Unfortunately, many women lose their breasts to breast cancer. For some, a high risk of recurrence leads to them electing to have a mastectomy. The aim of breast reconstruction is to re-create the breast in these patients, which is an important step in restoring their sense of femininity.
Breast reconstruction, although rewarding and with a high patient satisfaction rate, can be quite a complex procedure. This is one of Dr Safvat’s areas of interest and he frequently performs breast reconstruction surgery from locations in and around Sydney.
What you need to do before the operation?
Smoking and being overweight are shown to cause more complications after breast reconstruction. Dr Safvat will insist that patients stop smoking at least 4 weeks before their surgery. As a general rule, if a patient’s weight is stable, the result of the breast reconstruction surgery is better and more predictable. This is because the reconstructed breast increases or decreases in size with a patient’s weight. All surgery preparation recommendations are covered during your consultation in Ethique’s Concord, Bowral, or Miranda rooms.
How much scarring can I expect after breast reconstruction?
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process and should be expected after breast reconstruction surgery. For the first three months, the incision sites will appear swollen and red. Gradually, the incisions will settle and scarring will be present. However, scars do fade, especially if they’re cared for correctly. Dr Andre Safvat at Ethique plastic surgery will show you how to care for your incision sites so that you can keep any scarring to a minimum. After about 18 months, your scars will appear much lighter and smaller.
Do I need to insert implants during breast reconstruction surgery?
Breast implants are an option and will give you a much fuller result, but implants are not the only option. Patients can also choose to transfer fat and tissue to augment the breasts to give them more shape. Dr Safvat will take you through both options during your consultation so that you can choose an option that meets your needs. Patients must keep in mind that implants eventually need to be replaced. In most instances, this is only 10 – 15 years later though.
Will I need a revision procedure?
There is a good chance that you may need more than one surgery to achieve your desired breast reconstruction. Revision breast reconstruction procedures are generally scheduled to correct irregularities after the first surgery. If the revision surgery is done in stages, naturally, you should be prepared for more than one procedure. Most revision breast reconstruction surgeries are performed 3 months after the initial procedure.
Will my reconstructed breasts sag?
Even though the breasts are reconstructed, they are still susceptible to the effects of weight fluctuations, pregnancy and age. If implants are used, sagging is very minimal and only occurs much later in life. If only one breast was reconstructed, the natural breast may sag on its own and additional breast reconstruction or breast lift surgery may be required.