• I had a double mastectomy for my TNBC about 2 years ago with saline implants. Did anyone else have to do touch ups?

    Asked by Marbeau on Saturday, February 9, 2013

    I had a double mastectomy for my TNBC about 2 years ago with saline implants. Did anyone else have to do touch ups?

    My chest wall on the affected side appears sunken in and breast is slightly lower. The PS at Sloan Kettering is going to raise the breast slightly and inject the area with fat from my abdominal area. The injections may have to be done a couple of times. Has anyone else have to have this done? Any advice?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat in March 2006 with TE then silicone implants in March 2007....I had two have 2 revisions...the bc side implant fell soon after it was put in...so in July 2007, PS fixed the pocket....it fell again, thought only slightly, but since I hated the implants, I had the PS swap out both implants for smaller ones when he fixed the bc pocket...that was in July 2008 and all has been good since then.....

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Yes, my left implant (the cancer side) pulled away from the chest wall and was slightly deflated. My PS replaced the left one and did a fat transfer from my upper abdomen to fill in the cleavage and some other areas. It was a way easier surgery than the bilateral mastectomy. I had my implants put in at the same time as my mastectomy surgery. My implants are silicone gel though, not saline.

      over 4 years ago
    • bethmac3s' Avatar

      Hello. I silicone implants put in in April last year, I just recently had the fat injections to create cleavage. I am pretty satisfied with the results, but just to warn you, I had the fat taken from my hips and it was very painful after for at least a couple days.

      over 4 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      I had a tram flap December 2011 and I have had one fat graft to the upper part of the breast. I will have another one probably in May. My PS said it takes 2-3 grafts to get it right! My nipple has lost projection also so I will have that touched up as well!

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I'm scheduled to have it done on Thursday, Valentine's Day. My ps mentioned the same thing with fat from my abdomen. I have pre-op with him onTuesday. Will try and remember what questions to ask. Good luck with everything:)

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Like NAnce my left implant (the tumor breast!) had issues almost immediately, namely there was bleeding there. It doesn't hurt or anything, but it coagulates and makes the area appear bigger and the implant hard. So it had to be removed and replaced with another implant. I had fat transplants, which go away. Most insurance companies give you a lot of chances to be happy with your outcome. I'm not thrilled with mine (weird gaps in my back, bulges under my armpits - both from bringing the latisse muscle around). I stopped trying to make it better with surgery. I'm hoping weight loss and toning my back will help with that.

      over 4 years ago
    • mamakas' Avatar

      My right implant has drooped down after only 4 months. I'm scheduled next month to have some scar tissue removed and get a lift.

      over 4 years ago
    • dorothyoz's Avatar

      I had double mastectomy with tissue expanders same time, for my TNBC, went thru 6 mths of chemo, then had the expanders removed in November 2012 (3 mths ago) and saline implant put in. nipple reconstruction end of Dec. 2012. still on the mend from this, but so far, i do not see too much of a difference in the affected side. just went to oncologist on Friday for my 3 mth post chemo exam and am concerned that she said they do not do any scans, nor did she draw blood to check levels. My diagnosis was TNBC Stage 1A and it had not spread to the lymph nodes. QUESTION FOR YOU: Did you GET PET SCANS/BONE SCANS, BLOOD WORK done? Or.. is TNBC not a cancer that would benefit from this. how can I catch reoccurance if no tests?

      over 4 years ago

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