Well, it’s all over. My breast surgeries are finally finished. The tattooing is still healing and two days ago, I stopped having to put dressings on the tattoo. It is healing and looking good. I am not quite used to it yet but I will get there. The nurse said it is designed so that when I go to the shower or get dressed, it just looks kind of normal. But to try and pretend that is a perfect breast is well pretence. However, as I’ve said before, I think my breast reconstruction is perfect as I had a breast with a big lumpectomy scar before and wore a prosthesis for 4.5 years and I prefer this.
We are all different. Some women don’t want reconstructions or are happy with or without a prosthesis. With or without a nipple reconstruction. We are all different and it is all fine.
Someone talked to me about having implants. Well, I had radiation therapy with my last BC and you can not have an implant sitting on tip of radiated tissue. It does not take well. So depending on your unique situation, the specialists would help work out what is the best way forward. For me, it really had to be a FLAP reconstruction using tissue from my tummy or back. I chose the tummy.
So I have reached the end of my breast reconstruction process. I am still using bio oil on the scars and will have a final check up with the plastic surgeon in a few months. After that, I am back to annual breast check ups with my breast surgeon.
It is a year on from my big surgeries and I am relieved that I can sleep on my tummy once more or on my side. That I am moving on with life in a normal way. However, my body will always be quite affected by having a breast reconstruction e.g.
my tummy muscles, scar on my tummy and scars on my breast. We are not meant to progress through life without scars though. I am just lucky to have had all this surgery and follow up through the excellent NZ public health system. It has helped me a lot.