So sorry i didn't pick up on your question about persuading Consultant to replace saline with silicone before now......
I didn't have to do any persuading the plan from the outset was a temporary saline to be topped up to the Max. Had mx following Chemo and 2 attempts at breast conserving, unable to get clear margins. I then had rads which has tightened skin and muscle slightly but the expander has preserved the space, which is behind muscle, for permanent silicone. We discussed the exchange January 2014 but the surgery (3 lots in 5 weeks) took a lot of getting over (also want skin to recover from rads / get good blood supply etc) so we have rescheduled and tentatively agreed April / May when she will also create a nipple (to be tattoo at a later date) and lift / reduce left side to match.
The port is so painful it sits on my rib so my bra presses on it....ouch
Hope this is useful.
Take Care. Gilly x
Dear Penguin B
My uplift has shown a great improvement. I thought that after the mx the surgery would be easy to deal with but it was pretty uncomfortable. I too am an oldie (older than you) with droopy breasts due to my age. My follow up is in 5 months and I will endevour to persude my surgeon to change implant to silicone. I now await an appt to see a plastic surgeon to discuss nipple recon. The journey continues and I hope that one day it will be finished.
thanks for the tip about post surgery bras being VAT free.... am going to John lewis, and /or Marks and Spencer soon, for fittings and advice. Can not wait, as now completely flat on one side, following problems with implant,had 2, both removed.
I too have expander in my right breast after mx in September last year but had to wait until October before it was inflated!! I had masoplexi this month on my left breast to get some sort of symetry and during the op more saline was put into right breast. It was a bit painful imediately after the op but now my breast feels like a water bottle and is much heavier.
Was it difficult to persuade your surgeon to change your implant to a silicon one as I feel this would be more comfortable for me. My surgeon is still reluctant to take the port out which is still annoying if I lay on my right side and has said most of his patients have had them in for years!!
I fear that ops for nipple recon will be years away. Would be grateful for your thoughts.
re pain at having saline put into expander. I had quite a lot of saline put in during surgery (450mls) as i was having radiotherapy after surgery so it needed to be filled pretty quick. After that Consultant did 4 top up's of between 75mls and 100mls at 10 day intervals. The port for my expander is sited on my rib and the saline is injected directly into that. In honesty, injection site was very uncomfortable and i felt discomfort in the breast area when saline was going in (felt like extreme pressure) at the first fill. 2nd / 3rd /4th fills i took paracetamol before i went and this was really helpful. As you say you are 3 weeks post surgery and any discomfort having expander filled will be a walk in the park compared to your surgery.
I am doing lots of scar massage and putting aqueous cream on breast area skin whilst it expands and have planned surgery early 2014 to exchange for silcone, create a nipple and match up the left side.
Hope all goes well for you next week. Gilly x
I have seen a few threads re. Suitable Bras and i guess it is very much trial and error depending on individual needs and particularly the type of surgery you have had. Having larger breasts 36E makes Bras like Genie only suitable for indoors / bed.
I had mx to right side with tissue expander at time of surgery. This has been filled to max and is currently a c cup (wearing a partial Amoena gel prosthesis) whereas my left breast is e cup. I have found excellent Sports Bra's by Anita (Called soft and firm on internet). I have also found Debenhams have a range of maternity bras called Nurture (approx £15 - 20) . Very supportive but without underwire. My prosthesis sits really well in both these bras and i am able to get on with things, with one less thing to worry about.
Plan is to have expander exchanged for permanent silicone on right and left side lifted and reduced at same time, Feb / March 2014.
Just another option worth trying. Take Care. Gilly x
Sorry to hear you have an infection.
I'm really sore too as my first reconstructin was botched & looked horrendous. I had it re done 2 weeks later to correct it. I am now almost 2 weeks post op, but the 2 ops within 2 weeks has been a trial.
Take care & I hope your infection is getting better.
I am post op from my reconstruction & am wearing Belvia bras, thye are really comfy. I have also bought 2 maternity bras from Mothercare which are great...they are non wired Tshirt bras. They have a good choice of non wired bras in Mothercare 🙂
Here's BCC's publication regarding bra choices etc which I hope you find helpful.
Also have a look and see if BCC are holding a lingerie evening near to where you live, we have experts there to advise on the best size/type of bra to wear following any surgery. Here's the link to more info.
Hi, I asked a bra question here last week. I'm having a mastectomy with immediate tissue expander reconstruction, but I bet some of the bras recommended by others might be good for you too: