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Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 05:41PM - edited Sep 24, 2018 05:43AM by Mykidsmom

Mykidsmom wrote:

We love to include everyone's surgery dates - Please PM me and I will update the list to include you! The list keeps changing since we try to move forward as the dates move forward. Thanks. - Jean

Useful web sites:

Mentor: http://www.justbreastimplants.com/implants/mentor_specs.htm

http://www.mentorcorp.com/breastsurgery/reconstruction/breast-implants.htm

Mentor ultra high profile implants: http://www.mentorcorp.com/global/physician-information/silicon-gel-breast-implants.htm

Allergan: http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/natrelle_catalog.pdf

5/6 - Gardengirls - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/8 - Jonella - Exchange Surgery and Fat Grafting (completed)

8/15 - Remi50 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/26 - LRG02016 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/22 - BigBlueFish - Exchange Surgery and liposuction (for potential fat grafting) and abdominoplasty (completed)

2/27 - Pickmorewildflowers - Exchange Surgery (completed)

3/8 - Imkopy2 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

4-25 - ShoreGirl - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-1 - Klix - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-16 - Breastcanceryogi - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-30 - Mominator - Revision Surgery (fix capsular contraction and reposition implant) (completed)

7-6 - Bevmomduck - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/7 - Elkay7 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

9/8 - CarlaEM - Revision, switching implants, possible fat grafting (completed)

9/8 - NervousGal - Exchange Surgery (completed)

9/20 - Buffyjc - Exchange and Fat Grafting (completed)

9/22 - Noodlesmom - Exchange Surgery (completed)

10/9 - MotherofTwins - Exchange and Fat Grafting (completed)

11/1 - Lynae23 - Exchange Surgery (complted)

11/3 - MinuteAtATime - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/3 - T-Sue - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/15 - LettyF - Exchange Surgery with lipo/fat grafting (completed)

11/28 - Maui-Jen - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/29 - Shoregirl- Revision Surgery - downsize implants, tighten pocket and skin, and fat graft (completed)

12/8 - Dafne - Exchange Surgery (completed)

12/20 - Bringon2017 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

1/24 - jbrmdr - Exchange surgery (completed)

1/29 - Mooney - Exchange Surgery (completed)

4/25 - lmkopy2 - Nip recon put on hold! Swapping implants and fat grafting. (completed)

5/22 - Mariettamom - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6/19 - Maggiebutterfly - Exchange Surgery (completed)

7/10 - Rascalsmom - Exchange Surgery to Sientra smooth round high profile (completed)

8/31 - Mastectomysister - Bilateral mastectomy 8/31 with TE's. No date set yet for exchange.

9/13 - Rachelcarter35 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

9/25 - LInnyG - L mastectomy with TE and SNB

AnnieAlso - Revision Sister in Waiting!

Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy w/ Tissue Expanders - 12/08 Exchange 04/09 Dx 8/25/2008, LCIS, Stage 0
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Mar 7, 2017 09:08PM MrsB88 wrote:

BleuJay - I'm glad your PS reassured you & provided a plan to assist in evening out the bottom poles. Remember, you still have a lot of healing to do & hopefully you will be extremely pleased with the final results!

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Mar 7, 2017 10:08PM BleuJay wrote:

thank you for the suggestions, it is very helpful

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Mar 7, 2017 10:09PM BleuJay wrote:

Thank you for your continued encouragement

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Mar 8, 2017 06:55PM Scottiemom11 wrote:

I'm back on this board for a revision due to CC. I currently have Mentor 300 High Profile implants and PS will be exchanging these for 300 Ultra High Profile as well as dealing with the CC and removing additional skin that I have on each side. Anyone with similar experience? I currently wear loose sports bras. Will I need a compression bra?

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 9, 2017 04:57PM - edited Mar 10, 2017 06:25PM by MrsB88

Scottiemom11 -I had surgery to remove implants (right side CC) with placement of tissue expanders again in June 2016 & exchange to Mentor anatomical implants in Sept. 2016. After June surgery, I wore a surgical (compression type) bra put on me before I woke up and told to wear it for 6 wks. After the exchange, I was put in the same type bra but my surgeon said I could switch to a sports bra with separate cups after the drains came out. At almost 6 mos. out, I am still wearing support 24/7 (underwire when I go out & bralettes at home). Double check with your PS as he/she may have a specific protocol for you. They all seem to have their own philosophy on post-op support. Best wishes for an easy surgery & a smooth recovery with great results!

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Mar 9, 2017 07:18PM Scottiemom11 wrote:

Thanks Mrs.B. I have a new PS as old one is not on current insurance. My old PS did not require compression bras and she allowed me to shower after two days. All questions that I'll need to ask at pre-op.

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 9, 2017 08:26PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Scottie, did your PS give you any indication for CC? Did you have it on both sides? I hope you have a successful surgery with a quick recovery. Let us know how you are doing.

Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Mar 10, 2017 05:21AM Scottiemom11 wrote:

Robin, PS thinks it's just one side but I have nerve pain on the other side as well. It just much worse on the known CC side. I also have LE which causes more swelling and makes the nerve pain worse. PS thinks I will have a good recovery from this revision and I hoping it resolves everything. Dh is happy that I'll get more projection from the new implants. LOL!

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 10, 2017 12:21PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Scottie, It is amazing how similar our diagnosis is. But you are much younger than I. I am 62. We are about 2-3 months separating our dates etc. I pray that this gives you great results and helps your implants feel better. Take care.

Robin

Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Mar 10, 2017 04:44PM Scottiemom11 wrote:

Robin, we are very similar. Thanks for the prayers. Once I heal. I'm finally going to get my tattoos. I was holding out for Vinnie but my PS can do it just as well.

Very tired and working this weekend to clear everything I can before my leave.

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 11, 2017 03:21PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Scottie praying you have a successful revision surgery, it sounds like your plastic surgeon has a good plan and understands the complexity of your situation. I just had my exchange surgery on Wednesday and my surgeon addressed all of my concerns especially in regards to my radiated side. It's still too early to tell because of swelling but things appear symmetrical and my initial scars look fantastic. Im in my compression bra for the next 6 weeks 24/7, if that's what will help me so be it. Please keep us posted!

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Mar 11, 2017 05:33PM Molly50 wrote:

I had my pre op appointment with PS. He wants to do a mastopexy on the right because it dropped noticeably after a ruptured hematoma. Another scar. Oh well.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 14, 2017 11:35AM Shoregirl wrote:

Imkopy, I hope you are healing nicely, yay for symmetry and clean scars!!

Molly50, I am sorry about needing the mastopexy. I can give a silver lining though. I had breast reduction years ago, they called it mastopexy. If it is the same, the scar is like an anchor shape, vertical down from the nipple and horizontal along IMF. My doc's did my BMX and reconstruction (TEs) using the old mastopexy scars. The results are a nice sort of cone shaped reconstruction so you get a little more projection in the center.

Saw my PS yesterday, they can't expand me anymore, had to stop at 475cc instead of the 500 that was planned due to thin skin at lower poles. But he was super impressed with the symmetry. Said he won't have to do pocket work. He even brought in a med student to show him my "wise pattern" incisions and how they make for a nice cone shape. I am pleased with my expansion, just hoping for a cancellation do I can get in there sooner than May 4!!

Blessings, Shoregirl

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 14, 2017 12:28PM farmdream wrote:

Hi Shoregirl - I saw my PS yesterday for a fill. He mentioned the next one will probably be the last since he said I have a bit of shine in my skin. I have 450cc expanders and I will be filled to 430cc max. Has your PS discussed implant size, style etc with you?

Mine said round and smooth and high profile. I ask about the new Allergan Inspira Cohesive but he said my hospital really uses Mentor.

Have you and your PS decided on the type you will be using?

Thanks!

Dx 10/17/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 14, 2017 09:54PM Shoregirl wrote:

Hi Farmdream, yes, my PS will use the Inspira, smooth round cohesive. He is ordering a range of sizes from 400 to 475cc, which is my current fill size. I want to be as close to my pre-surgery size 36 D as possible, but have a feeling I will be a C cup, which is what I was in high school before 4 babies lol. He said they normally use high profile for reconstruction, I batted my eyes and sweetly asked if he could get Ultra high profile, he smiled and said yes. He is SUCH a doll! I had forgotten to ask him a couple of questions at my visit so I emailed him today. I wanted to know if my "thin skin" would have a chance to grow thicker during my wait for exchange since it is 10 weeks away. He replied within 2 hours, saying he would talk to his scheduler and see what he can do. He said "your case is extremely important to me, and the thin skin issue compels me to try to accelerate the schedule. I will talk to Shannon (the scheduler) and see what's available. In your case, I might consider adding a little bit more biological mesh into the inferior pole precisely to help support (and thicken as you said) the lower skin while healing occurs." I was so impressed with his attentiveness. I do have Mentor TEs in, and he was originally going to use the textured anatomicals, but they have moved away from using those in their practice, in favor of the Inspira smooth rounds.

Best wishes, Shoregirl

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 15, 2017 05:10AM farmdream wrote:

Shoregirl - Thank you for sharing...my PS didn't use any biological mess, they said i had a large enough pec muscle to cover, I will ask his opinion if that could help me during the implant stage. I was very interested in the Inspira cohesive, I have to ask if that could be an option even if the hospital uses mostly Mentor. He also practices an University of Penn and I do think they have access to Allergan. Otherwise he will use Mentor smooth high profile, not sure of the size ranges he will try. I have to ask at my next appointment.

Thinking of you and sending you good thoughts on moving to the next phase.


Dx 10/17/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 15, 2017 09:40AM Shoregirl wrote:

Farmdream, you're welcome! My PS used Alloderm because my TEs are over the muscle, so it is needed to make a "sling, or internal bra" for the implant. But yes, I would ask if it would help you with your case as well. It's definitely worth asking about the Inspira if that is what you really want!! Thanks for the good thoughts!! My skin is so tight I can barely stand it, even thinking of having them take some saline out if they dont move my surgery date up.

Let me know how it goes regarding your discussion about the Inspiras. I am sending you happy thoughts too!! :)

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 15, 2017 10:04AM farmdream wrote:

Shoregirl - I was in so much pain from my fill on Monday that I had to take dilaudid and the valium they prescribed. I was hoping to be a little bigger but I am ready to be done with my TEs! I don't go back until March 29th for what is to be my last fill. Hopefully my muscles will have time to relax!

I would at least like to get to see/feel the Inspira versus the mentor since we are going to have these things for a long time Smile

Take care

Dx 10/17/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 15, 2017 11:55AM robinblessed54 wrote:

Shoregirl and farmdream, I had my EX 2 years ago. My TEs were filled to 420 and he used Allergan anatomical 475cc. They look great. I had to wear a sports bra 24/7 for 6 weeks. I wore it much longer and in fact I wear a bralette most of the time. I finally stopped wearing it at night about 2 months ago. I just like the way it feels.

I hope you get the results you desire.

Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Mar 15, 2017 03:20PM Shoregirl wrote:

Farmdream, that is how I felt after my fill last Thursday. I wanted to be done. Our bodies are speaking to us, as confirmed by my PS. So I AM done, and am happy with the size. They are actually a little big looking, even though same bra size as my natural breast were. I suppose because my naturals weren't jutting out and standing up so proud hehe!!! I asked to see the different implants, but he said they have to be ordered. There were samples in the office of the Natrelles, both smooth round and textured anatomicals, but not the Inspira.

Robin, interesting that your implants are bigger than your TEs. My doc says he will do his best to get the 475 implants in, but may have to go smaller. I wonder if it is because round vs anatomical? I wouldn't think so, I would think round are a little squishier and easier to manipulate but what do I know? Lol! My PS did tell me different sizes will look different on each person's body due to frame size, body composition, etc. My daughter suggested the VS bralettes. PS said I will be sent home in a compression bra. Thanks for your input :)

Blessings, Shoregirl

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 15, 2017 04:55PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Shoregirl, anatomical implants are different. They are always larger than pocket in order for them to adhere to avoid rotating. Your TEs always look bigger than the implants because they have a hard back that sits on your chest wall so skin stretches outward. I was sent home in a compression bra and ace wrap for a week, no peeking! Again for the implants to not move.

I have 3D nipple tattoos. I didn't want to go through more surgery especially with a high flattering rate of nipple recon.

Blessings to you too, Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Mar 15, 2017 06:22PM grandma3X wrote:

I had fat grafting today. I'm a little sore. They took fat from my thighs. They PS put a compression bra on me -.the first time. I did not have compression after my MX or exchange and I was surprised that she put one on this time. I thought we weren't supposed to have compression after fat grafting. Any advice?
Oncotype score 10. Married 35 years, 2 kids, 3 grands. Marine biologist/biochemist. No BC in my family tree. First diagnosed with multi focal ILC with 2 small tumors seen on MRI. Final pathology showed 1 large tumor measuring 5 cm! Dx 1/13/2016, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/17/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/26/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/11/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/11/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 15, 2017 06:40PM Shoregirl wrote:

Grandma3x I don't know for sure, but I thought I read compression garments ARE used after FG. I am sure more knowledgeable ladies will chime in. :)

Robinblesse, do you like your tats? Were they done at PS office or did you go to tat parlor? My PS doesn't even do nip recon specifically for the reason you mentioned...they flatten out anyway, why subject to another surgery. My PS is very patient - comfort oriented. I was a bit disappointed when he told me they don't do the recon. But they do the 3D tats there in the office. Since my insurance will cover it as it is in a medical setting, and I don't want to shop for a PS that accepts my insurance to do the recon, I guess its tats for me too!!

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 15, 2017 06:57PM grandma3X wrote:

Shoregirl- I have compression on the donor sites, which is expected, but also on the chest. I read somewhere that you don't want to compress the foobs after fat grafting to encourage the fat to form blood vessels. Plus, the compression is making ripples on my skin - is this ok?
Oncotype score 10. Married 35 years, 2 kids, 3 grands. Marine biologist/biochemist. No BC in my family tree. First diagnosed with multi focal ILC with 2 small tumors seen on MRI. Final pathology showed 1 large tumor measuring 5 cm! Dx 1/13/2016, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/17/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/26/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/11/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/11/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 15, 2017 08:10PM bikefam wrote:

Grandma3x, I had nipple tats in my PS office last December. His nurse did it and I really like it. They are 3D and I think they look good. I thought about going to Vinnies, but the PS was closer and I knew insurance would pay for it. I am so happy to be "done".

Dx 3/2015, DCIS, Right, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Surgery 3/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/16/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/23/2015 Mastectomy: Right Surgery 9/1/2015 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/16/2015 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/8/2015 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 5/2/2016 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 15, 2017 09:18PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Shore, I had my tattoos done by a PA in July 2015. They were ok right after, but they faded and didn't have the 3D appearance by December 2015. They looked like the (Target) sign at the mall! 😩 So in December 2016 I went to Corey Miller here in SoCal and got real tattoos. Corey knows Vinnie and was on the TV show LA Ink. They look great. The onk they use at medical office is like cosmetic/medical grade. It is not permanent. I paid $600 for them.

Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Mar 16, 2017 04:51AM farmdream wrote:

Has anyone heard of a PS using Alloderm for the nipple and areola? I thought I read it on one of the boards here??? I wonder if it works and if the nipple would hold the shape better?

Dx 10/17/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 16, 2017 06:08AM Molly50 wrote:

Shoregirl, thank you. It is exactly as you described. I am not thrilled about another incision but at this point I just want symmetry. I have had to wear an adjustable bra since my last uni mx because of the right being too low.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 16, 2017 12:25PM Shoregirl wrote:

Grandma3X, I am sorry, I have not had FG at this point I think I may have seen a thread specific for FG here somewhere :)

Robin...that is kind of what I was expecting. The med grade ink fades. I think you can go back and have it retouched, but the real tats would be so much better to start with. I have to go with the med tats for now, but will start a little nip tat savings so I can go see Vinnie. If he is still in Frederick, MD its about a 2 hour drive for me.

Farmdream, I have heard of alloderm being used in nip recon. I think on the Realself.com site is where I saw it, but maybe it was here! I wonder about it too!! I will ask my PS what he thinks.

Molly50, you are welcome. I know the thought of more surgery sucks, but I believe you will be very happy you went for it. :) My PS told me unfortunately I will have drains again after my exchange, because he has to fix my "dog ears" , the loose skin where my side boobs were due to a 50 lb weight loss. We can do it, we are strong, cancer beating warrior goddesses. Who ever coined the phrase referring to women as "the weaker sex"...ha!!!

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 19, 2017 07:31PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Looking for advice from anyone who has had their exchange.

I am 11 days post op and my incisions sit just below the IMF because my PS was concerned the incision may not heal properly because of rads. Any sports bra or compression bra sits on my incisions and is so uncomfortable and pinches. Any thoughts on what I can wear I am supposed to be wearing something 24/7...any advice you have is greatly appreciated.

Hugs!

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017

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