I have tissue expanders in both breast following MX in August. I had chemo first March - June.
I am glad I chose immediate reconstruction as it means one less operation. I am impressed with my surgeons work, scars are quite fine & neat. The expanders are a bit like cricket balls as DID said. 🙂 but they look fine, I look perfectly normal in bra, low necklines etc
One of mine dropped down & I needed repair surgery so that meant it could not be inflated same as other one for a few weeks. 400ml per breast is my max, roughly giving me a 36C, I was down to a 36A at begining of year from a B cup, stress related weight loss.
Yes, I had pain, it was nerve damage mostly, round my breasts & arms, armpits on one side are numb - I had axillary clearance on that side. I pushed for better painkillers - co-codamol did not touch the pain for me & I got Gabapentin which is for nerve pain. Now pain is well under control, just have problem with my arm, mobility & nerve pain, but it is getting better daily. I get phantom nipple pain, where I no longer have nipples.. really weird;)
I started Rads last week and do feel things are a bit tighter, but thats all so far.
The expanders will be exchanged for perm implants feb/march, giving things time to settle down.
I have been told to wear a sports bra night & day for 6 weeks post surgery - I got nice smooth ones in Tesco for £6 - you will feel as though you have a bra on when you dont, I'm still not used to them, and can't wait to get them exchanged. I hope all goes well for you x