• Is Lumpy reconstruction normal?

    Asked by Grandy on Sunday, May 26, 2013

    Is Lumpy reconstruction normal?

    I'm guessing it will look more symetrical and smooth once we get the implants in?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      If you are talking about tissue expanders, my experience is they can have large wrinkles in them before they are expanded more fully.

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      When I first read this, I read lumpectomy!!!! rather than LUMPY!!!! I had bilat, but they were different surgeries....simple mastectomy on prophy side and modified matectomy with axillary dissection on BC side, so my sides were different....I wasn't lumpy, but they filled out differently....After surgical bra came off and PS said I didn't need to wear a bra, I wore camis (today, I prefer the ones with thick straps and are cotton) and wear looser fitting tops so no one can see the subtle differences between my 2 sides. I only had 3 fills before I was "busting" at the seams, so lumpy was not an issue for me!!! The implants are soooooo much more comfy than the TE....and your PS will look for just the right fit so that they are smooth,......

      over 7 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I had a DIEP flap reconstruction and they do not look like breasts. Just small little nubs because there wasn't enough fat to make full complete breasts. I will be having silicone implants put in on the 24th of June and I am hoping that it will come out smooth and look like breasts in stead of nubs. I would imagine that your situation will smooth out once the implants are put in, if not make your doctor work on them until they do look right. That is what I did with my doctor and that is why I am having implants put in. Good luck to you. Hope all turns out well for you?

      over 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      My sister has her TE's in and they are up high and rippled, skin like tucked she hates it!! she is like praying once implants in they correct all this. Which they are telling her they will. mine wasn't like that they were real hard and round... I have some rippling now with implants in but nothing major.

      over 7 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Thanks all! Yes, doc and the nurse both say the implants will be much better! :)

      over 7 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your question. 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.


      Best of luck to all,

      about 7 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Implants are in as of 8/12/13. I'm content with results. They are smaller than my real ones. But I feel younger, and no bra needed!!!! YES!!

      about 7 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma page.