For many women, the thought of having to have expanders and get them filled regularly in preparation for breast implants is one of the scariest parts about recovering from breast cancer. Many worry about the pain of the injection and the tension on the skin following the expansion.
But being well-informed about exactly what it’s like to have your expanders filled could help you be better prepared for the experience and potentially fear it less.
Chiara, who has created the video blog “Beauty Through the Beast,” is dedicated to helping women overcome their fears about breast cancer by giving them a clear view of exactly what every part of the process is like.
In this video, Chiara invites you into her doctor’s appointment, where she will be getting the expanders in both of her breasts filled for the final time before she has implants put in.
When Chiara is ready, the doctor marks the injection site on each breast, cleans the area, prepares the solution in a syringe, and does the injections, followed up with a small bandage on each side to help with any minor bleeding and protect the area from infection. He briefs Chiara on what she’ll need to know about her upcoming surgery as he works.
Remember that medical advice is different for each patient. Chiara’s doctor will give you a good idea of what you might be able to expect, but you should always follow your own doctor’s orders.
If you’re nervous about having expanders, you need to see this. The whole process takes only about about five minutes. Check it out below.
WARNING: This is a video of an actual medical procedure and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?