May 23, 2017 11:02PM EastcoastTS wrote:
GOOD news, Mominator. ;)
Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.
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May 23, 2017 11:02PM EastcoastTS wrote:
GOOD news, Mominator. ;)
May 24, 2017 06:46AM Leslienva wrote:
Great news, Mominator! I was pretty sure it was something like that and not a recurrence.
May 24, 2017 08:16AM Scottiemom11 wrote:
I bought two fruit of the loom front closure at Walmart as well. Very comfy. One on and one in the wash. The I switched to my light cotton sports bras. Best wishes all.
May 24, 2017 09:03PM Mominator wrote:
Thank you everyone! I'm keeping you all in my pocket.
Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers on the lump being benign. I was very lucky in that my BMX was prophylactic. I am BRCA2 positive. I had my BMX at age 54, which was 8 years before the age of my mother's first cancer diagnosis (age 62, and age 79 for her second). Post-BMX pathology showed extensive hyperplasia in both breasts, but not yet atypical hyperplasia. Breast surgeon thinks we got the breasts out a few years before they had a chance to go bad.
Robin: my implants are Natrelle 410 FX Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone: Left: 450 cc, Right 495 cc
Revision Surgery (fix capsular contraction and reposition implant) is scheduled for June 30.
May 25, 2017 10:45PM OG56 wrote:
Had my exchange surgery last Wednesday and all went well I had Mentor high profile 800 cc's and I will say that I had no pain a little bit of discomfort because they liposuctioned under my arms and a little bit towards my back and that was the only area that was a bit of a pain. I will say that my implants and I realize it's only one week are a little bit squarish and my plastic surgeon said that happens sometimes because the tissue expanders push our chest walls backwards so it takes a little time for everything to come forward so I will just have to be patient and stay away from the mirror. Hope everyone else has Pleasant outcomes and thanks for all of the information on this thread!
May 26, 2017 07:01PM Memyself17 wrote:
Happy Friday and Long Weekend :) Thank you to all who responded to my question about bra suggestions post-exchange. I did get a few and am quite happy. Fruit of the Loom and Genie are so comfortable. My exchange surgery was 2 weeks ago today - feeling good. I have Natrelle cohesive silicone gel implant (SCF) - they are such a relief after expanders but are still firm and don't move much - hoping that changes with the "drop & fluff" that I'm waiting for.
May 26, 2017 09:49PM robinblessed54 wrote:
Memyself, there is no drop and fluff with gummies. They are more static. But I love mine. It takes awhile for them to feel like your own.
May 28, 2017 11:12PM Pamela_2016 wrote:
I have had a mentor anatomical implant for about 3 weeks now. It is notably larger than my healthy breast that got a lift. PS assistant says it is swollen, will go down. Anyone else experiencing this? I am afraid i got the wrong size!
May 29, 2017 09:38AM Molly50 wrote:
Pamela, it was about six weeks before I noticed the swelling was easing up. Give it time. I am two months post op and my implants look much better.
May 29, 2017 01:15PM - edited May 29, 2017 01:16PM by MinusTwo
Pamela: As you will see all through the previous posts in this thread... The hardest and best advice is to step away from the mirror. It can take up to 6 months for all the swelling to go down - internal & external - and muscles & nerves to readjust.
May 30, 2017 09:24PM Mominator wrote:
Gentle (((HUGS))) Pamela, you are probably very swollen. Yes, the mastectomy breast will probably be much more swollen than the lift breast. Give yourself some time to heal.
OG56 and Memyself 17: I hope you both had restful weekends and are healing well.
Jun 1, 2017 01:47PM Shoregirl wrote:
Just over a month post exchange and my right Inspira ultra high profile has suddenly developed a flat spot in the front projection area and the upper edge is very visible.and distorted looking. Also now noticeably smaller than left, although both were 470cc, giving me a D cup. I did not have radiation.I have an appointment with my PS tomorrow to evaluate. Just prior to me noticing the flat spot I had been changing position while lying in bed and felt a sharp pull on my side incision that burned painfully for about an hour. I know there are a lot of internal stitches, and my PS had said he will likely be revising the right side as it is a bit tight. He had to take my incisions from IMF all the way around to my shoulder blades to correct dog ears. I don't know what could have happened, I wouldn't think the implant is stitched in place like TEs.
Jun 1, 2017 03:00PM marketingmama wrote:
Hi Ladies, I have had multiple exchange procedures due to infection, CC, etc. Last surgery we went to smaller implant thinking this might help with some of the complications. Problem is I'm left with funky side boob and about an inch of pinchable skin/flap about 1-2" below each armpit. Also some at the very top of the armpit that kind of bulges out of a bra when I put my arm to the side. I've had so many more serious issues with my implants that this is not exactly pressing but I would be curious if any of you have dealt with something similar and how your PS handled. It's as if my skin needs tightening if that makes sense. Oh, PS tried to address this somewhat in a prior procedure by doing some lipo but honestly the skin didn't tighten and there is very little difference (if any). I'm seeing PS tomorrow and will ask his opinion. No rush to go back to the OR but I know I'll want to fix this at some point since wearing a tank style top/dress or swimsuit isn't pretty.
Shoregirl, good luck getting an answer to your question. I am not sure what could be causing your problem but good you're seeing your PS. Appearance of size difference is sometimes caused by our own internal anatomy (ribcage or spine I think) causing one side to stick out further than the other. But as far as I know, implants shouldn't be stitched in place.
Jun 1, 2017 03:55PM Goldene wrote:
Hi everyone! I got home today from the hospital after I had my exchange surgery on May 31, and all went well. I got Polytech anatomical implants and they already look better than the tissue expanders! I am having a little pain at the incisions and from drains, but almost no muscle pain, anyway it's less painful than it was after the double mastectomy. Dr. said drains will probably come out tomorrow. This time I only have two drains. I hope I'll get rid of them as soon as possible! So to everyone awaiting your exchange, it is definitely much easier! I will take pain meds before bed. I also have an antibiotic to take since I have drains.
Jun 1, 2017 07:57PM EastcoastTS wrote:
My TEs are very far apart. BIG gap. (Whippetmom agreed.)
I was really small (AA/A cup) and am only expanded to 270cc and done. Ha ha. I know that seems tiny but to me, I'm HUGE. I'm about 95lbs soaking wet. You get the drift. ;)
Anyway, since the TEs are so far apart, I'm going to have to have lots of pocket work. Does this terrifically complicate the process?
Hugs to all.
Jun 2, 2017 12:22AM robinblessed54 wrote:
hercules, I think someone already mentioned that suturing the implants is very unusual! Most of us have pocket work to make the implants fit better and more snug. The textured ones fit snug to keep them from rotating, but not actually sewing them in place. Hope they work out good for you.
Jun 2, 2017 05:33AM farmdream wrote:
Shoregirl - I hope your PS has some information and the evaluation goes well. Sorry to hear you are dealing with this.
Jun 2, 2017 05:36AM farmdream wrote:
EastcoastTS - my TEs are somewhat far apart, my PS said he will try to bring them closer together. I imagine that means pocket work for me too.
I would also like to know if it increases the recovery time or pain after exchange.
Jun 2, 2017 06:55PM Mominator wrote:
Shoregirl and marketingmama: how were your appointments? Any solutions to your problems?
marketingmama: I'm having surgery on June 30 for CC. I'm guessing the recovery is similar to EX. What was your experience? Did the surgery correct your CC?
1040law: good luck on your EX on June 28.
Goldene: welcome to the squishy side! I hope your recovery is smooth.
EastcoastTS and farmdream: I had extensive pocket work during my EX. Recovery was still easier than BMX.
Happy Weekend to All!!
Jun 2, 2017 07:05PM SpecialK wrote:
marketing - my PS lipo-ed that weird puffy area below the underarm after my implant downsize and it solved the problem. Insurance covered it as part of the revision.
Jun 2, 2017 08:42PM Leslienva wrote:
Specialk, I asked my PS to fix that area, too, but he said it wasn't part of thecfat grafting.
Jun 2, 2017 11:17PM SpecialK wrote:
Leslie - my PS May have been able to get insurance approval to lipo in that area because I was downsizing implants to more than 100ccs smaller
Jun 3, 2017 01:16AM Shoregirl wrote:
Congrats Goldene on your exchange, glad to hear you are doing well!! Thank you ladies for your well wishes :) Hercules, I asked my ps if the implants are stitched and he told me no. Now I need to vent a little, I don't know what to do or say as I am very non-confrontational. I asked my ps if it is possible for the implant to flip over, as that is how it appears. He looked at it and said, "you are about 6 weeks post op, I think you are seeing the swelling has gone down, and this is how it looks." He showed me one of the anatomical implants with the textured shell. He said "these can rotate, which is why they textured them, it acts like velcro to the skin. But you have the smooth rounds. It can rotate but that won't affect how it looks, its round." I said no, no way. Look at the other one, it is perfect, round, nothing has changed. I went to bed and both were the same, perfect. I woke up and the right one was flat in front, and you can grab the whole edge from the side. It looks like the projection side has flipped toward my back. He looked some more, called his assistant to look, and finally agreed saying "it is very, very rare, but I agree with your diagnosis, the implant has flipped!" I was dismayed that he tried to dismiss me, but then he added insult to injury saying to watch it and do nothing for 6 weeks, maybe it will flip back on its own!! I didn't think to ask him what would prevent it from flipping constantly if that is the case. He said they could try to manipulate it in the office, but it would be very aggressive and he worried the incision could open, so he nixed that idea. He said if it didn't flip back he would have to operate Now, he knows he already has to get me back in the OR to revise the scar on that side that goes all the way to my shoulder blade, so why wait? I also brought up the fact that my left breast has a hard knot on the flat part of my chest just above the implant. I brought this to his attention 2 weeks ago. He dismissed it as being "the edge of the implant." I can move my implant while holding my finger on the knot. The knot doesn't move with the implant. Then I mentioned that the implants are very uncomfortable when I cross an arm over my chest and when I lean over. They are above the muscle, with just my skin over the implants. When I do those motions I can feel the implant hanging off my body and the skin stretching and it hurts. I asked if FG whould make it more comfortable and he replied it absolutely would, although 2 weeks ago he told me he didn't think I needed FG. So now he has 2 reasons to schedule OR time, flip my implant, and do some FG. The final thing I brouight up was that the left is bigger than the right, and since he will be in there anyway can he make them symmetrical. I feel they are too big anyway, so he could put a smaller one in the left to make it match the right. He said,"let me wrap my head around this, usually people want FG to make the breast bigger, you want to make it smaller and FG." Well yes!! They are too big, uneven, and the implant edges hurt my skin. I don't think that will change with a smaller implant, it should still be F grafted to cushion the edges since my skin is so sensitive to them. He said he could, but that I need to think about something. " Better is the enemy of good." I said what does that mean" He said "I think you look great. When you go chasing perfection, it can bite you. You could get an infection every time we go in with implants, or you could end up losing it. Just meditate on that." I am just so discouraged. I really liked my ps, but now I am very concerned at his LACK of concern!! As my mother said, he should have taken one look and said "your implant has flipped over. Its rare, but we need to fix it in the OR, what day is good for you?" Do you think he is being egotistical and not wanting to admit its not his best work? Or could he get penalized in some way for having to revise?
So, my thought is this. I will call my bs Monday. She is the director of the whole breast center, and he is on her team. I will ask for her to evaluate the knot on the left breast, hopefully I can get imaging ordered for both sides. This way I can be put at ease about the knot on the left, and we can see if in fact the r implant has flipped over. I really don't want to wait til the end of July or into August to have more surgery. And wouldn't putting it off be bad for the capsule, to have the implant all distorted in there and it heal like that? I am going to the beach tomorrow and take my mind off all of this. But I am eager to hear any input you all have. Especially those who have downsized or had revisions. Has anyone else had an implant turn over backwards? Thanks for listening, blessings to all.
Jun 3, 2017 09:09AM marketingmama wrote:
Hey Special! PS said he would need to cut the flabby section of skin. It's really not fat at this point--- just redundant skin. He actually lipo'd that area a few months ago during another procedure but clearly I've been left with stretched out skin that apparently can be excised. He said he might even be able to do in the office, which would be fabulous. I'll see him again in two months as I still have more healing to do from capsulorrhaphies done 3 weeks ago. And man, did those hurt!!
Jun 3, 2017 09:16AM marketingmama wrote:
Mominator, recovery after CC was pretty easy. I took a week off work if I remember correctly. The rough procedures for me have been those involving a lot of pocket work and a round of fat grafting (the liposuction was done on my inner thighs and that definitely smarted).
My CC was corrected but then I developed the opposite problem. I bottomed out. This shocked my PS and is very uncommon. I had another procedure done 3 weeks to correct that issue (capsulorrhaphy) . Went with smaller implants as well.
Jun 3, 2017 10:12PM kingster wrote:
Shoregirl, have you tried to gently flip the implant yourself? If it flipped while you were sleeping, then shouldn't it be able to flip back? He has a point that things won't be perfect, but a flipped implant can't feel good. Maybe try to flip it bent over when your skin is stretched? Or maybe just try to sleep on that side?
Jun 5, 2017 10:13AM Shoregirl wrote:
The implant flipped back on its own while I was sleeping. I guess it is too small for the pocket, I just know it hurts, they both do. How long does it take after exchange to not be sore anymore?