Expectations post exchange; did I expect too much? Also supposed how much pain I am in?
Doctor Answers 3
You have to give them time to settle. He also may have had to do a lot of internal work so that they are appropriately positioned. This would account for the pain.
This question is difficult to answer. Please follow up with your surgeon and express your concerns with that individual directly. Of note, in implant based breast reconstruction following mastectomy, the breast always looks smaller softer the expander is exchanged for the final implant because the pocket is expanded at the time of the exchange.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Ali Mosharrafa
Concerns after breast augmentation surgery…
I am sorry to hear about your concerns after breast surgery.
Given that you are fresh out of surgery, it is definitely too early to evaluate the outcome of the procedure performed. You should be aware that a significant percentage of patients at the early stages of recovery will feel that they are too big or (more commonly) too small. For example, the initial bra and dressings used after breast surgery can hide (and compress) the breasts to a great degree.
I routinely ask my patients to wait at least 3-6 months before evaluating the end results of the breast augmentation surgery.
You may want to let your plastic surgeon know about the degree of pain you are experiencing; sometimes, significant discomfort can be a sign of a complication.
Best wishes for an outcome that you will be plesaed with long-term.