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Breast Implant Removal After 11 Years - OK
- updated 6 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $1,125
- Greg Ratliff, MD (Tulsa, OK)
I decided to get a BA when I was 19 years old....
- 7 Oct 2012
I decided to get a BA when I was 19 years old. There was nothing wrong with my breasts and I never felt insecure about them before I got the BA. I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona and many of the girls I went to school with always talked about wanting to get there boobs done after high school. It seemed to be a very excepted and glamorized procedure. I ended up going to Dr.John Corey in Scottsdale, Arizona for the BA. In the consultation I told him I didn't want to go up in size I just wanted more volume to my breasts. I wanted to go from a small 34 B to a full 34 B. He told me that was crazy and that I should go to a 34 DD. I told him I did NOT like large breasts and that is NOT why I wanted implants. I mainly wanted them because I knew after I had kids I would have to get them anyway so why not just get them now (yes that was a very stupid thought, but hey I was 19 and thought I knew everything). We agreed on a small C. When I got out of surgery he told me he took it upon himself to make them a FULL C instead of what we talked about a SMALL C. What?? Was he not listening to me in the consult? I never even wanted a small C I wanted a full B. I had no clue what cc's were and he never showed me different implant sizes in his office. All I knew is how big I wanted them to look when I came out. I immediately hated them when I came out of surgery and thought they were way too big! I didn't want to have to go through surgery again so I just thought I would try to live with them. After a year or so I called his office and told them how uncomfortable I was with them because they were too big. They told me I needed to come back in and see the doctor. I never went in because I couldn't stand the thought of having to go through surgery again so I just tried to forget about it again. Everyone I knew would talk about how big my boobs looked and it really, really bothered me! I even started to wear sports bras to try to make them appear smaller. I had become so insecure and I had never been insecure before I had them.
After about 4 years of having them they started to ripple and when I laid on my back there would be a huge gap. I couldn't stand them anymore and so I went back to Dr.Corey. He told me the only thing I could do to fix them was to get silicone implants. He told me they weren't on the market yet but that they would be available soon. In the meantime I researched silicone breast implants online and read some very disturbing stories about them. I didn't want to put them in my body and have to get MRI's every 3 years and worry about capsular contracture. I went back to Dr.Corey about a year later and told him to try replacing the implants. I thought maybe it was the implant that had gone bad. He told me it was not going to work but he agreed to do it. He did not charge me a fee I just had to pay the hospital fees. It cost me $2,000. I was just too scared to take the implants out because I thought my breasts would be saggy and I was too scared to get silicone because of all the possible complications. So the only thing I could think to try to help them was to replace the implants I had. When I came out of surgery they looked exactly the same as they did when I went in. I risked my health for nothing! So I just thought I would have to deal with my ripply implants. I didn't let my boyfriend see my breasts anymore after that. I had also lost most of the sensation in them so there was really no point. My boyfriend and I ended up getting married and I still never let him see them outside of a bra.
One day I found out that my husband had been obsessing over porn on the internet and cyber sexing women. I took it out on myself thinking it was because I never showed him my breasts. I had to do something about it so I was willing to get the silicone implants that Dr.Corey told me was the "ONLY WAY TO FIX THEM".
I was now living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I spoke with Dr.Ratliff and he told me he couldn't guarantee that I wouldn't have rippling from the silicone implants. I was really sad leaving the consultation with him. I decided to meet with another surgeon to get a second opinion because Dr.Corey had told me the silicone would fix the rippling, so I met with Dr.Robert Mitchell. In our consultation he 100% guaranteed that I would not have rippling. He said he would do something extra that would take him an extra 30 minutes in surgery so that I wouldn't have any rippling (I have no idea what that was). He also told me my breasts would not go up in size they would only go up in volume. I was so happy to hear that, that I scheduled surgery that day and paid in full $4,800. And even though he guaranteed my results in the consultation they had me sign a contract saying he guarantees nothing. I trusted his word so I was willing to do the surgery. But when I got out of surgery once again I hated them! Not only did I still have a bunch of rippling my breasts were now a 34 DD!!!! They were huge! I called his office and told them I was unhappy and that I wanted them out, but before I could meet with the doctor I ended up getting pregnant for the second time. I think my husband wanted me to get pregnant again so that I would stay with him and not leave him because of all the porn and cyber sex. So now I would have to wait a year until I could fix them. While I was pregnant I was watching the Real Housewives of Orange County and on there Tamra Barney had taken out her implants and gotten a breast lift, and was really happy with the results. I thought that's what I needed to do after I had my child. After having my second child I stopped breastfeeding after 2 months. My breasts while breastfeeding were so big I was depressed every day. As soon as my ducts dried up I went back to Dr.Mitchell and asked him about taking out my implants and maybe fixing the loose skin with a lift. He told me he would and wanted to charge me $1,400 for his fee along with hospital fees. So my total would be $2,825. What?? Didn't I just pay you $4,800 for a horrible breast augmentation that you guaranteed would be 100% ripple free?? Now I have to pay you $1,400 to fix them? I was soooo mad!!! But I felt like I was at his mercy because it would cost me at $4,200-5200 to go to a different surgeon. I gave him the money and scheduled the surgery. Before I went in for surgery I ended up getting a bad stomach bug. The hospital he wanted me to go to told me they would not admit me until my symptoms were better. His staff was constantly calling me hounding me to get back into surgery. I started to feel like I could not trust this doctor. I called them and said to just refund my money and we could talk about all of it once I got better. It took awhile to get my money back and when I did he had taken out $500. Really? This guy charged me $500! At that point I was glad I didn't go to him because he was obviously all about the money.
I decided to go talk to Dr.Ratliff and see what he thought about me getting a lift. He had been so honest with me in our first consultation telling me he couldn't guarantee no rippling with silicone. In our second meeting he told me if he were to do a lift I would be very flat chested and also have bad scars out of surgery. What flat chested?! That scared the heck out of me. He told me I could try taking the implants out and seeing how my body would do before doing something like that. He told me I would be surprised at how much they will tighten up but that I would have to be patient because it could take up to 6 months. He also told me I could do it under local anesthesia. I never even knew this was possible! Also, it was only going to cost me $1,125. I was overwhelmed with happiness! I was finally going to be free of implants and I didn't have to go under general anesthesia again! Dr.Ratliff got me right in for the explant. It only took him 30 minutes from start to finish. His staff was amazing and supportive. He even talked with me before the explant to make sure it was what I really wanted to do. I had never felt so good about a surgeon! The other two surgeons I went to were ego maniacs. After having them explanted I looked deflated but it felt sooo good! I've posted pictures and I will try to post once a month to show progress and what I'm doing to tighten my breasts up. I would recommend any girl who has had problems with their implants to just take them out and not to go through 3 surgeries like I did before doing so. Also, I would highly recommend Dr.Ratliff in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will tell you the truth, give you many different options, spend a lot of time with you, and make you feel like it's ok to do what you think is best for your body. I feel like I should give him money because I didn't spend much and I'm so happy...ha. Here are some stats about me for when you look at my pictures: I'm 30 years old and I've had two kids. My first child I breastfeed for 10 months and my second child I breastfeed 2 months.My first surgery I had 350 cc saline implants through my armpits under the muscle. The third surgery was silicone implants put in under the breast and under the muscle. The explant was done under the breast.
My Doctor: Greg Ratliff, MD
Dr. Ratliff is an amazing surgeon! He will tell you the truth, give you many different options, spend a lot of time with you, and make you feel like it's ok to do what you think is best for your body. His staff is also very helpful and supportive.