Breast Reconstruction FAQ
What is breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction refers to an invasive surgical procedure that restores symmetry, size, appearance and shape of the breasts. It involves multiple procedures and they are being carried out in stages
How is breast reconstruction surgery performed?
General anesthesia or intravenous sedation is given to the patients before the surgery. The surgeon creates a breast shape using an artificial implant and it is placed on the breast for creating a breast mound. Another method is to makes use of flap techniques to reposition the tissue for covering the breast mound. Sometimes, the plastic surgeon combines these two methods to offer outstanding results.
What is the recovery process?
In order to offer support for the reconstructed breast and reduce swelling, the surgeon recommends to wear a support bra or elastic bandage and a tiny tube may be placed under the skin temporarily for draining excess fluid or blood. You will get the right advice on how to take care of the surgical site and the most suitable medications will be given to ensure fast recovery. The healing process takes several weeks.
What are the things to avoid before the procedure?
You will receive the best guidelines from your surgeon and their advice must be followed in a disciplined manner. Some of the common guidelines include avoiding some medications and stopping smoking.
What are the risks of breast reconstruction surgery?
The most common risk factors of breast reconstruction surgery are anesthesia risks, poor healing of incisions, infection and bleeding as well.
Are the results a permanent one?
The common perception is that breast reconstruction offers good results and you can change your breasts to look attractive and youthful.