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#1 kaykay

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:55 AM

I have saline filled implants since 1987 - the shell is silicone plastic - should I have them removed? Any of you with experience or thoughts on this?

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:42 PM

Hi KayKay,

Here's a link to a good article about Breast Implants that might help you make your decision. It's my understanding that some of the controversy is fueled by confusing silicone with silica - they are two entirely different things. Silicone is so widely used in medical devices that I think if it were truly harmful, we'd know for sure by now. If it were me, I'd keep my implants.

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 04:22 PM

Hi,

Since 1987? thought you had to get them redone every 10 years? I believe it is due to hardening as your body will form tissue around it and it will get progressively tighter.

I have had breast implants since 2005, (saline). I am under the impression that only the silcone filled one can be bad when it leaks...?

I don't think my implants caused or worsened my sclero. I had Raynaud's (RP) and fatigue/ joint pain before I had them done already. Personally, if I was you I'd keep them, maybe just get them checked and get a 'tune up' if necessary. Our body is already changing and many of us may have problems with the loss of e.g. upper lip, soft skin, health.... its nice to retain something that makes us feel attractive! (I may not have too much upper lip, but still well-formed underneath .... :emoticons-yes: )

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:51 AM

Thank you both for that. I was confiusing Silica with Silicone - I had read a lot before the surgery and thought it was all very safe, but then when you get something like this you question those kinds of things.

Eos - when I had them done they never said I'd have to redo them, but I do see that recommendation now in the link that Jeannie sent. My girlfriend had them done in 1984 and never any problem either - I really don't feel like going through the trauma again, so I don't think I would do it unless I had a problem. No hardening.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:45 PM

kaykay... that gives me hope. I am trying to avoid having them redone too. It was just way too painful the first time!