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

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 07:41PM - edited Mar 29, 2019 07:40AM 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

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)

9/20 - Gramto4 - Exchange Surgery/Revision (completed)

9/25 - LInnyG - L mastectomy with TE and SNB (completed)

11/13 - Mastectomysister - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/30 - Jsbells - Exchange Surgery (completed)

12/27 - Gramto4 - Nipple reconstruction and fat grafting (completed)

12/28 - Lolarg - Exchange Surgery (completed)

1/3/2019 - Crossh - Exchange Surgery (completed)

3/25 - Allebasi - Exchange Surgery left side and a lift and small implant on right side for symmetry (completed)

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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Apr 10, 2017 09:18AM Leslienva wrote:

Madison, I've had several friends say they only needed a day or so recovery for nip recon. How are you doing? I have mine on Wednesday, with some fat grafting, so I'm hoping I don't have to have too much down time.

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 10, 2017 05:52PM agentlmiller007 wrote:

Can someone point me in the right direction, perhaps a link? I recall reading a post somewhere a bit ago about some of the ladies on this forum being a guru for implant sizing questions. I had a bi-lateral nipple-sparing mastectomy and have TE's currently. (Not sure what type) My PS said he'd like to fill them to about 220cc and is hoping to go with a 185cc implant. I'm 28, 5'2'', 100 lbs soaking wet, and very fit/athletic. He put it under the muscle and added alloderm... and had to stitch something directly to my chest wall in the center. Pre-surgery I wore a 32B and just barely filled out my cup. (If i measure my ribcage under my boobs I think i'm more like 28")

I would prefer after surgery not to be much bigger, but my PS told me "they don't even make implants that small" ...I'm very concerned about not being too big after! I'm used to my previously almost-flat chest and liked having small boobs.

I wish he could show me a picture of what to expect after, but he said he didn't have any for someone my size. He also said today he'd like to go with a round implant...which initially I thought we'd go with a teardrop shaped "gummy bear" implant. Can anyone let me know how this is sounding like it'll end up? I'd love to see photos of a similar situation of what to expect to end up with. So not even necessarily of someone who had implants/reconstructions, (although that'd be awesome!) but it could just be a regular boob picture of "you'll look something like this". I also have some photos I found of what I'd LIKE to look like after if that helps at all.

Thanks in advance!

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Apr 10, 2017 06:35PM MinusTwo wrote:

agent - here you to. Breast Implant Sizing 101. Whippetmom is our guru. You can copy your post from here, but be sure to read the complete header and add any other information that is requested.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics/746448?page=473#idx_14185

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 10, 2017 11:06PM Madison4568 wrote:

HI Leslienva,

It was an easy surgery. I haven't even taken Tylenol. I have a little feeling on good side and still no pain. They do look HUGE. My surgeon said they will settle way down. I am a hypertrophic scar former so I highly doubt mine will flatten out but hopefully they will at least a little bit Good luck on Wednesday! Let me know how you're doing.

Diagnosed at age 22, Inflammatory BC, BRCA1 Dx 10/7/2014, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 8/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 2/22/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/30/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 5/30/2015 Lynparza Surgery 5/1/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 1/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 11, 2017 10:10AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Rosebowl- I had my exchange on 3/8, before that I had my beloved turtle shells for 11 months. I can honestly tell you that you will be much more comfortable immediately after surgery. Granted my chest was tight, my PS put in a larger imaplant than what I was expanded to but at almost 5 weeks post op its a totally different situation than the awful expanders. My left side is loosening up nicely and my right side is getting there. I had rads on that side and I feel like my right side is currently as soft as my left side was the day of my exchange surgery. Hopefully that makes sense. I will keep you in my prayers, Im sure you'll do awesome! 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 10/22/2016 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 9/25/2017
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Apr 11, 2017 10:12AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Madison thank you for sharing, that is my next phase in June. Leslienva, good luck to you, please share your experience...Ill say a prayer for you.

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 10/22/2016 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 9/25/2017
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Apr 11, 2017 10:20AM Leslienva wrote:

Madison, do you have the "nip shields"? If so, how long do you have to wear them? Do they poke out from your clothes?

Imkopy2, thanks! I'll report back. I'm more worried about the fat grafting than the nip recon.

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 11, 2017 03:42PM Madison4568 wrote:

No nipple shields. Just a compression bra for 3 weeks with the nipple area cut out of it, a very interesting look lol. They told me to put nothing on them. I am going back to work tomorrow so I am going to wear loose shirts with a scarf over my chest.

Diagnosed at age 22, Inflammatory BC, BRCA1 Dx 10/7/2014, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 8/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 2/22/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/30/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 5/30/2015 Lynparza Surgery 5/1/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 1/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 11, 2017 08:15PM Leslienva wrote:

I can just imagine what these "shields" look like. The nurse said similar to a small hat!!

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 13, 2017 02:54PM Madison4568 wrote:

I had my nipples done 3 days ago. They bled for quite a while after. 24 hours after surgery the one on my LD flap started turning black on the edges and was bright red on the top with a fluid filled blister which kept popping and oozing. I ent to the ER as directed by the doctor on call and it was a complete waste of time. The plastics resident on call had no idea what was happening, I had no more answers than before I went there. I was worried I had an infection. I called the surgeons office the next day. The nurse said the nipple is trying to establish a new blood supply and the skin on the surface is dying and that I could lose the nipple. Has anyone had this happen?

Diagnosed at age 22, Inflammatory BC, BRCA1 Dx 10/7/2014, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 8/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 2/22/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/30/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 5/30/2015 Lynparza Surgery 5/1/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 1/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 13, 2017 09:43PM Leslienva wrote:

Ihad my nipple reconstruction and fat grafting yesterday. I'm still having some bleeding, which the nurse said was normal. I had to wash the surgical bra and replace the gauze that was covering the shields. I'm supposed to start applying ointment tomorrow. Is the problem on your radiated side? It's my prophylactic side that's bleeding.

I hope everything turns out okay. Keep us posted!

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 21, 2017 02:52PM Molly50 wrote:

So, how long does it take to see what the end result of your implants will be? I am still wearing a sports bra 24/7. He wants me to switch to a supportive underwire after I see him next month. My surgery was 4 weeks ago today. My left (cancer/rads side) looks awful. It is still mishapen like the TE and rather pancaked and still swollen in places. The right is wanting to drift to the right toward my pit which makes me terribly unhappy. I want a little cleavage and I don't want to have to wear a bra, especially an underwire the rest of my life.

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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Apr 21, 2017 04:09PM MinusTwo wrote:

Molly - It can take 3-6 months until your new implants "settle". I know it's hard, but all through this thread the best advice is just step away from the mirror. You can always have a revision down the road if you are truly still disappointed with the result once all the swelling inflammation is gone & your body grows to accept the implant placement.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 21, 2017 08:35PM Molly50 wrote:

Thank you, Minus Two. I know I read somewhere it's about two months but you know after being in TE's for so long I just want something close to normal.

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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Apr 22, 2017 06:43PM Scottiemom11 wrote:

Molly, my revision for CC was almost five weeks ago. I'm still wearing a sports type support bra. Mine are starting to settle, i.e., drop and fluff a bit. They were very close together in the front right after the surgery and now are drifting apart some. Give yours time. Best wishes.

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 & May 2019. .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) 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) Surgery 12/3/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/16/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 23, 2017 09:12AM Shoregirl wrote:

Molly, I know it's been a long road for you, and not so long for me. But as women who have lost parts of our bodies it is only natural to want the best possible results after what we have endured. The lengthy journey is hard, but we are blessed to have sisters who have gone before us to encourage and guide us! You have been so patient and helpful to others here, I just wanted to let you know I am rooting for you, praying for you, for the continued patience and peace as you recover from your exchange.

I'm going for my exchange Tuesday, April 25. I thank you for voicing your concerns and Minus2Two & Scottiemom1, thank you for your response to Molly. I can't imagine how lost I would be without all these wonderful ladies, my sister's I never had as the only girl with 11 brothers!!

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 23, 2017 10:35AM - edited Apr 24, 2017 01:13PM by Molly50

Shoregirl, I will be in your pocket for Tuesday. I am very excited for you. I want to thank all of you for your encouraging posts. I just needed to get through a couple days of being discouraged. Shoregirl, you are right. It's been such a long journey and I did so well not missing my breasts until it hit me that this stage is permanent. This is going to be me for a long time. In the scheme of things it shouldn't be a big deal but some days I don't recognize my own body. You are all so wonderful.

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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Apr 24, 2017 10:47AM heartfull wrote:

Hi all, getting ready for my exchange this Friday! So happy! Just one problem, my insurance has refused to pay for the fat grafting. Tried an appeal, but it was turned down. Has anyone had the exchange without the fat grafting?

Dx 12/2016, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/21/2017 Surgery Mastectomy
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Apr 24, 2017 11:43AM candles1 wrote:

heartfull, did the insurance company say why the fat grafting was denied? I'm looking into fat grafting myself since my implants have rippling...it didn't occur to me that the procedure might not be covered. Is it commonly declined??
Dx 11/8/2016, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 24, 2017 12:24PM heartfull wrote:

My insurance is Medical Mutual. They seem to be one of the few that decline the procedure. They are calling the procedure "experimental." I think over insurance companies are on board with the importance and do cover it. I hope your insurance company covers it for you. I'm just worried about getting the exchange and how it will look without the fat grafting...is there a lot of rippling for you?

Dx 12/2016, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/21/2017 Surgery Mastectomy
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Apr 24, 2017 12:43PM candles1 wrote:

Heartfull, I had a one step, direct-to-implant reconstruction over the muscle. One side does have visible rippling at the top (so, yes, visible in low cut attire). I could live with it, but I'd prefer to try to fix it. Over the muscle implants are more likely to ripple, although I highly recommend the procedure overall if that's what you are doing.

Maybe you won't ripple at all...fingers crossed. My PS would not have done the fat grafting right away in any event. I was told that it's better to wait for the swelling to subside so you can see all the areas that need it (if any). In my case, I initially thought the rippling was so tiny that I'd ignore it. Now, two months later, the rippling is indeed deeper and more widespread than originally appeared. So, maybe there's a benefit to waiting anyway? Do you've have the opportunity to switch to another insurer in a few months' time?
Dx 11/8/2016, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 24, 2017 02:18PM Leslienva wrote:

Heartfull, I didn't have fat grafting with my original exchange, I had it over a year later with nipple reconstruction. But it was covered by my health insurance.

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 24, 2017 04:35PM heartfull wrote:

leslienva and candles1, thank you both for your information. It sounds like it will be alright to wait and get the fat grafting later if needed. It really does make sense to wait and see how things settle in. I also thought it would be great to switch insurance if possible, but not for a year or so. Maybe before that time my current insurance will see the importance of the fat grafting for women! :) Either way I am soo excited about getting the implants put in on Friday! I hear the surgery is easier than the original BMX. What do you guys think? Did you have to wear a bra immediately after the surgery? Thank you again for your information and support! :)

Dx 12/2016, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/21/2017 Surgery Mastectomy
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Apr 24, 2017 04:46PM - edited Apr 24, 2017 04:49PM by Scottiemom11

Heartful. . .I had both my EX and my revision for CC done without fat grafting. I did have lipowithout fat grafting with original EX and insurance covered that. New PS said no fat grafting needed when I asked about it this time and he was right.

Best wishes for getting your squishies on Friday. FYI I am still in a sports bra 5 weeks out from revision. That depends on PS I think.

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 & May 2019. .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) 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) Surgery 12/3/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/16/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2017 04:59PM Shoregirl wrote:

Its official, exchange surgery 11:25a.m tomorrow along with "dog ear revisions." I will have drains. Any other ladies have drains with exchange? I'm guessing it's because of the dog ears, not sure though. My PS is bringing a range of sizes from 400cc to 475cc in the Inspira smooth round high profile and ultra high profile. I have to trust his judgement. I will be a little smaller than my natural 36D -DD, but I'm ok with that. I just don't want them too far apart!

I will report back when able!!! Yay!!!!

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2017 06:40PM Leslienva wrote:

Heartful, the exchange was a lot easier than the mastectomy. I had drains, but they were only for about a week. My PS felt drains help with healing.I did wake up in a surgical bra but could switch to a sports bra after a few days. Some women don't even need fat grafting. I had a "dent" under my collar bone that I wanted filled, which is why I opted for the grafting later.

Good luck on Friday! I'm sure you'll do great!

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 24, 2017 09:58PM Mominator wrote:

It's been 1 year 3 months since my exchange. Overall, I am very happy. I have some areas of "volume loss" as my BS calls it, and some rippling as well. But since I look fine in my clothes, I am hesitant for any more surgery.

However, in the last few weeks I have noticed that I can feel the top of my implant poking up from under the muscle at the top of my left breast. It is uncomfortable.

This is the Natrelle 410 implant.


I made an appointment for next to discuss options. Has anyone had their implant move?


Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS, wife, mom to 3 children of various special needs, musician, volunteer. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom just passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, died 5/25/16. Surgery 11/10/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2017 10:03PM Mominator wrote:

Shoregirl: I had drains both with BMX and EX. That is standard procedure for my PS.

Best wishes for your EX tomorrow. I'll be in your pocket as well.

Madelyn

Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS, wife, mom to 3 children of various special needs, musician, volunteer. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom just passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, died 5/25/16. Surgery 11/10/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2017 11:47PM heartfull wrote:

Leslienva ,scottiemom11 thank you for the information and good wishes! I am so happy to know that the grafting can be done later! I'm glad to know that the surgery will be easier! :) I think I better check into a sports bra! All of your good wishes mean so much! Thank you!! :)

Dx 12/2016, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/21/2017 Surgery Mastectomy
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Apr 25, 2017 12:02AM robinblessed54 wrote:

mominator, heartful, shoregirl, it has been over 2 years since ex. I also have the Natrelle 410. I didn't have fat grafting and don't expect to need it. Mine have not moved. I woke up in surgical bra and ace bandage. Had that for a week, no drains. After that sports bra 24/7 for at least 6 weeks. I wore one for over a year. I love them and with my professional 3D nipples, they are complete! It takes quite a while for them to look good and feel like they are not foreign objects. Be patient and srep away from the mirror. Blessings, 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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