im am Extremely Happy and I say if its what you wnat "You Go For It" Im glad I got them, and I think women that have bad experiences I feel for you:( but you should not make others feel unworthy of their experience or wanting to have Implants as we are all different and think we can all make our own decisions, Just really research your Surgeon first, dont rush ! and go to who you feel comfortable with, no one else can make that decsion for you. Its Intirely up to you. Just do what makes You Happy!! If you like Small Boobees keep them, If you want Bigger ones get them, If you want new Ones get New ones, but make that desicion yourself. Either way we are all beautiful xx Boobs or not:-)
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Good luck to you, Worm....as you age, you may change your mind, but if you don't, stay healthy & be careful!
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Hi worm,I have 13 year old implants which have been fantastic but need to be replaced. Also I have a small amount of sag but do not want a lift because of scarring. I have seen Dr. Scamp and Dr.Ces and wanted to know who you chose? How are your implants? Have you had any droop? Sorry to bombard you. Jules. Burleigh Heads
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Hi girls I'm new to this forum. I had my implants removed yesterday after finding out they were pips and had ruptured. I'm feeling a little down today and would like to hear from anyone who's gone through the same and if you are happy with the end result?
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Hi Alexandra33, I think it's normal to feel a little down after getting implants removed! First, let me say I hope your mood lifts soon! It's a big procedure (over 4 hours for me when I had mine out last year) as well as a big change in appearance. I've seen lots of photographs of people who've explanted who looks GREAT after their implants are out! In my case, the implants were in for decades and when I started, I was an A cup, so my end result is back to an A cup. The result is definitely better now, several months later, than it was after surgery, so please try to be patient to see how Mother Nature "fluffs" you. I ended up with some "dents" above my nipples and some flatness on top after the explant, which is sooo different than my B cup implants had me looking before. It's been an adjustment for me! I wear a very slightly padded bra & look good in my clothes. I made a conscious decision to celebrate improved health without the implants, so far, so good! I sometimes think about replacing my implants, but doubt I will actually ever follow through, especially since there is a small lump that is being "followed" by 6 month mammograms (probably an oily cyst from the surgery, but my 1/2 sister has breast cancer, so I'm not exactly resting easy). I'm just glad to feel healthy and have more sensation! Best of luck to you; this is a wonderful forum and I'm sure you'll find lots of support here!
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I love hearing from people on "the other side." I was surprised at how much easier a SBE was w/out implants. Never knew WHAT I was feeling in my breast! And the mammograms will be a lot less uncomfortable/humiliating. Hats off to better health... Thanks again for staying involved on the website :)
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I'm having pain in my breasts. Have had them for 25 yrs. After a M.R.I. show they need to be removed and replaced. My results show my implants are ruptured and need to be removed. What are your thoughts
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Hi Gemma1981,
I am not in the same situation as you, I had no breasts at all and was very pleased with
my implants done on NHS as this enabled me to live normal life and not be different.
Having problems now, but they have been in situ for nearly 30 years (lifespan 10)
awaiting removal and replacement.
It is my opinion that you should contact specialist, and discuss your concerns about
size and excess skin on removal with them, I feel sure that they must be able to
alleviate your problem. Having mine done on NHS do not get to say what size they
must be as they do this in proportion to your build, but have suggested to my
specialist that I would like to be a little bit bigger, wait and see?
Wish you good luck and hope your problem gets sorted out soon, please let me
know how you get on.
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I have an appointment with my surgeon this week so I will update you. Thank you for your email. Let me know how you get on too.
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Hi Ladypro,
I'm so sorry about your Papa. I know how over-whelmed you must feel. I have been there.
I had 29 year old, textured silicone, above the muscle implants removed in April, as they had become slighlty encapsulated in 2010. I had goen from an A, to a B, but now, was a D, gained weight, got older, etc. My surgery went very well, I did not even need general ansthesia, but had local, with sedation. I was scared too, but am pleased with my results. The surgeon went in under the breast (incision), as I understand sometimes there can be issues with repeated incisions in the areola. Why don't you just do the removal now (while you have so much going on in your life), and have peace. Then, after 6 months, you can see how your results are, and then re-evaluate, if you think you want, or need, a lift, or even re-implantment? I didn't want any more hassles. Mine are smaller now, (obviously), and not as balloon like, but they are natural, and all mine, and I love them. God bless, and good luck.
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I'd like to put a photo on of my reduced implant size breasts, is there a way of doing this ? I think it would be helpful & when I was looking, I couldn't find anyone that had gone smaller.
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Hello, I think you need to put photos in breast implant revision board, as this ones for removal?
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Btw my surgeon anticipated there would be no problems with removing my implants because my breasts were so soft. He was right & left the pockets alone, just replacing the implants.

My surgery was a breeze, unlike when had first had them. No pain at all & very little bruising. I understand that a lift is much more complicated - but as it's likely you will sag, are you completely sure about not having new implants ?
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Hi ladypro,

I'm so sorry about your dad suffering with liver cancer and having limited time to live. You are going through so much right now. No wonder you are focused on just being healthy. My sister has been given a year to two years to live (breast cancer) and my priorities are so different now than 30 years ago when I had my implants (like you, insecure back then). I had my explant just over a month ago and decided not to re-implant; I just want to be healthy even if my breasts are not perfect.

Insurance covered my explant (which hopefully you have), so cost was not an issue (small copayment, but nothing in comparison to paying for the whole thing). My heart goes out to you as you make your decision.

Blessings, Joyful
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unfortunately my insurance does not pay, the 1st ps i called quoted 5,200 i live in the cincinnati have not found a reasonable price. i do not want a lift or redo. i'm sure i have alot of scar tissue. i've read you can have problems with removal also. i'm scared either way.
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hello, I'm so sorry about your Dad.

You can have problems with removal for sure but that's the case with any surgery. BUT removal is a far simpler surgery - most people seem to say the pain is minimal compared to the first time, and that was my experience...I didnt need the strong painkillers they gave me, just the regular ones I took because they told me too. I never really felt pain.

Surgery is scary, I was scared, but remember they know what they are doing and this will be the last time when you have the implants taken out. Hugs x
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How are you Joyful?? x
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Hi andi22,

Thanks for checking in w/ me! I'm doing well! I have my six week follow up appointment next week on Wednesday.

My breasts are still somewhat "dented" above my nipples (on one side more than the other), and it might be my imagination, but I it's getting less "dented" as time goes by. I'm still sore where one of the drains was and will ask about that when I see the ps. It's not comfortable to wear a bra of any kind; I'm just wearing a stretchy tank and enjoying being smaller-breasted in my clothes (the soft bras I got roll up and hit the scar lines under my breasts so I can't wear them yet for longer than an hour or two). I feel liberated!

My husband still thinks I'm sexy :~}

I'd love to hear how you're doing, too!
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Hello, I've been researching this forum and I thank you all for telling your stories. I would love for my insurance co. to pay for for my explant surgery. Did you or the surgion wite it up and do you know what was written up? I hope this makes sence? I've had my implants now for 23 years. Had them put in at age 28. Then redone with new implants at age 30. Within less than a year I started to get migraines. I also became a Flight Attendant the same year. So, I'm not sure if it's my job or the implants. Looking back over the years I've had chronic fatigue, inflammation & major depression. Not sure if any of tis is related to the implants. I have saline and am a small c-cup. I started off as a small a-cup. Lisa
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Hi Lisaroxy, My implants were double lumens (silicone inner with saline outer). The saline part of the implants ruptured years before the silicone outer ruptured. I had an MRI which showed that one of the silicone outers had ruptured, however when the surgeon went in to remove them both he found that they both had ruptured. It took him hours to get everything out (twice as long as he'd told my husband, who was worried in the waiting room). My insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross, paid for the explant because of the rupture. I don't know if they would have paid if they had not ruptured. In your shoes, I'd ask my surgeon's office to connect with the insurance company to see if they will give approval for payment for the explant - you will then know if they will foot the bill or if you have to. I'm sorry to hear about the chronic fatigue, depression and migraines - ugh. I, too, have a migraine complex but taking Magnesium Citrate has helped a lot (my MD told me about it). I also take vitamins. In your shoes, I'd get a blood test done to see if you're low in Vit D, as too little Vitamin D shows up looking like depression. The other thing worth considering is getting into therapy (I'm a therapist, so maybe I'm biased!) It would be difficult to say whether the symptoms you're experiencing are related to the implants or other life stressors, or maybe some of both, but I would hope with a multi-modal approach of removing them, therapy, and adding nutrition and other life-style choices, you'd be free of the symptoms that are bothering you. Wishing you the very, very best!!!
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Hi ladypro . . . if you check around you can find some surgeons that don't charge a arm and a leg to explant. I had mine out after 30 years and my ps charged $3,600. I didn't think that was bad compared to some of the prices I've seen. Lots of luck.
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Thank you so much for getting back to me Joyful. I wasn't sure if you would notice my message. You have a lot of great suggestions. My breasts never got hard and not sure if they are ruptured. I guess we'll find out when they are removed. After reading many posts on this forum I see there are women who don't even know that their implant has ruptured. I guess that happened to you as well. Just started to make consultation appoints to check out the Doctors in my area here in Los Angeles.
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had mammogram 3 days ago and the pain was unbearable. my implants are 25yrs old need to come out. i've been putting off trip to surgeon because of cost, need a new car, and my dad is dying of liver cancer. all i know is i cannot endure another mammogram because of pain, my breast are still hurting. i'm debating to get a lift, i read a lift doesn't last and then you have the scarring. i'm a c cup so i'm sure they will sag. at this stage in my life i just want to be healthy. i was very vain in younger yrs and very insecure.
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Hi, I had my 250cc implants replaced in April (2012) with 170cc's.

They were almost 15 yrs old & I was worried about them although I had had an MRI which confirmed no ruptures. I also always felt they were too big, so was keen to have them smaller. I was a full c & am now just filling a b.

I had the option of going to 210cc but as my surgeon didn't know what size my implants were (estimated around 250cc) we agreed that he would reduce them by about 60cc. As it happens the cc for my implants was 210 or 170's.

They do look more natural.....but I miss the fullness of my old boobs :-/. I could never go au naturel as I was be completely flat.
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