Breast reconstruction is a surgery that allows women to have their breasts rebuilt and enhanced after prior removal or change. The breast mound can be rebuilt to match both the size and shape of the previous tissue. The nipple and areola can also be constructed.
Women who have undergone mastectomy and lumpectomy surgeries can be eligible for this procedure. There are two different procedures available: immediate and delayed breast reconstruction. Immediate breast reconstruction is started at the same time as the mastectomy while a delayed breast reconstruction is scheduled for afterwards. A host of factors can help you decide which surgery is best for you.
Of the two procedures, there of also many different types of breast reconstruction surgery to choose from. This choice should be based on overall health, expectations and what your surgeon may think is best. These types include:
- Tissue flap procedures
- Tissue support.
The recovery time for a breast reconstruction depends on which type is chosen, your personal health and how your body reacts to the change. Reconstruction does not restore breast feeling like the patient had before, but some feeling can return over a period of time. It may take one to two years for tissue to heal and scars to fade, although scars will be a permanent result.
Breast reconstruction also has an emotional factor. The loss of a breast, or both, can be a traumatic life experience for women. Reconstruction can help with the physical change or loss of breasts, but you will need a period of adjustment for them to feel as if they are your own.
Your surgeon will discuss this and other surgery information during your consultation. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with The Lett Center.