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Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

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MaryGrace
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Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hi Jayne, 

 

I have just had my 4th lipofill to fill in a sizeable dent left after WLE and re-excision. I am very pleased with the final outcome although I am also at the bruised stage at the moment. It seems to go through stages, when it is first injected, mine has always felt hard and bruised but eventually it softens and feels like normal tissue. I've been fortunate in not having much fat necrosis, I had one little area - I think because I got carried away wearing an underwired bra too soon after surgery, but that seems to have disappeared after subsequent surgeries. If it seems to be getting more red or swollen, it might be that you have some kind of infection rather than necrosis... that is just slightly granular lumps for me, not a larger area of swelling altho I am only speaking from my own experiences so it could well vary? 

We have decided that this is the last go at it, but I am really pleased with the outcome... hence going back 4 times... My BS said she was "cautious" the first time as it was a trial and a new technique for the hospital. No. 2 made a big difference, 3 filled in the lower end of the scar more and 4 was just to balance shape as she reckons it is like 3D modelling and was expecting gravity to move it around more than it actually did. 

I admit to ditching the Spanx after number 1, not sure if they kept the swelling down, but they were darned uncomfortable, so I just stick to arnica and letting nature take its course on the bruising now. 

I agree that there isn't too much info out there about lipofill, but as I am 2 years in (dx was in early 2011, lipofill started May 2012), if there is anything I might know the answer to just say the word, All best MG x

 

Rattles
Member

Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hello Jayne, I'm sorry that I don't have any experience of your specific situation though I've had my own issues.

The reason I'm replying is that I gave some day necrosis. It's a bit hard and uncomfortable but not really a major problem. I'm worried you gave an infection and it may be that you need more /different antibiotics. This is a risk of this procedure and your discomfort and general feeling of being unwell are signs of possible infection. Do go back and seek help. If you develop a temp go straight away. You could also ring the Helpline. Good luck, xx

JustJayne
Member

Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hi Fhi

Thanks for adding your experiences and yes information is scant and my consultant was very low key about the whole procedure. Like you I am not sure whether I would go through this again. We will both just have to see how things look when it's all settled and keep our fingers crossed! ! I just wish this blasted infection would clear up. I think I am going to be really pleased with the nipple recon - it seems to be settling well and is a good match albeit larger till it settles. It makes an enormous difference and makes the reconstructed breast look less "reconstructed" if you get what I mean!!

Take care with your recovery Fhi

Jayne x
JustJayne
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Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

 
fhifhi
Member

Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hi Jayne,

 

I had lipomodelling to my reconstructed breast just over 3 weeks ago (also had LD flap and immediate recon just over 2 years ago) and have an appt to go back at the beginning of august to see how things are settling. So far it all seems ok thankfully. I'm a little concerned about a slightly hard area on my tummy and also a lumpy area that has appeared under and to the side of my breast but I hope it's just still bruising/ swelling and it'll go down.

There is not a lot of info on this procedure at all is there? I asked my surgeon some questions regarding numbness, hardness etc after the op and was told there could be some and it might or might now go away in time.

I am still having pain/tenderness on my tum and sides and overall my body feels very strange to the touch and not nice :0(

 

 

The though of perhaps having to go through it again some time down the line if too much of the fat is reaborbed does not fill me with joy. I don't know if I would. I've still to get nipple recon or tatooing...at the moment I am thinking tatooing.

Hating wearing the big undies (which I have been told is for 6 weeks).

I'm sorry to hear you have been having a worse time with your recent op Jayne.

I hope things get better very soon for you and that you feel well enough to get back to work.

I just though it was worth posting something in support cos I know what it's like.

Fhi

x

 

 

 

Jo_BCC
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Re: Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hi Jayne,

 

I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so fed up and down about your situation.  While you are waiting for replies from your fellow forum users, do give our helpline team a ring and have a chat with them, they're here to support you through this.  Calls are free 0808 800 6000, lines open at 9am today (9-5) and 10-2 Saturdays.

 

Take care,

Jo, Moderator

JustJayne
Member

Problems after lipofilling surgery 2 weeks ago

Hi all
I had a mastectomy last July with immediate LD flap reconstruction. Luckily I did not need an inplant and although it took me quite a long time to recover I was reasonably happy with the results. Anastrazole has been difficult but I am persevering! ! I had a marked indentation in the reconstructed breast which my surgeon said he could deal with using lipofilling. I had this done 2 weeks ago and nipple reconstruction at the same time. Although the first week was uncomfortable (especially the spanx!) things went downhill and I started to develop soreness,hard swelling and redness at the site of the breast where they were injected. This grew so I saw the consultant and he said it was either internal bleeding or fat necrosis. I am on 7 days 4 times a day 500 mg flucloxacillin due to end Wednesday and I see him again Friday. So far the anti biotics have had little effect and it is very sore and feels horrid. I had planned to go back to work but that is not possible as I feel generally unwell. Going back earlier to see him seems a waste of time as I am sure he will just say wait till the end of the treatment. Has anyone experienced this? I can't find any information about fat necrosis in this sort of situation so am pretty confused , fed up and frustrated!!

Jaynex