• Decision on Breast Reconstruction surgery

    Asked by tamngod on Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Decision on Breast Reconstruction surgery

    I seeking some stories from experience from BC survivors who have had reconstruction surgery. Particularly which type and have you regained any feeling sensation in your breast. As well as how well do you like you new breast. In terms of do they look real? Do they feel real to the touch? Can you feel any sensation when they are touch, whether its by you, your partner, clothing, bras etc? Lastly if you have a partner, husband or lover what do they think about how they feel?

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Good questions. I am not expecting any difference in sensation than I have now, after my bilateral mastectomy. I'm considering reconstruction also.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I have lots of flabby skin on my chest after my bilateral mastectomy left in anticipation of a DIEP procedure. I like the fact that it uses my own skin--nothing fake is inserted--no stomach muscle (if any is found down there!) is removed--I can choose my preferred size this time --and I get a tummy tuck as a bonus! I won't be able to have the work done until probably April or so, but am convinced it's right for me. You might want to check out a site I found on DIEP - http://www.diepreconstruction.com/index.html .Please let me know what you decide!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      I chose not to have reconstruction surgery because of some of the horror stories I heard. Almost everyone I consulted had horriible stories to tell and many had to have follow-up surgeries. I didn't think it was worth it at my age (60).

      almost 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Hi. I had tissue expanders inserted the day of the dbl. mastectomy and silicone impants six months later, following completion of chemo. The silicone feels quite real and I have quite a lot of feeling, sensation in one breast. I have seen many pictures of reconstructed breasts on the internet, and also my surgeon showed me some, and not everyone experiences "perfect" results. Having just completed the nipple reconstruction and tattooing procedure, I feel very fortunate, and I am pleased. I opted to go a little smaller than the originals and I like the way my clothes fit. Quite honestly, though, I followed the suggestions of my surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Thankfully, he and his staff were talented professionals all the way.

      almost 8 years ago
    • DebD's Avatar

      I am 46 years old and had tissue expanders inserted when I had my bilateral mastectomy in Sept. 2011. I had the expanders exchanged for silicone implants in March of this year. There was some loss of sensation mainly around the incision sites. I can feel when something touches them, it's just not quite the same as before. I have not had the nipples reconstructed and haven't decided yet if I will do that. I don't really see the point since they won't have sensation anyway, so why bother. As for looking the same, they don't. I was an A cup before and elected to have a C cup now. They are fuller and 'perkier' than they were before. Most days I don't wear a bra, only when I have a tight shirt on since with a tight shirt you can still see the outline of the scars. I'm hoping that will go away with time. The expanders are not very comfortable, but once you switch to the implants it is much better. I'm glad I went with the reconstruction that I did.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had my implants (Natrelle) placed in at the same time as my masectomy. I am having the left one replaced because it has lost its shape a little but it is an easy fix. I am thrilled with how they look, however, they still don't feel "like mine." I am not sure how to describe the feeling. I think they feel pretty natural. I still have some numb spots (my surgery was 2/3/12) and since I have no nipples or areola, of course there is no sensitivity there. I am getting my nipples and areolas tattooed on after I get lefty fixed. My partner could not care less about how my breasts look and/or feel. He is happy I am alive. But he likes the way they feel, natural he says.
      Check out my blog for more about my experience if you want.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Laurie's Avatar

      For one thing, take into account recovery time and length of time you need to see plastics person. I didn't realize I would need to be going weekly for injections in the expanders (100 mi round trip). It also depends on how big you want to be. Obviously, expanders take less time if they aren't going to be as big. Some of the flap surgeries you will need to home for 3-8 weeks to heal.
      I have no sensation in any skin on my right mastectomy (implant failed, so currently "flat") and only in the top portion of the skin on the left (with implant). I don't think it's the implant or flap that causes the loss of sensation so much as the original mastectomy itself.
      The expanders are hard and immovable and felt like there were in my way all the time. The silicone is soft and more movable, but not like the real thing. The scar has retracted, so it looks like there is an "upper" and "lower" half (well, to ME, anyway). The pictures I was shown and saw on-line looked way better than I do. I still feel like the implant is somewhat in the way of my arm, but, I can't tell if it's the implant or just post-mastectomy (I still have a lot of tightness to my chest and under the armpits), but it's not as bad as the flat side. Am strongly considering just having the implant removed and be done with it and not continue with more surgery. For me, it's a little harder to move on when I have to keep going to doctor, fix the surgery, etc. than to just be done and learn to live with it.

      almost 8 years ago
    • HopefulJourney's Avatar

      i dont plan on any reconstruction work either, have something else
      not even related i have to go do next week:( am scared

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat with immediate recon...expanders then silicone implants...in clothes, I think I look "normal"...like a small chested woman.....in fact after I swapped my larger implants out for smaller ones, one of my girlfriends, said I looked like the "old" me....to me that was the ultimate compliment....I don't have any of the finishing touches (nipples or aereolas)....naked, my chest does not look like real boobs...to me or my husband...it looks like two hamburger buns stuck on my chest....the implants are soft....not much real feeling....As much as I still struggle with it all, in clothes I am happy with how I look.....

      almost 8 years ago

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