• Breast reconstruction

    Asked by Bunnies on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Breast reconstruction

    I am planning on a double mastectomy with reconstruction implants. I would like to have smaller breasts. The plastic surgeon said he can not make the breasts smaller. Is this true?

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      I was a ddd pre bilat and mine can only get me to a c.

      over 3 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I was a D cup & I went to a C,

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I know plenty of people who finished with smaller or bigger breasts than the originals... Perhaps you could ask for a second opinion? Did the PS give you an explanation for why they could not be smaller? That seems strange, but without knowing any details, it's hard to say what is and is not possible.

      Good luck - I hope you are able to have the reconstruction that will leave you feeling most comfortable with your body.

      over 3 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar

      I had one breast removed. I had a silicone implant put in on April 5. My PS did some wonderful fancy work on the healthy breast. Removed over a pound of tissue and did the reduction and lift to go from a DDD to a C. When he removed the bandages three days after surgery, he told me I had the breast of a 20 year old (I'm 52). He told me my case and the before and after results could go in a medical journal. I'm looking forward to seeing him in a couple weeks.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Isn't it funny that we always want what we don't have? Small women want bigger "girls" yet large women want them smaller. Isn't the whole breast deal highly overrated anyway?

      It seems odd that the PS can't give you what you want. I have been warned by my female breast surgeon that lots of male PS's ideas of "small" really aren't that small--so to be very specific about your expectations. I'd definitely get a second opinion; you deserve to get what you want!

      I plan on a DIEP flap in the fall and am losing weight now to insure my belly fat below the navel won't have enough volume to make anything bigger than C's. After lugging DDD's around all this time, I'm counting on "perky" instead of "Grandma" breasts this time around!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Very strange. I'd ask for an explanation (and probably a second opinion.)

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie2025's Avatar

      That makes no sense to me either. Maybe get a second opinion? I would.

      over 3 years ago
    • alliek78's Avatar

      Bunnies I had a double mastectomy and I am smaller. I am not sure how big you are but I was a c cup... when the dr. removed everything he needed to remove he just used my skin and stretched it out with expanders... uncomfortable for awhile, but I am very pleased. I was given the option by my dr. how big/small I wanted to go.

      over 3 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      It seems a little strange that he cannot make the breasts smaller. With mine, the tissue expanders had to be expanded, and stretch the skin. I was a D before my surgery, and at best I might be a C now. I am very pleased with the results, and the best thing is with implants, you don't need to wear a bra if you don't want to!!

      over 3 years ago
    • sme's Avatar

      Today I saw my PS. We are in the process of filling the expanders. Being a wimp, today I told her I would be real happy smaller than my origional size (36C) and was happy probably right about where I am now with the expanders. She said that the size of the expanders now, would only allow her to use a saline implant as the smallest silicone implant would not fit in at the size I am at with the expander right now. She said that if I wanted to go with the silicone, we would have to continue at least 100 cc more. As I am more interested in the silicone, I decided to "buck up" and keep going with the fills. Not sure about your case, but could the resistance to smaller be an issue of silicone not working with a smaller size? If you have doubts, alway get another opinion. I think it is important to be as confident with your PS as you were with your Oncologist.

      over 3 years ago

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