Saline Implant Removal Scheduled for 5/16/14 After 19 Years - Greensburg, PA

I'm having my hard implants out on my birthday. I...

I'm having my hard implants out on my birthday. I thought I was prepared, but as the date nears, I'm having a lot of anxiety. I work f/t and need to return five days after explant. Anxiety #1. I am worried because they have been in so long, and are so hard, there will be complications. Anxiety #2. Comments ?

Five days post-op update

So glad I had this done! Explant, no lift. Mine were 270 cc, and I have no complications and no pain-back to work at day five and feeling fine. I am comfortable in the GenieBra. Dissolvable stitches with no drains. I'm not posting pics. The only ones who are seeing this ta-ta's are my doctor and my daughter (who is pretty tired of being flashed). Not that they don't look good , because they do, just because I'm not comfortable with posting my ta-ta's on the internet. If you live in the Greensburg PA area, you need to see Dr. Antimarino at Aestique Surgical Center/Spa.

Four weeks post-op

Well, it's been four weeks. I've been back to my surgeon twice, and the only issue I've had is some pain in the right ta-ta, that has now gone away. I'm here to tell ya, I've made some stupid decisions in my life , but getting my implants out was not one of them. I feel absolutely amazing, and Dr. Antimarino was like an angel sent to me. Too bad I cannot keep him on my shoulder... Anyway, I've got some nice breast tissue and my boobs are just SO goddamn soft! - I love them! Not to mention how nice it is to not have any more pain in my chest, and to be SO much more comfortable and NOT in tight tops. No regrets on explant surgery here. I've never had issues after surgery, and actually recover quite quickly from shit, and am rarely ill. I'm still tired, because I'm 52 and work full-time at a totally stressful job, but I never attributed any of my illnesses to my implants. I believe we change as we age, and we go up, we go down, healthwise. Shit happens. Yes, I think the implants impaired me into giving me something to blame when I had an illness, but I am also not beyond my confirming belief no one should ever put them in their body, because too many women have the same illnesses, and yes, they could be related to implants. However, on the other hand, women without implants have the same illnesses also. I wish you all the best, and thank you all for posting your stories, and apologize for not posting pics. Not much to see anyway. I just don't want to put pics on the internet. Good luck to everyone searching, and good luck to everyone recovering. Be strong , be happy, laugh, and remember you are not alone and you always have someone to talk to on this site.
Jeffrey Antamarino, Aestique Plastic Surgery

My explant was done today and I am extremely happy with how everything went. I have very minimal pain. This doctor and his staff are super. They really are. My initial visit was mid-April, and here it is May 16, and I am done! It has been two years for me, trying to find a doctor I liked, and I was about to give up. There was no question , from my first contact with the office, that I had hit pay dirt. The staff are smart, knowledgeable, patient, funny, and most of all, understanding. So happy.....

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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So happy you had them removed and recovered well and your happy with what you have. Warm wishes
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Thanks! I had my initial consult with Dr. Antamarino. I'm going to get these bowling balls off my chest! Waiting to see if insurance will cover the explant because they are stage 4 capsular contraction. If insurance doesn't cover it, I'm still getting them out! Thanks for the docs info! Will be using him!
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Sweet! I cannot say enough good about him. . You've met him, so I do not need to say much more. I wish you all the best! Although, I know what good hands you are in. Keep the updates coming. Did you schedule yet?
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I did not schedule yet. I was kind of waiting to see if insurance would cover it. But, come Monday, I am scheduling. Do you have to wait long for a surgery date?
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I had my consult towards the end of April, and my surgery 5/16. It was about three weeks. Mine were hard as rocks also, and I had capsular contraction (who doesn't after 19 years, right) and they denied me , like RIGHT now. Because it was elective- I chose to put them in; not because of breast cancer reconstruction or anything . They told me up front that insurance never covers explant. Gotta appreciate their effort in appeasing me though-they called my insurance company several times, and right away, because they knew I wanted them out pronto. Are you excited?
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I am excited!!!!!!!!!! Insurance doesn't cover stage 4 Capsular Contraction, but covers stapling of the stomach for people who eat so much they are obese. I'm going ahead anyway!
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EEEE!!!!! I'm excited for you!
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Congrats on your expant xx
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Sorry typo explant I meant xx
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I know this is inappropriate to ask, but about what was the cost? How do they look? Did you consider a lift or anything else? I'm in Pgh. and looking for a doc to get rid of these bowling balls off my chest! Your posts are very helpful! THANKS!
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I ready your story...you're so honest and I'm glad to know you now. You're one touch cookie, and I'm glad you're on here.
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Totally normal to be anxious- we are women, it comes with the territory. However, I've found I'm a lot happier when I am able to change my train of thought. Stop thinking about the possible complications and start thinking about the freedom that you'll have when you get rid of the implants! There might be some bumps in the road- and if there are, then that's the time when you do your research and take care of the issue- no need to put extra stress on yourself now. You've taken your first step in the right direction by picking out the best doctor and scheduling your surgery date. Right now, all you have to do it eat healthy, follow the pre op instructions and look forward to the new, natural you with no hard boobs!
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I'm like a type triple A personality-I'm that person, yes. I've gotten better with aging at trying to be in control of everything and making everything perfect. That just destroyed me. Thank you for writing to me. I need it. I have read those pre-op instructions many times in the past 24 hours. HAHAHAHA And I can't get off this site! love it!
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I know- this site is amazing. I'm on it every single day lol
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You've been through so much, and seem so strong. Can you channel that to PA?
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I live in Pgh, Pa. I also have hardened implants and am looking for a surgeon to remove them. Who is your surgeon? hardimplants
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Jeff Antimarino . I am thinking I got lucky to find him, as the first two doctors I saw were unimpressive. Nice office; great staff; answer a lot of dumb questions freely. We'll see how I feel about that after Friday though. I'm really super-anxious now, and I was fine last week. I've been through a lot of crap in my life. This will be nothing, I'm sure.
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Please let me know how you feel about the doctor after the surgery! Where is he located? hardimplants
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I will definitely be posting afterwards. I am going to the Greensburg Office. They have another location in Shadyside. Aestique.com Free consult - Go.
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Thanks! Good luck, and let me how it goes!
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Thank you for starting your story here on RealSelf! Do you know if you will be having the capsule removed? I've heard that that can lengthen recovery time...
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Hi and thanks for sharing your story....you are doing the right thing Hun....for me personally it's been the best decision ...feeling anxious is all part of it....I was so nervous and anxious with the lead up to my surgery...I am now 4 weeks yesterday and feeling great...I had a rupture and it was a mess in there...had them for nearly 8 years....you may need more than 5 days depending on your job but everyone is different...ask a few docs on here or maybe ask your surgeon....but please don't worry to much...I know that's easier said than done...you are making the right decision....soft hugs and prayers to you xxx
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Thanks for writing to me. Did you know you had a rupture prior to the removal? What happened?
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Hi no I found a lump and after a scan and mammogram rupture was confirmed ... If you'd like to read my review it's all in there Hun xx
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