How Does Breast Reconstruction Work?
Each patient’s situation is highly individualized, so there is no cookie-cutter type of breast reconstruction following mastectomy. There are, however, two main categories of reconstruction: implant-based and flap (or autologous) reconstructions. A breast reconstruction can also be done at the time of mastectomy, or in delayed fashion, called a revision breast reconstruction done later, as early as 3 months after your initial procedure.
The implant method is what it sounds like—breast implants restore volume and shape to your breasts. Flap reconstruction uses your own tissues to rebuild your breasts. For some patients, a hybrid procedure using techniques from both may be most suitable. Nipple reconstruction may also be necessary or desired in some cases.
Revision breast reconstructions after your oncology protocol is complete may involve simple volume and contour adjustments. They can also be complex involving implant exchange, fat transfer, and even flap salvage.
With LPS surgeons’ 40+ years of combined experience with breast reconstruction, you’re in the best possible hands to help you meet your goals. You’ll experience world-class surgical talent, compassionate and detailed patient care, and a high rate of success. Knowing this, there are still realistic expectations to consider:
- It’s not always possible to completely restore sensation
- You may still experience asymmetry
- Scars may be a visible reality
- Your reconstruction may involve multiple procedures
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
If you’ve undergone a partial or complete mastectomy and desire breasts that look and feel like they did pre-trauma, a breast reconstruction with the LPS experts may be your answer. During your consultation, your LPS surgeon will review your oncology medical plan, examine your treatment area and anatomical features, and explain your best options for which breast reconstruction techniques will restore your breasts. You can expect detailed answers to all your questions courtesy of your LPS provider’s experience in this field.