What reconstruction methods are available to a woman who doesn't want to affect her muscles, doesn't want an implant, and has radiation to a breast with a lumpectomy? My breast looks good except for two jagged scars and a very light tan from radiation.
I want to have my normal size back because then I'll have my normal proportions. My unaffected breast may be lifted to match. I heal very well and had much less than normal burning during radiation. I have never had an infection related to surgery.
I am a single mom with lots of responsibilities no one else will do if I'm not able to do them, so six months recovery is not an option. Although I have a little tummy now, I normally don't and am on my way to returning to my normal, low, very slender weight. I want to get thin before I get the reconstruction so that the results won't be a surprise.
I am forty-nine. When I was on tamoxifen, my unaffected breast was smaller, so I want to have a result that won't be too wonky when I reach menopause and my unaffected breast becomes a little deflated.
Also, I'd like my two scars on my affected breast to be straightened and the scar tissue that makes that breast pucker noticeably when I flex my chest to be released. But, some professionals say that operating on radiated tissue is not a good idea.
I want my normal proportions back. That is not vanity as one surgeon told me. It's part of recovery and leaving cancer behind. I'm three years out so far.