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How do you know when your expanders need air

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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I would think you need to be asking your doctor about it as I know someone who had the saline used and was on a schedule with her doctor's office.
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  • Janet Stitt Profile
    anonymes
    stage_1 Patient
    I had expanders that air, not saline was used to stretch the skin. I went every week for more air. A small amount of air leaked out, but not enough to worry about. You should be on a schedule with your plastic surgeon to add more air. They can put hundreds of CC's of air in at a time compared to only 40-60 CC's of saline. I loved that it only took 4-5 weeks for enough air to stretch the skin. Had mastectomy 9/29/2016, drains came out 3 weeks later, air in expanders started week after that. I had my expanders exchanged for permanent implants 11/25/2016. 2 months start to finish. Very easy. Good luck.
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  • Dawn Schulz Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    They filled my at the time they put them in, on my last visit which was last week they said they were still full and didn’t need it. They said to come I. When they feel like they need some air. She said most people know when they need it. That’s why I was asking how can you tell if they need it.
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    • Janet Stitt Profile
      anonymes
      stage_1 Patient

      Dawn, they put some air in my expanders too when I had my surgery. Do you feel like you are the size you want? Mine were very small after surgery and the weekly air injections got me to a size I could live with. I would talk to your plastic...

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      Dawn, they put some air in my expanders too when I had my surgery. Do you feel like you are the size you want? Mine were very small after surgery and the weekly air injections got me to a size I could live with. I would talk to your plastic surgeon again and clarify a schedule.

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