Hi Rainbow444. So sorryyou are here and having to make this decision.My experiences are for 1 breast Not two, but thought i would share my experience as i know i wanted to have all the info to hand when i had to make the decision.
I had an immediate LD backflap with implant 12 weeks ago on my right side. I am right handed. I was unsure as to what type of recon But went with what my consultant recommended. I am so pleased I did, result amazing my new breast now feels like me and the shape is amazing. I am 52 years of age and a 38c and all of this came about from a routine mammogram, no lump. I returned to the gym at 6 weeks just walking on the treadmill and cycling and now back to cross trainer as well. I have two dogs and walk over 1 hour each day.
My operation took 9 hours and I was in hospital for 7 days. I had 4drains, all removed before I left the hospital one 1 urinary catheter in for I day. The first few days are tough, open front gowns onlyup you cannot lift yourarms more than 90 degrees for 6 weeks not even to put on a tshirt so plenty of open tops are needed. Support bras day and night for 12 weeks. Front fastening bras get you independant quicker. Extension packs are brilliant as you are swollen and I was using all three to start with. The back scar surprisingly is not soreunder a bra. Hair washing and drying is difficult, I cheated and had my hair cut short the week before the op so I could manage it myself and not rely on poor hubby to blow dry etc., I was drying my hair with a hair dryer myself around week 3. I showered the day after my op and every day after that, you can't use deodrant until after 6 weeks, I bought some Tisserand deodrant no alliminum and my consultant was happy for me to use that after 4 weeks.
I am pleased with my decsion and given the choice again would do the same option. Feel free to PM me or pOst again if you need any more info. Good luck with all of this.
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