For many, breast reconstruction is an empowering process. It can be about healing, reclaiming identity, and quality of life. It is our honor, privilege and responsibility to partner with you during this process.
The process for breast reconstruction is individual to you. The end goal is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size. Breast reconstruction often involves several procedures. Your medical history and input will help us to determine your treatment plan. A mastectomy, lumpectomy or other health history are all factors that we will consider.
About the procedure
Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or tissue-based reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast. During your consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons for each procedure.
Within each of the two categories, there are many patient-specific and technical options to consider. To learn more about your options, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Their breast reconstruction information can help you to consider which reconstruction is right for you.
Additional surgeries after your initial reconstruction are sometimes needed to achieve the desired shape and size. These include nipple reconstruction and fat grafting, where fat is liposuctioned from your abdomen or thighs and injected into the breasts.
The length of recovery depends on the type of procedure. And the healing process varies from individual to individual. Generally, you can expect some bruising, swelling and numbness after your procedure. Most patients are able to resume daily activities within a few days and most can return to work within two weeks.
After your surgery, you will have waterproof dressings over your incisions. Small, flexible tubes (i.e. drains) will be present to drain extra fluid and help minimize swelling. (A supportive bra will help reduce swelling.)
Your surgeon will work with you on post-surgery care. As part of that, you will receive:
· Instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains
· Medications to apply or take
· Areas to watch with your doctor at the surgical site or in your general health
We look forward to answering your questions and helping you on your journey. Schedule a consultation with us today.