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Implant experiences - any advice?

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Joined: Dec 2001

I had a double mastectomy/immediate reconstruction after bc diagnosis on Oct 22nd. I am having the expanders taken out in Jan and my permanent implants put in. I am looking for feedback/advice from anyone who has had either silicone or saline implants. Has anyone had either for 3 to 5+ years?
Thanks in advance!

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Hi, my nmae is Kathy and I have had my silicone implants for 9 years now. I am so happy I had reconstrutive surgery. I will tell you that during my last CT Scan, they found that my left implant has sprung a leak. I see my plastic surgeon Jan 4th, so will let you know what she says. My gynocologist I just saw yesterday, feels that she will replace it with saline. If it was saline leaking, she would let it alone. Will see what she says in January. I'm not concerned either way. The silicone is the same they use in antacids and I take them all the time.

Most implants can last a lifetime, but I think the average is 10 years. Ask your plastic surgeon. My plastic surgeon also had a list of patients that were willing to talk with other patients. I used to be on that list too until we moved out of the calling area. That was very helpful. Ask your surgeon about that option also.

You will feel so much better once those expanders are taken out. Going through the expansion is the hard work. I still get tightness in the area where my mastectomy was done every month. Just a reminder to me to continue to pay attention and do my self-exams regularly.

Good luck with your surgery and if you need any more help, don't hesitate to ask. Hope this has helped.

God Bless,


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Silcone implants twenty years ago, and generally not a single problem. I'm planning to change these to a combination silicone/saline so I can adjust the size to match my aging body(grin).

Let me know if you need more information..

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Thanks for the responses. I go in on Jan 15th. I have decided to go with Silicone implants to try to get the most realistic feeling breasts possible. Wish me luck ladies!

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