What is the Underlying Cause of Areola Necrosis ? - Birmingham, UK
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Hi. I have attached some rather graphic shots of...
- 7 Aug 2013
- 7 months post
Hi. I have attached some rather graphic shots of my breast so to hopefully help other people close to my situation, they aren't for the faint hearted so I do apologise. Bottom line is I would like to know what is the cause behind my experience of areola necrosis (superficial kind). its been a painful, infection upon infection and copious amounts of antibiotics, loss of work, emotional and so on.... feel as though my life has been turned upside down! My op took place at the end of jan 2013, I had an uplift and implants all at the same time. I was a 38F with my right breast measuring 3.5 cm larger than the left. It's been something I have been debating doing ever since I was 17! turned 30 and thought I have to sort this out for me... Fed up of feeling self conscious - i simply wanted to be able to take my bra off and see a normal looking pair of boobs! Looking back now if I had of known something to this degree could happen I can honestly say I would never have gone through with it ! I have never known pain like this, the first 3 weeks were excruciating - I was so lucky to have had my man take such great care of me, how anyone in my situation could cope alone is beyond me! I believe the necrosis was missed on my first week check up with the nurse, it was picked up the 2nd week by a diff nurse ..... immediately I saw the surgeon who to cut a long story short basically has been amazing in the sense all after care is taken care of and he acted quickly to save as much as he could. The sad fact is I am left with one breast which due to the necrosis has a large open wound and no nipple or areola! He wants to wait - let it breast heal naturally and at a later date do some reconstruction ... So to hopefully resemble a breast ! The underneath scaring a brilliant but the incision to he right breast ( the good one) I don't feel is very good. I wanted to know what the underlying cause of this type of necrosis is? I don't smoke, they had tested a tissue sample prior to going ahead with the op to write off infection and that was all clear .... I can't help but feel after researching this that it all boils down to the incision around the areola being too deep through the epidermis layer causing damage to the blood flow ? or the pressure of the implants / or the band which had I be worn tightly across the chest to help push the implants into place ?? Appreciate your response
Most recent photo of left breast
- 9 Aug 2013
- 7 months post
Appreciate my early photos are pretty horrible, this photo shows where I am after 7 months post op .... almost there but no idea what my end result will be - will keep you posted.
what happens now ? :(
- 26 Oct 2013
- 9 months post
Almost 10months since my op... As you can see its not been an easy recovery process. What I hoped and dreamed for since I was 18 yrs was to feel confident and have a beautiful pair of boobs. 30 yrs old and wish I hadn't gone thro with it. But I'm here now and I would like the best advise you can give me in how u believe this should be dealt with and what next steps you think need to happen. my PS has said he will see it through to the end and do all corrective work necessary to achieve good results. I'm somewhat dubious this will be possible. As u can see even after surgery I still have one breast much larger than the other, the right boob has bad scaring from where the necrosis was and perhaps from the breast being heavy ?? The areola I asked for hasn't been achieved (would have liked smaller and more defined areolas) and directly below the right nipple where I had an open wound for a few months, where it's healed it's left my nipple to not react in the way it did before - dull achy feeling, uncomfortable touch. The left breast is a total write off, but they say they will implement a fake areola/ nipple. I know i will never regain full sensitives and feeling I once had - that's the sadist part of this whole affair but is there light through the end of the tunnel, do these nasty looking boobs have a cat in hells chance of looking good good someday ? Thank u for you comments
- 26 Oct 2013
- 9 months post
Also do you agree the implants don't seem to be sitting in the right place ? Positioned submuscular . they seem to sit more to the side ... From the front u would t know I've had implants. he did not achieve the perky / pointy look I had asked for.