Breast Reconstruction surgery is the perfect way to restore the look and feel of breasts for individuals who have undergone a Mastectomy.
Breast Reconstruction – The Procedure
Breast reconstruction is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. Many patients will require several procedures to achieve maximum symmetry. An initial procedure will be planned to make a brand new breast mound. A second stage to achieve shape symmetry by reducing, enlarging or lifting the opposite breast is often required, and finally, small procedures to reconstruct a nipple and tattoo the nipple and areolar complex will finalise the process.
The general types of 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 of 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. A flap 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 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, Dr 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.
Can this procedure be combined with another surgery?
If you have concerns about more than one body area, you may be able to treat multiple areas during the same operation. Some common procedure combinations include abdominoplasty with breast surgery, arm and breast surgery, and arm and thigh surgery.
However, there are a number of factors that influence whether it is safe to combine surgeries, such as
- Body Weight
- Medical conditions, i.e. diabetes, heart and lung problems, smoking
However, this is typically elective surgery and it is important that this is performed safely, as opposed to performing marathon procedures for the sake of efficiency. As every patient’s circumstances are unique, A/Prof Magnusson will discuss the possibility of combining procedures during your consultation.
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.