For many women, getting breast implants can be a confidence booster, but the same procedure has created health problems for others.
One Valley woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was forced to have her implants removed.
“It was mostly to feel better about my body.” This woman in the RGV says decades ago she got silicone implants in San Antonio. “You’re so excited that you’re not that nervous,” she recalled.
But as years went by, she says she noticed one of her breasts was changing.
“All of a sudden, one was growing and growing and growing a lot,” she said. She went to the doctor, and they removed some liquid in an effort to balance them out.
But over time, she says she developed a pocket of fluid called a seroma that sometimes forms after surgery.
Then, she says her blood platelets dropped. “I thought.. something is not right. Why am I not listening to my body and what am I waiting for?”
Three years ago, Dr. Moncada, a plastic surgeon in McAllen, removed her implants.
She is one of many women nationwide choosing to remove their implants because of growing health concerns.
This is also the result of expanding research about the quality of implants from years of performing the procedures.
“In the 90s, there was a high incident of malposition, rupture, and migration of silicone out of the packet. And a lot of women question that the silicone, was in their head, and everywhere,” Dr. Moncada explained.
Now, doctors use improved saline and silicone products made of water.
Dr. Moncada adds not all products outside the U,S. are accepted by the FDA, and not every doctor is advising women to remove their implants.
“If there’s changes in the texture of the breast, if its feeling becoming hard, displaced, that’s when you change them. I have cases where patients are very frustrated because one breast is hard and the other isn’t.”
The anonymous patient says she was never told she needed to replace them. Dr. Moncada was the first to advise her to remove them.
Now, she hopes that more women will know the warning signs before it’s too late. “They’re afraid of getting them out because they feel that it’s very important for themselves, how they look, they feel probably they’re more confident, that they look better and the other one is because they’re scared. They’re also very scared that something is going to be wrong.”
When CBS 4 asked her if she would get implants again, she said no.
“You should talk to your doctor, because not everyone is a good candidate for implants, and you should pay attention to your body, and always communicate with your doctors about any concerns you have.”