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

Posted on: Jun 23, 2017 02:12AM - edited Jun 23, 2017 02:14AM by Tara17

Tara17 wrote:

there are many topics under Breast reconstruction on this site --lots of information about flaps, implants, mastectomy, tissue expanders etc . However, I couldnt find any threads specifically dedicated to nipple options after mastectomy --prosthetic nipples , nipple reconstruction etc . There are some posts about tattoos under other threads .

I though it would be very helpful to have a thread dedicated just to nipples discussing what has worked for women in this area --- choosing not to do anything , roll on tattoos, tattoo artists and recommendations there, surgical reconsutrction, silicone prosthetics ....other things that have worked for you

Welcome your comments and thoughts ladies!

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Mar 31, 2018 11:21PM coachvicky wrote:

Thank you all for your kind words and support.

I am still so very happy.

When Vinnie was mixing the ink, I made the comment that I wish the color could be rosier. He added more color and was also pleased with the end result. I had dulled beige nipples all my life ... not any more!

I want to remind everyone to follow the post instructions to the letter. It is especially necessary to "air" the tattoos. Also, make sure you are fitted for a good support bra and take that to your tattoo appointment.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate.

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 4, 2018 09:16AM Leslienva wrote:

Thanks for the update, Coach Vicky. I’m scheduled for my tattoos on April 22, with Amy Black in Richmond. Can you wear a bra afterwards or do you need a camisole? What are some of the instructions you have to follow?


Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/17/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 4, 2018 08:54PM coachvicky wrote:

Leslienva

The Vinnie Myers Team has a strict protocol for nipple tattooing aftercare. I was told to bring a good support bra. We stopped at Nordstrom on the way to Maryland and I got re-fitted for a good support bra.

The Vinnie Myers Team provided the pads and ointment for me to use. I was told not to use any pads except for the ones they provided and to only use the pads for the timeline they stated. When I used the pads, I wore a bra. I did air the tattoos for a couple of hours everyday. When airing, I wore a loose top.

I did exactly everything they said to do. I had very slight flaking along the outer ring of the areola. Except for some slight matter (normal would discharge) on the pads on day I, the other four days the pads were clean. I healed quickly.

I find my reaction somewhat counter to my usual behavior. I pretty much listen to my own drummer most of my life. My DH is forever asking if I read the directions to something I am working on. However, when it came to breast reconstruction, if my Plastic Surgeon said to use only Dial Soap, I only used Dial Soap. When told to do "X" for the tattoos, I did it.

I hope this helps.

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 5, 2018 09:27AM Jenwith4kids wrote:

Vicky - what a GREAT post! I'm seeing Vinny on April 17th and I can't wait. I'll have my daughter with me - she is very modest - I am pretty sure I won't be able to do much "airing"... I'm a little bummed about that. We are looking at colleges, I hope I'm not going to jeopardize my nips by having to be dressed and walking around...


So many changes since 1/8/2014 - Much good has come from the bad, and I do remember to allow myself the fact that "it's okay to not be okay". Looking forward to having this further and further behind me each day. Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/14/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/20/2014 AC Chemotherapy 5/15/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 9/2/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 9/8/2014 Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/5/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/27/2015 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 5, 2018 10:40AM Leslienva wrote:

Thanjs, Coach Vicky. Now I have a better idea of what to expect!

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/17/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 5, 2018 11:40AM 32B wrote:

Hello ladies,

I'm new to this thread. Thanks so much for sharing all your stories.

Have any of your tried Pink-Perfect silicone prosthetic nipples? I'm thinking of ordering a pair to use temporarily while I'm waiting to be healed enough to get a tattoo.

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Apr 8, 2018 08:05AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Nip recon delayed for me 🙄 went to see my new PS Tuesday and he totally threw me for a loop. In Dec we met and talked about options. A few days later I emailed him with my decision and surgery was scheduled for April 25th. His assistant scheduled and appt for Apr 3rd to discuss and finalize surgery plan. He said he really didn’t like the implants my original surgeon used he’s going to release my scar on my radiated side, put bigger implants in and put a whole lot of fat up top. This is why I chose him, his specialty is working with radiated breasts and improving the integrity of the skin. I guess you can say I got a reconstruction detour

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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Apr 8, 2018 10:13PM coachvicky wrote:

Imkopy2 ... This reads great for you!

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Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you?

She is awesome about implants!

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 9, 2018 12:40PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Thank you Vicky,

She is a huge help with so many women on this topic. I am going to DM her since my situation is a bit different from the rest. Honestly her articles on fat transfer and radiation is what peaked my interest. Thanks a bunch

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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Apr 9, 2018 10:39PM coachvicky wrote:

Imkopy2

You can also send WhippetMom a picture in a private message. No head shot...just the boobs. I have a very small place that could accept fat grafting. DH took a pic and she shared a good approach for tacking it. After 20 months of getting finally finished with this recon, I have decided against another surgery. Once I got MY NIPPLES, I felt complete and finished.

Do you mind sharing your new PS's name? Your PS could be of service to others facing your situation.

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 10, 2018 01:28AM Sweet_Pea wrote:

I'm reading up on this thread and am so happy to hear from all of you that are so happy with your different choices. I haven't got any dates yet except for my exchange surgery on April 24, so I think nipple recosntruction is at least 3 months away for me, if not more.

My PS does nipple reconstruction and the practice has someone who does the tattoo for aerolas.

I'm a uni and am worried about nipple reconstruction on one side only if it might stick out...but then again, I feel a bit like maybe I should have had a BMX because it's always going to be different being a uni. Then again, we were never meant to be 100% symmetrical, it doesn't exist in nature, right?! :D

First dx ADH 6/2017, 2nd dx IDC+DCIS 7/2017 Dx 7/13/2017, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Right, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2018 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 10, 2018 02:20AM coachvicky wrote:

Sweet Pea

Here is a great article about BMX and other choices. You may need to paste it into your browser.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/96/topics/861706?page=1#post_5129990

There is much to consider.

My tattoo artist commented that one of my nipples was not as centered as the other being just slightly off. I think one really has to stare to see that. Your wise comment "we were never meant to be 100% symmetrical" is spot on for me!

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 10, 2018 11:27AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Vicky I am totally willing to share my PS info...I’ll throw it on all of the threads along with the link. I’ve even had some PMs and have shared his info.

For any ladies that are in or near the Chicago area, I highly recooked Dr John Kim...his specialty is breast reconstruction. When surgeons travel to a conference based on the latest techniques he is typically one of the speakers talking about his research. If you look at his breast reconstruction cases you will see the amazing results.

http://www.drkimsurgery.com/

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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Apr 10, 2018 09:46PM coachvicky wrote:

Imkopy2 WOW. I read your PS's bio and thru his website. It seems like he really cares.

Best wishes.

Vicky

Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 11, 2018 02:18AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Thank you Vicky!

I really do believe I found the surgeon who is going to make me completely whole. I went today for my pre op and he lady checking me in said Dr. Kim? He is the best at what he does...that was def a comforting thought. 15 days...

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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Apr 19, 2018 12:49PM - edited Apr 20, 2018 01:15AM by mormor1

Coach Vicky...SO happy for you and many of you others who are feeling finished!! Awesome!!
Sweat Pea...I'm a uni too...it is a little harder to match perfectly, but I LOVE having a natural nipple with sensation!!

32B - There are a few different companies for custom nipple prosthetics. .I use a Naturally Impressive nipple. It doesn't always match exactly (like you've all been saying about nature), but looks very, very real, makes me happy to look in the mirror It stays on so well, I almost forget it's not part of me! The prices are really affordable...especially for a uni. I like how the nipple prosthetic gives me some dimension, matches better in that way than surgery or a tattoo could.

32B, I agree that nipple prosthetics can be a great temporary option to "feel whole" while waiting to do something else. They can also really help you figure out what color, size, features you like as well as what positioning you are comfortable with.

Coach Vicky, I'm wondering how they decide on placement at Vinnie's?.

dx: IDC 11/07; left mast 12/07; stage 2A; grade 1; nodes 1+/19- ER+/PR+; HER2- estrogen reducing diet instead of Tamox; fat graft recon with Brava; clear mammo 12/12. Finishing touch with www.naturallyimpressive.com for nipple restoration.
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Apr 22, 2018 06:34AM Fembot wrote:

Vicky, thanks for sharing your Vinnie experience.

(#)(@) Dx age 47 Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS, Right, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/2/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 22, 2018 09:23PM coachvicky wrote:

mormor1

About placement ... He put a plastic circled disk over my skin nipples. Drew a pink line around the outside of the disk (thus making the ends of the aureolas) a circle around the outside of the nipples. Started filling in with customized ink. I got mine rosy!

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 23, 2018 08:03AM 32B wrote:

Mormor, thanks for the tip. I'll check out naturally impressive.

Fembot, good to see you here. Let me know if you end up going to Vinnie. My PS says his team shades just as well as the pros, but I'm not convinced.

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Apr 24, 2018 02:11AM - edited Apr 24, 2018 02:12AM by Sweet_Pea

I love this thread and how happy people are with all the different solutions.

I'm going in for exchange surgery tomorrow (!!) and am wondering how soon you all found you could wear a prosthetic nipple or a temporary nipple tattoo. Obviously the incision has to be fully healed,..but I can't think of how long that takes.

I'll have nipple reconstruction with an aerola tattoo after the summer passes but am wondering if I'll even have a chance to try out any of these other solutions in the meantime.

Thoughts?

First dx ADH 6/2017, 2nd dx IDC+DCIS 7/2017 Dx 7/13/2017, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Right, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2018 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2018 11:24AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Sweet pea, good luck and congrats on your exchange surgery, please check in when you can. I used the temp tats when I was fully healed, if you’re uncertain check with your PS. I will be doing exchange surgery Part Deux on Wednesday. I will say the squishy side is much better than TEs.

Hugs

Miche

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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Apr 25, 2018 10:02AM Jenwith4kids wrote:

So, I don't even have to type all the details of my experience at Vinnie's because it was exactly like CoachVicky described. I am beyond happy with my 3D tattoos. They look really real. I kinda wish they were a little bigger, but it's done and they look SO real! Now I'm just hoping my scars fade a little more. I have a follow up with my PS in a week or so - I'm a little sad that I don't have to see him regularly anymore, he was the light in all of this darkness!

So many changes since 1/8/2014 - Much good has come from the bad, and I do remember to allow myself the fact that "it's okay to not be okay". Looking forward to having this further and further behind me each day. Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/14/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/20/2014 AC Chemotherapy 5/15/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 9/2/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 9/8/2014 Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/5/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/27/2015 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 25, 2018 11:24AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Jenw4kids-CONGRATS!!!! So happy for you...who did you go to?

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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Apr 28, 2018 10:33AM Jenwith4kids wrote:

imkopy2, I went to Vinnie in Baltimore! Worth every penny.

So many changes since 1/8/2014 - Much good has come from the bad, and I do remember to allow myself the fact that "it's okay to not be okay". Looking forward to having this further and further behind me each day. Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/14/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/20/2014 AC Chemotherapy 5/15/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 9/2/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 9/8/2014 Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/5/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/27/2015 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 28, 2018 10:29PM Imkopy2 wrote:

thanks Jen...it confirms which direction I’m going...

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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Apr 28, 2018 11:31PM coachvicky wrote:

Jenwith4

Happy you are pleased. I want mine just a little bigger so I may go back. Not sure b/c they look so real!

I miss my PS. I think with breast cancer it is a good PS that keeps us focused on the future and true recovery (emotional and physical as opposed to cancer treatment).

toAll

So... I headed to Nordstrom on our way to Vinnie's to be fitted for a good bar. We went shopping Tuesday at the same store. (BTW, first time I had clothes shopped since diagnosis in June 2016). Same sales person that fitted me is really the women's department manager. She recognized me and ask how the tattooing went. I blurted out, "great, do you want to see them." Next thing I knew we are in the dressing room and I am showing my new boobs. She said the look great and so real.

Note to self: Stop this showing. LOL.

Happy weekend everyone!

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy
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Apr 29, 2018 12:24AM Imkopy2 wrote:

Lmbo- After all of the people that see our breasts throughout this journey how we have no problem just whipping em out. I think it’s great that you are willing to show the final product...don’t be ashamed of being proud of your new breasts, by no means was the road an easy one!

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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Apr 29, 2018 12:27AM Leslienva wrote:

I went to Amy Black in Richmond, Va, and I’m very happy with my results. She’s been doing nip tattoos for eight years, and she was done with mine in about half an hour! I wasn’t expecting it to be so fast.

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/17/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 17, 2018 03:02AM LisaK12 wrote:

Just in case anyone else is considering ordering prosthetic nipples: I recently ordered mine from pink-perfect and am very happy with them. Eventually I plan to get Vinnies but got these in the meantime. I tried them on today for the first time and DH and I couldn't believe how real they look!

Dx 12/29/2017, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/9/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/19/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 4/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 17, 2018 03:36AM coachvicky wrote:

That is wonderful, LisaK12!

Coach Vicky


Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Surgery Targeted Therapy

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