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Topic: I think I'm happy with my implants

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

Posted on: Sep 20, 2020 12:15AM

Danee78 wrote:

Hi everyone. I think I'm becoming happy with my implants. I got them in June, and at first I thought they were too big, but they're not now that the swelling has gone down. They're actually smaller than my natural breasts were, but I'm glad about that.

They've dropped some, so there's a slight crease and shadow underneath them. At first, they were sticking straight out, and I didn't like that. They're not as soft as natural boobs of course, but they're softer than they were at first. The soreness went away. I do wish they were a little closer together, but they aren't too far to the side, either.. Anyway, I posted here upset after my exchange surgery, and some of you wanted me to come back in a few months with an update.

Now I'm contemplating the tattoos. I'm not going to get the nipple reconstruction done, I'd only want the tattoos.

Dx 1/29/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/24/2020 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 26, 2020 11:18PM WomanWoods wrote:

I still have scar tissue from my surgeries (double mastectomy in March & reconstruction in August). Did you have scar tissue (internal)? If so, how long did it take for it to soften for you? My left breast seems fine, but my right breast still has some toward the bottom.

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Sep 26, 2020 11:21PM Danee78 wrote:

Hi WomanWoods. I don't know if I have scar tissue. I can't really feel any to the touch.

Dx 1/29/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/24/2020 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 27, 2020 01:48PM MinusTwo wrote:

Danee - thanks for the update post. It does take a while to get used to. Nice to hear you've made the accommodation and are headed for tatoos.

WomanWoods - it can take longer than 6-8 months for everything to settle depending on your surgeon, your implants and your life style. August isn't very long ago. If you're concerned, you should call your PS and go in for a review, but it's only been a short time.

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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Sep 27, 2020 02:14PM Danee78 wrote:

Hi MinusTwo! Your message to me a few months ago was very helpful. I kept thinking of "step away from the mirror", like you said! That helped me a lot. I appreciate you.

Dx 1/29/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/24/2020 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 27, 2020 09:09PM MinusTwo wrote:

Danee - you're welcome, but it wasn't original to me. Others told me that when I was freaking out. Really glad to hear things are better.

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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Sep 27, 2020 09:33PM OnTarget wrote:

Danee78

Thanks for the update! I'm so glad you like yours!

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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