Topic: Did you remove implants & go flat? How was recovery?

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: Jun 10, 2022 06:10PM

Posted on: Jun 10, 2022 06:10PM

rbc wrote:

I had dbl mx w dti on Christmas Eve 2022 after a synchronous bilateral recurrence/new tumour of heterogenous IDC. My implants are bigger than I wanted (200cc of tissue removed, 300cc implanted) and just super uncomfortable, tops don't fit anymore, its harder to do the sports I like, and to he frank they look matronly. I just want them out. My recoveries from previous surgeries (3 lumpectomies prior to the dbl mx) were painful recoveries w complications (necrosis, nipple loss, seromas).

How was your recovery after explant? Aesthetically what did it look like?

I'm 49yo & generally fit.

Thanks!!

(originally posted in Breast Reconstruction forum but decided this was a better location)

Dx 7/27/2020, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/14/2020, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 8/19/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Surgery 9/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Hormonal Therapy 10/6/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/1/2021 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Chemotherapy 2/1/2022 Targeted Therapy 2/1/2022
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Jun 11, 2022 07:48AM prairiedweller wrote:

I don't have any words to help, but would just like to follow this thread. I have a rupture after having implants after 8.5 years and I'm considering going flat.

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Jun 16, 2022 11:49AM cardplayer wrote:

Sorry to hear you have a rupture. What are your symptoms?

I had a right SMX in Oct 2020, with 650cc implant, then left SMX in Dec 2021 and had 430cc implants placed on both sides. Was happy to go smaller, but my left implant is uncomfortable. I don't see my PS until September, so I'm giving it time to heal. But it it doesn't improve I'd consider going flat on both sides.

Targeted Therapy 6/30/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/30/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 6/30/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 11/19/2020 Mastectomy (Right) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/9/2021 Prophylactic mastectomy (Left) Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIB, ER+/PR+, HER2+

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