Surgeon: Dr. Revis
The key to the best possible outcome is choosing the right surgeon. This time I am undoubtedly at an advantage knowing many surgeons from coast to coast.
Rupture: 250 o/f to 275 Mentor Saline Implant
I was in the shower when I noticed my right implant was probably about 75-80% deflated. It completely deflated within 36 hours. I wasn't too concerned as there is no harm in a saline implant rupturing. However, you should seek a redo as soon as possible as the pocket begins to close. It was a little over 3 months before I was able to have surgery and Dr. Revis did state the pocket was about 50% closed at that time.
Saline to Silicone: I was excited at the prospect of now getting the size and type implants I wanted as the high profiles were not available when I first had surgery and I feel for most women like myself (thin with a small ribcage) they are a much better implant. I also qualified for silicone which I decided to do to avoid a future 24/hr deflation. Am I glad I did! They are awesome! They feel real. My salines were much firmer.
My old 250 o/f to 275 barely made me a C cup so I knew I wanted to go up a size and since 275 took me up almost 2 sizes, I knew I needed to add at least another 150cc to gain an additional cup size and then I added another 25cc just to be sure! I wanted to see a difference in size. I used to wear push-up bras even with my first set of implants, now I am that size in clothes w/o the push bras.
Placement: Same - Under the muscle
I recommend going under the muscle whenever possible for several reasons. However, for some this may not provide the best aesthetic result.
Incision: Same - Areola
Implant Warranty: Most current warranties allow up to 10 years for $1200 toward the cost of surgery. However, when I received my implants in 97, it was only 5 years so I did not qualify. Most all major manufacturer implants do come with a lifetime warranty so this helped with the cost of replacing the implants (I replaced both for reasons above).
Pain: Even though my pocket closed half way and needed to be re-opened and I went from 275 to 450 the redo surgery was a breeze. I was on my computer shortly after getting back to the hotel from surgery and that night I drove to dinner and we ate out with no problems. Most people have an easier time with a redo surgery mostly because you breast muscle is already stretched and the pocket has already been cut.
Cleavage: I did lose some cleavage due to the fact I had my new surgeon place the implants lower on my chest so my areola would not be so low (I started with a saggy A cup).
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