Breast Reconstruction (After Mastectomy Surgery)
Losing a breast to cancer is an extremely important event. Through the latest technological advancements, there are newer and more realistic looking ways to reconstruct a normal-appearing breast after mastectomy through breast reconstruction. Recreating the breast is a critical step for many women in restoring self-confidence and quality of life, more thoroughly treating breast cancer from start to finish.
Breast reconstruction has made huge strides. Breasts which have been reconstructed won’t look exactly like the breast which was lost. It’s important for breast reconstruction candidates to be able to understand this and have realistic expectations for the procedure and outcome. Ideal candidates should be in good health and not suffering from any condition which would hinder proper healing and recovery. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or be delayed months or even years after cancer treatments have been completed.
At Azul Plastic Surgery we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your breast reconstruction surgery. Located in Sugar Land, we serve clients in Fort Bend County and throughout the greater Houston area. Request your personal consultation.
Breast Reconstruction (After Mastectomy Surgery) Frequently Asked Questions
Ideal candidates should be in good health and not suffering from any condition which would hinder proper healing and recovery.
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy. Over time, some breast sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their quality of life and the ability to look and feel whole. Careful monitoring of breast health through self-exam, mammography and other diagnostic techniques is essential to your long-term health.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care
), which allows the patient to sleep through the procedure. Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
- A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
- Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
- Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts. A consultation will provide you with information on the many available options for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
As with all surgical procedures, a breast reconstruction is associated with some potential complications. Infection, bleeding, and anesthesia reactions are all rare but possible side effects of breast reduction surgery. Other potential side effects include: permanent scars, mismatched breasts, uneven nipples, loss of nipple sensation, and difficulty breast-feeding. An experienced breast reduction surgeon will take every measure to lessen the risk of these adverse effects. However, it is important to follow all aftercare instructions.