Before you undergo breast reconstruction surgery, you should be well informed about the procedure, your options, and the expected end result. The plastic surgeons at Monarch Plastic Surgery will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns about breast reconstruction surgery so you are able to make an informed and educated decision. The following are a few questions and discussion points to bring to your appointment with your plastic surgeon.
Who should have breast reconstruction surgery?
Women who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy, which is the removal of part or all of the breast tissue, are candidates for breast reconstruction surgery. Breast cancer is the primary reason women undergo a mastectomy, and breast reconstruction helps restore self confidence and a feeling of normalcy after having the breasts removed.
When is the best time to undergo breast reconstruction surgery?
Many women opt for immediate reconstruction, which occurs at the same time as the mastectomy. This option may help lessen the negative effects on body image and self-esteem, as well as reduce the amount of anaesthesia required. The reconstruction surgery can also be delayed, occurring after the mastectomy. However, this decision should be made with your general surgeon and plastic surgeon.
What happens during breast reconstruction surgery?
Breast reconstruction surgery consists of three main stages. First, a new breast mound is created using tissue from your own body or a silicone tissue expander. Then, healthy skin is stretched over a period of four to six months to provide enough skin for coverage of the permanent implant. Next, the reconstruction is completed by creating a nipple and areola through a medical tattoo about three months after the reconstruction surgery.
What can I expect from my breast reconstruction surgery?
Monarch Plastic Surgery’s plastic surgeons are skilled and educated on the latest techniques and technological advancements in breast reconstruction surgery. They will use a combination of techniques in order to restore a breast as close to its normal size, shape, and appearance prior to mastectomy. Depending on your needs and the aesthetic outcome you desire, your plastic surgeon will help you make the right decision for your breast reconstruction surgery. When completed, your clothed breasts will look like they’ve been there all along.
Monarch Plastic Surgery is equipped with a talented roster of plastic surgeons who are ready to answer any and all of your questions regarding breast reconstruction surgery. If you are considering undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, we suggest that you book an appointment today to discuss your options for the procedure.