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Topic: Square Look?

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

Posted on: Dec 2, 2019 05:00PM

hodgepodge wrote:

I had my exchange done on November 13th. The surgery was pretty easy and recovery has gone extremely well. However, I am wondering if it Is normal for the implants to look like you've run in to a wall and got squished in the front? I am happy with the way they look from the front for the most part, but from the side--- I look ridiculous!!!!

I have heard the term drop and fluff.... wondering if this means there is hope they will round out in the front a little??? Boy, I sure hope so! Is there any kind of massage or anything else I can do to improve/speed this up?

Dx 12/7/2005, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Dx 4/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 2, 2019 06:52PM MinusTwo wrote:

hodgepodge - it takes from 6 weeks to 6 months for your implants to 'stabilize' and the inflammation & internal swelling to go away.

Some docs recommend massage. Others say absolutely NOT. So you need to talk to your PS.

Other than that, you need to step away from the mirror. Hard I know, but important.

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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Dec 3, 2019 02:48PM CBK wrote:

Hodgepodge

I agree with Minus2, way too early to know what you “got” at less than 4 weeks.

Curious though what type of implant your surgeon used?

“Drop and fluff” is a breast augmentation term. In my experience though it takes time for them to settle and get squishier. That timeframe can be months.

Good luck

Dx 3/26/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/11/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/22/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/25/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/18/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 4/9/2018 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Silicone implant Surgery 9/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/3/2019 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant
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Dec 3, 2019 05:22PM hodgepodge wrote:

Thanks for responding! I will definitely ask about massaging.

My implants are Natrelle Inspira SSX 750. I am trying my best to stay away from the mirror for a while! It's hard though, because I have to find a dress for a wedding, so I am hyper aware of my unusual profile. I am hoping to round out some! Bras with a stretchy foam cup are helping a little but it still looks odd from the side.

Dx 12/7/2005, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Dx 4/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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22 hours ago Brooked0920 wrote:

@Hodgepodge , how long did it take for the square look to go away? I had my exchange two weeks ago and like you said mine look good from the front but weird from the sid

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18 hours ago MinusTwo wrote:

Brooked - it takes several months for your implants to settle in. Check out the "exchange" thread for further discussion.

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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11 hours ago hodgepodge wrote:

Sadly, mine still look very square from the side. :( They are also much firmer than I expected. They look ok in clothes as long as I wear a bra with a molded cup to round out the silhouette some. They aren't terrible, but I don't love them. Was looking forward to wearing bralettes or non at all, but that just looks WEIRD! I hope yours round out!

Dx 12/7/2005, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Dx 4/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right

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