How Do I Choose the Best Size Implants After Mastectomy? Going from 475cc to 650cc - Daytona Beach, FL

Bi-lateral Mascetomy in December 2010, 475cc...

Bi-lateral Mascetomy in December 2010, 475cc implants in April 2011. I am very unhappy with the size and look of them. I am told I will never be perfect but as you can see from the pictures they are not even close. I have been very insistant that I want to go larger and have them re-shaped.

It is now June and I am told that my dr's schedule is full until the 1st of September. I go every day with some degree of pain. I am at a loss. I have no before photos but I am 53, 5' and 120 lbs.

If I give my doctor pictures of what I want my...

If I give my doctor pictures of what I want my breasts to look like can he change the shape and imperfections with the 2nd implant surgery?

The pictures that are terrible breasts are mine,...

The pictures that are terrible breasts are mine, while the other ones I added is what I want. A beautiful job. I am so jealous. My dr's office just took another set of post op pics that look just like the ones I took of myself. Now we are waiting to hear from the insurance company, I am getting set up with a Pain Management Center and a nurse's assistance to see why I am still having pain issues.

Opinions Please: I am having a 2nd opinion in...

Opinions Please: I am having a 2nd opinion in regards to my replacement implants. I brought in pictures that I found of what I would like my breasts to look like, my dr. glanced at them after I told him that is what I was looking for but he DID NOT put them in my file. To me he is saying he does not care what I actually want. Am I wrong in that assumption?

So it is now June 24th, insurance has been...

So it is now June 24th, insurance has been approved and now I get to wait until August 9th before I have my implants replaced. In the meantime I am going for a 2nd opinion since my dr and I do not seem to be getting along. I brought pics of breasts that I find very appealing and what I would like mine to look like and told him so. He barely glanced at them, and never put them in my folder. What is that telling me? The other dr I talked to said he could schedule my surgery 2 weeks after our consult.

Getting a second opinion and hopefully sit down...

Getting a second opinion and hopefully sit down with my existing dr and have a heart to heart talk and try and find out why we are having personal problems. I am direct, I ask questions, I don't like the job he did and am scheduled for a replacement but scared.

Anyone know of a surgeon located in Ponte Vedra...

Anyone know of a surgeon located in Ponte Vedra who has a A+ reputation in reconstruction?

I have finally found a new doctor in Palm Beach...

I have finally found a new doctor in Palm Beach Gardens FL. that understands what I want, asks me questions regarding my wants. He took the time to talk to me as a person and was more concerned about my wants and needs than him thinking he knew best. He spent almost 2 hours with me during our first consult, again talking to me and asking questions. I am very excited about Dr. Pinsky. It may be 3 hours away but I feel like I now have some control over what I am going to look like which is something I did not have with Dr. Z. He even said he could try to open up the inner pockets depending on my anatomy to close the gap between my breasts. At least he is willing to attempt it once he has opened me up. He is also not going to use the same incision on my right breast that is now lost the roundness of my breast due to that incision being cut 3 times. This is another item that I asked my previous doctor NOT to do with the implant surgery. Now all I have to do is find some pictures of what I want. I will keep u updated and post pics with my new breasts.

New doctor, New outlook, New Implants. I love all...

New doctor, New outlook, New Implants. I love all 3 of the above. Dr. Pinsky in Palm Beach Gardens is my hero. He has given me cleavage, he has given me a great shape and has filled in the divots, indentations and imperfections that were left in the "cancer" breast. All these things I now have my first doctor told me was not possible. Dr. Pinsky did the fat grafting same time as the implants, my previous dr never did the fat grafting, told me cleavage was NOT possible. And to top all the good things off I have less pain now than I did before this past surgery and that was after 4 months my first implants. Today is 7th day out of surgery and I have not taken a pain pill in 48 hours. Go figure. Dr. Pinsky is great, I see him tomorrow for my 1 week check up. I will post pics as soon as I can get some decent ones.

Change of doctors to Dr. Pinsky in Palm Beach...

Change of doctors to Dr. Pinsky in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. I cannot say enough good things about this doctor. He is a true reconstructive surgeon. He is caring, kind, wants to know how the patient feels and what they want. The Biggest plus in my opinion. Even though he is 4 hours from me I would never go to another surgeon. Dr Pinksy gets 5 stars across the board from me and that includes his staff.

Just a short note I am doing great with my new...

Just a short note I am doing great with my new implants, very little pain, only occassionally, twinges more than pain. Emotional outlook is 100% better, I am thrilled when I look in the mirror now even without the nipples yet. My implants are settling so great and I see improvements weekly. So glad I did not give up and Thanks to all who suggested I keep searching for a better doctor because I definitely found him. I will see him in a couple of weeks and give an update. Hugs!!! Darlene

I want to post how happy I am with my new look and...

I want to post how happy I am with my new look and how grateful I am to Dr. Pinsky for his artistic work. I will be meeting with him in a couple of weeks to discuss nipple/aureola reconstruction. I would like to have texture for both the nipple are aureola and if anyone can accomplish that he can. Then I will follow with the tattooing of scars from where my nipples were(to match my skin now) and to darken both nipple and aureola. I am so happy I did not settle for less.

Nipple reconstruction done, ouch, be prepared. 2...

Nipple reconstruction done, ouch, be prepared. 2 weeks post op and still pain but Dr. Pinsky is very happy with the results. Skin color is good,looks like nipples are going to be successful the first time, that would be a first with my track record. LOL Having hard time finding a bra that works with 5 4x4 gauze pads for each nipple without seeing the pads and without the bra mashing the new nipple tissue, any suggestions?

In case you missed my other posts about the great...

In case you missed my other posts about the great new boobs from another ps after this disaster I am posting my pics here so you know there are ps's out there that are skilled in reconstructive breast surgery and can give you the look all women deserve. My new dr was Dr. Mark Pinsky of Palm Beach Gardens FL who took me from "freak" to "wow". I never thought it was possible but I have learned that almost anyone can slap in a pair of implants but it takes a very talented, skilled ps to do the reconstructive surgery. Take heart that you can have great breasts but you have to have a great surgeon. Look for ps that specializes in reconstructive surgery, one that goes behind others and can fix what others can't. My best wishes to you and feel free to ask me any questions, private or public.

As you can tell I have come a long way since my...

As you can tell I have come a long way since my bi-lateral mastectomy in December 2010. I love my new boobs and am thrilled to get dressed everyday and undressed at night. It was a long and painful journey with my first doctor but my 2nd doctor made up for it and so much more. I feel so much better about myself and consider myself very lucky that I did not have to suffer through chemo or radiation due to the bi-lateral and the fact that my lymph nodes were clear at time of surgery. Ladies, if at all possible go for the bi-lateral masct. and don't put yourself through the rest of your life worrying about the cancer coming back, suffering with chemo or radiation and your breasts never being the same size or shape. I highly recommend the bi-lateral for all the reasons I listed above. Please check out as many doctors as possible and call other ps that do not do boobs and ask for recommendations. You will get a better recommendation this way. Also check out doctors online, read what other patients have to say about their experience. And by all means ask as many questions as you can and ALWAYS make sure you get an answer and not the "brush off". If a dr cannot answer your question; Run, don't walk as fast as you can. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. My heart is with you and I wish the the best.
Ormond Beach Plastic Surgeon

Picking the correct size implants is almost impossible without some type of digital imaging or a way to try on different size implants using a type of bra. As silly as this may sound, get to know the staff is as if not more important on a personal level than the dr. They run the office, he relies on his staff to run his office, tell him his schedule and when he has what surgeries. The staff of my doctor is a nightmare, rude, uncooperative, and unaccommdating, even to my cancer surgeon, these were "his" words. Of course in front of the doctor they are all smiles and helpfulness but that is as far as it goes. My pain level has been continous since December 10, 2010 and I have to beg and plead for any type of pain meds and when I do I am made to feel like a drug addict from both staff and dr. I am very confused at this point and it has been 6 months. The only reason I am recommending my doctor is because I believe in the end I will be happy with the final results when ever we get to that point. The pictures that are terrible breasts are mine, while the other ones I added is what I want. A beautiful job. I am so jealous. My dr's office just took another set of post op pics that look just like the ones I took of myself. Now we are waiting to hear from the insurance company, I am getting set up with a Pain Management Center and a nurse's assistance to see why I am still having pain issues.

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