• I will be having a Bilat. Mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction implants. My question is:

    Asked by cris on Friday, February 1, 2013

    I will be having a Bilat. Mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction implants. My question is:

    Has anyone had this done & then had radiation after?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat in 2006 followed by chemo then radiation...I had my fills during chemo and waiting 6 months post rads for exchange from TE to silicone implants.....so I had my TE for just over 12 months.....I've had these implants now for 4 1/2 years and all is good....

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi Cris!!.. I had that done and did the Chemo, but I chose not to do radiation. For me I felt that there was nothing left there and Chemo seems so hard core that why did I need radiation... Again that was just me. I'm still sore with my implants in but I think all is going well I go back in a month for check up. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • chutzpah's Avatar

      had the bilateral and then rads. waited 7 months for the implants (that was an easy surgery) felt great getting rid of the expanders. There is some wrinkling/dimpling which the plastic surgeon will try to fix by using some of my abdominal fat So far I look good in clothes boobs are nice and perky and I am happy with the size a b or c cup. Get a few scarves to drape stylishly and cover up the minor imperfections on your front
      Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I had an immediate implant (unilateral, no expanders) before radiation. After I had radiation I had the other side lifted. I then ended up having the first implant exchanged for a different size for symmetry. Radiation can cause shrinkage. I also had some fat grated to round out the implant. Doesn't look too bad without clothes and looks good with clothes.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      I hope all is 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.

      Lastly, for those of you who are not sure what to expect from radiation treatment, we have a piece of content about what to expect for beginner's.

      Best of luck to all,

      about 3 years ago

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