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Topic: Yawning and Implants

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2021 03:32PM

LaVue wrote:

I yawned a few times.My left implant wanted to pop out. Has this happened to anyone? I have an appointment with my plastic surgeon next week. Want to be prepared for the discussion.

Additional info: my left implant feels tighter than my right implant. I am going to physical therapy for this issue.




Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/9/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/6/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 23, 2021 05:29PM LaVue wrote:

Just following up in case anyone else runs into this issue. The plastic surgeon said that I have mild contracture on the left breast. He'd like the physical therapist to massage the area. I have another appointment with him in 2 months. Hopefully, I'll be better by then and won't need another surgery.

The doctor also said that I can continue normal activities.

I have discomfort in the area but I am not in pain. Or rather on a scale of 1 to 10 sometimes the pain is at a one.

The breast (implant) also looks normal.

This information is helpful to someone.





Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/9/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/6/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 24, 2021 05:07AM Snowflake888 wrote:

Thanks for updating. I was hoping someone would respond to you. My left implant has always been tighter, higher and closer to the sternum by an inch than my right implant. My chest muscles pull so tightly across the implants with even taking a deep breath or driving. I hope your massage works. I start my day off with arm stretches to help

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Mar 25, 2021 03:24AM LaVue wrote:

Hi snowflake, I also stretch three times a day. It does help. My physical therapist has me doing a lot of pectoral stretches. Perhaps that is what you're doing and you're calling it arm stretches, I'm not sure. It's my understanding that our pectoral muscles are tight. Just throwing that information out there in case it's helpful to you.

I am also doing exercises with light weights. Though, I'm not allowed to do overhead arm exercises.

The physical therapist was massaging my implant. And I was massaging at home as well. That massage was specifically for stretching the capsule. The plastic surgeon requested another type of massage to break up the scar tissue. He also suggested I buy a little massager.



Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/9/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/6/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 25, 2021 08:12PM MinusTwo wrote:

do talk to your plastic surgeon before starting any massage. Mine said DEFINITELY NOT. They are all different.

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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Jun 8, 2021 12:10PM Fairchild wrote:

I literally did pop my skin open after getting tissue expanders. I had a seroma that was building up the pressure inside it. Be careful!

Fairchild Dx 5/5/2018, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/26/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/6/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/9/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/9/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole)

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