I have had nothing but trouble since my implants.
9 weeks ago I had a preventative bilateral mastectomy (tested BRCA1+) -- have bad family history, and am 42. Given both family history and my "positive" - I don't want to risk ever having BC - I have a few children and a wonderful marriage and husband and married almost 20 years.
I have always been small framed and chested. I had a great breast surgeon, in retrospect, regardless of ratings, a Plastic Surgeon that lacks compassion - to say the least. However, supposed to be technically superior. I have had nothing but trouble since my implants. And I asked for the SMALLEST ones because I didn't want to change my appearance, believe it or not. Given I have had multiple children and am in my 40s, I appeared to have enough natural "stretch" to accommodate the smallest implant- so that is what we chose. I've never considered augmentation, just not for me, so it seemed a perfect fit. However, once under (in OR), apparently once mastectomy portion as finished, and plastic started, I was very "fit" and they had difficulty putting in even the smallest implant (should have done expanders even for the smallest... but didn't!! They made them fit. I'm not sure what the proper protocol should have been (leave the OR - consult my husband who had POA?) -- not sure... but because I was "expanded" overnight, I experienced an overly agonizing recovery, etc...).. thankfully no infections, but it tooks (not joking) like 7 weeks for swelling to start to abate.
I have constant inside left breast pain, made worse when i bend down, no one can explain why.
Anyway- I re-met with my indifferent Plastic surgeon who gave me four options: 1. Hope PT fixes the left breast pain --- likely due to mismatched placement 2. Have both removed 3. have left removed, expander put in, then re-implant and hope it fixes the pain, but option 3 also inadvertently involves the right breast b/c what do you do to make sure they still match?
So - Im not the "usual" patient. I did this to be proactive about my health. I didn't turn it into an augmentation (I am too small and too athletic) - and frankly don't wear makeup, do my nails or my hair. I'm kind of one of those natural (don't think Whole Foods dreadlocks nice person) - but just natural.
It has only been 9 weeks.... but the thing that bothers me equally is I feel like they are sticky inside my chest- especially against my "rib cage side" - this feeling is most predominant in the morning. I can't explain it. I just feel like I have NO BREAST tissue, so if I have them removed, its not like I'll have my old breasts either. I'm not even sure I care, but I don't want to look deformed either. But I cannot get over this "fake" feeling and maybe its all in my head, but does it ever go away? Do you ever "not feel it' like a ring you have worn for 20 years? I'm curious.
I'm sure I"m not the usual post - but I'd LOVE any input. I do have a second Plastic opinion on MOnday with a highly regarded plastic surgeon - so Im getting a second opinion.... but would love some real-life input from ladies who have been through this - changed their mind for whatever reason... only I'm different - I had a mastectomy..... so mine won't fluff back... =(
Thanks in advance for getting back to me - I so hope you can provide some insight. --- Jen