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Topic: Fat grafting- how painful???

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 06:26PM

EminGA2018 wrote:

I am having fat grafting at the 3-4 month mark post BMX direct to implant. I was speaking with someone who had a BMX and fat grafting and she said the lipo and grafting was more painful than the BMX. I’ll probably go through with it regardless of the pain factor but I want to prepare myself and schedule enough downtime.

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Sep 18, 2021 09:18PM DebAL wrote:

hi Emin, it's pretty ouchy for a few days. Compression garments help. I just had fat taken from my abdomen and I bruised quite a bit. I think I took a week off work but I worked on a busy surgical floor at the time. . A desk job wouldn't require being off as long. Good luck!

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery
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Sep 18, 2021 09:55PM LeesaD wrote:

I had fat grafting a few times sourced from my thighs every time. Lots of bruising and yes sore getting up and down for a few days but manageable. My mastectomy pain was far worse.
Oncotype Score 3, 2/4 Sentinal Nodes micromestasis so pushed for ALND for 'peace of Mind' and surprise found 2/14 positive axillary nodes Dx 2/3/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 5/9/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2017 Hormonal Therapy 9/7/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 11/17/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 1/30/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 19, 2021 09:29AM JanetM wrote:

Definitely not as painful as BMX but certainly uncomfortable. I had it taken from my abdomen and thighs and was very bruised.

DCIS 10/2020 Bilateral Mastectomy Lumpectomy 5/24/11 - LCIS, ALH and ADH and SAH/BSO - 8/10/11 Dx 5/25/2011, LCIS, Left, 0/0 nodes
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Sep 19, 2021 02:08PM Dani444 wrote:

Everyone is different but I thought the lipo pain was way worse than the mastectomy. Compression definitely helped but I couldn’t go back to work for 2 weeks. I didn’t have any pain to speak of in my foobs just my abdomen.

DX @ 46, premenopausal, mammaprint low risk Dx 8/21/2018, LCIS/ILC, Right, 4cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/25/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 12/6/2018 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 8/20/2020 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/19/2021 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 19, 2021 02:24PM Serendipity09 wrote:

I had it along with my exchange in July, I was sore, probably took Tylenol twice in the first week, nothing after. I thought it was going to be much worse. My BMX hurt more, but nothing I couldn't handle with Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I have to fat grafting done again in January, but this time to include my thighs, which I hear is a bit more sensitive. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. I hope yours is as tolerable as mine was.

Dx 3/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 4/1/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/17/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 7/2021, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/9/2021 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin)

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