Women who want to restore their breasts following a mastectomy can benefit from breast reconstruction surgery. Several different types of breast reconstruction procedures can be undertaken, some of which can be done at the same time as a mastectomy.
If you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery, it’s essential to be prepared and to work with a qualified surgeon who has proven experience. A/Prof Magnusson has helped a number of patients regain their feminine silhouette as well as their confidence following a life-changing event.
Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Breast reconstruction is a complex procedure that can only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Many patients will require several procedures to achieve maximum symmetry, so patients should be prepared to undergo a gradual process to achieve their desired outcome.
During the first stage of the breast reconstruction process, steps will be taken to rebuild the breast mound. During the second stage, the opposite breast will need to be reduced, enlarged or lifted to achieve a more symmetrical appearance. Lastly, a smaller procedure may be required to reconstruct or tattoo the nipple and areola.
Types of breast reconstruction
Implant based reconstruction. This may involve a preliminary tissue expander. The expander is like a balloon that is inserted and gradually inflated to encourage new tissue growth and stretch existing tissue. When the tissue envelope is large enough, the expander is removed and a breast implant is inserted to give a more natural shape and feel.
Flap based reconstruction. The flap method moves tissue from one location to another on the body. The most common sources of tissue for breast reconstruction are the back and the abdomen. An implant that uses only your own tissue is an autologous reconstruction. A combined procedure utilising a flap and an implant can be used if the amount of tissue available is still too small to create and adequate breast volume.
The specific technique that is best for your situation will depend on several factors including:
- The type of breast cancer treatment you have
- Your health and medical history
- Your personal preferences regarding breast appearance
- Your existing breast size, shape and anatomy
During your consultation, A/Prof Magnusson will take the time to understand what you are hoping your end result to be before explaining the surgical technique and options available to you.
Breast Reconstruction results
Breast Reconstruction surgery is the perfect way to restore the look and feel of breasts for individuals who have undergone a Mastectomy. Following surgery, patients will need to wait around 8 weeks for any bruising and swelling to subside. In terms of final results, it’s not uncommon for the breasts to only settle after a year or two, so patience is a must if you’re considering breast reconstruction.
frequently asked questions
How much does breast reconstruction cost?
What can I expect during recovery?
When is the best time to schedule surgery?
The best time to schedule a breast reconstruction is generally dependent on the stage of cancer. In the case of stage one or two, patients don’t always need radiation after a mastectomy, which immediate reconstruction is a viable option. Stage three and four, on the other hand, will require radiation and other treatments, which means reconstruction should rather be left for a later date. It’s best to get a professional opinion about the best time pursue reconstructive surgery.
What are the risks associated with breast reconstruction?
Some of the risks associated with this procedure include bleeding, infection and wound healing problems. If the flap reconstruction method is used, there is a chance that loss of sensation could occur. However, sensation almost always returns over several months. If implants are used, all the usual risks associated with breast implants apply, including capsular contracture and implant rupture. If you opted to use the implant reconstruction method, there is always a chance that revision surgery may be required later on. A/Prof Magnusson will take you through all the potential risks associated with this procedure during your consultation.
What should I know about undergoing mammograms after surgery?
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR BREAST RECONSTRUCTION IN BRISBANE, TOOWOOMBA OR THE GOLD COAST
A/Prof Magnusson can discuss the breast reconstruction procedure with you and provide you with information regarding risks and recovery times at your initial consultation. He has assisted patients in Brisbane and throughout Queensland. Request an appointment by contacting reception at either his Toowoomba or Gold Coast clinics today.