Silicone Implants - Replacement Breast Implants
1988, 4 years after my first son was born, I decided to have Breast Augmentation
with a BCPS in Utah. Being young and having no one with experience to share, I
kept it a secret. Within a year, I developed capsular contracture and the
plastic surgeon manually manipulated the capsule constriction (ouch). No change!
Of course, I presumed it was sort of normal for the way the implants looked.
Little did I know.
the years went by, my breasts became firmer & harder. This always made me very
self-conscious about them and getting too close to people.
always made some lame excuse regarding my body build. I said with my muscular
tone, “I’m just firm.” Thank goodness for good genes, it works till this day, as
I don’t like to exercise due to bad back & knees. I grew up being very athletic
in sports and dance until my injuries forced me into a change of lifestyle.
went thru a very difficult divorce in 1988 and later remarried. Soon, I had my
second son. In the back of my mind, I always wanted to have my breast implants
replaced, but could not afford it back then. As a result, it became more of a
luxury “want” than a “need.”
continued to feel insecure and became more self-conscious about my FIRM breasts.
I didn’t like to hug people too closely and avoided it if all possible. Since we
couldn’t afford a replacement, I just let it go and no longer saw them as a
priority. At one point, I became involved in the national silicone implant class
action lawsuit. Although I received some minor compensation from that, the money
went towards family needs.
1992, soon after my second divorce, I again remarried. I had finally found my
soul mate and confidant. We soon had a daughter. After she was born, I noticed
lumps in my breasts. At the time, a rupture was not detected. I was told they
were probably only “fatty tumors.” Since, I’m a "fashionista", I over
compensated in clothing and accessories to boost my personal confidence. In the
meantime, I began having many aches and pains. These seemed concentrated on my
right side and included numbness. Tests, tests, tests!
1995, I had a mammogram & was referred for a breast MRI to confirm the implant
that time, my husband was working on his career and our future, but I was
fortunate to have been able to stay home with our 3 children. It was finally
less of a financial situation I faced than an uncertainty.
Should I remove them and go without? How will I cope with the decision
afterwards? I struggled with the possibilities and self-doubts for some time. I
felt confident in that my husband has great expertise in Diagnostic Imaging and
we decided to monitor them closely. But as time went by, the rupture seemed less
of a priority once again.
have always felt freakish of how they looked, but afraid to take the path
towards replacement. My lifestyle is a very, very hectic and I never seem to
have much free time on hand. I love my family and always put them first.
last, I shifted my focus on the Tummy Tuck, but ended up dealing with another
surgery gone wrong. Went in for a minor tuck and woke up without a new
bellybutton and worse nightmare because it’s off to one side. I felt like an
alien and had sunk into a deep depression. I addressed the issues with the
plastic surgeon and his response was “it’s difficult to make a 9 into a 10” -
nice thing for him to say, don't you think?
Three revisions later and another is temporarily on-hold. I went back to the
redo and after numerous consults, made the decision to have the implants removed
& replaced with a new generation of silicone.
During my last research for "THE" plastic surgeon, I came across Dr Frederic
Corbin’s website. As I went through his site in tears, I called my husband to
tell him I had found "THE" one. I saw those beautiful girls on there knowing and
wanting the chance to look beautiful again. I made my first consult.
drove 500 miles from the San Francisco Bay area to his surgical center in Brea,
California. While we were waiting to be seen, we watched his patients coming
through the waiting room with absolutely gorgeous breasts! My husband was
readily convinced he was indeed "THE" one.
After the consult, were without a doubt to proceed with great joy. I had my
pre-op that same day and scheduled my Breast Augmentation and nipple reduction
for the next available surgical slot in 2 weeks. I then cancelled my breast
augmentation that I had made with another plastic surgeon located closer to
Unfortunately, due to my ethnic and healing process, I soon developed capsular
contracture. I was again very depressed and saddened to see my big, beautiful,
natural looking breasts going through those unfortunate changes.
Corbin wanted to wait and see if the additional medication and continued massage
would reverse the development. Sadly, at my 3-months post-op visit, he confirmed
the inevitable and agreed to revise them using a different technique.
Well, it was great opportunity for me to go to a larger size. So, instead of
using the same implants, I went up in size on Jan 20, 2009. For all the girls
facing the capsular contracture complications, please, I implore you not to
procrastinate with the hope the boobies’ fairy will come. From having been there
on both sides of the fences, I know. You’ll have to be "THE ONE". I pray you
will not have to wait as long I as I did and suffer through the pain and
emotional hell as I have. Make the time; don’t wait for the time!
2BayAngels Post Op - 800cc Silicone HP
Ruptured Silicone Implant -
caused by Capsular Contracture