Breast reconstruction is the rebuilding of new breasts usually for a woman who has had her breasts removed due to breast cancer.
Do you need a BREAST reconstruction surgery?
The goal is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities.
Breast reconstruction can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
Microvascular reconstruction is a state-of-the-art technique whereby tissue is harvested with its blood vessels from one part of the body and used to reconstruct the breast. The harvested part is shaped into the breast and the blood vessels of the harvested tissue is connected to the blood vessels in the chest using the operating microscope. Usually, excess fat and skin in the lower part of the abdomen is used for reconstructing the breast. This means that the patient gets the added benefit of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) while doing this procedure. The nipple and areola are reconstructed at a later stage. If the tissue over the abdomen is not suitable, tissue from the buttocks or thigh may be used for the reconstruction.
In a breast reconstruction procedure using implants, the surgeon uses silicone implants to reconstruct the breast.
If you are considering getting a breast reconstruction done, we would recommend that you visit us for a personal consultation with your surgeon. This would give you an opportunity to discuss your aims and outcomes that you hope to achieve. The surgeon will explain the best options available, his/her recommendations and help you understand better the long-term benefits of this procedure.
Every patient’s need and expectation is different. Your surgeon will tell which surgical technique would be most appropriate for your needs and explain the treatment plan in detail. During this initial consultation you are expected to:
- Provide a detailed medical history including any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions and a list of all medications or herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
- Have a complete examination of your face, including the skin and underlying bone.
- Discuss possible risks and complications of the procedure(s).
- Get an X-ray done possibly to determine the right procedure.
Following your initial consultation and decisions about the procedure(s) to be carried out, our surgical team will update you on pre-operative information, which tells you everything you should do and know before the procedure. Ideally, you may want to make arrangements for someone to help you for a day or two while you heal.
We will ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Usually we use general anesthesia enabling you to sleep throughout the procedure.
Following your surgeon’s instructions to the letter during the recovery process is very important. This will not only promote the healing process but will also help you adapt to your new physical appearance. Do attend all follow-up appointments so that your surgeon can assess your long-term results and answer any concerns or queries.
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