Thank you for inviting me to share my agonizing journey since the beginning; I am at the stage of "shopping" for a capable surgeon, experienced in removing old generation ruptured- leaking-hardened- silicone implants that were done along with a vertical mastopexy to remedy ptosis.
I am in my 50's and I want an immediate capsulectomy/ explantation of my ugly 30-year old silicone subpectoral implants due to the pain and tenderness I am experiencing after a recent mammogram, where they found a bilateral extracapsular rupture and punctate calcifications. My breast skin looks saggy and the implants feel like a rock, they're adhered way higher than the nipples. The challenge now, other than the cost, is that I DO NOT WANT IMPLANTS ANYMORE! I don't care if I end up flat-chested !
I have seen only one surgeon so far, I will post their recommendations as I see each one of them. O.K., here is what we have so far: 1. Doctor A: He recommends capsulectomy, mastopexia and cohesive implants all in ONE single procedure. Even though I do not want implants anymore, he insists that a capsulectomy and mastopexia alone will leave my breasts looking horrible, flat as a pancake and wrinkled as I have no much breast tissue left (menopause, some weight loss, ptosis prior to implants). Can't a skilled surgeon make a lift that looks fine, even if the breasts are reduced to almost nothing?
Again, my preference is to live implant-free as I am in my 50s! I am torn between the decision to get the cohesive implants or not, and also I see that other doctors in this forum suggest to have this done in 2 stages; First stage for a capsulectomy and letting the body heal for at least 3 months and then a 2nd. procedure to have the lift and/or the implant. I personally feel that 3 procedures all at once could be too much for the body to heal at once. It sounds like an agression to the breast tissue. First to tear and clean the silicone mess and removal of the extensive hardened scar tissue, then cut the skin to perform the lift and last an implant. Isn't it too much for the body to deal with internal tears, external incisions and dealing with a foreign object?
Please doctors here help me figure out why some doctors prefer to do it all in one sitting, while others prefer to do this in 2 stages. I will soon post pictures of the breast as they are now. Again, thank you all for your opinions and support, I will post the recommendations of the other 2 surgeons I have to see before I make my decision. Thank you!