I recently(2 weeks ago) had my expanders exchanged for implants. I am so unhappy. My left breast is higher and larger than my right. My PS told me I need to wait at least 6 weeks. The three things that are so upsetting are they are misshapen, uneven height and different sizes! Help! When is it reasonable to have a revision and how is it that the same size implant has yielded two different sized breasts? Thank you...
Unhappy With Asymmetry After Reconstruction/ PMB- Revision?
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Disappointed soon after Expander exchange for Implants
Breast reconstruction can frequently be complicated. I would let the scars soften (at least 3 months.) Your surgeon should guide you through this. Revision can improve things but is best accomplished when things are mature.
John Di Saia MD
Disappointment after breast reconstruction
Yes asymmetry after implant placement can be corrected
Asymmetry after implant placement can happen and it can be corrected. At times it can be challenging to accurately identify the need for different size impants or changes in position to avoid an asymmetric appearance. Let all of the swelling resolve from this procedure and at that point things should appear to be more even.Within a few moths you could have a revision.
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Breasts rarely look even after surgery. So waiting 6-8 weeks is perfectly acceptable.
Breast reconstruction asymmetry
Certainly some breast asymmetry is normal, but you really have to give it a few months for things to settle down.
Breast reconstruction is not breast augmentation
Please remember that breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a totally different thing than breast augmentation and the potential results are much different. It is important to be patient but also to downplay your expectations.
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