Genetic risk, risk reducing surgery


I am going to have a risk reducing surgery. I have two choices between implants and reconstruction and I really appreciate if someone who has gone through one of this surgeries for the same reason could tell me a little about their choice and outcome.

Thank you very much,


Hello @cortijera
I went through bc 2 years ago, I was brca 2 so had mastectomy and chose to have good boob done aswell for risk reduction. I am skinny and didn’t have enough fat for 2 reconstructions so had implants.
I have a concave chest and tiny boobs, surgeon suggested smooth round implants for best aesthetics. Also the smooth don’t have the risk of another type of cancer, although only a small risk, I wasn’t going there! The other benefit was rotation, if these rotate then they are not going to look wonky.
I had hoped to have implants straight away but was given expander first, which was good in hindsight as it gave me a chance to see which size was good for me. And confirmed the rotation thing, as the expander was teardrop shaped, one rotated virtually straight away and were not a good shape for me.
The implants I have do wrinkle and surgeon has said there is now an upgrade that wrinkles less.
Overall no regrets. Knowing that as much breast tissue as possible has gone helps with my mindset. I do still have my own nipples, they are not in the usual place due to new shape but that is not an issue. Got one scar on down side of each boob which is hidden by bra, can be seen in skimpy bikini. I don’t care about that tho, I am proud of what I have accomplished and the little scar not a big deal.
When I have my bra on they look normal.
Hope this helps
Good luck with your op xx

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Hello Ahbc21,

Thank you very much for the answer. It is really useful to listen to another people experience. I am very happy you feel proud because you should.


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Hi @cortijera,

Welcome to the forum, we hope you find it a comforting and supportive place. Do have a look through the various boards and topics to find those going through similar experiences and please know that our nurses are here for you any time, here on the forum on the Ask our Nurses your questions or over the phone 0808 800 6000.

Sending love,

Alice :heart: