Topic: Implant surgery tomorrow. Questions

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2022 08:07AM

Posted on: Apr 27, 2022 08:07AM

dh305 wrote:


hello all


I am scheduled for my expander removal Tomorrow, and will be getting my implants put in.


The implants are going to be silicone. I keep asking my plastic surgeon about Saline, because I hear silicon is bad and can cause many complications, including cancer in the future.


Am I being irrational? Should I be advocating for Salin? Are there any silicon manufacturers to stay away from?


Any input is appreciated. Thank you

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Apr 27, 2022 10:38AM specialk wrote:

dh305 - good luck with your surgery tomorrow. The majority of those who have reconstruction implants do use silicone, and they are cohesive, so if they rupture the silicone does not migrate like the implants used many years ago. The textured silicone implants that were recalled recently after being linked to rare lymphoma occurrence are no longer being used. As far as saline implants - they are in a silicone shell, so you would still have a silicone outer covering. For reconstruction purposes I think most plastic surgeons prefer silicone as saline can show more ripples since there is no breast tissue in front of the implant to provide a cushion. Most people have implants from the two major manufacturers Allergan and Mentor.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 16 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 2013-2018. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, IHC
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Apr 28, 2022 08:54AM dh305 wrote:

thank you

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Apr 28, 2022 12:49PM serendipity09 wrote:

Dh - I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow. I asked about saline implants when I had my exchange and was told exactly what SpeacialK says above, less rippling. IMO I think aesthetically they are more appealing, but that's just a matter of preference.

Best wishes and keep posted as to how everything goes.

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore, before you decide to be happy" - Nightbirde

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