If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have experienced significant loss of breast tissue due to injury or previous surgery, reconstructive breast surgery may be an option to help you restore the appearance and function of your breasts.
In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about reconstructive breast surgery and how it can help you feel better about yourself.
Reconstructive breast surgery is a surgical procedure used to rebuild the shape and function of the breast after a mastectomy or significant loss of breast tissue. Reconstructive breast surgery can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or at a later date, depending on the patient's needs and goals.
There are different types of reconstructive breast surgery, and the type of procedure that is chosen will depend on several factors, such as the size and shape of the affected breast, the amount of breast tissue that has been lost, the type of mastectomy that is has performed and the personal preference of the patient. Here are some of the most common types of reconstructive breast surgery:
Breast implants: Breast implants are a common option for breast reconstruction. In this procedure, silicone or saline prostheses are placed under the skin and muscle of the chest to recreate the shape of the breast. Breast implants can be used for the reconstruction of one or both breasts.
tissue flap: Tissue flap involves taking tissue from another part of the body, such as the back or abdomen, and transplanting it into the breast area to recreate the lost breast tissue. This procedure can be used for reconstruction of one or both breasts and can provide a more natural appearance than breast implants.
breast expanders: Breast expanders are temporary prostheses that are placed under the skin and muscle of the chest after a mastectomy. Over time, the expander is gradually filled with saline to stretch the skin and muscle of the chest and create space for a permanent breast implant or flap of tissue.
Nipple and areola surgery: Nipple and areola surgery is used to recreate the appearance of the nipple and areola after a mastectomy. This procedure may include reconstruction of the nipple and areola using the patient's own tissue or using skin grafts or tattoos.
It is important to remember that each case is unique and the type of reconstructive breast surgery that is chosen will depend on several factors, such as the patient's personal preference, the amount of breast tissue that has been lost, and the mastectomy technique that has been used. used. Therefore, it is important to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon to determine the best procedure for you and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure.
Reconstructive or reconstructive surgery is what is performed after suffering burns, accidents (reconstructing the nose, orbital cavities or ears) and after tumors, whether skin or breast. Currently, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy can be done in a very aesthetic way. There are multiple techniques available and you should start from the simplest to the most complex. It should not be forgotten that reconstructive surgery is a part of cosmetic surgery and the ultimate goal is reconstructions that are as aesthetic as possible.
Breast reconstruction after cancer is one of the safest and most rewarding surgical procedures in plastic surgery for the patient.
The development of new techniques enables the plastic surgeon to create a breast that is very similar in shape, texture and characteristics to the non-operated one.
There are different types of reconstructive breast surgery, and your plastic surgeon will help you determine the best procedure for you based on your specific needs and goals. Some of the more common types of reconstructive breast surgery include:
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have had a mastectomy, or who have experienced significant loss of breast tissue due to injury or previous surgery, are good candidates for reconstructive breast surgery. It is also important that they are in good general health and have no medical conditions that could interfere with wound healing or recovery.
It is important that you speak with your plastic surgeon and oncologist to determine if you are a good candidate for reconstructive breast surgery and which procedure is best for you.
Reconstructive breast surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually requires a hospital stay of one to three days. The procedure can be performed in one or two stages, depending on the type of reconstructive breast surgery being performed.
During surgery, the plastic surgeon may use a breast implant or your own tissue to recreate the shape and function of the breast. Surgery may also include reconstruction of the nipple and areola.
Recovery from reconstructive breast surgery can vary depending on the type of procedure performed, but a two to four week rest period and avoidance of strenuous activity for a month or more is generally recommended. It may take several months for swelling and pain to subside and healing to be complete.
It is important to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions after surgery, including physical therapy exercises and proper wound care to help speed recovery and minimize the risk of complications.
Reconstructive breast surgery can provide many benefits to women who have lost breast tissue due to a mastectomy or injury. Some of the benefits include:
The cost of reconstructive breast surgery can vary depending on several factors, such as the experience and reputation of the plastic surgeon, the location of the clinic, and the complexity of the procedure.
It is important to speak with your plastic surgeon to obtain a personalized and detailed estimate that includes all the costs associated with reconstructive breast surgery.
In general, the cost of reconstructive breast surgery can range between 5.000 and 10.000 euros, depending on the type of procedure performed. However, it is important that you speak with your plastic surgeon to obtain a personalized and detailed quote for your specific case.
Reconstructive breast surgery can be a valuable option to help women who have lost breast tissue due to a mastectomy or injury feel better about themselves.
If you are considering reconstructive breast surgery, it is important that you speak with an experienced plastic surgeon to determine the best procedure for you and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure.
Skin expansion techniques: it is the most used and consists of expanding the skin and, subsequently, placing a prosthesis.
Techniques that use your own tissues: these techniques use your own tissues to create a natural breast and consist of the mobilization or transplantation of tissues from other areas of the body such as the abdomen or back.
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