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Breast Reconstruction

What is breast reconstruction?

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.

What is a mastectomy?

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.

Do all women need to undergo mastectomy?

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.

Is reconstruction only for those who underwent mastectomy?

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:

Prosthesis

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.

Alloplastic

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.

Autologous

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.

Combination of Alloplastic and Autologous

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.

What are the different types of reconstruction surgery in Melbourne, Australia?

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:

  • It creates the feeling of being whole and normal;
  • A woman may feel more confident about herself after a breast reconstruction;
  • The procedure helps alleviate anxiety and depression from cancer;
  • It can help patients recover from mastectomy or lumpectomy;
  • Creates a more appealing silhouette under various types of clothing;
  • A more reliable option compared to wearing external breast forms or prosthetics;
  • To create symmetry to the breasts, especially if only one breast underwent mastectomy; and
  • It helps make women feel more comfortable and confident when they are having intimate moments with their partners.

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:

  • No reconstruction: A patient may choose not to undergo breast reconstruction. This is because they feel settled about their cancer experience. For some, having their flat chest or mastectomy barren site is their way of expressing themselves. That is, their trying times are over.
  • Immediate reconstruction: Other patients opt for immediate breast reconstruction to take advantage of the breast skin that may be preserved from the mastectomy. Generally, an immediate reconstruction offers fewer risks of scarring. However, not everyone is suitable for immediate reconstruction.
  • Delayed reconstruction: This option is typically recommended by reconstructive surgeons when patients need to go through a series of radiotherapy following the mastectomy or lumpectomy.

When is the best time for a reconstruction plastic surgery in Melbourne, Australia?

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.

Can the symmetry be restored after the operation?

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.

Will I be under general anaesthesia during reconstruction?

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.

Is it not possible to have Melbourne reconstruction while having radiotherapy?

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:

  • Seroma: This happens when there is fluid accumulation underneath the surgery site. In which case, if excess fluid accumulates after hospital discharge, your may contact your reconstructive surgeon and he or she will extract the fluid using a syringe.
  • Infection: This is a common risk that most patients experience after surgery. This is typically coupled with irritation or a result of poor wound healing. In which case, your reconstructive surgeon may prescribe antibiotics during and after surgery to prevent any infection from occurring.
  • Scarring: Although scarring from the incision is normal and may yield permanent effects. The body mechanisms of each person work differently, hence, some may experience keloid or surgical scars.
  • Wrinkled Breast Flap: This may occur due to leakage from the implants or when the breast flap is not fastened optimally.
  • Tissue Damage: This risk can be prevented with optimum post-operative care by the patient. Thus, you need to follow the aftercare guidelines provided by your reconstructive surgeon. Avoid substances that may hamper fast and optimum recovery.
  • Nerve Sensation: The reconstruction of breast tissues may affect the nerves connected to them. In most cases, patients may feel numbness and tingling sensation in the treatment area. However, these indifferent nerve sensations will gradually diminish offer time.

At the first sight of discomfort during your recovery period, remember to call your trusted cosmetic doctors immediately.

What are the risks of reconstruction surgery?

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.

How long is the hospital stay after the procedure?

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.

How many hours does the operation need to complete?

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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Your treatment journey begins with a detailed consultation where the cosmetic doctor performs an in-depth medical examination where you can discuss your concerns and areas you would like to improve. This is a chance for our cosmetic doctors to determine the clients’ wishes and design the perfect treatment plan.
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On your Treatment Day, you will be greeted by our warm and friendly staff who will make you feel totally at ease. Before treatment, our patients are adhered with a numbing solution or local anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is comfortable and painless. The doctor will make sure you feel safe throughout your entire procedure and love your final results.
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After every procedure, our specialised doctors will provide you with specific instructions and guidelines for post-treatment care. Aftercare is crucial to the health and safety of each patient as well as determining the best outcome of your results.
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In the initial consultation, our doctor’s discussions are private and confidential with you. Furthermore, their aesthetic plan for treatment is also unique to you and their aesthetic sense. All costs are discussed initially verbally in the initial consultation and then a written estimate will be provided for your treatment plan.
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Here at SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors review appointments are a vital part of your treatment post-care. SKIN CLUB offers complimentary review appointments at 7 days and 3 months post-treatment. If you require immediate attention an emergency review appointment will also be scheduled free of charge.