Should Have Trusted Myself - Scottsdale, AZ

I knew what I wanted. I researched for a year. I...

I knew what I wanted. I researched for a year. I had my mind all made up when I saw both doctors for a consult. I only saw the second because someone insisted I got a second opinion. I liked the first doctor just fine and felt good about his education and experience. So I am not sure how I was so easily persuaded by the second doctor to completely change my mind. Maybe it was that all-knowing, arrogance some surgeons have when they say, "trust me, I know what you want."


I wanted silicone, below the muscle. The doctor convinced me that because I had substantial breast tissue I should "save my money" & go for the saline. I was insistant that EVERY woman I knew with implants hated saline and ended up getting silicone. He was very persuasive. Since POD 28, I have wished I had stuck to my wishes, since money was not the issue.


Now I guess it is coincidence, but I have had about 75% breast & nipple numbess since my surgery, April 2011, and the ONLY sensation I do feel is pain. It sucks. I don't like the hard domes of saline, nor the daily reminder that I spent so much and didn't even get what I wanted. I don't know why I didn't go with the nice surgeon.


My Pros-
They're not flat on top anymore so tops look better and I can pull off braless in some things
My Cons-
My breasts are purely eyes only- my husband cannot touch them because the numbness/painful feeling I get is so uncomfortable
I personally miss the pleasurable feeling I used to get from them
They're hard- even a friends toddler who laid their head on my chest said "ooh they're hard!"
Having them redone is expensive

My motivation was purely my own. My husband sat there at my second consult saying "This is dumb, you are beautiful." I insisted after nursing 2 kids I wanted them to be fuller again to make me happy. Just me. Which I am NOT:(

The outcome is a daily reminder that I make bad choices. I would absolutely have the surgery again, with the 1st doctor, who wanted to give me what I want. I would not let arrogance and a fancy Scottsdale office and a shiny blue Mercedes persuade me. I am only saying my ACTUAL experience was not worth it. It just took me so many years to have a spare $5800 that now I am depressed nearly daily at the thought of what I did. And how uncomfortable they are.


It has changed my life.... well my OBGYN said I have indogenous depression since my surgery. I have NEVER had any kind of depression in my life. I have a nothing to be sad about. But I have been since my surgery, and have gained a lot of weight!

I wish I had known... I wish I had spoken up. I wished I had felt more breasts! I wish I had gotten a hands on feel of both silicone and saline. I wish I had asked the doctor why all of his employees had larger-than-life silicone when he insisted to me that I go for a natural look. (The most common comment I got from friends was they couldn't tell I had anything done.) I wasn't trying to go stripper-sized *no offense to strippers but I am a nurse, & its not flattering in scrubs to be top-heavy. But I would've liked them a cup size bigger. I wish I knew about the possibility of such numbness and constant discomfort.

I am scared removing them won't help & then I will be left more unhappy and having wasted thousands of dollars.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon

I gave him an average rating because as perioperative nurse I have been around many surgeons and I should have known better that his arrogance and demeanor is pretty standard and by no means an indication of his greatness, nor was his bragging on his greatness. It is in his responsiveness that I gave him a poor score, because his responsiveness to what I wanted was non-existant. I voiced all of my concerns, my desires, but ultimately got what he wanted. And I have been unhappy ever since then. :(

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 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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They look kinda fabulous though. and you might get some feeling back, maybe not all, but it could take up to a year to get your max sensation back.
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Dear Denice, Thank you for your story. I also wanted to do a BA. But I have great and amazing feeling in my nippels and I need this to be happy in my sexuell life. I was at 4 Doctors, but nobody could gave me the guarantee that it would be the same feeling after BA. So I decided to rest with my body how it was. :-( It could have been a dream with nice boobs, but it could have been a never ending nightmare. So you save my mind. Thank you and all good wishes for you.
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Dear Denice, Thank you for your story. I also wanted to do a BA. But I have great and amazing feeling in my nippels and I need this to be happy in my sexuell life. I was at 4 Doctors, but nobody could gave me the guarantee that it would be the same feeling after BA. So I decided to rest with my body how it was. :-( It could have been a dream with nice boobs, but it could have been a never ending nightmare. So you save my mind. Thank you and all good wishes for you.
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Sorry that happened to you. I never heard of that doctor and I am getting my BA in that area as well. Hopefully you can save up money for a revision... That seems like it will help you get over the hump :(
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I'm so sorry your experience has been bad. I changed my mind about my first doctor of choice last minute, and am so happy I did. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to feel your investment made your boobs worse. How long would it take you to save up for new ones? Maybe it's worth it?
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Hello denice- I am terribly sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. I can relate to how you feel on so many levels. I actually have silicone and they look quite nice. The pros are I  fill out a bikini and they look full and perky braless. The CONS: I have A LOT of numbness too. Before surgery my nipples were sensitive and gave me great pleasure. My breasts are not hard, but they do not feel "natural" at all....  boyfriend told me recently they feel odd/fake. OUCH...that hurt!!!! When I lay down they hang to my sides and fall into my armpits and give such a cumbersome, uncomfortable feeling. No one knows I had anything done either. (I did not want "porn star" boobs, but I did want projection and for them to look fuller & sexy in clothes.) It's as if I wasted thousands of dollars. They ache slightly and feel too heavy. (like big bags of jelly hanging from my chest)  I have become depressed also & can not afford a revision. I feel your pain!
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I'm so sorry you're unhappy with your results. Is your surgeon willing to waive his fee to revise them for you? What does he say about your pain? You might want to check out the breast implant revision community and the wonderful removal community as well, just to get a feel for what you might want to do in the future.

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