What to do if You are Unhappy with Your Breast Reconstruction
What should a patient do if they are unhappy with breast reconstruction results?
Breast Reconstruction helps many women feel whole again after breast cancer. How you feel about the “new you” is an important part of your healing journey. But what should you do if you are unhappy with your results?
Be honest with your surgeon.
It may feel like an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it’s an important one. Having an honest and respectful conversation with your surgeon is a healthy first step in addressing your concerns. Be sure and discuss your expectations and what can be done to achieve your desired results.
Get a second opinion from a specialist.
Seeking a second opinion is never a bad thing! Having another experienced surgeon who specializes in all types of reconstruction procedures review your needs is a good way to ensure you are given all your options to consider. Unfortunately, not all plastic surgeons offer today’s most advanced breast reconstruction procedures and travel may be necessary but worth it. At PRMA, we frequently perform corrective surgery on patients who are unhappy with their results from surgery performed at other institutions. If you are interested in a second opinion from PRMA, please fill out our FREE Virtual Consultation form HERE. Once received one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will review your needs and provide you with their surgical recommendations all at no cost to you.
Decide what’s best for you.
After hearing all your options, the pros and cons of each, and discussing realistic expectations with an experienced surgeon you will be equipped with the tools you need to make the best decision for you moving forward.
Author: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo and Courtney Floyd
Seeking a second opinion is never a bad thing! Having another experienced surgeon who specializes in all types of reconstruction procedures review your needs is a good way to ensure you are given all your options to consider.
Hi , I just had a double mastectomy 3 weeks ago , I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2020 on my right breast . Before my mastectomy I had saline breast implants I was a size 34D. I am 5’7 and weigh 115 pds after chemotherapy , my normal weight is 128 pds . I asked my plastic surgeon about tissue expanders to achieve the size I was , he told me I did not need them because my tissue was already stretched from my implants . So he did immediate reconstruction during the mastectomy. He said I had to be smaller than I was . I am very depressed and disappointed with my reconstruction, my implants are very flat . I understand it’s not the same as an augmentation, but I feel like I wasn’t given options , i seen a lot of reconstruction stories from other women and how satisfied with size they are and I wonder why I had to be stuck with such small implants . It seems really unfair to me . I also had a nipple sparing mastectomy. Can you please help me on options I may have , the stress of the cancer was so much and I just want to feel good about myself after all this nightmare
We are so sorry to hear you are going through so much. Please know that it can sometimes take more than one procedure to achieve your desired results. We recommend following up with your surgeon to discuss your outcome goals. Of course, following your revision surgery, if you are still unhappy with your results we would be happy to provide you a second opinion.