Anxious and uncertain- potential ruptured implants - what next?
- Last updated: 8 months ago
Hi everyone- I'm 34 with 2 kids (nursed both). I am a bit of a rambling mess so have put my questions in capital letters for anyone who wants to skim over the meaty post below. I had Allergan 510 dual gel anatomical sub-muscular implants augmented in 2007 (UK) I found a couple of small lumps after finishing nursing my 2nd baby. After an ultrasound the Drs advised that there was strong evidence to suggest a rupture in the left breast and they were unable to identify if the rupture was intra or extra capsular. I have an mri booked for next week and then appointments with my nhs and private surgeons the following week.I seem to be consumed with anxiety about the what if's... I tried to find an unbiased forum/group for implant complications and found myself here. The Internet is full of conflicting advice - even the Drs on here seem inconsistent. In particular I am referring to the ability of high cohesive gel to leak! Many Drs on here suggest it can't happen but Allergan's website indicates otherwise. I'm really worried about extra capsular leakage and what that means. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF EXTRACAPSULAR LEAKAGE THAT THEY WOULD SHARE? I keep trying to tell myself I'm catastrophising things and trying to calm myself down. I'm so cross with myself for being an absolute fool to get myself into this position - I feel frightened and regretful, and down right bloody stupid. I have health anxiety at the best of times so my mind is running on overdrive now- especially seeing the information on ALCL which wasn't even a 'thing' when I had them done! I don't think that I would have had them done if I had known! Anyway, I think that I will have 3 options:1. Explant and review in 6 months after settling 2. Explant and lift3. Explant and replace I was a 34aa before and at my largest with nursing was a 36DD. I have a very bony chest and a minor chest wall deformity (pigeon chest)HAS ANYONE ELSE FACED THE SAME DECISION & EXPERIENCE AS ME? WHAT DID YOU DO?HAS ANYONE EXPLANTED AFTER NURSING WITH A SIMILAR VARIATION IN CUP SIZE & WHAT WERE YOUR RESULTS LIKE?Sorry for the ramblings and thank you so so much in advance for anyone who takes the time to respond xx