Breast Reconstruction After 5yrs. of Having 26yr Old Implants Removed - Chicago, IL

I am a 55+ yr old woman who has been breast-less...

I am a 55+ yr old woman who has been breast-less for the last 5yrs. After having silicone implants for 26yrs I had them removed 5yrs ago when they began disintegrating in my body. In 1983 I was told they lasted forever so I accepted the changes over the years as they turned into hard balls on my chest. Being flatter than a pancake before, these additions were small but gave my body proportion. When they became a health hazard knowing they had ruptured, I had them removed a difficult surgery due to their leakage. I chose not to have them replaced, afraid of health complications. I was back to being flat again and wore breast forms for mastectomy patients when clothed.

After much research and learning of new options offered, I was reconsidering breast implants for reconstruction. 

What kind of implants did you get this time? They have the new & improved silicone ones and everyone seems to recommend them. I am scared to death of them. I am having my implants put in on the 16th of this month. I am going with saline but my doctor keeps recommending the silicone. Just don't feel like they are for me.
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Thank you for sharing your story on RealSelf. Many women will appreciate learning from your journey. I'm sorry to hear about your initial implants and then the following 5 long years but I think I would have made the same choices you did. How has your recovery been so far? Hope you are doing well!

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