• What is the longest time anyone with tissue expanders has waited to have their implants placed?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    What is the longest time anyone with tissue expanders has waited to have their implants placed?

    I'm waiting to lose weight before I have my reconstruction completed with silicone implants. I currently have tissue expander. I need to lose the ~ 35 lbs that the HRT I took before the Mammograph that id'd the tumor leading to all of this (not) fun experience happened (and probably caused the tumor [my Oncologist concurs with this]). My problem: I just sprained my back last week and managed (being the extremely talented person that I am...;) to mildly dislocate my hip in the process, so I can't exercise and it will be a while (even if I'm very careful about what I eat before I lose any major weight. I want to drop all of that post HRT weight because my plastic surgeon told me that if I have the implants at the size I want (C) at the weight I'm at now, they will appear to be a D at the weight I'll be when I'm minus 35 lbs. I hope this makes sense. Anyway, the question does appear in the subject line.

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    • SDomiano's Avatar

      I had my first set of expander in for over 6mo and then started to have pain. The right one opened up and had to be remover after that then 3mos later the left one had to be taken out now i AM WAITING TO HAVE THE SURGERY ALL OVER AGAIN. Now they are having to pull skin and muscle from my back to do it again. Don't wait to long!

      over 4 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi!. I had mine for almost 8 months...

      over 4 years ago
    • scootersmom's Avatar
      scootersmom (Best Answer!)

      I believe the answer is no more that a year.

      over 4 years ago
    • hmt1070's Avatar

      Mine stayed in for 8 months. The expansion was completed after a few weeks, but I started radiation and needed to give my skin time to heal. The implant went in with no trouble and the incision healed very nicely.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My plastic surgeon has many patients with expanders in for 8 - 9 months after the end of radiation. So, for many like me, who have chemo and radiation, the expanders stay in for 16+ months. It seems all plastic surgeons have their own time table for doing the implant swap surgery. I would ask your surgeon.

      over 4 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar

      I had mine 11 months.

      over 4 years ago

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