Double mastectomy but single sided reconstruction?

Hi all, 

Brief history, I was diagnosed Dec 2020, had therapeutic mammoplasty on left breast, then chemo, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy. 

As I was only 32 when diagnosed I was tested for genetic mutations and during my radiotherapy it was confirmed I have BRCA2 gene mutation. 

I plan to have a double mastectomy and oopherectomy to reduce future risks. 

I saw my oncoloplasty last week and we discussed options. She feels having an implant on my left side would be too risky due to previous radiotherapy. I do not have enough stomach fat for DIEP , but she’s referring me to another surgeon to see if another type of flap would be possible. 

However, the more I look into it, the less I want any sort of flap reconstruction, for lots of reasons but the main one is, I already have scars on my chest I really don’t need anymore. 

So the alternative I have thought about, would be to have implant reconstruction on my right (good side), and go flat on my left side. Does this sound a bit odd? 

Has anyone got experience with this or advice, or any other comments are welcomed with thanks! 


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