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Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by COOKIE on 16th December 2013, 12:49 pm

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i have some questions/comments can you help give me your thoughts.....

* if implant is absolutey fine after 10 years why would you replace?  my surgeon said if there is nothing wrong with them there is no reason to replace just because they are old - you could be one of the 'lucky ones' and nothing goes wrong.  he has soe patients he has seen who have over 20yearr from implant  Maybe i am just being too positive and hoping i 'could' be one of them!

your surgeon is right Karen. If it ain't broke....why fix it?

however... The odds are that you will need to fix it. So although you may be one of the lucky ladies your surgeon has seen who has surpassed the guidance, they really are a rare breed and it would be wise to 'prepare' rather than neglect. 


* silent rupture - if you have the new impants weher teh silicone does no damage to your body and its not going to cause any harm why would you need to get implant out?  My friend has have overs for 15 years and does alot of heavy weight lifting - she has a shoulder pain and went from an mri and they found a luno of silicone under her armpit - doc sais its ore than likely the heavy weights that causes it but if the lum doesnt bother her she does not need to get the impants removed - surely they would not say this is this was affecting her health in any way.

I'm actually shocked that your friend was told to leave things be if she already has silicone leak beyond into her lymph nodes. If its started and is already in one, it won't stop leaking and will continue.

this happened to me. I had a silent rupture that a long time to present itself. By the time I had an MRI I had 5 siliconomas and need to have them removed and the implants changed. By this time also my left breast has doubled in size also leaving me no option but to have a full anchor uplift to repair the damage costing me a further £4,500. This was a reduced cost however because I was within my aftercare period (I was only 3 years post-op) Otherwise it would have cost me in the region of £6,500 -  £7,000. 

So if your friend is leaving this and already has a siliconomas... She can expect to have more because there is no way to patch up the implant, so the leak of silicone will continue to leak into her body. For a doctor to ignore this, I actually think it quite shocking and I would tell your friend to seek further advise and get her implants changed. 


MRI scans - is this different from mammograms?  if my implants are guaranteed for lifetime (25years etc) but my suregry is say, for example, only up to 5 years with nuffield it would make sense for me to get an mri/mammogram before the surgery costs expire

Yes, an MRI is different to a mammogram. 

An MRI measures the density of your breast tissue. An MRI takes lots of different images of the same part of the body its focused on. 

If you feel you NEED an MRI then, yeah, it would make sense to have one. But if you're fit and well, there's really no point point babe... I mean, what is it exactly you're looking for?

If you feel you need a mammogram possibly because there's a history if breast cancer in the family, then yes, it would be a good idea to do this prior to surgery... If not, again why would you? 

Its ts advised that after having breast implants you have an MRI about every 3 years to check for silent ruptures. 


rippling - i understand you are never covered for this and that all implants will ripple through time it just depens on breast tissue/size of implant etc

Not all implants will produce a rippling effect. 

Rippling is cause by the lack of cover over the implant. So if you have your BA and then lose a lot of weight for example, this could cause rippling to be seen. 

If you have a baby and your breasts have sagged and you lose a lot of density to the breast, this too could possibly be a reason to see rippling of an implant. 

The majority of us who have breast implants when leaning forward can 'feel' some rippling when leaning forward. Its generally in the cleavage area or to the outsides of the breasts but it cannot be seen at all and this is very normal. No one else would know nor would they be able to feel unless they were to actually position themselves for it to be be felt and actually run the persons fingers across it. 

If you want to keep how they look it take a lot of maintainance - moisturing routine and support. 

But out life will take its till on our boobs eventually no matter how well you try to look after them. Ageing, pregnancy, weightloss, weightgain. All these these things will have an impact on how they look.

after children for many women our breasts sag and we lose all of our upper pole volume which makes our boobs look flat and your chest Boney, this is the same when you have implants.... You still risk the possibility of the breast sagging. 

Ageing comes to us all and over time the skin starts losing it elasticity, therefore sagging starts and again, the aesthetic look of your boobs may not be what you like to see when you look in the mirror. 

Same me with weight loss/gain. Its advised to maintain the weight you are when you had your BA. Anything over a stone either way may have an impact on how your boobs look. 

So alongside the complications which will require replacement. The most common being capsular contracture and rupture, there's also the aesthetic side if this to consider. Gravity will catch up with all of us, so you may not like what you see and feel another BA is what's needed to help you get back the look you want. For example our moderator her (mrsball) has already had 3 BAs and only 30 years old. 

So there's such a lot to consider when having this surgery. 

Please do feel free to ask anything else that might be on your mind or any questions regarding the responses here. Xx

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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by tinkerbell24 on 16th December 2013, 1:05 pm

my surgeon told me implants are like cars as they age then yeah they might still drive (cars that is not implants) but they will rust, gets dents and have general wear and tear and most people need or choose to replace their car after x amount of years so this is the same as implants, I am well aware and always have been to expect more surgery to replace implants

however If all is well with the mri scan and im still happy with the implants its up to me to decide if I want surgery to change and implant that from an mri scan "seems" to be ok xx
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Post by misskaren on 18th December 2013, 8:10 pm

thanks cookie

i think if its recommended to have an mri every 3 years after ba (even though i am fit and well) i will to be safe and see if there are any silent ruptures.

What i am going to ask wit the nuffield is the cover for cc as this is the other common reason to have the impants replaced sooner.

i am surprised someone on here (think it was lil) said she asked a company if she got cc in first year and then 2 years later they ruptured she wouldnt be covered for surgery costs for both.

i am sure my agreement will be with the nuffield and not the surgeon direct.

if mr ben chew has this additional warranty you walk about (cant rem what its called ) i will ask him in feb when i see him incase i can pay £150-£200 for a few years extra cover.

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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by COOKIE on 18th December 2013, 8:21 pm

Its called the ASC Karen 


MRIs aren't aren't actually advised at all if you're fit and well sweetheart. 


You'd only ever be given an MRI (through the NHS) if there was felt cause for investigation, so you won't have an MRI through them unless you were ill.


The MRI you'll have every 3 years to check for silent ruptures which be private Karen and you will have to pay for this yourself. I think they're are 'generally' about £400-£500


There are many clinics that will only cover ONE complication. So if you use your aftercare to correct that complication then that's their side of the bargain sorted! So yes, do ensure that you can claim on your aftercare no matter how many complications there were if you were ever unlucky enough to have to use them at all.


CC and ruptures though are really the most common reasons for replacement. These complications can happen at any time at all after being implanted. So yes, ensuring CC is also covered.


I know for many 'implant' warranties CC isn't covered, so you would have to pay for the implants if you aren't covered by the clinics aftercare, so there's a lot really to think on and check isn't there babe. Xx

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Scar Revision with Lollipop Lift 2011
Scar revision resulting in heamatoma 2012
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by tinkerbell24 on 18th December 2013, 8:59 pm

I was lucky enough not to need my implants replaced due to my CC but the surgeon took some in the theatre with him just incase he couldnt "save" the implant but he said that there was no need not to put a perfectly good implant back in, some surgeons change them

I even had the chance to change my implant profile size but I decided theres always next time for that and the best thing to do was to sory out my problems this time

Like cookie said alot of clinics only sort one problem, and I had 3 this time, the CC, the muscle being to tight and the pocket needing lowered, had I went with someone else they might just have sorted out the worst complication, but I guess I will never know

I will book in for an MRI every 3 years to check all is well xx
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by misskaren on 20th January 2014, 10:20 pm

thanks cookie

well interestingly after all this 'what i would n wouldnt be covered for' i was told that as the exceptions to the nuffield promise wasnt out before i had my op i am covered for everything with no timescale - seems weird but i asked her to put it on a letter and she did.

i must say my gut feeling is the nuffield have ben great and i just honestly feel my surgeon ben would be the sort of surgeon like you had tink - well i can only hope!

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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by stephnoel on 5th June 2014, 4:15 pm

can i just ask if you have paid the extra for lifetime guarantee , does this mean you get the implant replaced for free and just have to pay for the op ? also would you have to stay with the company you originally went with ?? thanks as i did pay extra for mine, i did know what lifetime ment but my surgeon wouldnt use anything else 
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by tinkerbell24 on 15th June 2014, 8:48 am

Lifetime normally means life time of seeing the pcc or surgeon

I havent came across anyone that has implant lifetime aftercare, the wording used is very clever xx
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by Montana on 10th April 2015, 8:20 pm

Hmm interesting and scary stuff. It's definitely got me thinking. Not even had my first op yet!
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by BkozK on 1st August 2015, 7:32 am

All comments here are very interesting and helpful to note. My PS did warn of re-op down the line so I like the idea of starting a boobie fund, thanks x
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Re: Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Post by Chuckie99c on 1st October 2015, 10:52 pm

I had to have an mammogram before being allowed to have my BA and it cost me £270. I was told I will then have mammos at Oxford as the local hospital doesn't do them with behind the muscle ones and it needs to be a specialist.

I think 10 years is good going. I'm only 3 days post BA and already I would have bigger next time lol.
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