Breast reconstruction surgery has several different goals. This includes the restoration of one or both breasts to a fairly normal symmetry, appearance and shape after congenital deformities or a mastectomy. The actual surgery is usually performed either during or shortly after a mastectomy. The plastic surgeon reconstructs the shape of the breast with an artificial implant. This is referred to as implant reconstruction. A flap of tissue is removed from another area of the body to perform breast reconstruction surgery.
There are various reconstruction techniques currently being used. These options are discussed between the surgeon and the patient prior to the reconstruction. The actual technique may be dependent on the type of reconstruction necessary, the preference of the surgeon and/or the aesthetic goals of the patient. It is important to ask the surgeon any questions regarding the technique, the surgery and the potential results to help ensure the best possible outcome.
The Techniques for Breast Reconstruction Surgery
One technique involves implant reconstruction. This requires implants containing a silicone gel, saline or a combination of both. A flap or autologous reconstruction requires tissue transplants from other areas of the body, such as the thighs, back or belly. Implants may also be used for an autologous reconstruction. The patient can choose whether or not they want their nipple reconstructed. Under certain circumstances, the nipple can be spared during a mastectomy. This preserves the individual’s nipple as well as the surrounding skin for the reconstructive procedure.
There are both benefits and disadvantages for each type of breast reconstruction surgery. On the front end, implant construction is generally the easier choice. This is because it an easier surgery and recovery and much simpler for patients to understand. The flaps can entail a more time-consuming surgery and a lengthier recovery period. The right surgery is dependent on the individual needs and situation of the woman.
When it comes to breast reconstruction surgery, it is important to understand that the quality of the reconstruction depends on the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon. It is equally important to feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon and thoroughly consider their recommendations for your reconstruction.
If you are interested in having reconstructive breast augmentation surgery, please schedule your personal consultation at the office of Thomas T. Jeneby, MD in San Antonio. Learn more about your options. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to speaking with you!