When patients undergo a partial removal (lumpectomy) or complete removal (mastectomy) of the breast, they often also get breast reconstruction surgery. This can help to ease a difficult and painful time in a woman’s life. Dr. Aisha White regularly performs breast reconstruction for Austin patients at Quintessence Plastic Surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Techniques
Breast reconstruction procedures can be done at the time of the cancer surgery or at a later time depending on your situation and preference. If you decided not to have reconstructive surgery at the time of your cancer treatment, the window of opportunity for reconstruction hasn’t closed. Breast reconstruction surgery can be done at any time after the cancer surgery is complete.
When performing lumpectomy, single mastectomy, or double mastectomy reconstruction surgery, Dr. White applies her artistry and mastery to achieve the best results for you. During a consultation, she will go over the variety of techniques that can be utilized, alone or in combination, to reconstruct your breasts and help you feel whole again.
The following techniques are most commonly used for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy: placement of breast implants, use of flaps (your own tissue taken from another part of the body), and fat grafting. Nipple reconstruction and tattooing can also be done to complete the full reconstruction of the breast.
A breast implant can be placed to restore volume in the region. This option may require the placement of tissue expanders beforehand. These prosthetics are slowly filled with saline over the course of several months in order to gradually expand the tissues, creating a space for the implant.
A flap reconstruction restores volume and appearance using the body’s own tissue. A flap may include skin, muscle, fatty tissue, and blood vessels. There are many types of flaps. A DIEP flap (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap) is taken from the lower abdomen and does not include muscle tissue. A TRAM flap (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Muscle flap) is also taken from this area but includes muscle tissue.
Fat grafting involves the removal of fat from an area of the body via liposuction. After this fat is purified, it is reinjected to restore volume.
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction
Once your reconstructive breast procedure is complete and you have returned home, you will need to rest and recover. The details of healing vary depending on the chosen procedure. No matter which technique was chosen, following Dr. White’s care directions will be key for a safe recovery.
You will need to take time off from work until you are cleared to return by Dr. White. There will be bruising and swelling, along with discomfort; these issues will be temporary. Pain-control medication will be prescribed, and you will need to wear a supportive surgical bra for a time.
Breast Reconstruction Cost
The price of breast reconstruction is typically covered by health insurance. This includes all reconstructive techniques (flap reconstruction, implant reconstruction, fat grafting, areola/nipple reconstruction, and cosmetic tattooing). Breast reconstruction cost will depend on the specific techniques used, along with a number of other factors.
Learn More – Arrange a Consultation
To learn more about breast reconstruction in Austin or to schedule a consultation, contact Quintessence Plastic Surgery.. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aisha White will walk you through the details of the procedure and can show you breast reconstruction before and after photos.
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