Breast Reconstruction

Indications

  • Loss of breast tissue after a mastectomy, partial mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other breast trauma
  • Loss of breast tissue and skin after a mastectomy on one or both sides

Intended Result

Breast reconstruction is a surgery to replace missing breast tissue

Breast Reconstruction
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Procedure Description

There are many different breast reconstruction surgery processes. The most commonly used techniques are transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous flap (or TRAM flap) and breast implants. When a TRAM is performed, a flap of lower abdominal wall fat, muscle (and usually skin) with its own blood supply is transferred to the area of missing breast tissue. The wound is closed as a tummy tuck, which leaves a horizontal scar and a tighter abdomen. The surgeon tries to create a normal breast mound during the first operation, but additional shaping procedures are sometimes needed.

Breast implant reconstruction is typically done in two stages. In the first operation, the surgeon places a tissue expander under the chest skin and muscle. This stretches the tissue to allow for proper fitting of the breast implant. Several months later, the tissue expander is removed and a permanent implant is put in place. Other body areas can occasionally be used as donor sites for reconstruction.

Nipple/areolar reconstruction is elective and is performed in a subsequent operation. This procedure can be used after any reconstruction technique and can be performed at any time after full recovery from surgery.

Additional procedures that may enhance result:

  • Nipple/areolar reconstruction
  • Breast lift surgery on opposite breast

Meet Our Surgeons

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeons have more than 100 years of combined experience in all facets of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. As a qualified and compassionate team, they share a goal of providing a safe and rewarding plastic surgery experience while creating exceptional results worthy of your trust.

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Recuperation And Healing

These procedures are generally performed in the hospital and require 2 to 6 days of hospitalization. The patient can walk the day after surgery and will be reasonably comfortable within 10 to 14 days.Initial discomfort is controlled with oral pain medications. The abdominal site causes the most discomfort during healing. Complete recovery usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks.

Learn more about the recovery time following a procedure here.

Insurance Guidelines

Breast reconstruction surgery is usually covered by insurance. Learn more about breast cancer support services through St. Joe’s here.

Your Next Step

At the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Please request your consultation with our easy-to-use online form or call our office at (734) 712-2323 to schedule your visit.

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