Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What Filling For My New Doughnuts

Well I went to see my very cute plastic surgeon today and he said that in about 4 months I will have my implants installed for more permanent boobies. I am looking forward to this part of the journey as the expanders I have now are slightly odd shaped and make for an interesting silhouette. By interesting I mean hard, irregular and slightly lopsided.

“So,” he said. “What kind of implants do you want?” “Well, what kind have you got?” I replied. It appears I have a choice and I would really love your input while making this decision. I am hoping that maybe somebody out there has implants or knows somebody with them and can tell me all about their experiences and the pros and cons.

Here are my choices:

SALINE IMPLANTS

Pros
-very safe

Cons
-do not feel natural-very squishy
-may cause “wrinkling”

SILICONE IMPLANTS

Pros
-feel and look more natural

Cons
-nasty history of possible health issues with leaking problems

He tells me that silicone implants are made differently now with a thicker plastic shell as well as much more jelly-like silicone that doesn’t leak out like it used to. He also says that experts have not really been able to find a definitive link between silicone leakage and health problems. Apparently while they were banned for a few years in North America the rest of the world continued to use them with few problems. Of course The Internet is bubbling over with horrific tales of silicone poisoning. Who to trust?

To be honest I wasn’t even sure that silicone breast implants were used in Canada at this time but it appears they are. I just assumed I would use saline. Info I have gathered states that it is a very high likelihood that my implants will rupture in my lifetime. I am leaning towards happy saline boobies but…

In any case I can take my time choosing as well as go in for another appointment to ask more questions. I am usually prepared with a piece of paper filled with queries but I expected to have my expanders filled a little more today and nothing else. It turns out my chest is about as expanded as it is going to get and no injections were needed and the all important decision came up. So I was not prepared to ask important and well informed questions. In fact I sorta sat there like a lump. Mute.

So if you have any info you can share with me I would greatly appreciate it. If you don’t want to put personal stuff in comments you can email me at crankypantsATshawDOTca and I will keep everything sent to me confidential and not blog about it at all. I promise. Even if it is very funny. And if you are interested on reading more about implants in general you can go to the FDA website and type in ‘breast implants.’ That’s what I have been doing tonight. Looking at booby photos. Too bad I don’t have Feel-o-vision.

17 comments:

Closet Metro said...

I prefer custard over fruit fillings in my doughnuts.

True_Halcyon said...

Speaking purely from research and no experience whatosever, I think silicone would be the more permanet solution, provided you will not be partaking in any full-contact sports other than *ahem* the usual bedroom sort... risk of rupture is far greater in highly active people...

JessicaRabbit said...

Oh lady I can write you a page full about what I know about implants.

I have seen so many girls get them, change them, different types of bags, different ways of implanting them, do's and don'ts.

And yes, I have fondled many a pair of implants and can give you my personal grope factor ratings.

Im totally going to be emailing you.

Precisiongirl said...

Crikey Kranki!!

What a decision!

I'm sure blogland will deal with your request and send you lots of booby-related research and stories.

fueltank said...

And when jessicarabbit emails you, you totally have to share!


Cat Power Carrie

whfropera said...

I think you were rendered speechless by the docs gorgeousness!!

TchaikovskyCapriccio Italien, Op_ 45

ok, my verification was madpcftc.
So appropriate right now.

rodentface said...

Will be celebrating 29 yrs with silicone boobins without any trouble at all. Enjoy your new "friends"!
Jane K

elizabeth said...

i, like jessica, have known so many women with all types, sizes and shaped implants. yes, there are different shapes, too...

while the silicone ones were banned for a time, interestingly, they were still available to patients seeking reconstruction. so in your case, you'd have been able to get them anyway.

ok, down to the nitty gritty. silicone (teardrop shaped) just feel better and look better. the rippling that happens with saline is alien-esque and they feel just like water balloons. the rippling is from the bag, and in both cases, the bag is silicone, but the difference is that the silicone fills it more tautly, because it's denser. think of a ziploc bag filled with water vs. a ziploc bag filled with pudding. which brings me to another option, the textured bag. this is a good thing, because no woman has anything in her body that is perfectly smooth like a ziploc bag. the textured bag mimics natural breast tissue better.

and no, there have not been definitive links between silicone and health issues, though i'm not discounting that it's possible. i just know too many girls who've had them for years (including my best friend's mom..hers are like 20 years old) without problems. that being said, you will likely have to have them replaced at some point in the future, so keep that in mind. in 15 years or so, they couldhave something completely new and different.

hope that helps, and best of luck to you in whatever decison you make. do we get to see pictures when they're done? new boobies are fun.

Amanda B. said...

I barely have breasts at all, so I don't think I can offer advice. I say go with what's safest.

I can tell you that next Spring, when I give the girls a good honk, I won't care if they are squishy. That's how I roll.

dragonflyfilly said...

...i stopped into your Blog after seeing you at alan's blog because i liked your name, Krankipantzen and was curious...

i don't know anything about implants...i do have two friends who are going to have breast reduction done later this year...but i suppose that is quite radically different...well, good luck...and kudoes to you on your "kicking cancer's ass" - my friend celebrates her 2nd anniversary soon, of her conquest over skin cancer.

...and good luck with your new boobies...

Sharkey said...

Pudding! That's it! I vote for pudding.

I don't have any advice for you either. My new boobs stick to the outside of my chest wall and I take them off every night. Too bad they can't use the same materials for the internal kind, because they feel pretty natural.

Squirl said...

I wish I could help you. I want to tell you to go with the silicone, but who knows.

I'm sure some of these other, lovely, people will have better advice than I.

Good luck!

Jeannette said...

Whatever you choose, you won't have much padding on them so they will still feel like you have an implant. I went with saline for the same reasons you outlined. As time goes on, my tissues are relaxing and they are feeling softer and a little more natural.

In the States, women with BC can have the silicone, but you have to consent to being part of a study and go back annually for several years for a complete physical and health assessment and you doctor has to be approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. That was a deal breaker for me. Do we go to the doctor enough already? Too much red tape. I don't know if it is the same in Canada.

Also, seeing how your climate is a little cooler, the silicone can get colder in the winter and take a while to come to body temperature when you go out in the cold.

So many things to consider! I'm glad you are doing well!

elizabeth said...

Just to make your decision more complicated, I just read about these via someone else's blog:

http://www.gummybearbreastimplants.com/

silicone but not filled with liquid
(no leaking), it's a solid gel form thingy (which i think would feel a lot like those things that you can put in bras that are super realistic)

of course, they aren't widely available yet, but something to check into.

JP said...

Not that this may sway you, but what Sharkey doesn't know is that her "stick-ons" are made out of silicone. Why do I know that you may ask? I'll never tell...

kalki said...

I have no advice to give (sorry) but I just wanted to tell you that I loved this title.

Pixie LaRouge said...

A friend of mine, uh-hem, well, it was Mardi Gras... Yeah. Okay, so hers are saline, and, although they're kinda... water-balloon textured, they sure LOOK marv. Another friend with silicone, hers look great, too, but I've never felt her up, so...

Good luck deciding hard-to-decides!