ATM genetic mutation, Expanders to Implants, prophylactic 1.4

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ATM genetic mutation, Expanders to Implants

In 2020 I was diagnosed with carrying the ATM genetic mutation. My older sister is a breast cancer survivor- she had IDC at age 39. She’s the reason I was tested. My pathology report after initial surgery showed atypical ductile hyperplasia- I clearly made the right decision. 

I had my prophylactic, under the muscle, nipple sparing mastectomy in August 2020. I had expanders placed at my mastectomy and in December I had my exchange surgery for silicone implants. I’m extremely active and running is my passion. I was so scared and worried not only how I’d look physically- but would I still be able to run and workout the way I once had. I’m happy to say I definitely can. But I will also say- I’m much more careful than I ever was in the past. I’m only 2 months post exchange and I do still worry that I could break them. Because of the lack of feeling in my chest, I just don’t want to injure them in anyway and not realize it.

 

Week one. 250 ml saline in the expanders and drains are still in. No fills yet.

250 ml saline in the expanders and drains are still in
Two drains on each side. This is a post-surgical bra that holds the drains and fastens in the front.

 

 

Expanders 300ml
Expanders 300ml. Had my first fill of 50ml. 3 weeks post mastectomy.
3 weeks post mastectomy with expanders
3 weeks post mastectomy with expanders
Expanders 1 week post op mastectomy with 250cc
These are my expanders 1 week post op mastectomy with 250cc on left and right is 530cc fully expanded awaiting my exchange surgery.

 

Breast expanders moving apart
This shows how the expanders moved further apart with each fill
Mastectomy Day 1 post exchange and fat grafting
Day 1 post exchange and fat grafting. Smooth round silicone extra full
profile 580ml UTM implants. I measure 32DD. I’m 5’5 125 lb
Mastectomy fat grafting
Fat grafting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 and month 3 post exchange
Drop and Fluff: what happens as the exchanged implants settled in their pockets
Drop and Fluff breast expander
Exchanged implants settled in their pockets
1 year post mastectomy and 9 months post exchange. 580cc UTM Smooth silicone extra full profile
1 year post mastectomy and 9 months post exchange