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Q: My Tissue Expander Which is Still Getting Expanded is Very Hard. How Can I Make It Softer?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 00:52

I had my Mastectomy on 4/20. I am thin, about 114 I have about 420 cc so far in the expander and I had a single. I don't need chemo or radiation. My other breast isn't even an A cup so I am not a happy camper right now. The expander is rock hard. I tried to talk to the Dr. about it he fills it each week and he told me that I need to move it which I do and that as he fills it its going to get harder. Any advice? It keeps me up at night. Thanks!

A: Necessary and unpleasant interval to a final implant

Tissue expansion is a means of generating sufficient skin by stretch to eventually cover an implant. Unfortunately, the discomfort and firmness is a necessary and unpleasant preparatory step to make a sufficient pocket to ultimately hold the final implant.

Q: Had Full TT 3 Months Ago. Tummy Bulging W/hard Blood, How Do I Liquify This?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 09:46

A: Might require imaging

To have an abdomen bulging with blood 3 months after abdominoplasty is most unusual. Radiographic imaging by way of ultrasound or CT scan may clarify the underlying problem. Best to see your surgeon for a reassessment.

Q: 6 Weeks Post Op from Breast Lift with Implants- Rash on Nipples & Breasts

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 02:57

real scaley. the skin around my nipples is a red rash. my incision goes around my nipples, down my breasts, and across the bottom. this appeared about 2 weeks post op

A: Most likely cause is contact dermatitis

It is difficult to be precise with the diagnosis without more information (i.e. photos). The possible causes include low grade skin infection, skin maceration and irritation, allergic contact dermatitis. Based on your description contact dermatitis is highly probable. A return visit to your surgeon is advised.

Q: Breast Augmentation Revision: How Long Until They Feel Real?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:09

I had salines put in about 4 months ago and did not like them so I had them exchanged for smaller 250 cc silicones through the aerola.They dont seem swollen now 3 weeks after surgery and the incision is healing really well but i can feel the implant in my breast just as much as I did my saline and it is hard and tender at the bottom of my breast.Will they soften up more just like they did before or are they pretty much the final result wen u hav a revision? (I was a small c before implants)

A: 3wks is very early after surgery breast-they will feel different

3wks is very early after surgery, especially if a capsulectomy was performed. You can be sure to that it will change. I have attached an information page on healing following breast augmentation at my website detailing what to expect with tips that might help. Wishing you the best.

Q: Hardness Around the Incision Site 4 Years Post Breast Augmentation - What Can I do About it?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 11:38

A: Many reasons for this but do require at least photo

There are many potential reasons for this.  While not exhaustive, a short list of possible causes includes keloid scar, inclusion cyst, ectopic breast or fat. More precise comments as to your situation might be possible if you are able to upload a photo. Even better would be a visit with your plastic surgeon.