Implant Removal and Fat Transfer to Breasts

Hi Ladies! I have 9 y/o saline implants 425cc sub...

Hi Ladies! I have 9 y/o saline implants 425cc sub muscular. I'm so ready to get rid of them! I have my first consult with my original PS next week to discuss explant and possible fat transfer. Has anyone had both done at the same time? I'm so scared of what my breasts will look like afterward. Is there any way to know?

Excited!

Going for my consult in just a few hours! I'm really hoping the doctor doesn't try and talk me out of explanting!! Will update afterwards.

Consultation

Just came back from my consultation. Doc said he could deflate my implants in the office and then take them out when I get ready to do the fat transfer (since I'll be in the OR anyway). Or he could remove them under general anesthesia in the OR. He suggests that I wait 3-4 months before the fat transfer in order to give my skin time to retract. He said he thought it would yield more aesthetically pleasing results. Though I hate the thought of what my breasts will look like in the mean time, I know he is probably right about letting my skin retract before doing the fat transfer. As far as having my implants removed or deflated, I'm leaning more towards having them removed in the OR. I really want the capsules removed and I don't like the thought of the saline from my implants busted in my body. I've read different reports about mold and fungi that have been found in the saline solution of old implants. Thoughts?

Scheduled for implant removal and fat transfer

Im scheduled for implant removal and fat transfer with Dr. Bednar out of Charlotte, NC July 22nd. I'm getting very anxious and can't seem to focus on anything else for any length of time. I'm scared to death of being under anesthesia for such a long period of time. Also scared of what my final results will look like....

1 week post op implant removal and fat transfer to breasts

I changed the title of my profile to reflect my procedure. Initially, I had only planned On explant. So, here I am, I had my surgery to have my implants removed and fat transfer to the breasts 1 week ago. I'm so happy to be on the other side. I honestly felt as though I was going to die the first day. I vomited uncontrollably despite phenergan suppositories and Zofran pills. The pain was horrible too, however, after the first day I was able to control it pain meds. So, here I am a week out and feeling much better. Still requiring pain meds, but only taking Aleve.

3 weeks post op

I have lost a lot of fat, or swelling one... Not sure which, but I hope I don't lose anymore. I feel great. Still a little sore in the lipo areas but nothing major. Off all pain meds including OTC. The worst part is the compression garment. It's uncomfortable and HOT!
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

Was this review helpful? 2 others found this helpful

Comments (37)

Sort by

Congrats on being on the other side - you look great!
  • Reply
your updates pics are great,,, thank you.
  • Reply
Oh my goodness, you look awesome! Dr Bednar certainly gets some great results! Hope all your fat stays xxx
  • Reply
you look fabulous :D
  • Reply
You mentioned mold and fungi possible in the implants. This was my worry. After 24 years I am thinking that the saline has broken down and consumed by mold or something. But only 1 doctor out of 14 replies said that was possible. What I think is they all forget that the patient my have developed something since the original augmentation. Me for example I have Lupus. I just wonder when my left breast ruptured did it have something other than just saline and/or did my Lupus cause the reaction I had.???????
  • Reply
Is Dr. Moliver not your surgeon, as listed in the review title?
  • Reply
No, I went with Dr. Edward Bednar out of Charlotte, NC. I had originally planned to gin with Dr. Moliver as he was my original PS, but ultimately decided on Dr. Bednar.
  • Reply
They look fantastic!
  • Reply
Hey girly, I'm having fat transfer to my breast pretty soon. Would love your insight on how everything went!!!
  • Reply
How'd everything go?? Are you free of those implants yet??
  • Reply
Wow ladies, good luck all ! ShantelH- are you having surgery today (March 10?) good luck! I had capsules removed with the explant and a lift- I was told not to consider a fat transfer until about 4-6 months later- as the fat would not take, it would be obsorbed into the body, waste of money, the process is unique, they take fat from another area (tummy, thighs, etc) clean it separate it and cells are injected then to the breast. Safe but only 25% will ever really take hold apparently! the rest leaves and re observes to the body. I was told not to do this at the same time as explant. I read an interesting post last week on scars, and a link from an explant women , and it referenced how our systems react with scars internally, and the mind remembers injury- interesting read- http://www.drkaslow.com/html/neural_therapy.html I think this is all a reminder that trauma, injury and surgeries play a roll on longer lasting illness and dis-ease in ones system and ultimately, our healing. Be kind to yourselves!- I am so trying to do the same now :) we are lovely as we are xo
  • Reply
My first set of implants were saline. Upon removal they were Green and Black! I had the fungi and mold you are referring to. So scary! Back then I thought it was "normal" to see those results. Just wanted to chime in and let you know that it does indeed happen, which leads me to think capsule removal is the best option. :)
  • Reply
You are the only one I have found so far that mentions anything negative about implants. I am really concerned about mine. My left "saline" rupture on July 13th. I am desperately looking for a PS in Michigan that will accept my insurance to have mine removed. They are 24 years old. I have had a lot of medical problems in the past 4 years to included being diagnosed with Lupus. I think it's my implants. Did your PS put you on any antibiotic prior to or after your removal. What was your PS reaction to them being green and black? Thank you for any information.
  • Reply
Hi Sharonjustme - I have a similar situation. I was diagnosed with Crohns disease shortly after I got my silicone implants 22 years ago. At one point they thought it was Lupus. I have often wondered if this had anything to do with my implants. I recently had a mammogram which showed that my implants are still in good shape (not ruptured). I have gotten my stomach issues under control but I still have constant joint pain. Joint pain started in feet and hands, then after awhile moved to my elbows and now for the past many years it has been in my hips and knees. I have to take lots of prescription pain meds. I have scheduled consults with 3 plastic surgeons over the next few weeks and would like to have explantation surgery as well as a breast lift in January. I am praying that at least some of my joint pain will go away after my explantation.
  • Reply
I also was very sick and diagnosed with autoimmune dieseases & much more back neck pain nausea and dizziness ect... List goes on.. After explant in 2010 with Dr melmed I became completely free of all my sicknesses. . Unfortunately I made a mistake this Jan and had them put back in and very quickly became sick once more. Explanted last Friday and feeling better already! Stay positive you can get Beyer and will and you will be so happy you did this!! Good luck!
  • Reply
Thank you for sharing that because hopefully it will help other women who might consider going back to implants after explanting that it might not be such a great idea. I'm glad you are back to your healthy natural self!
  • Reply
Oh your welcome I know to well the pain and suffering that can come from implants Even SALINE..
  • Reply
I just wrote a "review" that should be posted tomorrow so that I can share my journey with all of you lovely ladies. It's funny how differently we feel about our breasts now than when we were young (speaking for myself - I am 51). ;-). I will definitely take health over big boobs any day of the week!!!
  • Reply
Amen
  • Reply
You are absolutely right naturaltatas. As I get older (fast approaching 50!) I feel more comfortable in my skin and more accepting of WHAT IS. I'd say it's the best part of getting older! I look forward to reading your review.
  • Reply
Agree!!!!:)
  • Reply
Couldn't he take them implants out completely and then do the fat transfer 6 months later?
  • Reply
Hi there! So many options......I would lean towards one surgery. Sure the 3-4 month would be a bit difficult but, I would trust your PS to know how to get optimal results. Long term out come is important. :-) Also you will get a chance to see how your breast will look without implants. You might like the look better than you thought. HUGS! Keep us posted.
  • Reply
Weird How Your Ps Is Making U Wait To Do The Fat Transfer. I'm getting mine done all in one surgery, the removal lift and transfer.
  • Reply
Because its not a great idea to do it all in one is what I have read and researched also what my p's had said. You should let your body adjust and skin shrink back before cutting anything or bc of mishaps with lifts they could take too much or too little and then you wouldn't be happy with results. When starting fresh once body has had time to adjust the surgeon then knows a definite on how to handle the lift and transfer for best outcome. Make sure to do extensive research on this. I saw a picture of a lady who was explant and lifted all at once after it her breast shrank and you could forever see her scar under neath her breast. I am no surgeon just saying what my surgeon told me and what I've seen that "could" happen. Best of luck!! :(
  • Reply