Jun 03, 2011 - 1:06 pm
Hello Pink Sisters,
On Monday June 13th I will be having the tissue expander in my right breast removed and replaced with an implant. My left breast will be reduced and lifted to match. This is all being done on an outpatient basis at the hospital. I know many of you have been through this and I was just wondering what your experiences were. Have you been happy with the result? What was the recovery like? Did you have surgical drains? How was your pain level? Did you have any problems moving your arms? What kind of undergarment did you wear home from the hospital and afterward? If I have left anything out you think might be useful please feel free to fill in the blanks. Thanks for reading. I am looking forward to your responses.
UPDATE: On 6/13/2011 I had my expander exchange surgery. I ended up going with a textured,anatomical, saline implant. On the non-cancer side I had a reduction/lift. The reduced side looked pretty good and I retained sensation in the nipple. I was not particularly pleased with the reconstructed side. I completely lacked an infra-mammary fold (the crease under the breast) and developed a rock hard ridge of scar tissue. Over the course of the next 5 months I complained to the surgeon about the way it looked. He basically dismissed my concerns and said I would just have to live with it. I consulted 3 additional reconstructive surgeons as well as my general surgeon. The general surgeon rated the work done as a 4 out of 10! I chose a new surgeon and on 12/22/11 I had revision-reconstruction surgery done. This time I went with a smooth, round, gel implant. In addition, the new surgeon used a product called Strattice to give the implant more support. She said it acts as an "internal bra." The new implant looks great. I am pretty symmetrical now. When my 19 year old daughter was home for Spring Break we even went bra shopping - for the 1st time in 2 years. I will probably get the nipple/areola work done later this year.
I posted a negative review of my first plastic surgeon on Yelp. The following week I got an email from Yelp telling me that the surgeon asked them to remove my posting. They declined. That same day I got a Certified Letter from the surgeon telling me to take down the posting or he would sue me - basically a Cease & Desist letter. I chose to take the letter down because it would be more trouble than it is worth to defend against a Request for an Injunction or a lawsuit.
For all those whose reconstruction surgery is upcoming I wish you the best of luck.