Thanks to breast augmentation, my life was changed. The procedure did not only bring my old breasts back but improved it in ways I have never imagined. I don’t know what perfect breasts are but after getting the surgery, I think I’ve got the best ones I could ever have. I’m very happy with my decision.
My previous post was 2 years ago, but I am now pleased to report that 2.5 years post op, the "foob" now feels much more comfortable and I am no longer constantly aware of it. It is still numb and always will be but not painful any more or feeling like a football! The cosmetic effect is very good. Xx
Hi I'm new here as well. You discribed exactly the same as me as well. No feeling in boob, but it does get itchy and you scratch it and it doesn't relieve the itch.
I was diagnosed in 2008 and had my dbx in to 2009. With rconstrution at the same time. The complications were almost happening at beginning. I had many complications after surgery, my scars weren't healing, off i went to theatre and given a good clean. I wont bore you with all the details. I do NOT have any implants, but at least 1/52 something happens and fluid is found when anti biotics have been useless.
The reason I'm writing is we are in 2017 and still have infections, on one occasion a large piece of " plastic " came out of my chest. I'm wondering about the mesh that was used. There are concerns with mesh That's being used for vaginal reasons. Google it. I wonder if the mesh that is used could be the same, which is causing major problems for me.
Good luck in your fight
Hey, I had a double mastectomy in the Autumn in 2010 (aged 37 with 4 young kids, bit of a shock) chemo etc but still alive and well.
I had a strattice reconstruction and tissue expanders in march 2014, then had implant exchange in January 2015. The whole process has been a bit of a pain.
I have gone from being completely flat chested , well concave chested because they took so much tissue that my ribs were prominent, to a b cup. My new boobs are quite firm but they look good under clothes. I've recently bought myself some latex nipples (from ameona) which make the boobs look very young and perky under tight tops while I wait for my nipple reconstruction later this year.
I've recently been on hols in France and been prancing about in my bikini with confidence, just need to keep checking I'm not flashing my new boobs because they don't have much sensation!
I'm really pleased with the results although they did take a while to get used to. My husband is terrified of the new girls and is yet to touch them but that issue is his not mine.
I suppose I just want to encourage you to be proud of what you have, it may not be what your mother gave you but it's part of your journey, your story, of who you are and I'm sure you look fab u lous!
It will get better, but it does take a while! Not sure if the feeling of a limpet/bowling ball stuck to your chest ever goes away though! I'm nearly 6 months post op now and still quite aware of it. Been trying to build up my running and time at the gym and the "foob' protests a bit at that and aches at times but apart from that it looks as good as I could have hoped and has healed really well. Even managed to wear a bikini on holiday! (Not under wired though) still not gone back to under wired bras, not sure if I ever will! Good luck with your recovery! Xx
Hi, I had my mx and construction on 11th day now. Left side only for me. Still have 1 drain in and the scar is glued as I suffered blister allergy 4 years ago following my lumpectomy. I had DCIS and it returned so had no choice this time. Happily I had my results phoned through from my surgeon last night as there was a delay. All clear no sign of invasive so I was so relieved. Now to get used to this feeling of a limpet stuck on my chest and the terrible burning sensations. It feels like I have the worse sunburn, but like shingles skin pain. I hope it goes soon it's the worst part!!!
Hi Ladies, I had dmx with implant and mesh last Tuesday so 6 days ago in Reading. It's great to hear other women's experiences with this, you get so paranoid with everything! I also feel like I have two bowling balls attached to my chest, a feeling of tightness, like someone is sitting on my chest. I had 4 nodes removed from each armpit just over 4 weeks ago, which thankfully came back clear. Pain was probably more intense for that weirdly as more nerves cut through I think. This is more like a constant dull ache with stabbing pains, particularly in eve when I get tired. My bcn says look out for burning sensation but sometimes the pain feels like burning but it doesn't feel hot so I think my brain is just getting confused. They look ok, not really much bruising or redness and surgeon was really pleased. I did loose a nipple on one side. There is quite a bit of fluid around one of them so think I will have my lovely drains in for a while yet. Seeing surgeon on Wednesday. They definitely do not feel like part of me but hopefully I will learn to accept them one day. I was quite positive before my surgery but for some reason feel more down post surgery not sure why. 😞
Hi everyone. New to this and never joined a forum before but thought I should share my experience. I had mastectomy on my left side and immediate reconstruction using strattice and an implant. This surgery I found quite easy. Didn't have any pain (which was to be expected as hardly any feeling left) and when I stand naked, at first glance there is no difference to my 'old' and 'new' breast. Straight after surgery I peeked and said, 'wow, I still look normal' They managed to save my nipple so that has helped massively with what it looks like. My 'new' breast is very slightly smaller than my other but I figure that's minor after everything else. I have hardly any feeling at all in my breast. My nipple could be tweaked all day but I wouldn't feel it. The only thing I don't like the look of, is if I tense my muscle (which practically every movement causes), I get a very deep indentation from one side of my breast to the other. Apparently this is standard. My breast is also, not rock hard but very, very firm and I've been told it will stay like this because of all the reconstruction. I'm assuming in a few years, I will have one pert breast and one saggy lol (oh the joys of breast cancer). 9 months after reconstruction, I had fat taken from my thighs and put into breast to even out a few dents. Again, this was fine. I was up and about the next day as usual. I'm now 16 months post surgery and yes, I am happy with how my breast looks. Not happy with lack of feeling. whats strange is that I often get an itch in/on my breast. I scratch but can't feel myself scratching which is a bit frustrating. Over the past 2 months, I get, most days/nights, like an ache and stabbing pain in my breast. I believe this is pretty normal and something I have to put up with. Got my annual review in two months so will be mentioning it then.
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Hi I had a rash over my recon which they thought was probably but not definitely a reaction to the strattice and I was told to take piriton. Also swelling lasted a lot longer than I thought it would - but then you are hardly given any information post op so you are in the dark really. I find I still struggle with lying on my side as it pulls and so is not comfortable. You are doing well if you are driving already. I struggled with hand brake and still find 5th gear uncomfortable. Mind you I did have immediate silicon implants so I guess there is more stretching of the muscle when they stick the full sized implant in ! The skin is very thin and so does tend to look a bit blotchy.
I had this op Feb 14 so am well ahead of you - once the swelling has gone down it all settled quite well - though it did take a while for this to happen. Pleased with the shape, still have a small dent on upper pole despite the fat transfer. Did not go ahead with the nipple recon - could not face it in the end - and use stick on nipple. The main thing I find is that there is still a feeling of pressure from the implant, and that I am always aware that it is there - stuck on my chest! Looking back at the early days pain relief was the most important thing
A week today the plan was a one step skin sparing mastectomy with immediate recon - biological mesh and anatomical silicone implant. The plan was changed just before the op due to surgeon's concerns about rejection, allergies etc. So what he did was insert a small amount of Veritas at the bottom side edge to create a pocket and inserted a saline expander under the pectoral muscle. A more gentle approach and if all goes well, will cut the pectoral muscle, stitch to a Veritas pocket and replace the expander with the silicone implant later on this year. Veritas is bovine pericardium and supposed to cause less allergies than the porcine strattice mesh - and it seems to have taken ok. The drain to the veritas bit hasn't had anything to drain for five days so I take that as a good sign. Both drains out on Monday yay! I will feel less like cyberwoman.
Welcome to the forums, this must be very difficult time for you. I’m sure other users will be along to support you soon.
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With best wishes
I'm having a lot of problems with my second strattice reconstruction (first one 18 months ago has been perfect).
I think I'll probably have to have this one removed. Would be really useful to hear what happened with yours if you don't mind and what was the solution?
Hope you're well,
Good luck with your op - I am 10 weeks post op today. No real infection problems - more allergy type symptoms which I believe is very common with strattice and which they treat with antibiotics regardless of whether infection or not just to be on the safe side. Be prepared for swelling and bruising and rashes. And be prepared to feel like you have a bowling ball strapped to your chest! It does get better, or you get used to it I am not sure which but everyone is different and you may sail through it. Am currently doing some lymphatic massaging twice a day to try and disperse the lovely pocket of tissue by arm pit - if only I could push it into my dents! Scheduled for second op in August - should be totally healed by then and will then have nipple sharing and my good boob lifted. I think the main thing after the op and you are home is the fatigue I didn't realise how tired I would be, and not to try to do too much - causes swelling!
I had this op mid December 2013 - immediate reconstruction following mastectomy. I had DCIS (second time round so no radiotherapy poss this time). Unfortunately I got an infection which was a bit stubborn but that was eventually seen off with lots of antibiotics. Have been expanded a couple of times and the latest plan is to review in a couple of months when everything has had chance to settle down. The decision will be whether or not to replace the existing implant which my surgeon feels isn't sitting quite right and could be better. Overall I came through the op pretty well, the DCIS has gone, and cosmetic results are already fairly good. I feel a bit lopsided some days but not so much I get self-conscious about it - when I do I use a 'softie' prosthesis on the unaffected breast to prop it up a bit. The port (for the saline used in the expansion process) is a little bit annoying as it sits just where the bra elastic runs but I'm getting used to it after trying different bras and crop tops. I'm in the South-East.
Hi I had this procedure in august last yeat had bilateral mx with immediate reconstructin using strattice under the nhs. Was incredibly lucky and not had problems. Surgeon would like me to consider larger implant and a 'tidy' up but yo me they r perfect. I am in Cambridgeshire