• Does anyone else feel like a circus freak after a flap reconstruction that turns out uneven and has left over tissue hanging out the sides?

    Asked by Nonnie917 on Monday, November 19, 2012

    Does anyone else feel like a circus freak after a flap reconstruction that turns out uneven and has left over tissue hanging out the sides?

    My reconstructed flap breasts are uneven and I cannot get a bra to fit. They don't even look like breasts. Did anybody have a second reconstruction surgery to finish up the first reconstruction that did not turn out perfect?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Harry's Avatar

      I would see a different surgeon. Okay, so I don't exactly have this problem, but this doesn't sound like the first surgeon was competent. A second opinion is always called for when you are unhappy with the outcome. Maybe it's a difficult situation and the surgeon did the best possible, but what you describe sounds like sloppy work. A second opinion will help determine which.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I agree with Harry. I opted for implants but my left one pulled away from the chest wall and so was misshapen (no fault of the surgeon, it happens in mastectomy patients more often that one would think). I just went for another surgery to replace the left implant and now both are symmetrical and I quite happy with my result. I would definitely go see another surgeon.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I agree with Harry and Nancebeth. It sounds like you need a second opinion.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kelli's Avatar

      Mine are both lumpy and I have a lot of tissue on my sides. My surgeries (4) initial bilateral and 2 corrections and then the implants were more than I had bargained for. I just went and got prothesis, love them. You can't tell that they are fake.

      almost 4 years ago
    • dandir2's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy at which time my plastic surgeon inserted a expander then when I had recovered I had to go get it filled & the purpose was to keep the skin stretched then afterwards he would put the real implant in, but what happened to me is that when they did radiation treatments they failed to protect the skin tissue so the plastic surgeon had to do the flap surgery, but he did a beautiful job. Right now I am in in final stages of reconstructive surgery which will be the nipple. I am so very happy with my doctor. So yes I agree with you finding another doctor. Hope this helps!

      almost 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      I agree with Harry. See another surgeon, or let your current surgeon who did the work know how unhappy you are. I'm sorry this is happening to you. I had the Latissimus flap surgery and have a little slack skin under my arm (this is 8 yrs later) but that's about all.

      almost 4 years ago
    • cbutinski's Avatar

      I have the same problem and did not have a flap reconstruction I had expanders, one is practically in my armpit and I have extra skin hanging from the sides.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope all is better.

      Your question reminded me of some content we have on reconstruction experiences.




      It also reminded me to let WhatNexters know about our Beginner's Guide to Cancer, including a guide on how women chose between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.


      Best of luck to all,

      about 3 years ago

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