The final step in healing after breast cancer surgery: Restoring your breasts.
Breast reconstruction is a procedure that is performed after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. These surgeries are required to remove cancerous cells from the body.
It is not uncommon for breast cancer to be found in only one breast; therefore, these kinds of procedures can leave a woman feeling less than whole. Breast reconstruction can restore the shape of your breasts and help you to feel like yourself again.
Surgical approaches – what’s right for you?
There are several options available for breast reconstruction surgery. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the following techniques may be available to you:
- Flap techniques: This procedure requires muscle, fat and skin from your buttocks, abdomen or back to create the shape of the breast. With this technique, a breast implant may still be placed.
- Tissue expansion: Tissue expansion is a lengthier process that will require more than one visit over a period of time. The skin on the breast is stretched to create room for an implant. This procedure has a good recovery time when compared to other methods used.
- Breast implant: A breast implant may be placed to create a new, natural-looking breast. This may be done in combination with tissue expansion or flap techniques.
Rest, recover, and restore.
Recovery from breast reconstruction will depend on the method used. If implants were used for reconstruction, you can expect a recovery similar to traditional breast augmentation. If reconstruction was performed using other tissue in the body, you may have a longer recovery.
In both cases, it is common to experience bruising and soreness for a week or more after your procedure. We will recommend that you get as much rest as possible following the surgery and that you keep physical activities to a minimum. This will ensure that your body is able to recover fully.
Restoring your feminine curves: Candidates for reconstruction.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction:
- You have lost a portion of your breasts from a mastectomy or lumpectomy
- You do not have any additional illnesses that could affect healing
- You have realistic goals and a positive outlook on your restorative treatment
- You understand that a reconstructed breast will not recover the full sensation of the breast it is replacing
During your consultation, Dr. Afrooz will answer any and all of your questions and ensure that you are a good candidate for breast reconstruction.
An acclaimed plastic surgeon: Dr. Afrooz
- Dr. Afrooz has earned a reputation as one of the leading plastic surgeons in the South Florida area.
- Dr. Afrooz has trained in some of the top plastic surgery programs in the world.
- Dr. Afrooz gained an extensive amount of training and knowledge in reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.
If you have lost a portion of your breasts due to mastectomy or other causes, Dr. Paul N. Afrooz personally invites you to meet and discuss breast reconstruction in Miami. Dr. Afrooz has immense training in cosmetic reconstruction of the breasts and can help you regain your confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to learn more.