After the PA was done with her stuff, she called my plastic surgeon in (who I LOVE) and they both examined my breasts. My plastic surgeon takes her job very seriously and is not really the kind of person who kids around. She had both breasts in my hands and was weighing them and comparing them as if they were two random items (not breasts). She continued to shake and jiggle my right breast until I finally broke out in laughter at how odd of an experience it was having two women talking about my nipplesless breasts while being fully fondled and discussed. I could not have ever imagined this scenario in my life!
The plastic surgeon realized that the sloshing was due to a fluid build up on the right side of my right breast. At first she said I would have to head to the Breast Center and have a radiologist drain it under the guidance of a ultrasound. She was afraid of puncturing my expander with the much larger needle that she needed to insert into me to remove all of the fluid. After talking out loud to herself she decided to go for it! It turns out that I had 60 cc's of fluid that my body had created and it was pooling in my breast tissue. This is the same kind of fluid that forms when you have any random biopsy of vacant spot in your body. It is also the reason why after a mastectomy women have to have drains placed to remove this fluid for 7 - 14 days. I have had my drains out for over 10 days now, so the fluid just decided to build up under my skin. Good times!
For those who are curious what things look like at this point and/or what it looks like to get an expander filled I have added a photo. I must warn you if you do not like needles DO NOT click on the photo sides below! The 1st photo is of the syringe which is about 4 1/2" long from the tip - #60. The 2nd photo is your finally warning and the 3rd photo is of my expander being filled.
I am likely to have one more expansion and then begin the discussion of when to schedule my surgery. There are a few areas already that I know need to be tweaked and others that my surgeon saw and said she would like to correct. This will be done in an outpatient surgery center at the Phalen Clinic - same day surgery. I will have some fat grafting and silicone implants placed at that time. We are still at least 2 months out for that part. :)
I am super excited that I keep being told that I am about 4 months ahead of this process since I came home from the hospital with over 300 cc's of air in my breasts which is almost unheard of. This cuts down all of the office visits for small expansion and gets me closer to the end result. I should have nice pretty breasts just in time for summer! :)