Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for women who has lost a breast due to cancer or other disease. Reconstruction of a breast that has been partially or completely removed is possible through a combination of plastic surgery techniques that not only creates a new breast but also can dramatically improve a womans self-image, self-confidence and quality of life.
The results of breast reconstruction can be relatively natural in appearance and feel; however a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.
Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages.
It can begin at the same time as mastectomy or may be delayed until a patient has healed from mastectomy and recovered from any additional cancer treatments that may be necessary. It is important that a woman feel ready for the emotional adjustment involved; much like losing a breast, it takes some time for a woman to accept the results of breast reconstruction.
This brochure presents an overview of breast reconstruction following mastectomy. The best way to learn how breast reconstruction can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
» What is a breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several reconstructive plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy and may include:
While breast reconstruction can effectively rebuild a womans breast, the results are highly variable
» Where do I begin?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how breast reconstruction can restore your breasts appearance. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about your options for breast reconstruction in a supportive,non-pressured environment, and will include:
Your plastic surgeon will also answer your questions
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of breast reconstruction surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with your plastic surgeon.
The success of your procedure, safety and overall satisfaction requires that you:
By making the decision to consult a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in helping to assure your safety.
Your plastic surgeon should have completed surgical training and examinations in plastic surgery which uniquely I qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body
» My breast reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. Techniques offer varying advantages and choosing the appropriate course of treatment requires careful consideration of patient anatomy, patient and surgeon preference and desired, realistic outcomes
» Preparing for surgery
Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain your breast reconstruction procedure. Prior to surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you fully understand the course of treatment you will undergo and any risks or potential complications
» Following surgery
Following flap techniques and/or the insertion of an implant, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the reconstructed breast
» Progress and healing
Initial healing from breast reconstruction will include swelling and discomfort at the donor site for flap techniques. Medication may be prescribed to control the discomfort. A support bra will be recommended around the clock during initial healing of the reconstructed breast
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help you feel physically and emotionally fulfilled.
Over time, some breast sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although never disappear completely
» Breast Reconstruction€ 2200,00 - 4900,00