Explantation Surgeon - Seattle, WA
- updated 1 year ago
Thank you for inviting me to share my agonizing...
- 21 Feb 2012
Thank you for inviting me to share my agonizing journey since the beginning; I am at the stage of "shopping" for a capable surgeon, experienced in removing old generation ruptured- leaking-hardened- silicone implants that were done along with a vertical mastopexy to remedy ptosis.
I am in my 50's and I want an immediate capsulectomy/ explantation of my ugly 30-year old silicone subpectoral implants due to the pain and tenderness I am experiencing after a recent mammogram, where they found a bilateral extracapsular rupture and punctate calcifications. My breast skin looks saggy and the implants feel like a rock, they're adhered way higher than the nipples. The challenge now, other than the cost, is that I DO NOT WANT IMPLANTS ANYMORE! I don't care if I end up flat-chested !
I have seen only one surgeon so far, I will post their recommendations as I see each one of them. O.K., here is what we have so far: 1. Doctor A: He recommends capsulectomy, mastopexia and cohesive implants all in ONE single procedure. Even though I do not want implants anymore, he insists that a capsulectomy and mastopexia alone will leave my breasts looking horrible, flat as a pancake and wrinkled as I have no much breast tissue left (menopause, some weight loss, ptosis prior to implants). Can't a skilled surgeon make a lift that looks fine, even if the breasts are reduced to almost nothing?
Again, my preference is to live implant-free as I am in my 50s! I am torn between the decision to get the cohesive implants or not, and also I see that other doctors in this forum suggest to have this done in 2 stages; First stage for a capsulectomy and letting the body heal for at least 3 months and then a 2nd. procedure to have the lift and/or the implant. I personally feel that 3 procedures all at once could be too much for the body to heal at once. It sounds like an agression to the breast tissue. First to tear and clean the silicone mess and removal of the extensive hardened scar tissue, then cut the skin to perform the lift and last an implant. Isn't it too much for the body to deal with internal tears, external incisions and dealing with a foreign object?
Please doctors here help me figure out why some doctors prefer to do it all in one sitting, while others prefer to do this in 2 stages. I will soon post pictures of the breast as they are now. Again, thank you all for your opinions and support, I will post the recommendations of the other 2 surgeons I have to see before I make my decision. Thank you!
First of all, I am one week post-explantation, healing very well and happy with my results so far. I did my homework and researched Plastic Surgeons thoroughly before choosing Dr. Marosan. Dr. George Marosan has a very well organized and professional practice in his Eastside office. The office ambiance is elegant and soothing; I just wish they changed the music tracks more often (lol). They also have a certified and safe operating suite in the same location as his office; all that is explained on the website and in his introductory video. His staff is friendly and courteous, and all the paperwork was handled professionally by his expert assistants. The initial consultation was exceptionally helpful. Before actually talking to Dr. Marosan, I first watched a short professional introductory video that answers all the frequently asked questions; in his video, he explains all about Board Certification and gives you an idea of the facilities where the procedure will take place, etc. During the consultation, he truly listened to what my problem was and explained my options and the possible outcome in a very calm, reassuring manner. He is soft spoken and has a charming Hungarian accent. He did not try to "sell" me other procedures or services; instead, he was focused on my request and how he could help me. He was upfront and honest about the outcomes and fery straightforward in setting realistic expectations. He agreed that it was better for me to have the explantation first, let the breasts heal and wait for a few months before having a breast lift. I felt much more comfortable with that less aggressive approach, as opposed to other surgeons who wanted to do the explantation, breast lift and re-implantation all at the same time. Now one week after my procedure, I am enormously relieved to know that my toxic implants are gone, and to know that this was the right decision. He also gave e-mailed me the pictures I requested. I would definitely recommend Dr. Marosan for an en-bloc breast implant explantation (which is what I needed at this point). His anesthetist was equally reassuring, kind and professional. Both, Dr. Marosan and his anesthetist called me the night of the procedure to see how I was doing. He is very caring and also has a sense of humor. I recommend the readers to check his website which is full of videos, before and after photos and other valuable information. The cost was reasonable, same as most of the other surgeons I talked to. And there were NO hidden or additional costs at all. One check was written for his services and a separate check for Puget Sound Anesthesia Services (his anesthesia service provider). This was an unbiased review, as I know for sure that there are other GREAT surgeons on the Eastside, but this is the one that worked for me. I trust him enough see him later on for a scar revision to fix what another doctor did to my nipples a very long time ago (shown in the pictures). Thank you Doctor Marosan for your help! I am feeling so much better now!