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Topic: Stretch marks on my incision?

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: May 14, 2007 10:50AM

kimmymacbu wrote:

Hi all - I just noticed what look like stretch marks on about 20% of my mast. scar. Anyone else have this? I am about 8 months past surgery, and only a month out rads -- had bad burning, so it is all very new skin there. I have been active the past few weeks -- really getting into yoga stretches and walking, biking and gardening, and pushing myself -- but I can't imagine I caused stretch marks in such a short time.
Thanks for any advice
kim b, dx. 9/06 stage 3c, age 46 Log in to post a reply

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May 29, 2007 07:48AM JustOne wrote:

Hi Kim,
I developed tiny stretch marks going from the top and bottom of the scar. My surgeon did such a great job of pulling the skin tight and a perfect straight line, that I have no complaints about a few tiny stretch marks. What I love is I have no dog ears either because it's so tightly pulled. Good news is..they have faded over time!

Luck to you~Pam
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Jun 4, 2007 01:52PM kimmymacbu wrote:

thanks -- now I am not sure if they are stretch marks, or just discoloration from the burn. You are so lucky not to have dog ears -- I had a top surgeon in my area, and I have a big old lump -- the nurse says it's fat. gee - there is no fat on the other side......
thanks for answering -- I was feeling like a freak of nature there...

kim b
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Jun 5, 2007 04:26AM geebung wrote:

I had a skin saving mastectomy 7 weeks ago and it isn't pretty. There are strech marks and an irritating little flap almost under my arm which I am told is a pocket of fat - I guess this is a dog ear. It rubs against my bra. My scar is still swollen, even though I have been having weekly lymphatic massages and massaging myself each day. Haven't decided to have reconstruction yet.

dx Feb 2007 - DCIS grade 2/3
Dx 2/26/2007, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+

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