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I had a bilateral mastecomy, been thru the expander process and now have silicone implants in. (looks deformed) My breasts are noticably different sizes and uneven. Is this common? Is the outcome effected by radiation or chemotherapy?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    I had my reconstruction done in 2003 a year later I had a follow up surgery to align my breast as one was higher then the other due to fluid build up from the initial reconstruction. I was told at that time that it is common to need a follow up touch up surgery after all is healed My story.... http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj/
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    My surgeons recommended I wait until after radiation to have my final reconstruction done bc it can affect the implants' shape. I still have expanders and will have final recon mid-winter.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Dear A, I had the same procedure that you had! I still have expanders in, when skin loosens more I will get my implants! You probably need to talk to your plastic surgeon to add more or take some silicone out! Don't settle for less after all you've been through! Keep us posted!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa S Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    You need to speak to your surgeon. You will never look like you did before but you can certainly request they be fixed. They cannot remove silicone from an implant but they can put a different size in. Make sure your swelling has gone down bc that can make the difference. Try some cool packs in the evening. Good luck.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Kathy Basham Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I have had similar experience. I don't think they can add or remove silicone. They are l
    about 7 years Flag
    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I think they are considered lifetime implants. They might be able to make some adjustments when they do the nipples? Have you have that done? I go Tuesday to get my stitches out.

      about 7 years Flag

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