Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that helps restore the shape and size of the breasts after a mastectomy. A mastectomy is a surgical procedure that removes one or both breasts as a part of breast cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction can help restore the physical appearance of the breasts and boost a patient’s confidence.
At Panache Plastic Surgery, our double-board certified and expert plastic surgeon, Dr. Azra Ashraf, offers comprehensive breast reconstruction services to help women regain their confidence after a mastectomy. Here are some key points to know about breast reconstruction:
Types of Breast Reconstruction
Several types of breast reconstruction techniques are available, and the right one for you will depend on factors such as your overall health, body shape, and the extent of the mastectomy. Some common types of breast reconstruction techniques include:
- Implant-based Reconstruction: This technique involves placing breast implants to restore breast shape and size.
- Autologous Tissue Reconstruction: This technique uses tissue to create a new breast.
- Combination Reconstruction: This technique combines both implant-based and autologous tissue reconstruction techniques.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction offers a range of benefits, including:
Restoring Physical Appearance
Breast reconstruction helps restore the shape and size of the breasts, which can help boost a patient’s confidence.
Improving Quality of Life
Breast reconstruction can improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing the emotional impact of a mastectomy.
Reducing the Risk of Body Image Issues
Breast reconstruction can help reduce the risk of body image issues that may arise due to a mastectomy.
Risks of Breast Reconstruction
Like any surgical procedure, breast reconstruction comes with some risks. Some potential risks of breast reconstruction include:
- Implant rupture or leakage
- Delayed wound healing
It’s important to discuss these risks with your plastic surgeon and ensure that you have realistic expectations about your breast reconstruction procedure results.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery and aftercare after breast reconstruction depend on the procedure you undergo. Patients can generally expect to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising after the surgery. It’s essential to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for aftercare and attend follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Factors to Consider Before Breast Reconstruction
Before undergoing breast reconstruction, it’s important to consider several factors, such as:
Breast reconstruction can be combined with mastectomy, known as quick reconstruction, or it can be done at a later time, known as delayed reconstruction. Immediate reconstruction has the advantage of preserving the skin envelope of the breast, which can result in a more natural-looking breast.
On the other hand, delayed reconstruction may be recommended for patients who require radiation therapy after a mastectomy, as radiation can affect the outcome of immediate reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction may not be recommended for patients with certain health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or obesity. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your plastic surgeon to determine if breast reconstruction is right for you.
Smoking can increase the risk of complications after breast reconstruction. Smoking patients may be asked to quit smoking before the surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
It’s important to discuss your personal preferences with your plastic surgeon, such as the size and shape of the breast, to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.
Book an Appointment with Dr. Azra Ashraf at Panache Plastic Surgery
Breast reconstruction can help restore your confidence after a mastectomy. At Panache Plastic Surgery, we offer comprehensive breast reconstruction services tailored to your needs. Our expert plastic surgeon, Dr. Azra Ashraf, will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you achieve the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more about our breast reconstruction services.