I have decided that I do not want to have only one breast reconstructed. If I can't have 2 new, perky boobies, then just forget it. Also, when women have only 1 breast reconstructed, they run the risk of asymmetry if they gain or lose weight in the future. Natural breast tissue will respond to the change in the subcutaneous fat layer by changing shape. The reconstructed breast has had the fat layer disturbed and will not respond in kind. Implants can migrate, causing unusual fullness in the anterior or lateral chest wall. Some women are opting to have their implants removed completely. They are sometimes left with a small tissue mound for a breast. Prostheses can be used to even out the change in appearance without requiring additional surgery.
I'm hoping to put on my new "durable medical device" (a.k.a. new boob) and go skating to see if I can tell the difference in my balance while wearing the prostheses. My plan is to go skating tomorrow night, if the weather isn't too bad. I'll keep you updated!