Mine was also a C cup. but I had my Mx a year after Rads and chemo - mainly because the cancer came back in the skin, You can't rely on the lipofill covering the gaps as your body tends to reabsorb the fat quite soon afterwards. I have had lipo twice and yes it was also done on the NHS, I also had nipple reconstruction too. Also just to warn you that Lipo is a very painful experience indeed.
The node removal is strange to get used to as theres first numbness but also a "burning" sensation, try to massage the upper arm area and do all the exercises youre given , although its hard at first, its worth perservering as it can prevent cording and speeds healing. Worst bit is even now is having a numb armpit means keeping it hair-free is a tricky job.
The lipo is done on the NHS, not sure if all hospitals do it, but its becoming more common. It basically uses your own fat to fill in dents, add volume, match you up etc once the inital surgery settles as without an implant, (just the LD flap) there is a size restriction. I can only quote what ive been told though, so im sure youre surgeon/team will have all the info you need.
My recon wasnt immediate as i had to have chemo, rads and herceptin, but i had a skin sparing Mx so although lost my nipple area I didnt need to use much back skin, just enough to create a new aerola/nipple when the time comes. Its a whole new world, but soon becomes familar once you go through it.
Molliana - I think it is the solidness of the implant and the weight of the constructed breast. Obviously the new breast doesn't flatten itself during sleep like a real one would too. It has taken me over a year to be able to try to sleep on my side again, but once you start healing your body can go into your old sleeping position in the middle of the night. However, that does mean that you can be a bit uncomfortable when you wake up! I am not sure if this would apply to everyone though and maybe it depends on the size of the new breast too?
Anyway that's my experience of it so far, and hope that helps
Hi, Mine was single and Right side (but with implant as well as LD muscle). I had to sleep sitting up with V Shaped pillow too at first but gradually weaned myself off of it. I still sleep with 3 pillows though ( 18 months later), it is very hard to sleep on your side but I am gradually doing that now - my left side. I would find it impossible to sleep on my right side. It's hard because the new "boob" is still solid unlike your real one, hence the extra pillows, hope you understand what I mean! If you have any questions no matter how weird please feel free to PM me.
Good luck, it is tough at first as you sore both at the front and back.
K M x