Breast Reconstruction What To Expect
October 12, 2018
We know that a breast cancer diagnosis is one of the most traumatic and life-altering experiences a woman can have. Often, successful treatment of breast cancer involves completely removing one or both of the breasts, which serves as a constant reminder of the trauma from cancer and deprives a woman of normalcy and femininity.
Choosing to have breast reconstruction done after a mastectomy is a highly personal choice, and we respect women who choose not to have the procedure done. However, if you do want to have your breasts reconstructed, our surgeons Dr. Tamil and Dr. Ali offer their experience and expertise to give you the most natural looking and beautiful results possible.
Breast reconstruction is a safe and effective procedure that we tailor to each individual patient in order to achieve the most natural results. If you are interested in breast reconstruction, call Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery at 602-513-8133 to schedule your consultation.
Preparing for Breast Reconstruction
If you decide that you want to have breast reconstruction done, there are a number of choices available to you. We can help you choose the procedure and timeline that best fits your goals and circumstances. Before your reconstruction, you will need to decide the following:
- What type of reconstruction procedure to have implants or flap-based
- Whether to have immediate, delayed-immediate, or delayed reconstruction
Implants are the easiest route to take for breast reconstruction, as the surgery is relatively simple and requires less hospital and recovery time. However, implants are not always as natural looking as what you can achieve with flap-based reconstruction, which uses your own tissue to rebuild your breasts.
In addition, there are timeline considerations. We typically recommend that patients undergo breast reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy, as this reduces the number of hospital visits required and eliminates the need to spend time without any breasts. However, depending on your circumstances, you may need tissue expansion before implants can be placed, or you may need to wait for radiation treatment to finish before undergoing reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction Recovery
Recovery from your breast reconstruction surgery will vary depending on which procedure you chose. Flap-based breast reconstruction involves a longer recovery period, as it requires multiple surgical incision sites. If you need a tissue expander, your entire breast reconstruction journey will be longer, as the skin needs time to stretch enough to accommodate an implant.
Typically, breast reconstruction recovery is relatively easy, though. In general, your timeline will look something like this:
- Rest and recover with minimal activity besides walking for the first few days
- No strenuous exercise for the first month or so
- Return to work within the first few weeks
- Expect swelling and some bruising, which will begin to taper off within the first month or so
Unfortunately, scarring is unavoidable with any surgery that requires incisions. However, we will make sure to place your incisions in the most inconspicuous spot possible, and our technique is advanced enough that your scars should fade.
Schedule Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation
If you are interested in a breast reconstruction procedure, please call Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery at 602-513-8133 today for your consultation. Our compassionate and experienced surgeons will be happy to help you through your journey.
We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and other nearby areas of Arizona.