• Breast Reconstruction

    Asked by lbardos on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Breast Reconstruction

    I'm curious about other people's experiences with silicone implants. I had them placed in November and I'm not happy with the appearance or the results. One side is disfigured (possibly due to scar tissue?) and they are not the same size. I am also in pain everyday.

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    • MamasLibrary's Avatar

      I also choose silicone! Im very pleased, they are even in size, however one is a bit higher that the the other. There is a bit of rippling however. There is no pain and they look much better with a shirt on thank my saggy "I breastfed a child for over a year" breasts! When I hug someone it feels a bit weird, kind of like I should be cautious because they iggt pop, but I think that's just my hyper caution. Perhaps you could meet with another surgeon in your area, look into recommendations etc?

      almost 5 years ago
    • warrior's Avatar

      I had silicone implants for the past 20 years...and loved them. To me, they feel much more natural then the saline.
      I have opted for them again. Right now I have the expanders in (which are killing me). As soon as I finish chemo, my doctor will do the exchange. You should go see another doctor. I don't ever remember having pain. I was very sore for a few weeks, but that was it. Did you have radiation? If so, was that done before or after your implants? I am nervous about that. I hope that I can do the radiation as soon as I finish chemo....and then get the implants. I would hate for the radiation to ruin the new implant. Especially after all the pain I am going through now.

      almost 5 years ago
    • jamrck's Avatar

      I have silicone and am very happy with mine as well. I would suggest you make an appt with the plastic surgeon and express your feelings. He/she should make it right and I believe insurance will still pay. If you don't get satisfaction, then seek another opinion. As far as pain, I have had some discomfort when bending over, reaching for things just in the last few months (4 yrs after surgery). I've talked with my plastic surgeon, primary and another breast cancer patient and all said the same thing - one of the nerve endings has grown a nodule - if I could pinpoint it, they could perform an ablation. Mine is more of a discomfort than severe pain so I'm not going to do anything. The other gal who had the same experience said it became less of an issue over time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lbardos' Avatar

      Warrior, I did not have to have radiation, so there's no damage to the tissue from that. I did have MRSA (a staph infection) in the left breast about 2 months before the implants were placed. The surgeon wanted to give the implants a couple of months to settle into place before we make a decision on what needs done. I see him again next week. I'm just feeling sad that I don't look the way I had hoped. I need to decide what I can live with and what needs corrected. I have had 3 surgeries within 8 months and each time causes more scar tissue to form.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Bulldogdarc's Avatar

      I am in pain too, I had attempted the implants but my cut would never heal ( 6 months of infection ). I had the PS take the implant & Alloderm out. I am wondering if the scar tissue ever softens & if the pain goes away.

      about 4 years ago

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