Q. When most folks think of breast reconstruction, they believe it is pretty much the same as breast augmentation.

Would you mind instructing us a bit about what the differences might be? Additionally, could you describe the physical side effects, pain and / or distress you felt after the surgery (and how long did it continue).
A Woman’s Prosthetic Breast
A. Reconstruction is quite different from breast augmentation. The simplest reconstruction operation is an implant but unless you are having immediate reconstruction, i.e. during the same surgery as your mastectomy, you need to have an expander set into your chest to stretch the skin.
Immediate reconstruction is not usually possible if you have cancer because it can interfere with follow up treatment. Because a mastectomy is so extreme and makes you with zero fat etc after, don’t have any room to insert an implant.
An expander stretches the skin over a period of time, 6 months I think. Next, either the expander can be used and full of saline, or it is removed and replaced with a new implant. If you’ve got just lost 1 breast, then the procedure will need to be repeated on another side (minus the expander) so as to balance you up! Actual boobs sag, http://modestperson.com/views/not-having-to-wear-those-annoying-bikinis-or-swimsuits.php are more pert!
The alternatives are to have a brand new breast constructed from your own flesh. This can be an extremely lengthy process which takes about 12 months to finish. You’re left with scarring on the grafted region and numbness.
A friend of mine had difficulties with her “back muscle boobs”, as the muscles took a long time to “stop” being back muscles! They have to “learn” how to be mostly inactive breast muscle which takes time. It’s possible to get contractures and irregularity as essentially they’re in the wrong area – not in the back/tummy!
Reconstructed breasts are mainly numb. Definitely there isn’t the same degree of sensation and quite often, don’t have a nipple. Occasionally nipple sparing operation can be done, but not generally if you have cancer.
The physical side effect that I felt was largely tightness which limits your arm and shoulder motions. From your second day post-surgery, you are given exercises to do daily, which are mainly a series of stretching exercises.
The scar area felt very tight and unmalleable. I massaged it each day with Bio Oil to try & loosen the region. Pain only really happened if I moved my arm and it was a burning, aching pain and felt like a “Chinese burn.” It continued for about 2 weeks, but I still get the occasional ache these days too.
been to see me and clarified that he was feeling positive that we’d have a superb consequence. I asked him if he’d have the ability to tell by simply looking whether there was any lymph engagement and he clarified that it was simpler to see if there WAS participation than not. He went on to say he believed it’d be unlikely in my instance.

I felt uplifted by his comments and actually quite composed. I was not feeling panicky or frightened really, perhaps a bit apprehensive. I simply wanted to get it done. Within 5 minutes of being taken into the Anesthetic room, you’re asleep anyhow, so it’s pretty fast.
Q. What happened / how did you feel / what did you think?
Rebecca’s Post Op Mastectomy Picture
A. I “bit the bullet” on this one and had a look pretty much just as I could get free from bed. The only time I wept, was when I came round from the anesthetic in the recovery room and instantly sensed the right side of my chest.
http://shockintown.com/post/who-does-not-secretly-like-this-naked-as-once-adam-and-eve-in-paradise/ saw myself with the dressing on about 2 hours afterwards. It looked strange, but I wasn’t appalled. I didn’t see the actual scar, until I got home 2 days after and removed the dressing.
My partner saw it first, actually before I looked. We were both quite shocked, but accepting of the fact the process had quite likely saved my life.
I’m entirely comfortable with it now and after I looked at “before” photographs a couple of weeks ago, my first thought was that it was not me. I appear to have adjusted really well.
Q. Did his expression shift?