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!