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Breast Reconstruction after Cancer

We strive to create as natural looking a breast mound as possible for you if you must undergo breast removal due to cancer or other disease. We review the many options available in breast reconstruction, including skin expansion with a breast implant or a flap reconstruction.

 

Duration

The length of your treatment time will vary, depending on the recommended treatment protocol.

Anesthesia

In most cases, you will receive general anesthesia.

In/Outpatient

A delayed reconstruction is usually done on an outpatient basis.  Immediate reconstruction surgery may be done on an inpatient basis depending on the general surgeon’s length of stay orders

Side Effects

You may experience some temporary discomfort, fatigue, swelling, bruising, numbness or scarring.

Risks

There are risks inherent in any surgical procedure, which may include blood loss, infection, capsular contracture, and partial or complete flap loss.

Recovery

You may return to your normal activities, including sports and sexual activity, after just a few weeks. At that time, you may also begin doing stretching exercises recommended by your plastic surgeon. Over time, your scars will begin to fade, although it may take many months to see substantial fading. Normal sensations may return to some areas of the breast. However, it is true that a reconstructed breast will never feel completely normal or have normal sensations. This will be different in almost every case, and will really depend on the type of breast reconstruction that you undergo.

Duration of Results

The duration of your results can be variable for reconstruction. Implants may require replacement when they rupture. Your results will be permanent for flap reconstruction.

Disclaimer

We make sure every procedure is uniquely tailored to provide you the best results. During your consultation you will receive specific information regarding your individual case. Your results will vary.