• Constant Breast Expander Pain & Discomfort & Uneven Masctomy Scars

    Asked by arizonagirl on Friday, March 15, 2013

    Constant Breast Expander Pain & Discomfort & Uneven Masctomy Scars

    I am 5 weeks out from my double masctomy & had expanders placed at surgery with 300 cc. I have been getting filled weekly with 50cc & are now up to 500 cc. The left side is a little smaller because of more breast tissue removed (cancer side) They want to expand a little more to be even.I am 5'8 150lbs & want to be a C cup. I am in constant discomfort & pain in varying degrees 24/7. Have pain meds as needed. Have to sleep on back every nite & have limited mobility with my arms. Also masctomy scars are at different heights on each breast XXX, becoming more uneven with every fill/ My surgeon claims he will be able to adjust the scars with extra skin from the expanders. Has anyone else had this same experience, any advice? Thanks!

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    • chutzpah's Avatar

      I would take it easy and wait to see how things prgress in your reconstruction. I am a little ahead of you in the reconstruction. When the PS was expanding my chest it hurt a lot and I had difficulty getting comfortable to sleep. This past Dec had the expanders removed and implants installed. My next step is for the PS to take some abdominal fat to smooth out the breasts and tattoo some nipples on them. I have faith that the PS will do a good job and hoping that I will be happy with his work

      over 4 years ago
    • Sileigh's Avatar

      I had a very red, thick, uneven scar after my mastectomy and thought of it as my frankenstein scar and after the surgery with the reconstruction I was so impressed that the surgeon made the scar so much less visible and a lot less frankensteiny. He also got the areola back in the place it belonged. I know it's hard to do, but try not to worry about the scars and how they look now, there are amazing surgeons out there that will make you feel like you have normal breasts again.
      I didn't have expanders and so I don't have any advice for the pain, but as for sleeping on your back; pillows, lots and lots of pillows. Try putting them in different places, I like one on each side of my lower back and sometimes under my knees. It helps to make it different every night too.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I haven't had your exact experience but I did have a mastectomy and I do have an expander. 5 weeks is not very far along after having your surgery. I am not surprised you are still in pain/discomfort. Also, the process of having an expander filled is painful, even many months after surgery. I don't think I started getting expansions until at least a couple months after my mastectomy but I know every plastic surgeon likes to do things their own way. Don't expect symmetry with the expanders. Unfortunately, you will be a work-in-progress for a while.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      After my fills, I was miserable so I had my PS take 50cc out and it was so much better. I only had 400cc but for me that was a lot.....My first implants were 300cc but I didn't like them....eventually ahd them swapped out for 200cc implants and in clothes I look like I did before BC...like a small chested woman. My sides do not match because of differences in surgery types (simple vs modified radical with axillary dissection. I also slept on my back for a couple years after Mx.....once the exchange was done, everything was sooooo much softer that sleeping on stomach was easier.....Its 4 1/2 years since my last surgery and I sleep on my stomach when I want to....It does get better..

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had the one expander implant lower than the other, and that was corrected during the implant exchange. Did you have the latissimus dorsi pocket done? I have indentations from that in my back, ugh. I'm happy with the results I got, but in all honesty I expected more.

      You can ask for scar revision during your exchange operation. And I also believe that you can get corrective surgery for as long as you're unhappy with results? (Not sure about the last bit).

      over 4 years ago

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