Breast reconstruction is done through a number of plastic surgery techniques. It is acted upon to restore a breast after a mastectomy.
The result of a breast reconstruction is notably a physically and emotionally gratifying for a woman who has lost a breast(s) because of cancer or any other circumstance.
The brand new breast(s) can spectacularly improve the patient’s self-esteem, self-confidence and overall quality of life.
Although breast reconstruction can provide a comparatively natural-looking breast(s), BUT:
- A reconstructed breast(s) will not have similar appearance, sensation and feel as the original breast(s).
- Incision lines will always be visible, whether from mastectomy or reconstruction.
- Some surgical techniques will leave visible incision lines at the contributor site, situated in not exposed parts of the body such as the back, abdomen, groin or buttocks.
NOTE: If only a single breast is distressed, it can be reconstructed alone. Furthermore, a breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift may be suggested for the other breast to develop symmetry of both breasts.
A breast reconstruction is an excellent option if:
- You deal well with your diagnosis and treatment
- You do not have further medical conditions or illnesses that might possibly impair healing
- You are optimistic
Breast reconstruction involves a number of procedures performed in multiple stages. It can:
- Start at the same time as mastectomy
- Be executed until the patient heal from mastectomy and recuperate from any supplementary cancer treatments
During the Treatment
Breast Reconstruction Procedural Steps:
- Flap techniques reposition a woman’s own muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound.
- Tissue expansion stretches healthy skin to give coverage for a breast implant.
- Surgical positioning of breast implants creating a breast mound.
- Grafting and other specialized techniques create a nipple and areola.
- See the results
Subsequent to the breast revision operation, dressings or bandages will be placed to the incisions. The treated breasts should be supported with elastic bandage or support bra to lessen swelling and to support the brand new contour throughout the healing period. Soreness and swelling for a number of weeks is normal.
Exercise and physically demanding activities can resume once the surgeon gives the patient a go signal. As time goes by, post-surgical swelling will diminish and incision lines will lighten.
The surgeon will give the patient pieces of advice on how to take care properly the surgical spot, what are the medications to apply or intake orally for faster healing and to lessen the probability of infection and when to follow up with the surgeon.
Take the next step. If you want to learn more about breast revision, set an appointment with us. We will be happy to discuss it with you.