Considering silicone mentor breast implants

  • Fran66
  • Las vegas, nv
  • 7 years ago

saw an ad for mentor breast implants that said silicone breasts are now approved and are superior to saline breast implants. But mentor itself states that silicone may get into your body.  Hoping someone can share how they get informed and comfotable with getting breast implants. are the rewards really worth the risks?

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It's been a couple of years and it was a great decision. They look great and feel great.
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They are great. They look fabulous and feel fabulous. Much better than saline.
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It was worth it for me. I think these gel implants are heavier than the old more liquid kind. I had 385cc before this surgery. I am going to check on it. I would have gone smaller this time if I had known they were going to feel so heavy. I am 400cc. Went to two PS. One PS suggested 350cc. I wish I had gone with that. I can't imagine what the big ones must feel like.
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And I hope the best for you, good luck and God bless you.
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Yes, silicone for me. Everybody is different. I would and have done it again. I can only relay my personal experience. You can't get anymore of a personal relationship with silicone than having a shell disappear and having free silicone only held together by a capsular contracture. I had had the implant from about 1979-1989. Those implants had thinner shells and the gel was more liquid. I am not afraid of silicone. But, that doesn't mean I shouldn't be. I have also had silicone injected directly into my face (when it was legal, by Dr.) without any problems. This is my third set of implants 2/20/14, 63 yrs old. I fell more confident in the products offered today. But, I made a lifelong decision at 28 yrs old that I have to make the best of. But, there was not the internet for patients to do research. I was ignorant but things worked out OK for me. I have willed my body to science. Not for implants, but I will add it to the list. 100 years from now Dr.s will be shocked by the crude methods used today. I am one of the lucky ones. I did not suffer adverse side effects except capsular contracture. Your are probably more beautiful than you think, just as you are. I have a lot more posts on this subject in this forum. Just because I am old doesn't mean I am wise. I had to search for answers for this last surgery and I'm still not sure I did the right thing. I just have to drop it and move on. I made my decision 35 years ago and I would do it again.
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YES!!!
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Yes everything happens for a reason, I'm not sure what it is right now... I too should of been happy with what the GOOD LORD gave me, maybe some think that some of the symptoms that there having is due to there age, I was only 30 when I got my first set, thousands of dollars later I'm back to me, what a waist of money & time, my poor body. I thank the lord every day, that he helped me though that hard time in my life. Lady's I hope when you read this, think again about getting implants, there not what you think they are. Life will not the what your thinking. Be happy with what you have.
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Mcnally2005 - I look forward to having my body back! I'm happy you are happy it gives me hope!
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prettypumpkin - I'm new to this forum, I'm curious… have you had yours removed yet? Where do you live? I'm in Birmingham, Al and looking for a surgeon in this area with experience in dealing with us women who have had adverse affects. As you know, most doctors dismiss our complaints! :(
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Silicone implants cause serious issues in a lot of women, myself for one. Before my explant surgery, I consulted with Susan Kolb in Atlanta, but instead chose a local doctor here in Nashville, Joseph Delosier. Many women I know went to Cincinnati to a female, Dr. Feng. She would have been my second choice. I continue to hear from women with health problems who have found me on the internet. Google Susan Dorsey and FDA testimony. In every case that I have ever been known, women recover fully once they are explanted. My experience is that the older you are, the lengthier your recovery time. Good health, both diet and gentle exercise, are essential. Susan Relephant Link: Your Soulmate Isn’t Who You Think It Is.
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tjhenderson - I have not had them removed yet...I need another lift and I need to lose some weight first. The plan is late summer early fall. I'm in New England so I won't be much help to you. I have done the research and there must be lots of money in implants - both in and out:( Once the FDA gives the approval Dr.'s don't have to take responsibility. Just another way my tax dollars are not working for me!
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Please don't be fooled into believing that any breast implant is 'safe' ... true, some women may be able to have some years without problems ... but this rarely lasts for the rest of your life. Consider multiple surgeries ... each with serious risks, and a large percentage of women have devastating complications.
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I'm not sure if this response is to my post...it is elective, I get that...everything in life happens for a reason. I'm disappointed with myself for not being happy with what God gave me in the first place. A simple lift would have been sufficient but the dr believed I wouldn't be happy with the results. I agreed to go from a B to a C...ended up a DDD...not happy with my look and my hair is falling out. Perhaps it's not the silicone, maybe it's the stress and embarrassment I feel for having these huge breasts. Either way I have a consult...I'm getting them removed and in the future I will look into fat grafting or stem cell as it progresses in the field of science. I will most likely need it from disfiguratoon. Good luck with your new implants.
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Funny, I asked for C too and was given bowling balls instead! Was your plastic surgeon a short anorexic man (with little man's disease) that has a practice next to a hospital in Oakland, CA!!!
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Rachele- my dr. Was a woman and her assistant handled everything...in retrospect I see there were many warning signs I should have listened to, but alas I ignored them all based on good salesmanship. I'm very disappointed in myself. I can't get these things out fast enough now that I made up my mind. My surgery was in Worcester, MA.
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I forgot to say, that to me, the ultimate test for anything is would you do it again. I would do it again. This is called elective surgery for a reason. As with anything in life there are no guarantees. You have to educate yourself and be prepared to live with negative consequences if they occur. Everybody is different and this is a foreign object going into your body. My body's response was to defend itself by forming scar tissue around the implant to protect my body. That is what capsular contraction is all about. It will probably happen again. I will just deal with it when it does.
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Silicone is better than saline. I feels more natural and from my research on the internet, the people who get saline get them replaced with silicone. I even had silicone injected in face 28 years ago without and ill effects. I just had my third set of silicone implants done. 28 years old for being flat chested, 39 yrs for capsular contraction (when they went to take them out one of the implants was completely gone) the only thing holding the silicone in place was the scar tissue. I also, had silicone injected directly in my lips and face at that time. It was legal then and a Dr. did it. I wish I had more injected. I haven't suffered any problems with it. I recently had my third surgery to replace my implants due to capsular contraction. The implants came out fully intact and they removed the scare tissue. They used Mentor smooth round 400cc. They even have a warranty. I had the ones that are not even legal anymore except in Europe. The implants today have gel that is not as liquid as the older ones. From what I understand, a rupture is harder to detect with them than the saline. The saline just goes flat like a popped water balloon because that is essentially what it is. When I was 39, they replaced my implants, the saline had just become available. Everybody said how much safer they were, etc. I worked in a pharmacy for years. There is a reason they have expiration dates on the IV bags they use in hospitals. They same fluid is in the saline implants. They grow nasty things that you don't want in your body. My doctor said I didn't want water balloons flopping around on my chest and we used silicone. There was a lot of controversy about silicone around that time. Everybody was scared. The lawyers really got women hysterical. I felt like I had a time bomb in my chest. They sent me to a Dr. who gave them a letter that something was wrong with me. I didn't feel like anything was wrong with me. I was scared because of all the publicity. They pulled silicone implants off the market and there was a big class action law suit. After years of research, the FDA approved them again. It was all a big scare that made lawyers very rich. My implants were never approved again because they were covered with polyurethane foam and it was to believed that when it dissolved it form formaldehyde (poison, the stuff they kept the dead frogs in, in biology labs). The foam texture was suppose to help prevent capsular contraction. Mine had been pulled off the market the month after I got them. I had them 23 years with not ill effects. They are still available in Europe. Like I said I just had my third surgery at 63 yrs old with the Mentor silicone gel. The implants are so much better than they were. The outside shell and the gel are thicker. I have been filled with silicone for most of my life and I am not afraid of it. I did a lot of research on these web sites and most people who had saline went to silicone when they had them replaced. The saline implant shell is silicone. The saline seemed to have more problems and the valves could leak. I lived during the time of Marilyn Monroe before people were getting breast implants. I just never grew breasts. When I was 16, I started wearing a bra (AAA, negative A)because I was ashamed to undress for gym class. The bras were not like they are now. I had to wear falsies which were foam rubber breasts with a nipple. I was always afraid somebody would find out or worse they would fall out. Bathing suits were even worse. IF I had any breasts, I would have not gotten the implants. I never wanted to look big. I just wanted to look normal. The second surgeon made me bigger than I wanted to be. My skin was stretched so I had to go with the same size this time. Sometimes, I cover them up because again "normal" women my age don't look like this and I want to be able to fit in with my peers. But I know what I look like under my clothes and I feel good about it. I don't have to show them off but I have gotten a lot of attention for them over the years. There risks associated with any surgery, there is no guarantee how they are going to turn out, if you have children after they are done you might have to them redone, (mine are over the muscle so my experience is different from the under the muscle techniques used today), if you are active or workout they may get in the way. The research you are doing is very good. That way you can make an informed decision. I see it as a life long commitment once you take that first step. Some women have them removed. I could have had mine made smaller but I would have had scares where they would have removed the extra stretched skin. Good news for me was that the recovery was easier the 2nd and 3rd time because my skin had already been stretched. The first time I felt like the bandage was so tight I could barely breath. When they took the bandage off, it felt the same. It was my skin that was that tight. It had to stretch a lot for just 185cc. The next ones were 385cc and these are 400cc on 2/20/14. I am 38" around and I have broad shoulders so they don't look huge. I am use to them. They have been such a part of me for so long, it would be like losing a arm or a leg. It sort of makes me want to keep the rest of my body looking better so I look like everything matches. It doesn't match so much lately. I don't like being obligated to keep them maintained but the alternatives for natural women my age aren't that appealing either. Just don't let anyone influence you one way or another. To me, natural is better or at least small implants if you get them. It's your body and you are going to have to live with it. Everything is a double edged sword. You have to educate yourself and be prepared to deal with the possible consequences. But, if you do it, silicone is better than saline. Type in kiwi6 on the search line and you can see pictures of me. The swelling in the last pictures will go down. I will post new pictures soon. I think they are going to look very close to how they looked before. By the way, I didn't wear a bra the whole time I had implants. Sometimes, bandaids or just a loose tank top with a cup to cover my nipples. My Dr. says it doesn't matter if I wear a bra or not. But, I am wearing one until I heal. I think most women look better than they think they do natural. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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I made a consultation today and then I found this site, I wish I had found it earlier. I've always been in excellent health...I will probably start my own review soon...I had silicone implants in December 2010, and I have had so many issues, it HAS to be the implants! Been to so many Dr.'s, all blood work good, Hormone specialist put me on stuff that made things worse...I've lost more than half my hair, gained 35 pounds, extreme fatigue after minimal exercise, dark circles under eyes, dry scaly skin on bottom of my nose, lower back stiffness, heat sensitivity, feelings like the top of my right leg is on fire at times, sun sensitivity and skin rashes from the sun, the list seems endless. Please tell me once I have them removed I will begin to feel normal again. All the dr's I have seen tell me it is stress that is causing all my issues. How can this be? The only stress I have is the fact that I HATE how big my boobs are...that is another story all together!!! I look forward to hearing from you ladies...the sooner the better. Thank you so much!!!!
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All your symptoms fit mine. Only it my lymph node near my carotid artery and jugular vein was enlarged ever since after the surgery was done. I had the removed in December and I am so glad. My hair is not growing back but I am looking into wigs. I wish I had not been such an airhead and made this poor choice which really only weakens the immune system and poisons us slowly. TELL EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW NOT TO HAVE IMPLANTS. Save a life!
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