DIEP flap and mastopexy questions
Hello to all of you - firstly, I wish you the very best in your struggle, and secondly, THANK YOU for sharing your insight and experience. I'm new to the "club" - right breast mastectomy done June 17th 2022 and sitting with these awful tissue expanders while I figure out next steps for my Frankenboob. Very ugly and uncomfortable - I feel like Frankenstein's bride - but hey, I am grateful no chemo or radiation needed so strategizing next steps. Diagnosis: invasive ductal carcinoma in right breast, 1 cm tumor, ER and PR positive and HER2 negative. No cancer in lymph nodes and low oncotype dx score of 10 with no genetic genes according to tests and in perimenopause. Sleepless nights, mood swings and irritability already and I am not even in menopause so dreading the big drugs they want to put me on - tamoxifen and lupron to suppress ovaries. Decided to pause on drugs for a few months while I get the surgery over with because I have 3% risk of recurrence.
Considering a DIEP flap and would love to hear from others if they recommend it or not. If you live in Atlanta Ga and have a fantastic oncologist or Plastic Surgeon, please do share names with me as I do want to get a second opinion! Did anyone has a mastopexy in one breast and a DIEP flap in the other one and if so, any regrets or advice to me before I start down that path? I fear I will look like a patchwork doll after all this....had a nipple sparing mastectomy on right breast so scar going sideways from nipple to side of breast on right breast. Anyone had a DIEP reconstruction on one breast only and did not mess with the other breast at all? Or is it impossible to have symmetry without messing with both boobs? Thank you for sharing your insight with me.