What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Breast Reconstruction surgery is a procedure that seesk to rebuild the breast tissue for women who have been through mastectomy and/or Lumpectomy.
Ideally, Breast Reconstruction surgery seeks to retain the shape of the beast when a partial lump or part is removed. And, in case of Mastectomy, entirely new breast is contracted, using Autologous tissue and implants.
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What to Consider about Breast Reconstruction?
Since, this surgery is mostly performed after Mastectomy or Lumpectomy, the patient must decide either they opt to have the procedure in mastectomy or later when the surgical site has healed from the first surgery.
Immediate Reconstructive Surgery
Some patients opt to have the Breast Reconstruction during the Mastectomy, to avoid going under the knife twice. Often, depending on the nature of Mastectomy, the surgeon while in mastectomy can preserve the skin and rarely, the areola or nipple.
It may be great help in the reconstruction process, while some elements are present there already, reducing the scaring, and preserving the natural elements.
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Delayed Reconstructive Surgery
Ideally, the delayed reconstruction is opted for the healing process of Mastectomy, and sometimes doctors delay the process of reconstruction for Radiotherapy and scar healing.
And, if radiotherapy is scheduled, surgeon will advise you to delay. Since, Radiotherapy may cause Capsular contracture in newly constructed cavity.
Why Consider this Procedure?
Mostly, women who are not comfortable wearing the prosthetics, opt for the surgery. Breasts have been the part of female anatomy, and suddenly losing a part of the busy can be distressing.
While losing breasts or breast can cause stress and effect mental health and in order to regain the confidence and feel normal. Hence, women choose to have it while having the mastectomy or even later.
What happens at the consultation?
Remember to write down all your possible concerns and questions and have them ready for when you meet with your plastic surgeon. You will be discussing your surgical options, the pros and cons of each, as well as your medical history. The surgeon will need to know all your current medications you are taking and any serious illness you may have had in the past and as to whether you smoke.
It is important to realize that the reconstruction may not seem or feel like the natural ones, and after the surgery and few weeks after healing may present slightly different. Our specialist surgeons are experts in the field and will take you through the steps of the transition process. After examination of the surgical site, and taking measurements, weight, and height for patient file.