• I have silicon implants. Is it typical to have noticeable wrinkles in them and scrunched up breasts when I use my muscles?

    Asked by jrthesurvivor on Sunday, February 26, 2012

    I have silicon implants. Is it typical to have noticeable wrinkles in them and scrunched up breasts when I use my muscles?

    When I use my arms in sport or just turning the steering wheel, my pec muscles contract my implants into a scrunched up shape and cause my breasts to rise.

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    • Donnaakins' Avatar
      Donnaakins

      Oh my gosh! I am SOOOOOOOO happy to find you!!!

      I had reconstruction using latissimus muscles from my back. Anytime I make a move that would have used those muscles my breasts flex/contract as if they were still in my back!

      Surgery was five weeks ago and the pain has diminished with the but not the contractures. The feeling is still extremely strange. My plastic surgeon told me last week the contracture would never stop but I would get used to it.

      about 5 years ago
    • jrthesurvivor's Avatar
      jrthesurvivor

      Hi Donna,
      Wow. I'd not heard that before. Although I did hear that weight gain patterns remains the same in those cells no matter where they end of living in the body. So if you had flesh from your abdominal area used in one breast and flesh from your butt in the other, they can gain weight at different rates. Crazy! Who'd have thought?

      Your situation would take some getting used to because it would surprise you for quite some time when moving your back caused your breast to flex - I think that's what you said, yes? And then there's needing to keep the breast kind of covered so that wrinkling up doesn't show at the neckline of your shirt.

      I'm totally grateful that I was able to have the implants and in general have a pretty normal look. So I hate to be carping about something that's not perfect. And if this is one of the side effects or outcomes, then that's just what I get. But I would have appreciated knowing up front what to expect.

      I have heard that your type of surgery can be painful and that you can't expect immediate recovery. So, I guess you just take it easy for a while and you'll adjust as things get back to normal.

      Thanks for reaching out to me. I guess I have some more adjusting to do too :-) Have you posted a question on this site? You might get some more people with your same or very similar situation who can comment more on recovery time and what to expect in the future. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

      about 5 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar
      Donnaakins

      I don't have wrinkling. The cosmetic appearance couldn't be better. I had one surgery for the mastectomies and reconstruction, including the nipples. Having one surgery allowed me to have skin sparring mastectomies, but combining several surgeries in one
      makes for a long recovery.The only scarring I have is around the aereolas and the tattos will make those less prominent.

      I have posted on the questions section, but no response so far. I see my plastic tomorrow and am going to ask him for a mentor.

      Thanks for responding!

      Donna

      about 5 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar
      Donnaakins

      I should have included that I also have silicon implants as part of my reconstruction. They are covered by the latissimus muscles from my back.

      about 5 years ago
    • superfoob's Avatar
      superfoob

      Hi Jr!
      I had a Uni NSM with immediate implant and FlexHD(same as Alloderm) on my left side. My "foob" seems to do the same thing as yours. When I flex my chest muscle or raise my arms, I get a "divot" at about 11:00 on my foob (when looking straight at me). I am going to ask my PS if this is permanent or if the pec muscle will slowly stretch out. If permanent, I'm going to ask about micro fat grafting. They take fat out of another area and inject it into the divot to smooth it out. I've read about it on breastcancer.org in the forums.
      I am only 9 weeks out from surgery and currently getting Radiation. I know it will continue to change so I won't really worry too much about it until I'm 3-6 months out from Radiation.

      about 5 years ago
    • jrthesurvivor's Avatar
      jrthesurvivor

      There are so many variations of how to do these surgeries I guess. If you don't mind answering this, why did they use the lat muscles instead of the pectoralis muscles? That's what they did on me, but I didn't know there were other approaches.

      You can also get a mentor through the American Cancer Society's program called Reach To Recovery. They match you up with someone according to the things that are most important to you and what your history is.
      Best,
      jeanne

      about 5 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar
      Donnaakins

      The decision to use the lat muscles was made for maximum cosmetic result. I have/had/have large breasts and that may have limited my options. Also, I didn't want to go through the process of tissue expanders.

      I have contacted ACS, as well as other breast cancer organizations. They've been unable to find me a match.

      about 5 years ago
    • aj1969's Avatar
      aj1969

      YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I had a dbl mastectomy in July 2005 and have had the exact issues that you discussed. Only I was never able to explain it as you did in detail. For the first couple of years it seamed like the muscles contracting were uncontrollable. I had a difficult time with this and other people thought I was just flexing my pecs. The wrinkles are still there today and I believe the doctor said that this is how they will be. I will tell you that the contractions, scrunching and flexing have lessened after some years. They still do it at times, but it is not as much as in the beginning. It was very embarrassing to me and I thought that I was the only one and figured it was something I would just have to deal with. I want to thank you for putting this out there for us to read. It helps me to know that we are not alone. Remember, time will lesson the side effects however, the wrinkling has not changed for me.
      from AJ1969

      about 5 years ago

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