Apr 29, 2008 04:25PM - edited Apr 29, 2008 04:27PM by Beesie
* How happy you are with results, not using tissue from any part of your body? I considered other reconstruction options but in the end decided that I didn't want my BC to affect any other part of my body. I didn't want to compromise my muscles in other areas or create new scars in other areas. So for me, an implant was the right decision.
* How does the reconstruction breast feel (weird, okay, soft, hard, etc)? I'm almost 2 years out from my implant surgery. Some days I don't notice my reconstructed breast; other days it's very noticeable to me. Certainly it's much firmer than my natural breast and it doesn't have any of the movement that a natural breast has. I also find that my pec muscle, which is above the implant, is prone to soreness - I seem to pull the muscle a lot. The pec muscle also regularly does these really weird contractions - my reconstructed breast sometimes seems to have a life of it's own, the way that the muscle moves.
* How does the reconstruction breast look? Both clothed and nude? Quite good nude. Not so much lying down, since the breast doesn't flatten out like a natural breast, but standing, I look quite even when I'm nude. My reconstructed breast does have a bit of a bulge - it always did but the bulge became a bit more pronounced when my implant shifted. That's quite noticeable if I wear a stretchy sports bra or a stretchy top. But if I wear the right bra - one that gives me a bit of push up on my natural side - I look completely even in clothes. Better than ever, in fact, since I had an implant added to my natural breast so my size is slightly larger.
* How does your partner react to your reconstructed breast? Definitely no complaints.
* Did you opt for an implant on the unreconstructed side in spite of the increased risk of cancer? Yes. I was a larger 34A or small 34B before and decided to go just a little bigger, to a full 34B. I figured I should get something out of this ordeal! I was concerned before hand and consulted a couple of times with both my PS and my surgeon. Both said that while the implant might make it a little bit more difficult to view the breast tissue on a mammogram, the difference is not enough that it should stop me from adding the implant if I wanted to. Basically, they said "go for it". As it turns out, I have benign calcifications in my 'good' breast. These were very hard to see clearly on a mammogram, requiring lots of painful contortions and lots of re-dos. Adding the implant actually solved that problem because it pushed my breast tissue slightly forward. Now the calcifications are easy to see on a mammogram. My two mammograms since adding the implant have been the easiest ones I've had in years.
Hope that helps!