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How long does it take to be comfortable after a mastectomy? Are implants comfortable? Expanders sure aren't!

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 8 years
 
  • Nicole Bernard Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I'm 27 years old and had a bilateral mastectomy as well. I just had my expanders replaced with silicone gel implants on September 1 and immediately felt relief while sleeping. I too am side/stomach sleeper and the expanders filled to capacity were rock solid large softballs sitting on my chest making it impossible for me to get a good nights sleep. I just recently tried sleeping on my stomach (while wearing a compression bra) and felt very comfortable. When I'm able to go without the compression bra, I think I may be slightly nervous but know it's a world of difference then the expanders. It's funny, someone recently said they heard that when someone has an augmentation their breasts are slightly firmer... my response is I wouldn't know. I can only compare the implants to the expanders and "knocking on wood" nothing can be that hard. The implants feel real to me in comparison, that's for sure!
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  • rosa ramentol Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    After my mastectomy it felt like I was wearing an iron bra. It took me about 2 months after the surgery to sleep comfortably. I don't have my implants in yet but I don't find my expanders too uncomfortable.
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I hated the expander. It felt like a rock in my chest. I was only sore after the fills though and advil took care of that. I have had my implants now for almost 2 years and they are very comfortable. I chose the silicone implant because it is...

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      I hated the expander. It felt like a rock in my chest. I was only sore after the fills though and advil took care of that. I have had my implants now for almost 2 years and they are very comfortable. I chose the silicone implant because it is more natural looking and feeling since there is no breast tissue left to cover the implant. I am very pleased with the results overall. I can even sleep on my tummy, something I couldn't do with the expanders!

      about 8 years Flag
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for the comments ladies.
      I look forward to feeling comfortable. I probably have two more fills to go. Yes, expanders do feel like wearing an iron bra!!!! It is nice to hear that I will be able to lay oin my stomach one day. What a joy!

      about 8 years Flag
    • rosa ramentol Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I cant wait to get my silicone implants in and have nipplies again but doctor is telling me he wont do it until a few weeks after I finish radiation. So Im looking at about March of next year.

      about 8 years Flag
    • Lisa Maynard Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am so glad to see and read about everyone's painful experiences with the expanders. I am one month out from bi-lat with reconstruction (Nov 5). Have had two fills of 100cc each on each side and am due for another fill tomorrow. Cannot yet live...

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      I am so glad to see and read about everyone's painful experiences with the expanders. I am one month out from bi-lat with reconstruction (Nov 5). Have had two fills of 100cc each on each side and am due for another fill tomorrow. Cannot yet live without narcotics for pain relief and am going to ask my doctor tomorrow about perhaps a muscle relaxer instead of or in addition to. The 'iron bra' comment is spot on to how I feel and I worry how long and how bad the pain will be. I go back to work (desk job) on Jan 2.

      almost 7 years Flag

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