Breast cancer
posted by Lily1974
01 March 2019

Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

Last reply: 11 months ago

I had breast cancer 6 years ago. I initially had reconstruction using Latissimus Dorsi Muscle and an implant. The reconstructed breast sat higher than my real breast; as the implant seemed high on my chest. I had the implant removed as I had radiation and the implant suffered because of it. I had my breast rebuilt by fat grafting. This has made a huge difference. I have had 5 sessions of fat grating and completed my final one 2 years ago. They could never get my reconstructed breast to the same size of my real breast, therefore I had reduction on my real breast but the reconstructed breast is still a cup size smaller. My surgeon suggested that I have the smallest implant available inserted to make up the difference, as they cannot harvest anymore fat. I don’t know what to do. Has anyone had the same experience, or is there something else I could do instead of an implant. Don’t get me wrong the most important thing is I am healthy and well but I would like to feel normal when I look in the mirror too. If any of you can give me information or help it would be very much appreciated.



commented by Irish Cancer Society
08 March 2019

1 year ago

Hi Lily,

Thank you for posting about the difficult decision you have to make about your breast reconstruction. Would you like to give us a call on the Cancer Nurseline on 1800200700 to talk about this and to try to support you in your decision making 

Kind Regards 

Cancer Nurse 

commented by Johanna
15 June 2019

11 months ago

Hi Lily sorry I can't help you with your decision, I have had a failed reconstruction with implant the surgeon is offering me lass flap reconstruction, I am considering this as I have constant pulling of my skin, has your reconstruction been difficult as I am considering maybe trying to live as I am, any advice would be helpful .....thanks. Johanna

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