• Has anyone regretted NOT having reconstruction surgery done?

    Asked by EvieFredenburg on Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Has anyone regretted NOT having reconstruction surgery done?

    I’m having to decide if I will have reconstruction done or not. I know for sure I do not want an implant. I am leaning towards having nothing done as opposed to the flap procedure. I just want to be done with surgery and move on. But, will I regret it?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar
      Dawsonsmom

      This is a difficult decision, no doubt. There are so many factors you have to consider and it sounds like you have decided against implants. Have you talked w plastic surgeons who specialize in breast reconstruction? Also, asking other pts like you are on this forum can be very informative. You may also want to check breastcancer.org for more input from pts. I have had no regrets about going flat but many factors played into my decision. Good luck with this process!

      5 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      I am not qualified to answer this question because at this point I've only had a lumpectomy. However, I long ago made up my mind that should it ever come to that I would NEVER have implants nor reconstructive surgery. Enough is enough.

      5 months ago
    • Kalee's Avatar
      Kalee

      Good Morning: I understand the reluctance to getting implants, I did do reconstruction in 2016, and here it is 2019 and I had a recurrence...if i had not had the implant in, my cancer would have been much deeper into my chest wall, as it was, the cancer was between the implant and my skin, the implant actually saved my life.

      5 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      This is a very personal and difficult decision to make. I wavered with my deicision, but I chose to have implants. The surgery needed to do the flap was more than I wanted to deal with at the time. Whether or not I made the right decision varies from day to day. I would suggest you talk to several plastic surgeons to get an idea of all that is available. My doctor told me that I could always come back and have something different done, even years later, and insurance would cover it.

      5 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      You can always have reconstruction later if you are not happy with your body. I had a unilateral mastectomy, then 9 months later had a prophylactic mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. I have been very pleased with my outcome and have never regretted the surgery. Wishing you the best!

      5 months ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      in 2014 I had a doube mastectomy. I chose at time not to have reconstruction. I have not regretted it. I wear a cami as a cover under my tops. If I need or want to wear a bra,, I have cami's that are designed for the prostesises. (sp), My insurance covers most of the cost. I pay very little. but some insurances will cover the entire amt. after the mastectomy,, I was totally over having anymore surgeries.
      Good Luck to you,,

      5 months ago
    • Horselady46's Avatar
      Horselady46

      I had a double mastectomy in 2012. I chose not to have reconstruction. I have not regretted it. I have some fake boobs I wear on occasion other than that I do not wear anything special. If you like there is a facebook page called flat and fabulous. Lots of support there.

      5 months ago
    • msndrstood's Avatar
      msndrstood

      I had a double mastectomy in October 2018 with no reconstruction and I'm happy as a clam! No bras, no regrets! I wanted one and done and I'm glad I did it this way. Find what is best for you and live your life the best way you can. Good luck!

      5 months ago
    • savingrace's Avatar
      savingrace

      It is a difficult decision to make but you have to be happy with your look. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2001. After years of looking at myself and being unsatisfied, in 2007 I decided to have reconstruction. I too did not want implants so I did some research and decided on what is now called the DIEP flap. I've been completely satisfied and haven't regretted my decision for one minute. Do your research and talk to some plastic surgeons, they can be very helpful. It is definitely a decision you have to be comfortable with for yourself. You have to do what makes you feel good about yourself. Wishing you the best!!!

      5 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I had double mastectomy in 2015 with no reconstruction and I’m happy as a clam like msndrstood. A weight has literally been lifted. Exercising and running is liberating. I already had tattoos on my arm so last summer I go a full chest tattoo which was a breeze cuz my chest is numb. I didn’t mind the look of my body after I healed (pre-tattoo) but at first it was an adjustment. I used to think people noticed, but they don’t so I almost never wear my foobs. I follow a bunch of flat and fabulous women on Instagram that are awesome and feel like a community. It’s always nice to know there are people with similar life experiences out there.

      4 months ago
    • lazyeranchke's Avatar
      lazyeranchke

      Hi, just wondering if you e looked at all types or reconstruction. With a good, or great PC, such as mine, you can get the expanders put in when you have ur surgery, then start fat grafting until u are where you want to be. I followed Angelina Jolie's surgery, that is available on line. I too had DCIS, but took ALL of my tissue out in both breasts, saving my nipples, skin & areola, & there's a great bonus, that no one mentioned. Since I breast fed my kids, had huge stretch mark's, saggy boobs, I looked beautiful when I woke after surgery....but the best part....when I talk about breast feeding, or hear a newborn cry hungry, I still have the sensation of my milk letting down. I have two friends who were diagnosed the same time as I, but both opted for the lumpectomy, (as has my sister last month), only to find two weeks later that they didnt get it all. Both did chemo & radiation, (my sister just finished her 2nd chemo after two lumpectomies, & will do 25 radiations). I'm 74, my sis is 77, & I didnt have chemo, radiation or hormones. My 5 year pet scan found no tumors anywhere. The tissue expanders will be removed, n my PC put in a sling to keep things nice & tidy. I have smooth Mentor gel inplants and am very happy. Additionally, research shows women who have immediate reconstruction, (at time of initial mastectomies) heal faster & have less depression. Just saying,

      4 months ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar
      hikerchick

      9 years out, I have never regretted not having any kind of reconstruction, not even for a moment. SO happy with my decision! I wear recreational foam foobies and am very happy with that choice also.

      4 months ago

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