• What, if anything, can be done to match healthy breast to reconstructed breast?

    Asked by TinnaKopelow on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    What, if anything, can be done to match healthy breast to reconstructed breast?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I had a lumpectomy so I didn't deal with this. But I would talk to a good breast surgeon or plastic surgeon and have them explain your options. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy on my left breast. Five years ago this past December I had reconstructive surgery. I agree with SandiD, talk to a good plastic or breast surgeon to get your options. Do some research on the different types of reconstruction and don't be afraid to ask the doctors questions.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had a bilat....and there are differences between the BC side and prophy side, but dressed you can't tell......I would talk to a PS surgeon.....either yours or get another opinion to see what can be done.....and I'm sure there are other gals here who will chime in with personal experience.....

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Yes, a good plastic surgeon will explain this to you. They will need to focus on the reconstruction first, then they will be able to decrease, or "bring up" the other one to match after they see how the reconstr. is healing. This way they can make sure size is comparable. My Plastic surgeon said he could do the reconstruction, determine correct size for the other based on that and do the nipple on the reconstruction and the other at the same time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • merlinglen1's Avatar

      I agree with the plastic surgeon bein able to help. Ask for photo's of successful outcomes. I am having surgery on on the healthy breast to make her more "perky" and it's been 2weeks looks promising. The Dr had to add an implant and now we're waiting for both to settle. I will tell you this surgery/recover much more painful than the mastectomy.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If you are talking in a natural state (i.e. unclothed), nothing. Had you had a bilateral mastectomy originally with both breasts reconstructed, they could have been matched, but that is water over the XXX. Best you can do is using bras and prophylactics to even them up visually.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I have already talked to the mastologist about that. I am so afraid that the outcome of the surgery will be awful, with the scars, no nipple and two different breasts... Doctor told me that with clothes there will be no or few differences. I confess that I don't believe it. But for now my breasts are already so different, the sick side is almost double the size of the heathly one, and it hadn't changed my life or the way people see me. Maybe we'll feel the same about the differences after the surgery, that they are different, but no problem.

      almost 4 years ago
    • MsScribe's Avatar

      I had a double bi lat mastectomy 3 years ago. I did not have to get chemo or radiation as my lymph nodes were clear.

      Honestly, your reconstructed breast will probably never match your remaining natural breast but as Nancy says, with clothes on it will look pretty good. In order for them to be anywhere near the same, your ps will have to revise and raise the natural breast. Your reconstructed breast will be higher ( probably under your chest muscles, so your natural breast will need muscles tightened up and maybe a reduction in order to match.

      You will have scaring no matter what and much depends on how the PS felt that it would be better if the both matched and I didn't want to wake up every day worrying that the other breast would become cancerous.
      This is a very complex and personal decision that you should talk over with your family, friends, partner and doctors.

      I have reconstructed nipples which look very real, but many of my friends have nipples that look somewhat ok and then tattooed areolas. I had 4 additional minor surgeries after my implants were put in to improve shape and appearance including some lipo. You have to be willing to insist that you get what you want from your PS (Mine was very good,, but I wanted my new boobs as good as I could get!)

      One post a few weeks ago described implants as 'hamburger buns sewn to your chest'...and some days I swear that's what they look like! But as I always write...my husband is happy with them and he thinks they look like boobs....and I can wear a strappy dress and no one knows they are not real.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      just went to plastic surgeon today. i had mastectomy on right breast. he's going to make the left one look as much like it as possible. may be able to do nipple reconstruction at the same time. he's supposed to be the best in our area. talk to a plastic surgeon who will explain your options. i'm really happy with mine. best of luck to you whatever you decide:)

      almost 4 years ago

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