Last July (2012) I had the surgical exchange of the tissue expanders to the implants. The initial result looks nothing like a breast, but more like a biscuit or pancake. It is a LONG process for implants to drop and fluff and start resembling breasts. It was around week 13 that I said, wow...there's been a long of change; I'm fitting in a bra like a normal boob. For anyone going through implants, I recommend photographing yourself each week to see your progress.
Most people think the implant is the end and perhaps if you are fortunate, it would be. But most people have to have some kind of "Revisions" to fix things that didn't go as supposed. I was recently asked "So why are you having more surgery ANYWAY?" It was rather hurtful to have it phrased to me that way, as if I should just be done with it. I am having surgery because we do not have a successful result yet. One side is tolerable...not wonderful but I'm satisfied with how it fits in a bra. But the right radiated side has not done well.
In my case, radiation caused excessive scarring that distorted the skin so severely, the implant could not position itself properly in the muscle pocket. This has caused pain, immobility and generally made me miserable. This motivated me to name the implants. Glinda (the good) sits on the left side and Maxine (the cranky) is the radiated side. Click the link to see a shot of my distorted breast implant.
I have included a video of the surgery. It is live surgery; please avoid it if you are unable to tolerate watching surgical procedures.
But it is another surgery. I plan to strut into the clinic with my hospital gown and my pink Boa! I'm not exactly looking forward to recovering from the liposuction part of this. I have a wonderful husband who plans to pamper me through the weekend. I expect to recover quickly from the few hundred punctures with those garden hose sized needles, along with the small incisions. But I would appreciate your prayers for an uneventful recovery.
Next week, I'll be back to the Pink Ribbons talking about the night before that first Chemo infusion.
Addendum - I am doing these fat graph revisions because the radiation damage is severe enough that my only other recourse is to undergo a completely different reconstruction. The remaining option for me involves serious flap transfer surgeries that scare me a bit. So I'm trying these lesser surgeries first and praying for good responses.