Hello! I am 21 years old and after finding two lumps and coming back for a six month follow-up, I am now facing a bilateral lumpectomy to remove two 3cm fibroadenomas. While I feel silly being as terrified as I am, I'm young, have never had such problems before, and have absolutely no idea what to expect. My biggest fear is that the excision of the two lumps leaves me visibly deformed - crooked, different sizes, badly dented, or otherwise unnatural looking. While this is a cosmetic fear, the process of finding and living with them has been traumatic enough that I don't want to be left with features that leave me feeling deformed at such a young age. My question to you is this - has anyone ever had or known of a 3 cm removal, and do you know the risk of this causing significant damage? Also, what is the risk of being left with permanent numbness? I have large C/ small D breasts, with one lump located centrally very near my sternum, and another just to the right of my areola. Thanks a bunch.View Thread
Roberta, best reply ever! Now that I've had a whole to process the shock, it's just waiting on my consultation and I've chilled out - I too have a massive googling problem and I've had to stop and realize most of the bizarre terrifying things i see are very unlikely to happen to me....so for now I'm remaining lighthearted thank you!View Thread
Thanks so much for the answers guys! Thankfully, mastectomy is NOT something I have to worry about - thankfully these are both benign, but very annoying tumors. Although I realized I made it sort of unclear before, I actually have one on each breast, so thankfully I shouldn't lose too much tissue out of one and not the other. I have heard of fat grafting to reconstruct, but like you Roberta I am hoping to be left only with a little denting that will return eventually to my normal size and shape. I too am already in a very long term relationship and hope to get married within a few years, so I very much want to keep my young body that i love looking like my young body that i love and not feeling deformed! I don't mind being left with marks or scar so much - those I think I can wear like badges of honor. The crookedness/ lopsideness/ weirdness however I can live without....Hopefully when I finally get to have my surgery consultation we can discuss something - hoping for no reconstruction necessary but I have heard of girls my age having reconstruction done within the same surgery, such as partial implants - anyone heard of a 3 cm lump being "replaced" that way?View Thread
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