• Has anyone had a revision of their breast reconstruction? Were you happy with the results?

    Asked by teddyfuzz on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Has anyone had a revision of their breast reconstruction? Were you happy with the results?

    I am unhappy with my reconstruction (bilateral) and went to see another plastic surgeon. She says that she can definitely improve on how my breasts look but I'm scared of going in for yet another surgery. I would love to hear from anyone who has had a revision of their reconstruction and if you felt like it was worth it in the long run.

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    • LeslieR's Avatar

      I had a failed reconstruction soon after surgery. Augh! Worse experience than the bilat mastectomy. I have been without since last December but have done much research and feel I am better informed now that when I came out of surgery with the explanders (which I found to be very uncomfortable anyway). I am having the tissue transferred from my hip/buttox area to my chest. Scheduled for October 9th. Am so very excited! Can't wait to have the girls back!

      over 8 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      You are young and a lovely woman. Get the best surgeon and the best outcome, you deserve that. I had a bad infection post modified radical with axillary dissection. Too much surgery. I had to have reconstruction removed after weeks of antibiotic infusions to get to chemo as fast as possible. At 69 with a poor prognosis I am saving my energy for the long fight and foregoing any further attempts at reconstruction. It is not easy or pleasant to live with an ugly scar so I highly encourage you to go as far as you must to get the very best for you.

      over 8 years ago
    • cbutinski's Avatar

      Will you be paying out of pocket or will your insurance cover.

      over 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat with expanders then silicone implants.....After the exchange, my BC/raidated side fell, so 4 months after the exchange, the PS went in and fixed the pocket....I was never happy with the implants and when it fell ever so slightly again several months later, I talked to my PS about swapping out both implants for smaller ones and midprofile...and I did that 1 year after the first fix....thats now 4 years ago....in clothes I like how I look...naked, well thats another story...and btw, I consulted with two different PS about the recon and they both complimented by PS...on of the PS I consulted is supposed to be one of the best and she said if that was her work, she would pat herself on the back....Even so, I didn't like how it was and I was doing this for me....so I'm glad that I went with the smaller implants.....I dont' know if I would have ever done any of the more invasive procedures.....but I would say go with your heart....you deserve to feel good about how you look....

      over 8 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      You've sacrificed so much and been through so much. You deserve to be satisfied with the results. We know that "better" is possible, so go for it. I'll do anything I can to support you. Just let me know if there is anything I can do to help! Your Lime Green Finger Nail Friend, S

      over 8 years ago
    • MsScribe's Avatar

      I had my bi lateral mastectomy at 51...I am very athletic and only 5 feet tall. I opted for small (34 A/B) athletic silicone implants, but as I didn't have a lot of skin to work with, I had to suffer through 6 months of expanders. I ended up having 5 more surgeries to get them just right! two were very minor: One was some lipo to smooth out the transition to my back tissue and one was literally a running suture around the pocket to make the breast more even with the other one in location. Once I figured out anesthetic (love that propofol) it was worth it. I got new nipples and they look just fine in clothes. After two years the scars are healing nicely although I do have some stretching as I exercise quite a bit. I also asked for lipo under the implant to give them more definitions (they are small LOL) Get the revisions!...if you think lipo will help, ask for it. My insurance paid, although we did have to write letters once or twice to convince them it was necessary. I'm getting tattooed nipple color for my birthday...although I'm tempted to put roses on them instead of just color :-)

      over 8 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      Wow. Thank you all for your responses!
      @cbutinski - the new doctor is not part of the Blue Shield network so I will have a $4000 out of pocket expense. Ugh! I know that my boobs will never look like they used to but I would at least like them to look somewhat symmetrical.
      @Sunnydays - yours look great!!

      over 8 years ago

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