The breasts help make a woman a woman. When a woman has lost part or all of her breasts due to disease or injury, it may be difficult for her to feel feminine or whole. Breast reconstruction is an ideal option for a woman who would like to restore a more healthy and natural breast shape. Patients have the option to have their breast(s) reconstructed after a mastectomy (full breast removal) or lumpectomy (partial breast removal). A breast reconstruction patient can restore her femininity and attractiveness, and most importantly, she can feel like herself again.
The Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
- Restores breast shape
- Creates more natural-looking breasts
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
A Natural Look
Every patient is unique with individual goals. At PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we employ a variety of breast reconstruction techniques. Typically, breast reconstruction involves several procedures in multiple stages. By personalizing every procedure to the patient and their needs, we can utilize a surgery plan that provides them with a more natural look that complements the entire body.
A Feminine Appearance
Many women feel less feminine when they are missing one or both breasts. Often, losing the breasts takes away the femininity that helps define a woman. When a woman is able to gain back her breast shape, she can be happy with a restored feminine appearance that looks flattering and transforms her entire silhouette.
Many women who are lacking one or both breasts do not feel confident enough to show off their breasts or wear tighter clothing fashions designed to accentuate the breasts. After breast reconstruction, a woman can have breasts that create a more feminine physique. She will notice her newly restored body and be confident enough to wear clothing styles she had normally steered away from before.
Better Quality of Life
Missing one or both breasts can be awkward for a woman. It can affect her daily life. She may have a constant fear of going out in public and looking unnatural or less like herself. After breast reconstruction, she can proudly go out into the world without being concerned about her breasts. Instead of standing out in a negative way, breast reconstruction patients achieve a better quality of life by fitting in again.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Breast reconstruction is an option open to just about any woman who has undergone or will be undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Before undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, patients should be able to cope well with their diagnosis and treatment, not have any additional medical conditions or illnesses, and have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring their breast and body image.
Breast reconstruction can be performed using intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, breast reconstruction can take anywhere between one and six hours and often requires a combination of methods to create natural-looking breasts. During your consultation, your surgeon will go over further details on the technique that will most benefit you. We offer the following breast reconstruction techniques:
- Flap techniques: Involves the use of muscle, fat, and skin from another area of the body to create or cover the breast mound. The abdomen and back are ideal areas to harvest muscle, fat, and skin. Flap reconstruction is typically ideal for those who do not have enough breast tissue left on the chest wall to cover and support a breast implant. There are various flap techniques available.
- Tissue expansion: A temporary expander is used to stretch the healthy skin to create enough coverage for a breast implant. The expander can be slowly filled up over a four to six-month period using an internal valve.
- Breast implants: Saline or silicone breast implants are used as an alternative to flap reconstruction. More often than not, the placement of breast implants will be performed in conjunction with a tissue expander to make room for the implant.
Many patients will feel some minor pain and soreness. Oral pain medication can be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Soreness at the surgical sites should diminish within two weeks. The extent of recovery will depend on the technique(s) employed. Typically, combined mastectomy and reconstruction or flap reconstruction may entail a longer process than that of implant reconstruction or a reconstruction apart from a mastectomy.
Most breast reconstruction patients feel well enough to return to work and normal activities within two to three weeks. However, strenuous exercise should not be resumed until you have clearance from your surgeon.
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. The price of the procedure will differ based on the extent of the surgery and the breast reconstruction methods employed. During a consultation, you can further discuss the cost of your procedure with a member of our staff.
Breast reconstruction will entail some scarring; however, depending on a patient’s level of healing, they will eventually fade and become less noticeable.