Nov 12, 2012 - 3:49 am
I am new to CSN and to breast cancer. I have surgery scheduled for Friday 11/16/12 for "in situ" CA with immediate reconstruction after a total mastectomy, preserving all the skin and hopefully the nipple. The doctor said if I have a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy, I will not need radiation or drug treatment and will have a much lower incidence of recurrence than I would have with the lumpectomy even WITH radiation. This seems like a no-brainer to me. I have chosen getting a DIEP flap rather than implant. What concerns me is not that he plans to further adjust the reconstruction about 3 months later but he also plans to move the nipple on the normal breast higher to match the reconstructed breast. I think this is what is called a breast lift. I think it is supposed to make you look younger, which is nice, but it will probably take away sensation in the normal breast which seems like yet another loss. Does anyone know what this will do, how it will feel after it heals? Maybe this is necessary to make the breasts match. Maybe you can't shape a flap to match a saggy, middle aged breast. Has anyone here had this done?