Hello there Libby,
I have a naturally small right breast and wear a prosthesis on my left side. At my first annual check up last year, I said I was starting to get a bit droopy on my remaining breast, and would they consider an operation at some point. In my case, they said that a well-fitting post surgery bra would have just as good an effect for me cos I'm so small. (I should explain that I'd been concerned that as I become more droopy on my remaining breast as I get older, I was worried that it wouldn't look the same as the prosthesis side, which wouldnt droop). Like I've said they didnt think an operation was necessary in my case.
I know though, that the operation I think you're talking about is called a mastopexy (uplift). I found some really good information last year about it online, and it described at what point they might decide to do this op, and it showed diagrams of a breast to illustrate it. I've had a look again now, but I just can't find it for you.
However, if you look on this website link, which seems to be reputable I think, then there's what seems to me to be a decent explanation of the op. I bet BCC have some info on it as well actually. Anyway the link to that other website is:-
I was really reassured that they didnt think I'd need an op, but my breast is only small, and I look ok with the prosthesis inside my bra. It's really important to us all to look and feel right with our bodies post-op, and if I was you, then yes, I'd definitely ask whether they'd consider doing the op for you. I really hope they can help you, and please let us know how you go on.
About your swimming - I really feel for you as I too love swimming. It's quite a while since I put a post on another thread about swimwear, and I apologise if you were on that thread yourself and already know what I'm about to put. But, you mention you use a chicken fillet with your bra - would you be able to put a small size shower scrunchie (you know, those net pom pom thingies, for washing with) inside your swimwear in place of the chicken fillet? I use one inside my swimwear in place of my prosthesis, and although with it being netted you think it will show through the swimwear, it doesnt. I buy the small size scrunchies, but you can buy the normal size ones and trim them down to the size and shape you want.
Good luck, and I hope someone with more experience of uplift ops etc comes along to help you further.
With much love,
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