Plastic Surgery

Has anyone ever had any plastic surgery done – perhaps some kind of fat filler around the ICD – to minimize the appearance of the "lump" you see from the device? If so I'd be interested to hear your experience. I don't even know if this sort of thing is done but I thought I'd throw it out there.



by hooimom - 2007-05-01 11:05:40

This may sound stupid from someone who has been on this site for seven months now but...Is an ICD much larger than a pacemaker?


plastic surgery/ICD

by CathrynB - 2007-05-02 01:05:12

Hooimom: Nothing sounds stupid here. We're all learning all the time -- even old timers claim to still learn things on this site years later! Yes, ICDs are larger -- about twice as large -- than PMs. My EP showed me examples of PMs and ICDs from all the major manufacturers. They are larger around, and thicker.

Kyle 0816 -- I've never heard of plastic surgery or fat filler to minimize the appearance of the lump, but I have heard of people who choose the placement of the PM/ICD to better protect it with more tissue, which incidentally reduces the appearance of the lump. I'm considering having my PM moved from my upper chest/collarbone area to my breast tissue in the next few weeks because my chest/collarbone skin is too thin, and I'm suffering skin erosion, causing pain -- and there is more fat tissue in the breast (obviously! lol). My husband jokes that I should just have a third breast added at my current PM site instead (hope that joke doesn't gross anyone out too much). Hmmm . . . actresses and models have collagen injections to make their lips thicker and fuller -- maybe collagen injections would work to fatten up your ICD lump? Sorry, I should probably stop here. Take care, Cathryn

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