50 Yr Old 5'4" 125 Lbs 2 Kids W/28 Yr Old Implants - Santa Barbara, CA

I have been researching, and seeking...

I have been researching, and seeking recommendations from many different doctors for several years on the best way to approach replacing my existing 28 year old 500 cc low profile silicon gel implants that were behind the muscle.
After 2 kids, and lots of activity they looked terrible when I wasn't wearing a bra. Many docs recommended doing nothing at my age if I looked good in my clothes...well I know im old but geez I want to looked good naked as well if possible. I really didn't want all the scars that come with the lifts & also wanted to find a way to avoid the distortion that comes with flexing. I was after a more natural look yet still wanted larger breasts with side boob and a higher nipple placement. I was asking for a dang miracle, and that's just what I got!!!!!
I had a consult with Dr. Neal Handel a year prior to his performing my surgery and would have said "lets do this" right away but was unable to afford him at the time. He was the first doctor that made me feel like surgery was worth the trouble and money to follow through with a procedure, somehow I just knew he could give the outcome I desired. He listened carefully, gave me plenty of time in my consult and showed confidence with out being cocky! I asked his opinion and gave him the freedom he needed in the operating room to do whatever was needed to obtain the result closest to my wish pic. When I saw my with photo next to my existing photo in the operating room I was mortified of how I looked, I guess I got used to seeing myself and didn't realize what was really going on. I honestly cant begin to express in this review the incredible work he preformed on me! I'm absolutely 100 % happy with the result.
I have to tell all you ladies my husband is crazy about these things, he has gone nuts! From a mans standpoint he says they are waaay better than they were when I was in my 20's. They look, feel and move as if they are real. He loves how bottom heavy they are...he just cant get enough.

This is what I did all through original incision
removed old 500cc low profile implants from behind muscle (FYI one was leaking)
cleaned out gel
closed up existing pocket
replaced with 550cc high profile IN FRONT of muscle
circumareolar breast lift (mastopexy)

added photos

Also forgot to mention I had a hernia repair at the same time, so my belly button is a bit weird in the pictures but its getting much better with time.
Feel free to message me and ask questions. :)
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Handel and his staff exceeded my expectations in every way. From the very first phone call with Michele I knew I was in the right place. She's friendly, happy, prompt and very accommodating. Why is it that sooo many doctors have grumps at the front desk? I swear in a field where your patients may already be feeling a bit insecure or unsure of themselves its a real blessing to have someone like her be the face & voice of your business! Dr. Handel is sure of his skill and abilities, and he takes the time to explain every detail, pros/cons risks etc and that is very important to me! I wanted a doctor with the experience to give direction and suggestions, and the expertise and artful approach to back it up. He is warm, honest and has a sense of humor that I truly love. I enjoyed my time with Nina his incredible nurse who was with me every step of the way. She was open, assuring, fun and incredibly responsive to every concern. She was available to me at the drop of a hat...amazing! She could just be my new best friend. :) I wish it wasn't over cause i miss seeing them all.

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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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