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The one area of your body that might need reconstruction is your breasts. You can choose this surgery if you want to rebuild the shape and structure of your breasts and want to reinstate their natural look and feel. This surgery is important for cancer patients who have had to go through a life-altering treatment and want to feel normal all over again. You will need a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon for this purpose. But before you associate with a professional, you should understand the various reasons for which this reconstruction surgery is performed. Let’s have a look:
- This surgery can be performed to make the breasts of a woman look more balanced so that she can wear swimsuits and form-fitting dresses with more confidence
- If a woman does not have symmetrical or similar breasts, this surgery can help her out
- Any patient looking to permanently regain the shape of their breasts can also choose this procedure
- If the breasts of an individual have a flat form factor, this procedure can help them restore their volume easily
3 Primary Breast Reconstruction Options To Choose From
Before you decide upon this surgery, you must understand whether you are doing it for superficial reasons or functional ones. If you have any previous medical condition or have gone through surgery earlier in your life, you should get in touch with your doctor and discuss this procedure in a little more detail. This way, you should be able to find a solution to your particular problem in the following 3 reconstruction options:
- Breast Implants Or Saline Treatment
Breast implants are a very dependable way to reconstruct your breasts and it involves a conventional procedure by which silicone implants are placed inside the breast tissue that is to be reconstructed. This procedure can also be done in a different way where the silicone gel is inserted into a tissue expander that goes under the skin of the patient. The tissue expander is then filled to a particular weight and volume which helps in reconstructing the breasts naturally.
- Tissue Flap Procedure
The tissue flap procedure is where the tissue from the body of the patient is used to create a mound over the chest to reconstruct the breast. If you choose breast reconstruction by Dr. Neil Tanna, he will educate you on how the abdominal area and other parts of the patient’s body can become the source of this tissue flap that is used to reconstruct the breast. The biggest benefit of this procedure is that the outcome is very much natural and permanent.
- Aesthetic Flat Closure
This is a surgical procedure. It involves the rearrangement of excess breast skin including fatty tissue after a mastectomy. If you have any deformities, this procedure will be ideal for you. Your surgeon may recommend fat grafts for a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Different procedures may require you to stay indoors and recover for different periods of time. In the case of breast implants, the rest period is 6 to 7 days. Flap procedures take at least 5 or 6 days to heal.
In the end, it is important to understand the risks and outcomes of every procedure before you choose breast reconstruction. Consult with your surgeon to understand what procedure suits your body and would be ideal for the purpose that you want to solve.