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Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that aims to restore the appearance of the original breasts of patients who underwent a mastectomy. It involves reviving the breasts shape and size while ensuring natural-looking and possibly symmetrical breasts.
Through breast reconstruction surgery, women can get back the self-confidence they once lost during their trying times. This procedure can also help boost your quality of life and self-image. It also aims to help women revive their appealing upper body profile.
Breast reconstruction can be performed in a variety of techniques. SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors can help determine the best procedure that will work well with your body. Learn more about this surgical procedure, call or visit any of our clinics in Melbourne for a consultation.
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This is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire breast tissue to prevent the spread of cancer cells in the breast. However, a more innovative mastectomy technique allows the preservation of the breast skin to be used for breast reconstruction following mastectomy.
This procedure is commonly referred to as skin-sparing mastectomy. By doing so, a more natural-looking breast can be recreated during breast reconstruction surgery.
Mastectomy can be unilateral or bilateral. That is, the patient may choose to remove just the breast diagnosed with active cancer cells or both breasts.
A mastectomy is an option for most breast cancer patients, especially those who are just in the early stages of cancer. In most cases, patients may opt for a lumpectomy or the removal of the tumour from the breast instead of the entire breast tissue.
Although both mastectomy and lumpectomy can help alleviate the occurrence of cancer cells in the breasts, lumpectomy is not an option for everyone. When cancer is diagnosed in its later stages, mastectomy or breast cancer surgery is rather the best option for patients.
As the term implies, this cosmetic treatment aims to “reconstruct” the breast tissue that was removed from previous surgery. However, loss of breast tissue is not only rooted in a mastectomy or lumpectomy. It can also be the result of an injury or damaged tissue from a prior breast augmentation.
In some rare cases, patients with congenital defects in their chest area may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery. In which case, deformities or asymmetrical conditions of the breasts can be addressed.
There are several techniques in employing breast reconstruction. This depends on the condition of the patient, her skin laxity and the amount of breast tissue that needs to be reconstructed.
Here are the most common techniques in breast reconstruction surgery:
This is a non-surgical option that uses a silicone mould created to assume the shape of the breast. The silicone mould is simply placed inside the brassiere to add the volume and shape of the breast.
This material is typically composed of medical-grade silicone or saline implants. The procedure starts with the insertion of a tissue expander underneath the pectoralis muscle. Afterwhich, the expander undergoes a series of inflation starting 2 weeks following the insertion.
After about 3 months, the expander is removed and the implant is placed inside the tissue pocket. The other breast will then undergo scheduled breast lift procedures to ensure symmetrical breasts.
This technique uses the patient’s own body tissue including the skin, fats and blood vessels. After harvesting the autologous tissue from the donor site, it is moved to the chest and breast reconstruction is performed.
In some instances, the plastic surgeon may choose to separate the blood vessels from the muscles. this is known as the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap or DIEP flap.
Although this is a more intricate procedure, the results are magnanimous. The reconstructed breasts move and feel like the real thing. The good thing about autologous breast reconstruction is that there is a lesser risk of incurring tissue rejection since it uses the patient’s own tissue. Thus, it will have a normal integration with the patient’s chest wall and muscle.
One of the best techniques for this option is the latissimus dorsi flap or LD flap. This involves taking the body tissue and muscle from the back while tunnelling the blood vessels through the armpits to the underlying skin of the chest wall.
In this procedure, the latissimus dorsi flap is used as the breast skin and the implant is placed inside to assume the shape of the breasts. The aim is to create a more natural appearance for the breasts.
Having breast cancer can be one of the most trying times in the life of a woman. it can bring emotional turmoil and for some, it may be a point of giving up. However, these women can find solace in the ever-advancing cosmetic realm.
Here are some factors why women tend to consider breast reconstruction:
Having breast reconstruction may involve delicate decision-making in most women. It is not so easy to say “yes” right away. Remember to weigh the circumstances and consequences before going through an intricate procedure.
Women may choose any of the following options:
During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you a series of questions involving your personal, health and medical history. After which you will be subjected to a physical examination where a comprehensive evaluation of your breast area is done.
After the physical examination, your plastic surgeon will create a diagnosis and treatment plan. He or she will then recommend the most ideal treatment that will work well with your body.
Your surgeon will also consider your preferred procedure for breast reconstruction as well as your expected outcome. In case your preferred treatment will not provide your expected results, your plastic surgeon
Yes. One of the many goals and advantages of breast reconstruction surgery is to restore the symmetry of your breasts. In case, there is a variance between the reconstructed breast and the other breast, adjustments can be made accordingly.
Patients may sometimes prefer an immediate reconstruction to save them time and effort. Even reconstructive surgeons sometimes recommend performing breast reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy.
Just like any other surgical procedure, breast reconstruction plastic surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Thus, a licensed anesthesiologist will administer the needed amount of anaesthetics to the patient.
The administration of anaesthetics offers a safe, comfortable and virtually pain-free operation to the patient. The amount to be administered depends on the pain sensitivity of the patients and the recommendation of the plastic surgeons.
A breast reconstruction tissue expander is a teardrop-shaped device that is inserted underneath the chest skin. After about 2 weeks, a series of expansion processes are made to create a breast tissue pocket where the implant is to be inserted.
In most cases, the series of expansion processes are done for at least 3 months. However, some cases may take longer depending on the size of the natural breast. The aim is to achieve a symmetrical size and shape as that of the natural breast.
Sadly, a patient who is going through radiotherapy is not advised to have breast reconstruction simultaneously. The effects of radiation from radiotherapy may create an adverse effect on the surgery. This is especially so if the breast reconstruction using implants.
When a patient is scheduled for a series of radiotherapy sessions, her plastic surgery specialist may recommend delayed reconstruction.
Since an invasive surgery carries risks, be sure that your reconstructive surgeon has discussed this with you before going through the treatment. In as much as results can vary per patient, some risks may be involved in certain isolated cases.
Here are some risks that may occur after breast reconstruction surgery:
At the first sight of discomfort during your recovery period, remember to call your trusted cosmetic doctors immediately.
Right after the breast reconstruction procedure, patients may experience wooziness as the effects of anaesthetics gradually wear off. There may also be some mild to moderate swelling and bruising, coupled with light pain and discomfort. These downtimes typically resolve on their own within the next 3 to 5 days.
After your hospital stay, you should ask a friend or family to drive you home. It may also be best to take some time off work to ensure that you get a stress-free recovery.
During your recovery, the healing process should be accompanied by attentively and diligently following the aftercare guidelines provided by your plastic surgeon. Avoid substances that can hamper your recovery time like smoking, alcohol drinking and blood-thinning medications and supplements.
Surgical procedures such as breast reconstruction is a very intricate process. Thus, before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
It is advisable that a patient knows the risks before proceeding with plastic surgery. This is to ensure that patient is aware of what may happen after the procedure. You may consult with breast specialist plastic surgeons or your trusted cosmetic specialist in Melbourne, Australia.
Generally, the reconstruction of the nipple on the reconstructed breast is part of the procedure. It may also include areola tattooing. This helps restore the natural appearance of the breasts including the flap, implant, nipple and other structures of the breast.
Generally, a breast reconstruction patient may be required to stay in the hospital for the next 3 to 5 days following the operation. This allows plastic surgeons to observe the patient and provide immediate attention as necessary.
Generally, silicone teardrop implants are recommended fr breast reconstruction. This offers natural-looking results for patients.
On average, it takes about 2 to 4 hours to complete a breast reconstruction surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the operation thoroughly with you.
SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors offers a comprehensive consultation for a wide range of surgical procedures in Melbourne, Australia. To learn more simply call us and one of our patient coordinators will confirm your consultation.
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