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May 11, 2018 06:03PM
May 28, 2018 10:07PM
HI! Here is my summary:
I got implants and mast. from sloan in NYC -- My sloan surgeon was, frankly, a jerk and ended up doing a HORRIBLE job, e.g., made mistakes. One implant almost burst through - very scary. Both the sloan breast surgeon and plastic surgeon lied about the implants - they told me I would be able to do 'everything I always did' and without pain. Total, stunning lie. It was quite the opposite.
When I finally got insurance that Nola took, I made my surgery date. I'm too thin for DIEP so hip flap was for me.
My results were very good to excellent. Along with the flap, my Nola surgeon had to do major repair work (see above, sloan).
I woke up with a normal chest again, and wishing I had gone to Nola from the start. I was SO happy to get the horrible implants out. I have large B cups, nearly a C. I am not obsessed with size and honestly could have gone smaller. But I would be lying if I was not impressed with how met chest looked. :)
The dents in my hips were pretty obvious after stage I, and my pants would fall right off, however I am slim and very fit to begin with. I was willing to risk 'shark bites' to have a normal chest.
Stage II: this was easier but not totally easy. It's still a lot of tissue being moved around in my body, but again, it was worth it.The nipples came out nicely and my Nola Dr. evened out and fined tuned the breasts.
However, the dents in my hips have not really improved much. It is 6 months later, and my hip dents are only 10-20% fuller than after stage I. The liposuction did next to nothing. I think this was a waste of time.
My one complaint is that the dr. did not spend enough time discussing how the amount of tissue I took from my hips would appear; in other words, he just said, 'You can keep the B cups that you have' when he should have said, "You tell me what you WANT, and I will show you what your hips will *END UP* looking like."
That's a big difference.
So, anyone reading this, I URGE YOU: be firm and 1) ask what the hips will look like afterwards and 2) decide before surgery if you are willing to be maybe have smaller breasts for more natural looking hips. Everyone is different in terms of what they want but you have to decide this in advance.
I knew in advance that being thin, I would not have perfect results, but I admit I was not prepared for dents remaining in my hips. That said, everyone compliments me and many people have seen me naked ;) upon my request for their honest opinion, and they almost always say the same thing, "Yes, I see the dents, yes your rear end is now small, no it's not excellent looking, but overall your body looks good, and your breasts look amazing, so buy a belt."
So: I am still quite happy with both Nola surgeries. I feel repaired and healed.
Unless I end up with some unforeseen problem like necrosis, I will not get any fixes.
I think the worst part of stage I and II was not the results or pain or drains or anything like that, but that I reacted badly to the Rx Versed, which is used prior to anesthetic. It made me so groggy I felt disoriented and for 24 hrs after - I could not even read because of double vision. They overdid it with the pain meds, in my opinion. I had less pain meds for stage 2, but not less enough!
A final word:
In my case, one big issue with this entire process was that I could never get on with my life after implants. I woke up thinking about breast cancer and went to sleep the same way. They were a constant reminder.
But the flap surgery made me feel whole and normal, and I now feel passed a trauma.
I wish implants were illegal, and given the risk for lymphoma, they may be some day.