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One implant larger than the other

One implant larger than the other

Postby stressedwith5 » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:32 pm

Hi,

I had my surgery on the 17th of July. After the surgery I could feel that one implant is far larger than the other. After the bandages came off, it was clearly larger but was told it was swelling. It will be a week on Monday and I am disappointed because I am still clearly larger and feel depressed. Can I get this fixed or do I have to live with it? I can see where one would be larger naturally but I wasn't larger on one side to begin with and now I am. Extrememly frustrated and any help or suggestions would be helpful.
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Postby YourOwnChoice » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:42 pm

Sweet girl,
take a DEEP breath and relax..you have had 2 totally different surgeries and need to consider them as such...it is not uncommon and the swelling takes about 4 weeks to diminish for most of us. Sometimes we have more trauma on one side then the other...for me it was my left side :(

You are very VERY early PO yet. Take pics..post them..I found taking pics weekly the first month and then monthly the best way to see changes. Also post your pre pics.



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Postby stressedwith5 » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:54 pm

Thank you for your reply. It is my left side too. I am just worried. But I will try to take a deep breath. :?
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Postby YourOwnChoice » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:59 pm

Here is a prescription for patience pills :) We ALL use them here!

You have a boatload of people here who have been just where you are and they evened out. Your pics will help them too:0
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Postby Bedeka » Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:17 am

Hi you sound exactly like me, I had my op on the same day and one is also so clearly larger (especially to my critical eye). I had different to begin with and so had different sizes and it is hard to think that yes it's only early. Have you looked at a lot of before and after shots on here. They have really helped me because peoples breasts do change soooo much in the months to come. So there is hope for us too. It is depressing but keep your chin up, and email me if you want. Have you been to your ps and if so what is he/she saying. I go on Tuesday. I'm hoping its just one is more swollen than the other! I like hearing what Miki said about the trauma being different on each side. P.S this board has been so helpful.
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Postby summerwinter » Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:05 am

my left is a cup larger than my right too.
my left has dropped while the right has not.
my left originally was 0.5 cup larger but i have same volume implants on both breasts.....i should hae asked for 50cc more on my smaller right :(
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Postby Blondecat » Sun Jul 23, 2006 4:47 am

I had my BA on July 5th. My left side is also clearly larger than the right. I have been taking pictures and it seems that the difference is not as dramatic as it was at first, but it is still there. The PS was supposed to put a larger implant in my RIGHT breast. You all know what I have been thinking here. I mean, there are stories of surgeons cutting off the wrong legs on people --- why not looking down on me and placing the wrong implant in the wrong side? He marked my body for all kinds of things (also had lipo done) -- yet he didn't put a RIGHT side sign on my breast. I don't see my PS until the second week of August. Most of the swelling should be gone and I just know the left will remain bigger. I have a copy of the surgical report and it seems like he put the correct implant in the correct side --- but he also wrote the surgical report, so who knows? How do I confront him about possibly flipping the implacement to the wrong sides? I keep trying to toss down those "patience pills" that Miki talks about --- all I do is upchuck them.
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Postby poptart » Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:24 pm

Hey I had BA on 7/11. My right breast is slightly larger than my left. It was very noticable a week ago, but now it is not that noticeable, you have to stare at them and study them to really notice and only my hubby will be doing that!!!! You will be fine, give it time. We are all in this together!!!
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Postby Blondecat » Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:07 pm

I am into my third week post BA and my left breast remains quite a bit larger -- at least a full cup size -- than the right. Most of the additional sizing of it is on the posterior half of the breast and the lower left quadrant (part curving out closest to under arm area. I also had lipo of the abdomen and flanks with the BA. Is it possible? that the swelling from the lipo is also swelling one breast?? Once again, I am getting more and more convinced that the surgeon placed the wrong implant in the wrong breast. I can't conceive my left breast changing within the nest week --- the magical fourth week. Any ideas how I tactfully approach the surgeon about the possibility of his placing the wrong implant in the wrong breast? If he doesnt' "fess up" to this possibility, matching for an implant will mean redoing both breasts. He orders a few silicone implants prior to surgery. If the one I need is not there, this nightmare might be repeated. Anybody have a huge difference in size and have it even out after week four? His notes from the surgery claim he placed the correct one in the correct breast --- but they are only his notes. I am trying to remain patient but am very disgusted with all of this right now.
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Postby TC316 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:32 pm

I had the same concerns as you post op. Even posted a thread "Help PS switched implants". What freaked me the most, was when I called to find out what implant fill was in which breast, it was written on the cards in reverse of what it should have been. Switched on the card?? What was I supposed to think?

Call your PS office and ask for the serial numbers and fill amounts of each implant. This should confirm/disclaim your fears. PS's take good surgical notes (usually).

Hindsight being 20/20, I realize that they weren't switched. The one with less fill is softer and has rippling, which I hate. Wish I'd had more cc's put in it. This tells me that the correct side has less fill.

Looking at my pics pre-ba, the left was larger and bigger. And it still is, but only I notice when naked.

Look at your pre-ba pics. How much different were you?

I was finally more even at 14 weeks when it seems I finally dropped. I am stilll a bit uneven, but it is mainly lower, not bigger now.
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Postby Blondecat » Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:26 am

Thanks so much for your comment, TC316. I had silicone. Initally my right breast is smaller (so a 450cc implant is supposed to be there) and a 400cc implant is supposed to be in my left breast. Now the left breast is the larger one -- as if the 450cc went there instead? I do feel a bit "calmer" hearing that you went through the same thoughts. STILL --- I keep thinking it happened of surgeons amputating the wrong leg on people --- what would it be to switch an implant? Did your surgeon write right and left on your breasts before surgery? Mine didn't and I am wishing I had my own flair pen to sketch a few notes on my breasts for him! I will look up your old thread on "Help PS switched implants". Can you have additional saline added to your rippling breast or is it beyond that time? Fourteen weeks till you evened out, you say? My breasts are so uneven that my friend noticed it through my clothes while we were having lunch! Egads!!
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Postby Maajida » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:44 am

Blondecat wrote:Thanks so much for your comment, TC316. I had silicone. Initally my right breast is smaller (so a 450cc implant is supposed to be there) and a 400cc implant is supposed to be in my left breast. Now the left breast is the larger one -- as if the 450cc went there instead? I do feel a bit "calmer" hearing that you went through the same thoughts. STILL --- I keep thinking it happened of surgeons amputating the wrong leg on people --- what would it be to switch an implant? Did your surgeon write right and left on your breasts before surgery? Mine didn't and I am wishing I had my own flair pen to sketch a few notes on my breasts for him! I will look up your old thread on "Help PS switched implants". Can you have additional saline added to your rippling breast or is it beyond that time? Fourteen weeks till you evened out, you say? My breasts are so uneven that my friend noticed it through my clothes while we were having lunch! Egads!!
*** Hi Everyone, sorry I am joining this discussion so late, but it is a subject near and dear to my heart. I have followed the exchange of info and experiences and I know we are all coping in our own ways with these assymetry concerns. I think those of us who are worried about our results have every right to question our surgeons and keep on asking questions until we get some answers. That doesn't mean that it has to be done in a confrontational manner.....simply asking for more info, more details, and explanations of what was done should help if, as I hope, most of us are dealing with surgeons who are caring about the patient and the quality of their own work. I agree that Miki gave us good advice when it comes to taking those patience pills, but I am sure that even she would agree that there comes a time when a plan must be put into place for possible corrective action. I am in the process of that myself, at about 13 weeks post op, and so far the surgeon has been very responsive and will not charge for his costs for any corrections, though I would have to pay hosp. costs and anesthesia. I'm another one with the left side larger...it was that way pre op also, and was supposed to have been corrected in the lift and ba combined procedures that I had. The larger one also is longer and fuller on the arm side. At the same time, I'd like to consider how to go a bit smaller, with more upper fullness, as well as deal with the assymetry issue. To those of us dealing with these assymetry and related concerns, I know it's only natural to feel a bit down about having to go through all this, but I know I always feel better with some plan of action, even if it's waiting a specified amt. of time combined with expressing my concern to the surgeon and then planning out corrective action when it's time. Good luck everybody. I am so glad we don't have to go through this alone. Maajida
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Postby Blondecat » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:02 am

Thank you SO much, Maajida! Yes. a plan of action. Indeed it feels SO much better going through this with others on this forum. I have searched for all past threads relating to this topic and many women have had the same complaint. Not all complaints were gone in a few weeks waiting for the fall and fluff syndrome, either. Please keep me posted on what happens next for you. Did you have silicone as well? Will you also be paying for a new set of implants?
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Postby Maajida » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:25 am

Blondecat wrote:Thank you SO much, Maajida! Yes. a plan of action. Indeed it feels SO much better going through this with others on this forum. I have searched for all past threads relating to this topic and many women have had the same complaint. Not all complaints were gone in a few weeks waiting for the fall and fluff syndrome, either. Please keep me posted on what happens next for you. Did you have silicone as well? Will you also be paying for a new set of implants?
**** Hi again, and thanks for the response. I will keep you posted....my next check-up with the PS is Monday, and we'll have a plan of action put into place that day. I suspect that either I'd have something done right away, or more likely, that the corrections would be done the week before Thanksgiving, which would give me a little more time to save up for my part of the costs and would give me the following week off work for recovery, because I'd have that time off anyway. I have saline, which I've been happy with, and at this point I don't know if a change of implants will be involved...it's a possibility, re wanting more upper fullness, and possibly switching from my moderates to moderate plus' or high profiles, if that would give more of the look I am searching for. I also want them to deal with an excess of side boobage as long as corrective action is being taken anyway, and at this point, it is not clear to me whether my needs can best be met by keeping the same implants, modifying the lift and/or adjusting the pockets, or whether new implants might also be advisable. I will post on monday after my appt. and see what the PS says. Again, good luck, and it sure helps to stay in touch with people who are going through the same thing. Take care, Maajida
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