• What are the pros and cons for reconstruction of a single breast for a 62 year old woman?

    Asked by suzyq on Thursday, May 16, 2013

    What are the pros and cons for reconstruction of a single breast for a 62 year old woman?

    Would all the surgeries be worth the end result? Can they make the new breast look like the other one?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      That's up to you. I am also still pondering whether to go through a DIEP flap procedure (which I've heard looks GREAT when healed, but is a LOT of work), or whether to embrace my flatness! But my breasts will be the same, whether I do the recon or not. I'm not sure about a unilateral...but I think I'd rather have a permanent solution to the imbalance--recon--rather than to have to use a breast form every day--how about you?

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi suzyq, here is a helpful guide we have put together dealing with mastectomy vs. lumpectomy. You may find it helpful for you. https://www.whatnext.com/cc/how_we_chose_between_a_lumpectomy_and_mastectomy

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Dear suzyq. I have done a lot of research on that and found that the breasts do look normal once the implants are put in the the doctor does his magic with forming and shaping. They tried very hard to make the new breast look just like the other breast so talk to your doctor for reassurance. He will go over everything with you and show you the implant and let you handle it. He should if he is a good doctor like I have. I am getting the silicone implants. They have changed over the years and they are so soft, like a real breast. They are double walled and filled with gel instead of the nasty silicone. If the outter wall punctures there is no leak and if the inner wall gets a small puncture the gel just forms a clog and stays right where it is at. Something to consider during your decision making. The saline implants are a little harder and not as natural. So it all depends on your doctor and what he does for implants, but make sure he gives you the newest ones on the market. You will look normal again. Look at some of the pictures on the internet and you can see what miracles they can perform today.

      over 4 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I had a bilateral 2 years ago and have not done reconstruction. I was concerned that the imbalance would trigger back pain that I had for years from a back injury, but it has not. I really do not want to have any surgery that is not necessary, and I do consider reconstruction cosmetic, although others may not. I am 61 and consider myself healthy and strong. I do have some lymphedema in my rib cage and back, so I do not wear my prosthesis. All those scarves I used to wear on my head now adorn my neck to distract from my imbalance, or cowl necked tops and jackets. I am happy and my husband is happy. Only one very very drunk man has ever made any comment ... and he was just so pitiful that I couldn't put any weight in anything he said.

      over 4 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      hit "answer question" by mistake as I scrolled up to reread what I had written I had a unilateral, left side only.

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      Hi Suzy's,
      I am 66 and had a bilateral mastectomy because I just did not want to ever worry about cancer in my breasts again! I have seen pictures at my PS office and they really did make the one breast match the other one! I am in the process of reconstruction. I have tissue expanders, placed on 2/15. My second surgery is 7/18 and I will get silicone implants and some lyposuction. The third surgery will be to do nipples and tattoo and remove the excess skin left after the bilateral mastectomy. I wish you the best! Hugs!

      over 4 years ago
    • PrettyToes' Avatar

      Reconstruction is a very personal issue. I have talked to too many women who have had problems with reconstruction.... Multiple surgeries... Redos... Infection... Chronic pain. Yes, there are many women who are happy with their reconstruction. After much thought, and discussion with my husband, I elected not to have reconstruction. ( I am 57). I am happy with my decision. Will have prosthesis made by "Radiant Impressions".

      over 4 years ago
    • Smkipp's Avatar

      Hi, Suzyq. Last fall, when my lumpectomy and lymph node (right breast) pathology report came back, it showed massive DCIS. I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I had very large breasts, so I had a lot of skin to work with making a flap unecessary. So far, I am very pleased with the results. My implants look good. The pain was minimal. I only have a couple more procedures to go: liposuction/fat injections and nipple tattoo. I don't want nipple reconstruction. It's been a long process. I am 65.
      I have an amazing reconstruction surgeon. Ask to see before and after pictures.
      I wish you the best. I know you're scared, but you'll get through it. You're stronger than you think.

      over 4 years ago

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