Who has had both implants and DIEP?
I had a direct to implant BMX with 535cc silicone implants in October 2021, followed by radiation on my left side in June 2022. I had fat grafting in June 2023 to try and break up/loosen the radiated tissue, with limited success.
My chest feels heavy, cold, and tight, especially on my radiated side. My boobs look fantastic, but I'm uncomfortable 24/7. My back and neck hurt, and I'm not convinced my body likes the implants.
My surgeon is offering the DIEP, but it sounds a little intense. I like the idea of having my own natural tissues, and I certainly have the tummy pouch to contribute. Part of my concern is that I developed an infection after fat grafting and was hospitalized for several days, and I'd hate to have the same thing happen again. I also worry about looking even more like Frankenstein's monster with scarring and such.