Breast Cancer

I had a mastectomy on my right breast 4/2012. I...

I had a mastectomy on my right breast 4/2012. I had immediate breast reconstruction afterwards. I had my implant placement and implant one healthy breast done 3/2013. I just had a breast lift on 9/2013. Shortly before my lift, I told and showed my Plastic Surgeon how my left breast implant would slide over towards my armpit. He said it was no problem and he would fix it during the breast lift procedure. I am really unhappy with it. He said because my right breast reconstruction turned out so well that it is impossible to make my other breast match up. I told him that I know there is no way to match them up exactly, I just want the size, shape and roundness corrected. He said he could just nip off the skin to the left side of my breast to make it look more round, but I feel like he should do a revision at no cost. I don't know how he will feel about that. I am going to see him again next week. Do you feel I should get this fixed through surgery. It just doesn't look right. I am not happy with it at all :-(

More pics going through the many stages of Breast Cancer surgery

These are more pics. I tried to label them with dates and procedures. If you have any questions, please ask. Please give me your opinion, as far as what procedures you feel may be options for my situation. On my picture with my port covered with my tissue expander in right breast and left natural breast, if you can see how the implant turned out and if the breast lift results look like the issue was my anatomy or the Surgeon perhaps using a different procedure than he should have. I just want to get it fixed without making the breast look even worse.

OFFICIAL UPDATE! My Doctor is awesome! I'm feeling great after my appointment with him :-)

I'm so happy and relieved! My Plastic Surgeon is wonderful! He explained everything to me. I have chosen to do a revision. He treated me with such compassion and understanding. Breast Cancer is such an emotional trial. I didn't realize we cannot remove posts from this forum. I think that should be changed. I was just going to have this post up temporarily to get some insight from other women who have had these surgical procedures, or perhaps other people in the medical field. I should have just asked my Doctor, he was more than happy to answer all my questions and give me my different options, in a way I could understand. My Doctor's concern and goal is making patients feel happy with their bodies, so they can try and lead normal lives after Breast Cancer. He is more concerned about patient satisfaction, instead of making his wallet fatter. I highly recommend this Doctor for any of your medical needs :-)

MY DOCTOR IS SO WONDERFUL. IT WAS UNFAIR OF ME TO POST THIS. I WANTED RESULTS NOW, WHICH WAS UNREALISTIC. SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR A

Thanks a bunch for the information. I realize now that if he removes the excess skin on the side, my breast will look more round and since my areola was just done, after the scarring heals, it won't be a dark pink circle. It will fade out and look smaller than it does right now :-) I feel so bad after hearing the horror stories other women have experienced. Every procedure I have had from my Surgeon has turned out great with absolutely NO complications. My breast reconstruction turned out fantastic. He created a beautiful breast out of nothing. My breast implants had absolutely no complications. I hadn't realized my health insurance would cover any revisions necessary, because I had breast cancer. I happened to speak to my gym instructor yesterday. She knew about my breast cancer and asked me how I'm doing. She had a terrible experience just getting her implants done! She had to have 3 revisions just to get her implants done correctly. She gave me a whole new perspective on all breast surgeries during our conversation. She said women are so concerned about getting things "perfect." and went on to say perfection doesn't exist. She continued to say her areolas aren't even and her breasts aren't the same size! Here I am griping about a reconstructed breast being "perfect!" I feel so awful for originally posting this. I am so critical about my looks, especially after the devastation of breast cancer. Like most women, I wanted results NOW! That was very unfair to have those unrealistic expectations. I should have spoken to my Doctor as openly as I did on this post! My main focus should have been discussing the situations and procedures more in depth than I did. It was certainly my downfall not to communicate with him in more detail. Looking back, I should have asked more questions. I freeze up at ALL Doctor appointments. Not only that, I have alot of anxiety, especially when talking about my breast cancer. My recommendation to each and every one of you to write a list of all questions and concerns and take them to your Doctor appointments. By the way, my Plastic Surgeon is compassionate and caring. I highly recommend him for any of your medical needs
Takasaki

My Plastic Surgeon has been very optimistic and understanding throughout my entire Breast Cancer situation.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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A bow to Dr. Dinh. Thank you.
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I had the granuloma surgery came out very well great General Surgeon. could not do any better than this General Surgeon Tommy DINH he did my mastectomy wondeful minimal scarring. Great bedside all around well balanced individual. Great surgeon.
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Computer issues! Ugh. Talk to ya again soon. Keep your chin up :-)
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Computer issues! Ugh Implants are a lot more of a complicated process than they seem. A lot of younger women I come in contact wit
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You're also not alone in your thought process. Try not to be quite so hard on yourself though about your expectations. How were you to know what to expect? You've never experienced any of this before. You're a brave woman and we respect your wishes and dreams for the best post cancer breasts possible. Your experience and advice will be invaluable and inspirational to many women.  Please keep us posted!
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Thanks a bunch for the information. I realize now that if he removes the excess skin on the side, my breast will look more round and since my areola was just done, after the scarring heals, it won't be a dark pink circle. It will fade out and look smaller than it does right now :-) I feel so bad after hearing the horror stories other women have experienced. Every procedure I have had from my Surgeon has turned out great with absolutely NO complications. My breast reconstruction turned out fantastic. He created a beautiful breast out of nothing. My breast implants had absolutely no complications. I hadn't realized my health insurance would cover any revisions necessary, because I had breast cancer. I happened to speak to my gym instructor yesterday. She knew about my breast cancer and asked me how I'm doing. She had a terrible experience just getting her implants done! She had to have 3 revisions just to get her implants done correctly. She gave me a whole new perspective on all breast surgeries during our conversation. She said women are so concerned about getting things "perfect." and went on to say perfection doesn't exist. She continued to say her areolas aren't even and her breasts aren't the same size! Here I am griping about a reconstructed breast being "perfect!" I feel so awful for originally posting this. I am so critical about my looks, especially after the devastation of breast cancer. Like most women, I wanted results NOW! That was very unfair to have those unrealistic expectations. I should have spoken to my Doctor as openly as I did on this post! My main focus should have been discussing the situations and procedures more in depth than I did. It was certainly my downfall not to communicate with him in more detail. Looking back, I should have asked more questions. I freeze up at ALL Doctor appointments. Not only that, I have alot of anxiety, especially when talking about my breast cancer. My recommendation to each and every one of you to write a list of all questions and concerns and take them to your Doctor appointments. By the way, my Plastic Surgeon is compassionate and caring. I highly recommend him for any of your medical needs.
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I'm so excited and relieved! My Plastic Surgeon took his time to acknowledge my concerns with my breast. I have chosen to do a revision. Of course, there are risks and complications associated with any surgeries or procedures. He treated me with such compassion and understanding. Breast Cancer is such an emotional trial, I became so overwhelmed with the situation with my left breast. I wish we could delete posts from the site when our desired results are achieved. He is such a caring person whose concern is more about making patients happy, instead of making his wallet fatter. I highly recommend this Doctor for any of your medical needs :-)
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share you story on RealSelf. It is a common challenge for surgeons to match the healthy breast so you're not alone. Based on your pictures, you have made a lot progress. Your final results look good standing up. Many implants will displace sideways when laying down especially over time as the pocket stretches out and gravity takes its toll. Have you and your PS discussed a small implant in your healthy breast for additional symmetry? We'll be anxious to hear how your next appointment goes. Congrads for conquering the cancer! ;)
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I have an implant in my healthy breast that was done in 3/2013. It was done at the same time as my final breast reconstruction/implant exchange. This was supposed to be the final surgery. I just had the breast lift done in 9/2013.
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That's great you were able to get an implant on the healthy side too. Now with your upcoming revision, it sounds like you're getting closer to results you'll be happy with. I realize another surgery can be frustrating but hoping it's all worth it. Hang in there! ;)
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do not use FLAP EVER. leaves way too many scars
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Thanks for the advice.
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wow yours look horrid compared to mine I had both and you can not even tell I had cancer I am sorry yours look like that bad surgeon.
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Did you have silicone implants or flap? The final results are so disappointing :-( I am 44, so I figured at least I would be able to have a breast lift. To me it doesn't even look like I have had a breast lift. My areola is still large and my breast still hangs and droops. I'm bummed. I see him tomorrow. At my last visit he said he could "nip" off the area where it looks squared so it would look more round. I am thankful I was able to get reconstruction, but I was excited for the surgeries to end and now this happened.
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I had implants my body rejected the tissue expanders so Isought a new surgeon out he did not even know that they capsulated and one deflated he kept injecting me. I then found Dr. Newman in Murrieta and he was smart enough to remove the expanders and put small implants in for a year and it worked. Streched the skin out. Then he switched them out for just a bit bigger looking very natural not round and ugly. better than the implants I had. small incision. I am doing the Areola now. but you can not even tell at all they look wonderful I reccomend him to anyone. He takes all insurances. Do not ever do flap not worth the scars sadly women think they are getting a tummy tuck and end up with scarring all over. I will post when completed. I would go to another surgeon my mom had a bad one too her breast is high one is lopsided and is capsulated. She is older and does not care.
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look below.
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Nevermind I read many complaints on this man he turned from Jeykl to Hide. LOL not kidding look on yelp. I did not bother looking him up until his person changed he is bipolar at best. Sorry I gave him a good review looking at others He did not do such a great job. just okay nothing special. small.
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Mine actually ended up turning out beautiful. After my breast lift on left breast, I talked to him about resizing my areola and rounding out my breast. He said it is fairly common even with a regular breast lift. It's even more difficult doing a revision on one breast in order to match a reconstructed breast after mastectomy. I just had my revision exactly 1 month ago and am happier than ever :-)
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He did a fine job. Somone is posting some other garb. I am happy with the job he did. However too much contorversy for me to return to his office. Great implant doctor.
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I am so sorry! I hope your appointment goes well. I would definitely talk to him about covering the cost of the revision! I do see the difference in the breast and hopefully he can correct it for you. I get a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on the 5 of Feb and I am so nervous and I hope it goes well. Good luck to you!
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I'm so glad to hear you are getting reconstruction. So many women don't know that health insurance companies must pay for reconstruction has been and matching the other breast with implant/breast lift, if need be. I can't even imagine waking up with after the mastectomy with no breast. Your surgery will go fine. I'm glad they found your Cancer, that is the major priority. Vanity is extremely important as well. We need to feel like a woman again. ~Hugs to you~ Keep me posted :)
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get implants small for natural look with min. scarring. beleive me my girlfriend did flap scars everywhere she hates them I will post mine when completed. I promise go to board certified look at before and after photos and reviews. please.
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Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your traumatic medical procedures you have endured. That sickens me. I always wonder how a human could not have a conscience. They just want to make money and obviously don't have the passion to help people. I wish I could let healthy women know about implants. In my case with my breast cancer, I would have been absolute
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Sorry, it cut my comment off. I would have been devastated if I couldn't have breast
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I want to let you know I have been praying for you to have a safe surgery. Breast Cancer is devastating, but thankfully your Mastectomy will remove the Cancer and you will have beautiful Breasts from your breast reconstruction. Although you will need to go through a series of fills in your tissue expander, it will be worth wait. Take your time getting that done. It will be worth every minute. Sending hugs and prayers your way. Please keep me updated. You are not alone in your struggle. xoxo
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