We talk about the surgical options after breast cancer and our experiences.
Try to clarify surgical options early on: what’s the best possible, what’s the worst possible, what’s the probable middle? Manage your expectations as much as you can.
Know your options. For mastectomy, that’s flat, implants, flap (tram or diep), nipple reconstruction, etc.
Fat grafting covers a multitude of divots and creases.
Know your risks and what you value (looks, function, scars).
What’s your backup fat plan? (ie know what your surgery entails).
Nipple tattoos: not like a normal tattoo--kind of a high end prison tattoo—and fade quickly.
You can’t feel when your mastectomied boob pops out--so you you have to look with your eyes.
Surgeries are going to be a pyramid: major and big at the beginning, and smaller and more delicate at the end.
Love your plastic surgeon.
Talk to someone who has been through your surgery and find pictures.
Aphrodite Reborn and Reconstructing Aphrodite are nice post-breast cancer photo books.
Silicon bandaids are reusable and help with scarring and healing.
Use microbead pillows to get comfortable.