I had 18 year old textured saline implants under the muscle. I was diagnosed with scleroderma about 3 years ago. My implants were old and I no longer liked the way they looked, plus I think there is a chance that my scleroderma may improve when they are out. Either way I wanted them OUT! I also wanted good results. I knew I needed a doctor with experience in removing implants. I did a lot of research and scheduled 3 different consultations. Two "top" plastic surgeons in the bay area told me that I would NOT like the outcome. They both said that I had very little breast tissue, would probably be an A cup at best, and insisted I would not be happy with the results. The third Dr. had great reviews, but was out of state and I was very nervous about his age - 78. Then I started seeing some very scary reviews (with pictures). So my search for the right doctor continued.
Along came Dr. Cassileth, a leading breast specialist. Dr. Cassileth is known for her skill in fixing other surgeons' mistakes as well as breast reconstruction work. According to Dr. Cassileth, breast implant removal is becoming a growing trend among women. She sees many patients who want to go back to their natural breasts. You can "google" her and find videos of her discussing implant removal. She has a procedure where she can "rearrange tissue" and she also does fat transfer if needed. I scheduled a consultation that was over a month out, but the wait was worth it. During my consultation, she spent near an hour with me. Before she actually looked at my breasts, I told her what I had been told about having "very little tissue" to work with. When she examined my breasts, she said that I had plenty of tissue and would be about a B to small C cup. I was so happy!
She explained how she would perform my procedure. (Everyone is different and she acknowledges this). I scheduled my explant and lift. It was expensive but well worth it. I was confident that she had the skill and felt like I would be well taken care of by Dr. Cassileth and her entire "team". She is very personable and her bedside manner is a very caring one. My confidence in her was well placed. She is the BEST! She is an artist and truly an amazing person. I am so happy with my outcome! I think I look better now than I did before the implants. I am now, about a B cup and perky! But the best thing is that they are real and they are mine. It feels so good! I cannot thank her enough. Dr. Cassileth's "team" - all the way from receptionist, medical assistants, surgery coordinator, OR nurse, anesthesiologist, to Post Op nurse were top notch. I also had a "dent" in one breast from a previous lumpectomy - she fixed this too! I am so pleased! I highly recommend Dr. Cassileth. She rocks!!