For many, breast reconstruction is an empowering process. It can be about healing, reclaiming identity, and quality of life. It is our honor, privilege and responsibility to partner with you during this process.
The process for breast reconstruction is individual to you. The end goal is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size. Breast reconstruction often involves several procedures. Your medical history and input will help us to determine your treatment plan. A mastectomy, lumpectomy or other health history are all factors that we will consider.
About the procedure
Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.
Within each of the two categories, there are many reconstruction plastic surgery techniques. To learn more about the many options, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Their breast reconstruction information can help you to consider if reconstruction is right for you.
The length of recovery depends on the type of procedure. And the healing process varies from individual to individual. Generally, you can expect some bruising, swelling and numbness after your procedure. Most patients are able to resume daily activities within a few days and most can return to work within one week.
After your surgery, you will have bandages over your incisions. A support bra or elastic bandage will reduce swelling and aid in healing. You may also have a small, thin tube for drainage.
Your surgeon will work with you on post-surgery care. As part of that, you will receive:
- Instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take
- Areas to watch with your doctor at the surgical site or in your general health