Breast Implant Removal After 11 Years - OK

I decided to get a BA when I was 19 years old....

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.

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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.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Great story! It is so reassuring to read that it ended well. I have surgery 24 September and have been told that I will HATE my deflated breasts. My reaction was, "how do YOU know what makes me happy or not?"
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Great review! I appreciate that you posted pictures. I am 30 years old. I have had my saline implants submuscular 450cc for the past 7 years. They still look and feel great, but I am tired of having them. My back aches and I can't comfortably run like I used to. I am going to see a surgeon on Saturday to see about scheduling removal without replacement or a lift. I just want them out and give them time to heal. I think it's amazing that they can remove them with local anesthesia. I don't want to be put under again, so I'll have to ask my doctor about that. Thank you so much for your post. It makes me feel a lot better about my decision.
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Thank you for your wonderful review and updates!

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looking really awesome, girl!
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Thank you. I'm sure my body still has a lot of work to do. Did you remove yours?
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nov 28th. i am not hopeful!
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did you get any sensation back?
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Good luck with yours!
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They still don't feel like they did pre implants. My left one has sensation but my right one still hardly has any. My right one was much more damaged for some reason. My left one almost looks totally normal but my right one is taking more time to tighten up and heal.. I hope it all comes back, that would be amazing!
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Wow,wow,wow, you look amazing!!!!!!
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Thank you!
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Thank you so much for your sad story, made me want to cry. You are young and have been so brave. Look after your body and keep your babies close. Your man sounds as if he needs therapy, really. Its a problem for many women, cyber porn. You can't compete with that secret world some people slide into. Love yourself, be kind and gentle to little you. Laugh and enjoy your friends and family. Get close to your mum and forgive your dad. It will set you free. You are Woman, life, society, civilization and community comes from you. Respect to your bravery.x
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Thank you for your words. I have decided to share my story so that other women don't have to go through what I have gone through. It would have been nice to hear years ago that it was okay to take out my implants and that my breasts would bounce back, but nobody told me that. This website shows women it's possible!
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that's exactly how i feel! i wanted mine out after 3 years and heard they would be saggy and need lift scars. now they ARE saggy!
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Exactly! I wish more doctors would show breast implant removal on their websites. Next time I see my doctor I'm going to ask him why he doesn't have any on his website.... I think it's because they don't make very much money from removing them.
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I agree. I do not think I am a very good advertisement for my PS's office. Removal is not what they really want to do. I also think they REALLY don't know what the end result of removal looks like. I am only 1 1/2 week out, so my ending look is still a mystery, but I am willing to bet that my next appt. with him next Tues. will be my last unless I want more done. Therefore, he really won't know what I will look like 6 months from now!
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That's very true.. I hope you like yours and you won't need more done;-)
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WOW!!! We have sooo many similarities!! I to had 3 surgeries, well 3 on one breast and 2 on the other. Plus it was soo funny you mentioned the OCHW LOL!!! I sooo wanted to do this explant before tamra even wanted to and when she did I was super jealous of her LOL!!! I also was the same size in the second surgery. Which I wanted to go down a significant size and my doc assured me I would be a small B and I still came out a D UGH!! Well you look FABULOUS!!!! And it only keeps getting better!! Super happy for you :)
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Thanks appreciate it!
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Yes, get them out before you get pregnant! I have to deal with much more sagging because the implants were weighing me down. I've never not had implants breastfeeding so I don't know if it would hurt less if I didn't have them. I didn't experience much pain with breastfeeding only embarrassment from them being so big. I had to have been like a triple F...ha. You are lucky you can do it now. After the implant removal I had no pain. My boobs right after looked scary but they're looking better everyday and I"m so happy I did it this way.
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Thank you so much for this review! I'm in serious relief. You have made me feel sooo much better about my removal. My breasts are also sagging from the implants, and most of the girls on the site have high riding implants, so I was never sure I was going to look okay. All I hope for is beautiful, normal saggy boobs! And that's exactly what you have!!!! But they have gotten a lot better in just a month's time, and that's even after breast feeding 2 kids, wow!!!! They have contracted nicely!!! I don't think you should get a lift anyways. LOTS of women have boobs just like you! Again, thank you so much! May I ask your height/ weight? Were your silicone implants 350cc as well? What is your size now?
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I'm 5'4" and right now I weigh 120. The silicone implants were actually 450 cc. Right now I'm a 34 B. But I'm actually still wearing my C bras. I'll post a pic in my C bra so that you can see them in a bra... Hope this helps! Good luck to you:-)
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Wow, we are very similar in build. Very good to see a nice result. I feel my boobs are so much bigger than other people with my same size. Even in your pic with the 350cc saline, which is what I have right now, I look so much bigger. Getting nervous that they are larger than I think they are! :/
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I can't believe you said you didn't want to go any bigger and they gave you 450cc? That is absolutely ridiculous! You must feel so much lighter now! Think you'll be able to show your husband your boobs eventually, since you've covered them up all these years? :)
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You may just have more breast tissue, which isn't a bad thing if you're going to take them out. You'll probably be very happy with the results!
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