After a mastectomy the majority of women choose breast reconstruction in order to restore body shape, symmetry & their sense of femininity.
1. How long is the recovery?
This surgery is technically demanding which neccessitates six to eight hours in surgery. You should be able to go home the following day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after four to six weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after four weeks. A limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, shouldn’t be a problem after about four to six weeks. Regular exercise may help you to return to normal activities. Please do ask the health care team or your GP for advice before you start exercising.
2. I’m worried about pain.
Pain and discomfort are common symptoms after breast reconstruction surgery. You are likely to feel firm and swollen for a week or two. Recovery may take four to six weeks and you should have minimal need for pain medication. It may take up to eight weeks for the bruising and swelling to reduce.
3. Will I look natural?
Your surgeon will create an appropriate breast shape and size for you. Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.
4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedures is performed under anasthetic.
5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.
Mastectomy and Immediate Reconstruction
Correcting Previous Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction techniques have evolved over the years with patients benefitting from shorter recovery times and improved results. Some patients who underwent a breast reconstruction using older techniques, may now seek to improve their reconstruction or correct an issue.
Some of the issues our Consultants treat include;
– Implant related problems e.g. incorrectly positioned implants, implants placed too wide, capsular contracture, incorrectly sized implants, implant rippling,
– Failed breast reconstruction,
– Conversion of implant-based reconstruction to autologous reconstruction,
– Correction of divots / contour defects.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction With Fat Grafting
For patients who have undergone lumpectomy and radiotherapy, our Surgeons can reconstruct the defect with fat grafting.
Fat grafting involves harvesting fat from the abdomen or hips, and then injecting that fat into the site of the breast lumpectomy defect. The injected fat eventually becomes part of the native breast tissue.
Mastectomy and Immediate Implant-Based Reconstruction
Autologous Breast Reconstruction
The main advantage of autologous breast reconstruction is that the breast looks and feels very much like a natural breast. The surgery itself is more technically demanding and therefore longer (about six to eight hours) and recovery will take longer as well (typically four to six weeks).
Autologous breast reconstruction procedures are categorised according to the blood vessels supplying the donor tissue or the site from where the donor tissue is harvested from;
This is the most common autologous breast reconstruction method, in which skin and fat from the lower half of the abdomen is used to reconstruct the breast mound. Microsurgery is used to connect the blood vessels in the donor tissue to blood vessels at the chest or armpit. The soft consistency of the abdominal skin and fat, is ideal for recreating a breast. The skin and fat removed from the abdomen is the same tissue that would be removed with a tummy-tuck, and many women find the idea of a simultaneous breast reconstruction and tummy tuck attractive.
The skin, fat and muscle from the inner part of the upper thigh are used to reconstruct the breast mound. Microsurgery is then performed to connect the blood vessels in the donor tissue to blood vessels in the chest or armpit. This method of breast reconstruction may be preferable in those patients with insufficient abdominal tissue for a DIEP flap or require a small breast mound.
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The risks of breast reconstruction depends on the type of reconstruction undertaken but some risks include;
Scars / poor scarring – in some patients the scars may be red and raised and take a number of months to settle.
Infection – may require treatment with antibiotics and/or further surgery.
Haematoma – bleeding within the breast pocket causing the the breast to become swollen and tender. A return to the operating theatre may be required to evacuate the blood and the breast may take longer to settle.
Implant malposition – with an implant-based reconstruction the implant may become incorrectly positioned.
Capsular contracture – with an implant-based reconstruction the scar tissue that normally forms around the breast implant thickens and contracts, causing deformity and pain in the breast.
Limited lifespan of breast implants – breast implants are not designed to last forever. Therefore all women should expect replacement of their implants during their lifetime.
Breast implant rupture or leakage
Need for revision surgery
Risks of general anaesthesia, such as feeling sick and vomiting, deep vein thrombosis, shivering and sore throat.
Pricing & Finance
When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.