My recovery is going really well and while I'm not happy to have had to make the decision at all, I do think the result is about the best I could have gone for.
I was lucky to be offered a nipple-sparing, 2-stage mastectomy - like Angelina Jolie had, only thing I'll ever have in common with her 😉 So I had a reduction and nipple repositioning followed 4 months later by the mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, with silicone implants.
Are they safe? I'm not feeling too worried about them, really. It's only been 3 months but the only issue so far has been rippling, so I suspect I might be offered lipofill. Still, while upsetting initially, it's not awful. And bonus, they are very 'perky' and will remain so - my best mate is already making jokes about when we're both 80 and mine are still where they are while hers are at her knees 😉
I think I was appalled at the idea of going flat when mastectomy was first discussed, and it was only afterwards that I got myself to the point of "Yeah, if I had to, I could have." That said, there was something psychological about never seeing myself boob-less, I guess, and that they do still look pretty much like 'my boobs'.
Hope your surgeon can allay your fears, although worth remembering that they wouldn't be permanent - you can change your mind! My surgeon reassured me that I could try own-tissue recon if I really hated the implants, but best to give the least-surgery version a chance first. I'm not looking to change!
More than happy to answer any other questions you have, here or in a PM. Take care xx
I live in Western Australia, on the 3rd February this year I had bilateral mastectomy. The surgery removed all the cancer and I don't need to undergo chemo or radiation therapy. At the same time I had my bilateral mastectomy I also had expanders placed in my chest in preparation for having implants in a few months time. I am now considering going flat as I am not confident enough in the safety of implants. I am seeing my breast surgeon on 21 April to discuss my concerns. I was wondering what type of implants did you choose and how is the recovery going for you. Are you feeling well and happy with your decision. Kind regards Jules1953
Hi bookish - I had a single right mastectomy and I now have an annual mammogram on my left, and sometimes an ultrasound on the right or at least an examination. But I think all hospitals are different. I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Evie xx
I had a bilateral mastectomy in January, with immediate implant reconstruction. I'm wondering what kind of ongoing monitoring I might be able to expect. I've been 'high risk' for almost 2 decades, getting annual MRIs, so the idea of going to no monitoring at all feels a bit ... asking for trouble?
Has anyone else with a mastectomy - esp. bilateral - continued monitoring, and if so what kind?