My original implant date was 2/15/12 as part of a...
My original implant date was 2/15/12 as part of a Mommy Makeover you can read that review as well. I developed a CC around 4 months PO. I did a capsulectomy on 2/18/12 where we used the same implant after removing the capsule. At around 6 weeks later approximately 3/21/13 I developed a CC. This time it happened sooo fast. One day it wasn't there and the next it was in FULL effect!!! I had no time to react. I immediately began taking vitamin e and accolate and aggressive massage and still nothing happened. It continued to develop rapidly. My PS discontinued the accolate and recommended another capsulectomy w/Strattice or another ADM.
So here I am scheduled for 5/15/13 to hopefully get this over with once and for all. This time with Strattice or Alloderm and a new implant! My original PS will be performing the surgery for the 3rd time. I am so grateful he hasn't left my side thru all of these complications I have experienced.
The explant thing is not really an option for me personally as I have waited too long to have boobies and not sure what will happen after I remove them. I think I maybe worse off. Besides I have went thru too much to get them...both time AND $ therefore...I'm KEEPING them! : )
Only other option is Strattice or Alloderm w/capsulectomy or another capsulectomy with trying a new implant. And still it can develop again so maybe I will give it the best shot now with Strattice or Alloderm.
I heard that grafting is an option as well. I wonder how that compares to using Alloderm or Strattice? Hmmm still more research to do. I asked doctor about that and he said it wasn't a good option for me.
Has anyone used Strattice or Alloderm after having a CC? I am wondering which I should go with? Basically Pig or Human? That's the main difference between the two. I just want this chapter in the book to be closed so I can get back to enjoying my new boobies! Summer is almost here.
So I was supposed to have surgery today but I...
15 May 2013
Day of treatment
So I was supposed to have surgery today but I pushed it back until next week on Friday. I have to make a final decision so I needed more time. Here are my 2 options:
Doc said you have two options
1. Less invasive- take out capsule by doing a complete capsulectomy (again) but this time put in a brand new implant this time and also with the Alloderm/Strattice.
God forbid it comes back but if it does our last and final resort will be option 2.
Option 2- do a complete redo and place brand new implants under muscle with the Alloderm/Strattice on both sides. This option offers the best option of it not to recur but its more invasive because it involves both breasts and its more money. This alloderm is 2-3k per sheet plus an extra implant.
So now I need to decide what route to take. Should I start with least invasive and keep my subfascial position and repair the affected breast or go for the gusto and do a complete redo (option 2) and change the position to under the muscle with alloderm/Strattice.
One good thing is that I hear that under the muscle has better mammo readings but the reason I went subfacial is because I was afraid of the distortion since I'm in the fitness field. But my friends that have unders say it's not that bad.
Lots to think about. This is very overwhelming but I want it fixed so I can go back to enjoying them. It's been a year and I've had a capsule almost the entire time. But when they were soft I LOVED them.
I'm excited to hear if anyone else had a capsule and how they treated it.
Capsular Contracture Revision
On Friday I had my revision story to remove the capsule. This time around its much more painful. I have a drain placed in my boob due to Strattice being put in. I also have two parachute stitches outside of my skin. Doc said this was to hold Strattice in place. Well I'm happy this is over! Agree with me that this resolved this CC once and for all.
So far so good. Just feeling a little drugged up be side of the pain and pressure. Will update with pics as soon as I can. I'm pretty sure it's nothing pretty looking under here drains and all. I'll update again after my followup appointment.
Breast Revision using Strattice for Capsular Contractute
5 days post op. I decided to do the least invasive procedure and that is a capsulectomy and Strattice. Pain has been much worse this go round. I attribute it to the drain and the Strattice due to the external stitches to hold it up.
This drain is a pain but I'm working with it. I can't wait to get past this part ; (
Once the drain comes out I think I'll feel soo much better.
The first few days I just slept and popped pain pills because it was necessary. I am now just as needed.
My post op appt was yesterday...good report. I hope drain will come out tomorrow at my next post op but it's still draining a little at this point. Fingers crossed its coming out soon its a yucky feeling this drain hurts!
Each time I get tired I say "save the tatas" wow at times I can't believe I am going they all this but I have to save the tatas.
29 Jul 2013
2 months post
So far so great! Still soft. The Strattice is working to keep me soft.
Different but much better
29 Jul 2013
2 months post
Around 2 weeks ago I went in to see my PS because I felt hardness in my revised breast. It wasn't the same hardness I'd grown used to from dealing with the other cc's but just felt different not as soft.
He examined me and said it has formed a capsule and it's not contracted. At first my heart sank as I heard capsule but a capsule is a natural part of the healing process. That was great news I was told to continue massage and watch it. That was 2 weeks ago and it's fine. To me it looks different than the other. I think my pocket has widened due to two capsulectomies so that's a bummer. I can tell but I don't really think others can. Just a part of the process I guess. That last one was very hard and distorted for so long it did damage I think. One day I wll redo them both under. I need more coverage. I had minimal skin to deal with initially it's even less now after the two capsulectomies so I can feel the implant under my skin and see them a little when I bend over. Maybe I'll get used to it. Ill add a picture later.
11 Sep 2013
4 months post
So far no CC! However i am noticing a difference between the 2 breasts.
1. Its over to the right more
2. It fills like a ballon
3. It ripples
4. No feeling in my nipple
5. Nipple points down still
Doc said 1-3 is because each time you have a cc when it gets scraped out leaves less tissue. Since i didnt have much tissue to begin with then its now nothing left to cover the implant. I wish i would have known this was a posdibility because I would have waited an opted for under for sure. Its what i wanted but was a lot more $ and more invasive but perhaps this info would have swayed me to other side for sure. I also have 3 more scars that i didnt have before because of using the strattice. : (
He said he can reposition my niple again to bring it up. Not sure if that will help with the last of feeling.
I will also ask at my bext appt if he can do sonething to enciurage it to get closer more centered so my clevage wont look weird. Also if there is a way to cover up the rippling with body fat?
Still not happy with the way things are looking. The left side is petfect. The cc really did a number on this let one. I am wondering if i should go ahead and get them under now? The ripplong scream fake and ugly and i hate looking at it myself. When i lay down flat it falls to the right and ripples. But all in all its CC free.