WARNING: NSFW / graphic content below.
On January 22, 2013 I underwent a prophylactic nipple-sparing bilateral mastectomy in order to greatly reduce my risk of breast cancer. I have been documenting my journey by writing this blog as well as taking daily photos during my recovery. The pictures are posted below – most recent first. I will continue to update this page as time goes on. If you want more or different pictures, please contact me.
Choose the My Story category if you want to know how I got here (start at the bottom).
Please keep in mind that everybody’s experience through this process is different. Some women have no complications at all, while some have a very difficult recovery. As mentioned throughout my blog, I am only providing insight into my own journey. Any questions, concerns, or risks should be addressed by a medical professional.
Jun 1, 2016 – three months post revision surgery on right (left in pic); 3+ years post PBM. Mentor round, smooth, high profile silicones in 450ccs.
Mar 19 – eight months post exchange on right (left in pic); pocket revision surgery to fix bottomed out implant, needs to drop a bit.
Feb 27 – seven months post exchange on right (left in pic); the pocket failed and implant bottomed out.
Oct 23 – three months post exchange on right (left in pic); 2 years, 9 months post PBM. Mentor round, smooth, high profile silicones in 450ccs.
Jul 25 – two days post exchange on right (left in pic). Mentor round, smooth, high profile silicones in 450ccs.
Expander placement v2
Jul 12 – six months post expander placement. Left in photo: 450cc tissue expander; right in photo: 450cc implant (10 months post exchange).
Jan 31 – two years post PBM, three months since deconstruction v2.
Deconstruction surgery v2
Jan 10 – four months post exchange, three months post deconstruction v2.
Sep 27 – two weeks post exchange. Mentor round, smooth, high profile, silicone in 450ccs.
Revision surgery and expander placement
Aug 19 – four months post revision/reconstruction. Left in photo: 450cc implant; right in photo: 550cc tissue expander.
Jun 16 – two months post revision/reconstruction. Left in photo: 450cc implant; right in photo: 450cc tissue expander.
May 8 – four weeks post revision/reconstruction. Left in photo: 450cc implant; right in photo: 300cc tissue expander.
Cute lace bralette I picked up at Victoria’s Secret for only $10. It is the perfect piece to camouflage the randomly erect nipple while being really light and not very restricting.
Apr 12 – after revision/reconstruction. Right: swap from 350 to 450ccs, pocket closed from bottom; left: insertion of tissue expander with 300ccs.
Apr 9 – right: seven months post-exchange; left: six months post-deconstruction.
Oct 15 – six weeks post-exchange. Incision on left breast turned red, then blue in the center, then into a small hole. An infection developed and the left implant had to be removed.
Oct 5 – one month. Mentor round, smooth, high profile silicones in 350ccs.
Sep 17 – two weeks (eight months post-PBM).
The tissue expanders are Mentor Siltex Contour Profile in tall height with suture tabs.
Jul 19 – six months. Nine expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 25 + 25 = 550ccs/side.
Jul 12 – five and a half months. Eight expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 25 = 525ccs/side.
Jun 21 – five months. Seven expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 = 500ccs/side.
Jun 7 – four and a half months. Six expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 + 50 + 50 = 450ccs/side.
This bathing suit top looked super cute on my small A-cup bust. I will never wear it again.
May 24 – four months. Five expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 + 50 = 400ccs/side.
Pre-op vs. expanded to 400ccs.
May 10 – three and a half months. Four expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 + 50 = 350ccs/side.
Apr 27 – three months. Three expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 + 75 = 300ccs/side.
Apr 12 – two and a half months. Two expansions: 100ccs @ PBM + 50 + 75 = 225ccs/side.
Mar 22 – two months. The scab is gone! Woo hoo!!! The progress of Dusky, my rebel nipple:
Mar 4 – six weeks. Not much progress in the last two weeks. The scab is disappearing.
Feb 22 – one month. Scab is slowly lifting. Still no fills – waiting for necrotic area to heal.
This handy dandy coconut bra kept clothes off of the bacitracin covered tissue.
Feb 5 – two weeks. Seroma on my left side. 50ccs were drained by my plastic surgeon.
Jan 28 – day six. Two more drains and sterile strips removed.
Jan 26 – day four. Two drains out, dressings off, first shower. Washed and blow-dryed my own hair.
Jan 22 – the big day: post surgery. The left nipple already looks “dusky.” Four surgical drains inserted.
Jan 22 – the big day, pre-surgery. Incision markings.
Jan 19, 2013 – pre-mastectomy. I’m 5’4″, 125lbs, and was an A cup prior to surgery.