5 Months Post-op, with Capsular Contracture. Trying to Figure out What to Do - Houston, TX

Hello Ladies! Well sad to say that I am only 5...

Hello Ladies!

Well sad to say that I am only 5 months post op of getting my BA done. I have developed Capsular Contracture in my left side and am considering getting an explanation instead of fighting to keep these babies in. I have read too many stories where ladies were getting capsulectomies, one right after another, and considering the costs. Who can afford that??

My husband will probably be pissed if I do decide to get them removed as he just got them paid for. But whats the point if you keep having problems and having to keep dishing out the dough? Maybe it is better to go back to normal. I was an unlucky one. My PS doesnt want to remove them, so I may have to go with someone else.

I do have questions about the removal though and the capsulectomy. Maybe you can help answer some of them for me?
1) With the capsulectomy and explant, i have read from some of your reviews that is is painful, and some (or most?) need to have drains?
2) How long should you expect to be out of work?
3) Does your breast tissue look different from pre-BA with the capsulectomy as I heard they remove 20% of your breast tissue as well.
4) I read some concavity is typical after the explant. Some ladies dont look like that is an issue. Is this true?
5) Some docs leave the capsule in. I'd like to hear experiences of ladies who has had that happen and how that feels and looks afterwards.

I posted my progression pics. Dont mind the "Ovals", it makes me feel a little better b/c of the perverted men that visit this site. But prob dont really help.

I prob. have more questions, but that is all I can think of for now.
Thanks in advance for all those that decide to give me some feedback! It's much appreciated!

Hello ladies! Well I just wanted to thank you...

Hello ladies!
Well I just wanted to thank you all for your feedback and for sharing your stories.
I have finally made a decision and that is NOT to explant and instead save my money so I can get the capsulectomy with the Strattice. This will reduce my chances of recurrence to less than 1%. I really didnt want to give up my new chest size as it is nice being more proportionate! But if things dont work out with this other surgery, I may be back to considering explanting as I dont want to be worrying about these new additions all the time. Some girls are lucky and dont have any problems, are happy with their size, and look great, and others are not so fortunate. I fall under the "not so fortunate" category but will try one revision. After that I am done. But anyways, I wish you all wellness and happiness with whatever boobie path you take! After all, we only live once- why not make the best of it? Happy early Thanksgiving!
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i've read your reviews but i think i missed if you described what it felt like when you first started getting capsular contraction. i think it would be great to know what the warning signs feel like. i'm so paranoid about it.
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Hi Deafsushi, If you look at my profile, you'll see I have a Part I and II. I admit they are rather long though but might have more info. Honestly not much warning sign. A little tightness at month 3, then at month 4 it was there. I could only feel it in 2 positions. If you look at my progression photos though, you'll see the left seems like its getting higher at month 1, but again I didn't feel anything till month 3.  Two ways I could tell. Laying flat on the floor, my left breast felt as if a hard ball was inside. You can def. tell a diff. from the other side. And the other way was laying on my right side, lift left arm over head and feel the side of my left breast. I have a lot of body fat though, so I think it is not as apparent on me because of that. Some believe in always getting pre-medicated before any dental work or any thing else that could allow bacteria into your system. Others causes could include getting sick or breast feeding, etc. One thing that is known about CC is that bacteria is present in every case. Try not to obsess over the idea but keep in mind the bacteria thing as noone (and I mean NOONE.... docs included)  really knows definitively the causes of CC or how to prevent it. If you ever get CC, keep in mind the options I mention in my reviews. But try not to worry, you will most likely be fine. Good luck!
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Thanks you so much for getting back to me. I'm glad you are soon the ultrasound & I hope you find a solution that works for you & your body.
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Hey scrappy!! I've been MIA so long, I can't believe what I just read! I'm so sorry :( Have you scheduled a revision? I am currently saving up for one as well. Who would've thought we'd both be in this boat. *sigh*
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Hi Scrappy. I'm sorry you had a complication. That is one of the main reasons I am not able to schedule my surgery yet - I am terrified of having a CC. Your BA looks great aside from that. Can you tell when you have on clothes or just when you're naked/bathing suit? I am glad you have decided on what to do. Is your surgeon willing to work with you on revision costs?
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Hi Unsure, Well I guess my surgeon is giving me some kind of discount as other docs would charge me closer to $5K. I am not sure how other docs are only charging their patients $1500. But either way I plan on getting the capsulectomy with strattice which adds another $4500 to the bill making the total come up to $7,800. I would just make sure to ask your potential PS what they would charge you were that to happen. And really, the odds are really low that it will happen. Somewhere around 15%. In the augmentation/implant forums you will not see many of those posts about CC, but in the implant removal forum you will see more of those kind of stories. My PS's office has told me that they have done lots of capsulectomies with strattice and not have had one recurrence so that is a good sign. Unfortunately it is so expensive! In regular clothes it is not really noticeable. I have more upper pole fullness on the left side which just makes it look a little more bubbly but I don't think anyone will have a clue as to why. In a bikini I am sure it will be quite noticeable. I wear a tankini now and noone can tell. Even naked, I think someone would just think I was a little lopsided. The 6 month pic that was posted in the progression collage looks really pronounced, I think b/c of the lighting. If you look at the last collage it is all at 6 months and you will see the one with the shadows doesnt look as bad.  But some girls their CC gets pretty bad, to the point that they are hard as a rock and look like it on their chest. Check out the removal forum or google pics of capsular contracture, you will see what it could look like. Sorry you are worried about it, but I guess if I had known I was going to get it, I wouldnt have had the BA done. But hey, I got boobies now. Lol Whats a girl to do?
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Hi Scrappy, glad you have come to a decision. Who are we to judge, you must feel relieved now you have made a definite decision. Good luck.- Please post from time to time how your doing xxx
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Thank you Reed! I am sure you will hear from me again. =)
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Everyday I wish I could turn back the clock and wait to explant. Good luck with your revision!
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Thank you Flora! I may feel that way again at some point- but for now I will go this route. =)
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Hi Scrappy, its me again Reed!! I read your profile. I see you have had many comments. I just wanted to post here too. I feel for you. Hindsight is a great thing. I wish so much i had not done it. But all of us ladies have and thats it! Now we have to face the consequences. Please think long and hard about what to do next. I had CC and i know how uncomfortable it is and it doesnĀ“t go away. Surgeons will say re implant but the risks of CC are so high. and more money down the drain? It must be awful for you as you probably so wanted bigger breasts and then this happens. Thinking of you. None of us girlies judge anyone here. . Will follow your post xx take care
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Thanks Reed, I appreciate it! I have put everything on hold for now. Explant is something I have considered, but am not sure that is the route I will go. Once I do make up my mind, I will be sure to let everyone know! You girls have been such great support!
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Havent been on in so long!! Scrappy my girl!! So sorry to hear of the CC. You still look sooo amazing even with that going on. I hope your upcoming surgery goes well and you get great results and have a smooth recovery. My thoughts are withyou. Sending my love to!!! xooxoxox
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Thanks Starryeyyed, yeah, this sucks! Glad to see you are still doing well and as boobilicious as ever! No plans on surgery yet over here. Still trying to figure it out.
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I kno girly! Im so sorry your going thru CC. I was speed reading your updates so I didint fully read u hadnt made a choice. Your a tough chic.. and I know you will make the right decision and get thru this. I still worry about things going wrong.Gotta run for now. My thoughts and love are with you. xoxoxoTalk to you soon
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Did you have sub glandular placement?
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No, it was sub-pectoral
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I'm so sorry you're dealing with CC. :(

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Thanks Angie, I am sorry too.=) I am almost done with my 6 weeks of ultrasound and can feel an improvement. When laying face down on the floor, it does not feel like I have a hard ball on the left anymore. It is still high though. But I think I could live with it this way for a while.
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Can't remember either, ,if you contacted Dr.Melmed in Dallas? He's done a lot of explants & his reviews seem to be all positive. I ALMOST flew to DALLAS just to get a consult with him BEFORE I chose the PS I did for explant.NOW I SOOO WISH I HAD!! I think he also responds to questions posted to him on this forum... ????
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I am considering going to see him too but I read on a different forum that he is like 76 years old! WOW that's like having my Grandpa do my surgery haha but I have heard he is good. Him and Dr. Worthing seem to be who to go to in Texas.
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Yes seems they are the 2. I also just looked on the FULL list of Dr.'s on this site who do explant surgery. There are quite a few! MANY more than when I first started looking. So many of the really good surgeons ARE older.Seems to me,only means they have a LOT more experience with ALL KINDS OF CASES! More & more women are looking for explant Docs,so I try to keep up & read ALL the reviews! Look at ALL the pics.BUT it's IMPORTANT to remember..every case is different,every women's body is different.The healing & results are all gonna be different! No two of us are exactly alike. I would think how long one has had the implants,how much weight gain or loss, as well as the expertise of the PS,are ALL factors to take into account. As well as how well each of us heals. ALL different ways & time frames. Don't you think?
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I totally agree! I'm probably pro Dr. Worthing more since I live in Houston and have a 3 month old so traveling for post-op check ups would be quite difficult for me. I have actually contacted several different surgeons including breast reconstruction specialist who deal with cancer patients. I want to cover all my bases and will be meeting with 6 different surgeons before I make my actual decision. I'm just leaning more towards Dr. Worthing at the moment bc of what other explant forums have said. March is a ways away(have to wait that long bc of breastfeeding) so I will be continuing my research up until then. Learned my lesson with getting the implants and not doing my research the first time! My motto with this surgery is expecting the worse and hoping for the best so to not be disappointed, but know in my heart they(my boobies) will eventually get where they need to be in time. :)
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Great attitude! And KUDOS to you for doing ALL your research & homework BEFORE you go under the knife again!! My new motto is: fewer expectations = fewer disappointments...the REAL ONE IS: NO EXPECTATIONS,NO DISAPPOINTMENTS. I'm NOT THAT evolved yet! But I'm working on it!
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No, I have not contacted any Dr's in Dallas.
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