Surgery in 2007- In the past 2-3 months I've noticed my saline implants seem smaller. Could I have partial deflation? (photos)
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Surgery in 2007- In the past 2-3 months I've noticed my saline implants seem smaller. Could I have partial deflation?
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Possible saline implant deflation?
You need your saline implants replaced. Even if they were perfectly intact at the time of surgery--doubtful, would you want your surgeon to leave them in just as they look now? Of course not! Replacement with the previous or slightly larger volume (to better fill your loose skin) new saline implants will not correct the problem of thin overlying tissues. Switching to slightly larger cohesive silicone gel implants will make a significant improvement, but you may require ACD (acellular dermal matrix, like Alloderm, Strattice) or bio-absorbable Seri to create more tissue thickness to better conceal implant rippling.
You do not need scans or other investigative tests; you need surgery to correct or improve your problem. I'd recommend switching to cohesive silicone gel implants. Or, if your tissues are extremely thin and unable to be properly reinforced to eliminate or mostly eliminate visible rippling, then consideration of shaped highly-cohesive implants (like the Allergan 410) may be considered. See your own plastic surgeon, or seek consultation with any other ABPS-certified plastic surgeon who does lots of breast surgery. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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One other consideration would be if you have lost weight during this time frame as that can unmask implant "issues" that were already present but just "hidden" by the extra body fat.
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Possible leaking saline implants.
Partial deflation of saline breast implants is certainly possible.
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Yes - I suspect your implants both are leaking, one more than the other.
This happen with time - the one-way valve eventually loosens.
See your plastic surgeon to have them removed and replaced.
At times this can be done with local anesthesia in the office.
Discuss with your surgeon your goals and the best approach for you. Best wishes!
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