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Re: breasts different shapes and sizes

Hi have just had therapeutic mammoplasty done on Wed. I am joining the odd boob club. Left is gg and right has gone down to dd [i think]. So glad to find out that I am not on my own. My consultant is going to do my 'good' boob when I have finished chemo and rads.
I haven't really seen what both look like yet, may just get a shock and the whole thing cancer thing will sink in then.

Re: breasts different shapes and sizes

I'm having lift and reduction surgery to my good side in a few days. In my area they still fund it, though they said funding has been withdrawn in the neighbouring health authority.

They told me I'd need symmetrising surgery if I opted for therapeutic mammoplasty. My surgeon wanted me to leave six months after finishing radiotherapy to let any shrinkage develop. I have a significant size difference, and also one nipple about four inches lower than the other. I wear a sticky, heavy partial prosthetic, and am looking forward to ditching it as soon as the swelling from the op goes down.

I do sometimes have a quick panic about having surgery to a healthy breast, but I hate my appearance and want to get this done so I can move on. There will be some scarring, but it will be round the areola and a line from the nipple downwards, so when it's all healed it shouldn't be very noticeable.

 

It's a very personal choice, for me this is a way of drawing a line under the whole experience, at the moment I feel like an unfinished project. Wearing a prosthetic is a daily reminder, so it'll be great to ditch it.

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Good idea Lin!

 

Hi ladies!  I had my mx op last August and had an implant.  Chemo done.  Starting to feel normal again....

 

I am getting a nipple tattoo end July.  The Consultant will then cheerfully match up the other boob.  She said she cuts round the nipple and moves it up a little and this will lift the flopping boob.  She said that over time it will sag again like it would in normal circumstances.  It is a day procedure.  My mx was straightforward and im sure this will be too.  Im in Northern Ireland and there was no question of refusing my request to even up.  Im fairly sure I will go ahead with this.

 

Just wanted to share and I hope this helps!

Aine x

Re: breasts different shapes and sizes

Hello Corrina,

 

I too am in the 'mismatched boobs' team, my right one having decreased from GG to F. I'm told it may shrink more after radiotherapy, which just started today. The oncologist I saw said that 'the surgical team are not averse to offering surgery to even things up' but I'm not too happy with the thought of another op unless it's actually necessary.

 

In the meantime it's really hard to be comfortably supported, especially when I'm dancing. I'm trying to figure out how to create a sports bra with adjustable cup sizes. As a lot of women are a wee bit lop-sided anyway I'm sure it would be a hit.

 

All the best,

 

Lin

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Hi Suestacey

 

im amazed you've got to apply for IFR (individual funding request).  As I mentioned lower in the thread my surgeon said from day one I am scheduled for this.  I have refused to date as I want to get myself past the one year mark, and my breast definitely has not yet settled from radiotherapy.  Don't give up I dont see how they can refuse you. Xx

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hi Corrina

 

I too am suiffering from uneven bobs my right now looks about two cup sizes smaller and my left now hangs alot lower, I am still young so feel that I would like the other one done to match.  my NHS trust does not do the second breast so I am now having to go through my GP to apply for special funding!!!!!  I think that this is the most stressful part of my treatment so far, I have been through FEC chemotherapy which made me really ill and Im now five weeks post op and having to have anther three round of chemotherapy then radiotherapy.  I have put on three stone and feel really down and the massive difference in breast size is the final straw.  But Im sure in time I will be cancer free and it will all be worth it.  Sue

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Hi All thanks loads for all your replies..helps to know others are going through similar problems havnt made any decisions yet as presently still going through radiotherapy. I will wait till my skin and boob settle down and  then will have a better idea of what Im dealing with .next time I see the surgeon see what she can offer if anything.  XXX

 

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Hi Corrina, 

I too am a wonky boobed one. I had my op in October last year and the scar still seems to be settling down around my nipple. The surgeon (obviously a golfer) told me that there would be a 'divot' in my breast as the tumour was quite near the surface of the skin, however he did make a incision around the nipple to make me feel less scarred. The divot doesnt seem to be there, however, there is a definite difference in size. I have been told i can have some excess fat put in the mini boob once things are finished at the end of July, but i'm in two minds now. I would like them to be equal, but unless i'm undressed and they are flying free it doesnt seem to obviously show - or at least no one else has mentioned it and i have very honest friends who i have asked. I was also offered having my other boob made smaller to match, but I was never hugely blessed in the boob department anyway, so to have a healthy one made smaller felt wrong to me, and i didnt want any more scarring either. The scar under my arm from the node op has healed really well using the bio oil, so hopefully yours will do the same, when did you have your operation? I do find if i'm wearing something 'a little revealing' a padded bra works really well. How is your decision making going? 

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Re: breasts different shapes and sizes

Hi Corrina 

I'm the same as you, in that I have one boob bigger than the other, but in a padded bra I look even.  I have been told that my radiotherapy might shrink it more but will have to wait and see.  If this is the case I will probably go for extra padding in the bra rather than more surgery. 

I had my lumpectomy in October followed by chemo and now radiotherapy.  The scar from my lymph node clearance had healed nicely, but is now pink again due to he radiotherapy.  The scar around my nipple is still healing, the bottom of it looks lovely but around the top it's all puckered, but I've been told it will smooth out.  

 

Sorry I can't give you more advice re surgery, hopefully someone else will be able to give this.  

 

My nan had a mastectomy and just had a fake boob, which she used to joke about putting on if we went out.  "Ok I'll just put my boob on" 😆 Good ol nan.  Her strength has got me through mine.x 

Good luck in whatever you decide on doing.  Xxx

Anniej
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Hi Corrinna, I was originally offered breast reduction on both, but refused as I felt I did not want unnecessary surgery on a healthy breast. It would have doubled the length of my op. The alternative was clever as my breasts were very different sizes anyway. The plastic surgeon whipped off the nipple, removed the tumour, shifted the excess flesh into the dent and popped the nipple back on. Yes, it looks as though that nipple has melted, but the tumour is GONE. I'm very pleased that they now both match! The scar under my arm is very rigid , but I am working bio oil into it every day. I hate the feel of it and the same with my poor melty nipple, but I feel it is a small price to pay. Feel especially lucky I had enough flesh to work with!

Not knowing what size you are, could you have a little prosthetic to pack you out a bit? 

Hooe someone on here can add more for you. Stay strong. X

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: breasts different shapes and sizes

Hi Corrina

I also have one larger than the other and are coping with this still by wearing a sports bra, which gives it a lot of support. I will not be having more surgery as that was the most traumatic part of all the treatment for me. But I just wanted to reassure you about the scars. I had a lumpectomy and because the cancer cells were pulling on the nipple, the nipple was removed and sewn back. I was really upset with the scarring around the nipple. It looked like someone had got a big red marker and drawn all around it. However, 10 months on, I can hardly see it. Your scars will slowly fade over time.

Sending a hug x

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Hi Corina.  My right breast is considerably smaller than my left, and I don't think it has finally settled yet.  I was warned that this breast would be smaller due to the surgery and shrinkage from radiology.  My scarring is minimal.  My surgeon said from the outset they would offer me breast reduction,, so am confident they will agree to it.

 

At the moment I feel it is too soon for me, and like you I'm really not sure I want to put myself through another op.  So  like you I would be interested in others experience.  Xxx

breasts different shapes and sizes

Since my op Im very conscious of the fact my breasts are no longer the same size and am wandering if I should ask if they can reduce the larger breast for me but this would mean yet another op and not even sure if they would do it. but my body looks odd now especially when i havnt got a  bra on as one boob is also lower than the other. My scar under my arm is large and awful and very visible and also I have one around my nipple,, really upset by this but Im lucky really that I was abe to Keep my breast . has anyone had similar problems or feeling about their breasts and has anyone had corrective surgery and what were the outcomes x