Hi Annie - it is all very scarey at first - but once you have a treatment plan in place it really does become a bit easier. You'll be giving others advice based on your 'journey' before you know it.
My breasts are completely different now - like pinky and perky (perky being my new one - ha ha), but they're going to do some 'work' on my real breast some time in the future to give me some symmetry and aslo make me a new nipple -so like you it's as if I'm having a 'boob job'👀.
I'd copy and paste your first post and post it in the going through treatment part of the forum under 'surgery' and I'm sure you'll get loads of help and advice on other types of reconstruction - and as you've got until Monday to make your decision you have a bit of time to get other perspectives on it all.
This forum is a life saver - keep us infomed of how you get on, Love, Helen. xxx
Hi Annie - I was diagnsosed with IDC and medium grade DCIS in August and had a right mastectomy on 24th Sept. I 'went for' immediate reconstruction using a tissue expander. I wasn't actually told about any other type I could have - and just went along with what they recommended. I'm 62 and weigh about 9 stone - but I do have extra 'fat' they could have used.🤣 My consultant said because I was a 'D' cup they could achieve this size with this type of reconstruction, as I say no other option was given to me. I think knowing what I know now (having stalked this forum every day for the past 5-6 months) I probably would have opted for this type of reconstruction in any event. I only had to have one operation site - they managed to get the Sentinal node from the mastectomy site.
I had to go weekly for 6 weeks having the tissue expander inflated to gradualy stretch the skin, my last 'fill' was in November - they like to leave it for 3 months to 'settle down', so I have an appointment on 5th Feb - at which I'm expecting to be given a date to have the temporary tissue expander exchanged with a permanant softer implant.
Hope this helps - if you want any other info let me know.
I'm sure there'll be others along to tell you about other forms of reconstruction.
Take care - sending love.💖