Safety + Breast Reconstruction

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Is it safe to leave a deflated tissue expander in your breast until reconstruction?

Last October 2013, I was diagnosed with right breast stage 3c breast cancer. My treatment plan was surgery w/ a double mastectomy, chemo, and then... READ MORE

Are MRI's Safe Following Breast Reconstruction with Areola Tattoo That Contain Iron Based Inks?

I have Natrelle 410 implants in both breasts(real and reconstructed). I was told to have any needed MRI's prior to the areola tattoo procedure because... READ MORE

Is it safe to have Radiotherapy 3-4 weeks after a Mastectomy with immediate Implants & Strattice Mesh?

I had my mastectomy with immediate silicone implants & strattice mesh exactly 2wks ago today. I have been told I need 3 wks of radiotherapy. Planning... READ MORE

Leaving tissue expanders in after double mastectomy. Is this normal?

Hi, my plastic surgeon (in Australia) said it's now safe to leave tissue expanders in instead of having the second operation to replace them with... READ MORE

Is it safe to have my current breast implants replaced 15 months after lumpectomy and radiation?

I've had breast implants for several years, and following weight loss, a lumpectomy and radiation, I would like to have my implants replaced with... READ MORE

Will fat transfer help with rippling in reconstructed breasts? Safer in U.S. Vs overseas?

Double mastectomy due to grandulomatus mastitis. Reconstruction after 9 months strait to implant. 2 mo post op, my skin is so thin I can see and feel... READ MORE

Why would my plastic surgeon want to exchange expanders out during chemo and I have no complications?

I have 6 more chemo and 6weeks radiation. It just does not seem safe with that type of decisions. Should he not wait until 3-4 months after all this... READ MORE

Good candidate for fat transfer step in reconstruction process? (Photo)

Currently living overseas, would like to find someone in US for fat transfer phase. I had a bilateral mastectomy due to incurable grandulomatous... READ MORE

Is HRT safe after bilateral mastectomy for estrogen and progesterone receptor positive DCIS?

I just recently had bilateral mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction. I had DCIS in both and had to stop HRT at time of diagnosis. I went on HRT 6... READ MORE

Is it safe to have breast reconstruction just 2 months after radiation or should I wait a year for tissue healing?

I am really nervous about having to have more than one surgery. I really want to make the best decision about surgery. My PS is wanting to complete my... READ MORE

Should an expander be left in permanently, and if so, what are the dangers?

I've had an expander in for over 5 months, due to fluid. Doctor is suggesting that the expander be left in permanently. Is it safe to leave an... READ MORE

Are post surgical lymphatic massages recommend after a mastectomy?

Is it safe to have post-operative lymphatic massages after a mastectomy? What are the benefits? How often can you go for a massage? READ MORE

Are derma-fillers safe to use in breast reconstruction?

I just had my JP drains removed after a revision to my original swap. My PS used a larger textured implant, Alloderm above and below and fat grafting... READ MORE

High hemoglobin and going to presurgical testing for complete mastectomy. Am I safe to get the surgery with elevated hemoglobin?

I have high hemoglobin and am scheduled for pre-surgical testing for a simple complete mastectomy tomorrow. Am I safe to get the surgery with elevated... READ MORE

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