Saline Implants 12 Years Old and Right One is Now Deflating I Think. One is Droopy - Westchester, NY
First, I want to say I've been reading this...
- 30 Jan 2013
First, I want to say I've been reading this website for a few years. I've considered facelifts and injections--and consult realself for nearly every cosmetic concern. Now, I'm finally participating. Thank you everyone for your stories and advice!
Twelve years ago I made the decision to get my implants. I had literally wanted them since the age of ten. I was always self conscious about my flat chest and broad shoulders, so exactly one month after I turned 18, after years and years of research (I saw my first plastic surgeon at the age of 16--and he turned me away for wasting his time!) I found Dr. Dan C. Morello in Westchester, NY (now retired). He was incredible. We met 4 or 5 times before the surgery, and he informed me of all risks, all implant types and addressed every concern possible.
At the time (2001), silicone was still banned for breast implants. I chose saline implants (mentor) and I believe they were inserted above the muscle, and under the breast. I think the amount was 500 ccs.
During the surgery I felt no pain. I remember the insertion of the IV, and opened my eyes in what seemed like 10 minutes later. I asked the nurse when we would start, she laughed and said it was done. I looked down, and saw a gigantic white mass in front of me. It was bandaging of course. I had to stay in bed for about 5 or 6 days (if I remember right). The after care was incredible, and so was the staff. Unfortunately, I don't remember names now, but at the time they were helpful. I called about once a week for two years with (paranoid) fears of capsular contraction. I was only charged for surgery, never check ups.
Fast forward to 2013. I just turned 30 and gravity is taking its toll on my body. For the majority of my 20's, my breasts were my pride. They looked incredible, yet natural (in a perfect sort of way!) I never wore bras and they stayed pert. Now, well, the right is beginning to sag.
My breasts don't match and I can't tell if its the aging process, or deflation of one implant. Unfortunately, money IS an issue. I'm really depressed about this and don't even want to take my shirt off. Do I need new implants for both? Would mentor cover the implant cost if the right implant leaked?
The pic of me tan is a few years ago, when my implants still looked great. The others are an un-tan, unhappy set :-(
Lots and lots of research.