I've been half flat for over 5 years now - I didn't want implants of any sort and didn't fancy having ops on other parts of my body to make the boob out of and, to be frank, I just didn't want the extra surgery and extra healing time. As I've said before on this forum, there isn't any wrong and right decision, just your decision. I do not regret mine because it was right for me. I wear a prosthesis on the affected side and mostly i forget about it.
Good luck with your treatment and decision making.
Hi KBomb - first of all I'd like to wish you all the very best with your treatment. This is a great place for support and info. I too had chemo first, then mx and node clearance in May, with an immediate recon, followed by radiotherapy. My only option was an implant so I have had what's called a "pre-pectoral" implant covered with something called an ADM (I think). There is a risk that the radio could cause it to harden (capsular contracture) but I decided to take that risk and have the recon done at the same time. Happy to answer any other questions on here or via private message.
Hi KBomb - I'm 49 - following chemo since May I had a right mx and complete node removal same side last Tuesday. I've been advised can't have any reconstruction for 12/18 months. However, I must admit (albeit early days yet) I am more than happy being flat I have a knitted knocker ready for when I'm healed and the breast nurses are going to sort me out with a proper prosthetic one soon.
Good luck with the remainder of your chemo. x
I've just had reconstruction, but was flat for a while. There is a very good Facebook group called Flat Friends which is for women who have chosen to live flat ot uni boobed. I was a member ipuntil I had my op. There's loads of advice and support on there which you may find helpful in your decision making. I think they are also a registered charity and have a website.
hope that helps
Hi Kat, what a very positive post from you. 😄 I'm a Lumpectomy lady so can't help you re psychological impact of mx on younger woman but I'm sure that someone will be along shortly to help you. Best wishes for decision making, and with your treatment. You didn't say what type, stage or grade BC you have, or indeed what your Onco recommends. That may impact on your decision. The NHS predict tool may also help with decision making. X
P.S just picked up the thread put on by Beemster which appears under your post. Same query with answers. Check it out. X