• I had breast reconstruction about a month ago and it looks like is loosing it's shape, is this normal?

    Asked by Damaris on Thursday, September 13, 2012

    I had breast reconstruction about a month ago and it looks like is loosing it's shape, is this normal?

    Will the surgeon fix it at some point?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • ruthieq's Avatar

      There is usually some "settling" after surgery, after healing has taken place. However, if it looks smaller than it did or is painful or even uncomfortable, call your PS. You need to watch for leakage, especially if you are in a car accident where the front of your chest is impacted or if something as simple as a puncture from cat claws. (it has happened).However if you are currently having radiation to the affected side, the muscles can get irritated and draw up andchange the shape of your breast. Contact your PS and voice your concerns.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had reconstruction with implants in February and my left one has lost its shape somewhat. My surgeon will be replacing it with a different implant in November. In clothes they look fine but the left is "wonky." Your surgeon should be able to correct it, but you'll probably have to wait til your swelling has gone down completely and you have finished any chemo or radiation, as radiation can change the breast shape and no one will do surgery while you're on chemo due to the infection risk.

      over 8 years ago
    • KimmieC's Avatar
      KimmieC (Best Answer!)

      I think the amount of change expected could be dependent on what type of reconstruction you had, as well as if you had radiation. I had a DIEP flap bilaterally in 2009. After the first surgery, the breast on the side I had radiation slid a little after a few weeks, but I was told to expect this. I had a second surgery about 5 months after the first, and they evened me up. I can't tell that there have been any changes since. I would definitely call the surgeon and ask for a follow-up appointment and ask questions about your concerns. Hope this helps!

      over 8 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      I know when someone has a breast lift, reduction and/or implants your breast will swell two to three times what their breast size will actually be. I believe it's called "drop and fluff". ; / So, that may be what your experiencing. You can Youtube breast reduction, implants or reconstruction. They are different types of breast surgery, but none the less breast surgeries that can cause the same type of effects after surgery and see if their are any videos that can answer your question(s).

      over 8 years ago
    • Damaris' Avatar

      Thanks everyone for your input, it always help knowing that you are not alone!

      over 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for your question. I hope al lis well.

      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,

      over 7 years ago

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