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Dog Ear? Repair cost?

Dog Ear? Repair cost?

Postby AlexSmallNow » Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:15 pm

Hi everyone. I had my breast reduction performed on 11/7/05 (36DD to a 36C) and am VERY happy with my size and shape. It was done using anchor shape incisions. The only thing that looks *weird* to me is that there is a strange puffiness and 'fold' at the end of the bottom incision on my left breast in towards my cleavage. I have researched this online and think I have deteremined that this is a 'dog ear'. My question is, if this is a dog ear, what are the possibilities for fixing this and how much can I expect it to cost? Does it require in or out patient and can I have the revision done under a local?

I feel silly even asking since I am so THRILLED to have my new breasts, but this dog ear happens to be pretty visible in bras and in bathing suits. If it were on the armpit side, I wouldn't care because only my husband would see it and he's not weird about stuff like that. If there are no options available to correct this, I will be forever happy with what I have now, which is much better than where I came from.

Thanks for all your help in advance!
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Postby LookinUp » Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:00 pm

It should be included with the original surgery....and it is done under a local.
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Postby Robbo » Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:49 pm

i'm so scared of pain. They will have to put me under again....
I wish I would have gotten my breast reduction sooner. Never too late though. Don't be nervous. If you think you need one you probably do.
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Postby Mieshammie » Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:52 am

Adele, is it common to have a dog-ear on the cleavage-side of the incision? I know theoretically it can be, it's just that I've only ever heard people complain of having them on the outside. Just curious if you've come across it before.
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Postby LookinUp » Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:22 am

Not common, but depends upon the way the PS sews you up! Here comes a description at six a.m. so forgive me!....I actually had a little 'puff' of area on the cleavage end of the incision--didn't really look like a dogear, but a 'puff rather than a flap', but if you felt it, it felt like no tissue had 'filled in" the spot, almost like an 'empty bag' (but small). It pretty much looked normal, maybe a tad squarish if you really examined it on the 'curve'. It did fill in eventually by itself tho...maybe from just walking around and the tissue moving, or by massaging the scar tissue (which I do occasionally, but certainly not on a regular basis)....bit it did go away essentially by itself. One of my dogears in the armpit area went away as well, and one is quite diminished. That's why my PS says he waits a full year for revisions.
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Dog Ear? Repair cost?

Postby AlexSmallNow » Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:35 am

Thanks to everyone for your input. I figured it would be covered under the original cost, but wanted to be sure. It sounds like I'll need to wait a while before I consider a repair since it has not even been 3 months and it might possibly self-correct.

Does anyone have any before and after photos of a dog ear correction?
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Postby Ktbtr » Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:31 am

I know how you feel. I had my dog ear taken off and was scared to death! I wanted to be put under so bad! The PS did it in her office under a local. Did not hurt at all. A tiny but of pulling. It was off before I knew it. I did not pay extra for it. Actually I still have a bit more that needs to come off! Good luck and don't worry.. It does NOT hurt at all.. Karen
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