10 Year Saline Implants Cause Illness - Atlanta, GA

After being sick for many years following...

After being sick for many years following implanting saline implants for 10 years, I decided to explant. While some of my symptoms are subsiding, making the implant removal worth it, my cosmetic outcome is horrendous. Especially since I paid for a lift after I was told I would be deformed without one and I ended up deformed anyway. I was told my skin stuck to my tissue as a result of requesting a full capsulectomy.

32 post op

At 32 days my muscles feel mostly healed. My skin is still very sore. I'm still too sore to comfortably massage. My right breast has indented further leaving the appearance of almost two separate breasts.

As for the implant illness, I continue to feel better except my mcs has worsened possibly as a result of the anesthesia and post surgery medications. I'm more likely to react and react longer to chemical exposures.

7 weeks

At 7 weeks post explant, my left side seems to be fluffing out some. The right side remains the same. My health continues to improve.

Two months post explant/lift

At two months past explant/lift, my health continues to improve but I'm still very unhappy with the cosmetic outcome. I have decided to revisit the surgeon soon to see what options he suggests other than fat transfers or re-implanting.
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

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You go girl..im proud of you...karen
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Hey girl..I have been reading all you post. . Glad your doing better..your a nice lady and I hope you get yourself strong soon and ask dr to fix your breast. You deserved a GOOD job.xxxx
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Thanks, Hon :)
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Just get complaining. .please dobt agree to pay him anymore money..ask him nicely to please revise you for you paid a high amount of money for him to make your breast naturally pretty...if you much ask for his associate to evaluate you...let dr know you have been on breast explant sites and you realize you not normal looking. .please be strong and confront him and dont back down until you get a date in the appt book for your no cost revision. Even if its 3 months down the road...you paid a ton of money to have a decent job done...its not uncommon for Dr's to redo stuff at no COST...his reputation is on the line. .
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Oh, one more thing. It's important to do a full review on your PS. Make sure you write how you feel about your procedure and rate him. You can be fair and honest. You can also edit your review at a later date and write about how your situation was ultimately handled. Other women need to know how doctors deal with patients less than pleased with their results. It's a good way to start that paper trail.
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The thing is, while I know what I suspect, I have no way of knowing what caused this. I have not consulted with another surgeon because I don't want to fix this right now. I don't think it will correct itself, at least not the right side, but I want to give it time to in case I'm wrong. It very well could be his error. Or it could be some rare unpreventable situation. I'm in contact with many women though who have had the same surgery and not a single one had this outcome. And, yes, my self esteem is damaged. Yes I appreciate that I'm getting well. But I could have gotten well just explanting. I paid for a lift so I would have a good cosmetic outcome. And while the surgeon may be responsible, he's not admitting it. And if he is responsible, why would I want him to operate on me again? Yes that would save me some money if he gave me a deal or did it free but to what outcome? What if I ended up more deformed? Or suffered through a procedure only to have less than ideal outcome again? Plus the only two options he has presented me is fat injections and a new set of implants. Well, if he was listening to me at all, he would know better than to even suggest more implants. And I'm not interested in fat injections right now. I may pursue that a year or two from now. But that procedure is not without risks, complications and possible poor outcome. I actually did not go back to him for my last checkup because I was so disappointed with his approach towards me at the previous checkup. At some point I may write a full review. But for now, I'm waiting to see how things play out because I don't know what my best option is.
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I think your approach is wise. Wait and see. I think everyone's suggestions are coming from a good place....we feel outraged and empathetic....and want him to take responsibility for anything less than georgeous!....But asking for more from him may not result in a good outcome or really be rational. In time you may investigate some natural or fun alternatives.....if things don't improve. Ultherapy is suppsedly an option for some skin issues. Its noninvasive light therapy. Temporary tattoos could be fun camo too. Deep skin massage to break up scar tissue and adhesion? Hang in there. It can only get better! By the way....I've looked at your pics a few times. They're really not that horrible.
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I suppose rairai2012 I see your point about not testing him...does he have a associate that you might consider to do the work for him? I have read where some people skin adhere to the rib flesh after capsulectomy...but im sorry to say..unless the skinned loosened up and broke away from rib flesh..it would mean another surgery. (Sort of like removing adhesions) .let just have some faith now.since you want to do anything right now..that maybe something positive will happen ..
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I get where everyone is coming from. And I appreciate it. But this surgery was very hard on me. Even if it was a surgeon I trusted 100%, I just don't want to go through anything else right now. I do hate my cosmetic outcome. But I love that I'm healing from the implant illness. And that's why I still say the surgery was worth it. If I had to do over, I wouldn't do the lift at the time of explant. But I can't go back. I'll just be patient, hope it changes on it's own and if it doesn't, then decide if I want to live with it or try to fix it. For now, I'm still healing and I'm living my life again. I was not living my life a couple of months ago when implants were making me too sick to function. Prior to surgery I wasn't sure if the implants were the cause of my symptoms. Now I know for sure. And I'm thankful they are out.
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Regret is a black hole that can swallow you up daily. I have found that whenever I find myself self loathing or thinking "could have....would have....should have" to ask myself "is this thinking helping me?" If it's not helping me I imagine a stop sign and try to turn my attention to more positive things in my life. We all have horrible regret for the choices we've made. Hindsight is 20/20. But we can't go back....only forward! Don't let regret eat you up. You need your energy to live your life. Your life is bright and full of possibilities. Hugs.
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Well rairai12...I sure am glad you feel better...I woke us this morning ..anxious to the point I wanted to throw up..my explant is thursday...I felt horrible this morning. .I have all the symptoms of implant sicknes..and have had it several years.I just didnt realize what it was...I sur am praying that AFTER thursday. .I start feeling good and wanna live life again...
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I will definitely send good thoughts your way. I have only known one person that didn't get better after explant and she had some crazy reaction to the antibiotic. If that had not of happened, I feel she would be getting well also. We all heal at different rates though. So be patient. I'm not sure how long you've had implants. You may have told me. But for me, it was almost ten years of illness. I didn't expect that to go away over night. And I also prepared myself for the fact that some damage is very likely to be permanent. I will also tell you I didn't just get the implants out and stop any other efforts. I eat very clean. I've made my home environment cleaner and greener. And I've eliminated almost all toxins out of my life, including those in my body products. Not everyone has to be as diligent as I do to avoid toxins. But if you do, after explant, I can point you in the right direction to an excellent book I read. It has helped me more than any doctor ever has, with the exception of explanting. Good luck Thursday.
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Thanks raieai12..I would love to know name of book...thank you...xxxx
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Sorry u r not feeling well. Though happy that u r getting your implants out. Please keep in touch. Im having mine out in 9 days.
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Good luck to you lisaroxy. One Moe day.for me..I dont wanna LOOK!..lol..im a little scared..but im ok
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Yea! Your going to look great. I'm sending happy thoughts your way...
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It's Clean, Green, Lean by Dr Walter Crinnion.
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I'm actually feeling very good. Still just emotional about the poor cosmetic outcome. I will be thinking about you and wishing you the best.
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Thanks.. rairai1212..my big day I tomorrow...I so nervous!
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I know all about the nervous side of it. It's crazy how I wasn't nervous at all to get the implants in but when it came time to get them out, I was so sick, I didn't see how my body could survive a surgery. But I talked to other women in the support group and they all felt the same yet survived and thrived. And so I knew I would. Just try to focus on the positive side of it. You'll be great :)
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Thanks India
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I had mine out 2 weeks ago. The girls have never been happier.
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I had my implants removed. They had migrated to the top of my breasts and then ruptured. I did not have a lift done because it would cost $6,000. It has been ten days and although my breasts are still very painful, they don't look deformed. Your breasts look very deformed. I seriously think your plastic botched up your surgery and you should definitely do something about it.
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I'm not sure what to do about it.
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I pray you heal well and have complete restoration of your breast tissue and health. I can't help but wonder how good your PS was. I had the same procedure in Houston and my results are very good. Your PS's explanation of skin sticking to tissue doesn't sound right. But, I agree, best decision to have them removed!
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