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    jrthesurvivor asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I have silicon implants. Is it typical to have noticeable wrinkles in them and scrunched up breasts when I use my muscles?

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      jrthesurvivor

      There are so many variations of how to do these surgeries I guess. If you don't mind answering this, why did they use the lat muscles instead of the pectoralis muscles? That's what they did on me, but I didn't know there were other approaches.

      You can also get a mentor through the American Cancer Society's program called Reach To Recovery. They match you up with someone according to the things that are most important to you and what your history is.
      Best,
      jeanne

      over 4 years ago
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      Donnaakins

      The decision to use the lat muscles was made for maximum cosmetic result. I have/had/have large breasts and that may have limited my options. Also, I didn't want to go through the process of tissue expanders.

      I have contacted ACS, as well as other breast cancer organizations. They've been unable to find me a match.

      over 4 years ago
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      aj1969

      YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I had a dbl mastectomy in July 2005 and have had the exact issues that you discussed. Only I was never able to explain it as you did in detail. For the first couple of years it seamed like the muscles contracting were uncontrollable. I had a difficult time with this and other people thought I was just flexing my pecs. The wrinkles are still there today and I believe the doctor said that this is how they will be. I will tell you that the contractions, scrunching and flexing have lessened after some years. They still do it at times, but it is not as much as in the beginning. It was very embarrassing to me and I thought that I was the only one and figured it was something I would just have to deal with. I want to thank you for putting this out there for us to read. It helps me to know that we are not alone. Remember, time will lesson the side effects however, the wrinkling has not changed for me.
      from AJ1969

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): The surgery itself was again, not that big a deal. The recovery was fairly easy for me. The discomfort with the implants was more than I'd expected. This surgery occurred a few months after the expanders had been in place.

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      My3Ksmom

      More of a question than a comment. Would you do the implants again knowing the pain you would have?

      almost 3 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): The surgery wasn't any worse than the mastectomies, but the expanders hurt much more than I expected. I was very uncomfortable with them and found every arm movement gave me discomfort and reminded me I had these foreign objects on my chest. I had only the initial injection of water into the expanders. I didn't want to be large breasted and I felt that the bigger they were, the more uncomfortable and foreign they would feel. Small breasts suited my frame anyway. This was the worst part of my journey as for pain.

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    Decision Point: Did I really want breast implants? My doctor doesn't believe in inserting the breast expanders for implants until healing of about 2 months has taken place after the mastectomy. So I had time to think about this. I was seriously tempted to not have the implants, but finally decided that I'd feel less conspicuous if I had them. Having seen someone else's prosthesis, I didn't like that option at all. It's not a perfect solution, but the right one for me.
    Choice for expanders, then implants was because a) I didn't have enough stomach fat to build 2 breasts from and b) I didn't want tissue taken from my back or buttocks or thighs because I'm very athletic and didn't want things not to work properly or be imbalanced.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): Rather than have a single mastectomy and have to get frequent mammograms on the other breast, I opted for bilateral mastectomy. They did find cancer in that right breast so it was a good call.
    Stayed overnight in the hospital, then went home the next afternoon. Getting used to the drains was briefly difficult, but getting used to no breast was harder.