• I am scheduled for a diep procedure.I had bilateral mastectomy 11/5/10. Cancer on both sides. I am thin.

    Asked by janigirl on Thursday, February 9, 2012

    I am scheduled for a diep procedure.I had bilateral mastectomy 11/5/10. Cancer on both sides. I am thin.

    I am concerned how I will look as I have gotten used to having no breasts and don't like how it looks but it is familiar.

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    • NanciHersh's Avatar

      Hi, not sure what a diep procedure is, but like you I am thin, had small breasts and then had a bilateral mastectomy with implants, first silicone (which rutptured, don't recommend that!) and now saline. It is nice to have the shape in clothing and my plastic surgeon did a great job. Opted for no nipples because I didn't want another procedure and am used to that as well. I do look good in clothes... Just saw that this was posted 16 hours ago but that yo were scheduled for 11/5/10....?

      over 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      So, you are a bit over a year out from your double mastectomy... and you are "used to it" - this does my heart good because I'm about to have mine on Monday... and I'm worried about "getting used to it!" So, thank you for this post.

      As for how you are going to look... is your surgeon able to give you some insight in this regard? As I understand it, many surgeons who perform these surgeries have before/after photos etc... Can you ask to see such photos? Maybe that would help?

      Best wishes - I hope the surgery goes well and your result is what you hope for!


      over 5 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      I googled the diep flap. I wish I had had that option. I didn't want a tram and use any of the abd muscles. I am thin but a tummy tuck would have been nice. Let us know how it goes for you

      over 5 years ago
    • deanaliddy's Avatar

      It would be helpful to you to ask your surgeon how large you can expect to be given that you are thin and may have little fat available in your abdomen, the usual place it is taken.
      The Free flap or DIEP procedure is the gold standard of breast reconstruction but it has its own problems also. Blood flow needs to be established in the transplanted fat, and so on.
      If you are not happy with the answers, you may wish to use an alternate procedure such as an implant where you can be sure to be whatever size you determine fits your frame beforehand.
      I prefer silicon as it feels more normal to me.
      Good luck! Be sure to ask lots of questions and wait until you are happy with the answers about what is possible and what is not.

      over 5 years ago

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