Breast reconstruction is a reconstructive surgery procedure that is usually performed following a mastectomy (breast tissue removal) to treat or prevent cancer. This procedure is typically performed to restore one or both breasts with the use of breast implants.
If you have had partial removal or full removal of breast tissue, you may decide to opt for immediate or delayed reconstruction. Your skin may be stretched over an agreed period of time to accommodate the implant and to create the look of a natural breast once the implant is inserted. You can use our breast reconstruction procedure guide as an introduction to surgery and to find out more about what is involved before, during and after surgery.
Why Do People Have it?
The aim of breast reconstruction surgery is to create the look of a natural breast following removal (mastectomy). The process for reconstruction may take one or more operations depending on your preference, amount of tissue and your surgeon’s recommendations. As you begin the process of breast reconstruction, a small implant or tissue expander may be inserted as the first step.
These are used to stretch the skin and tissue within the breast to make room for a permanent implant at a later date. A tissue expander is a device similar to a balloon that is placed within your breast and stretches the skin and tissue under or over your chest muscle. The device may be expanded over several months. Below is a list of reasons why you may opt for breast reconstruction surgery:• Restore self confidence
Who is Suitable?
If you are looking to replace an existing breast implant or want to change the size of your breasts, you may be an ideal candidate for breast implant replacement surgery. There are a number of reasons why you may opt for revision surgery, which include both preference and complications.
You may be an ideal candidate for breast implant replacement if:
If you have any concerns about your breast implants, even if you do not suspect anything sinister, it is advisable to see a breast surgeon specialist for examination. Doing so will allow you to get peace of mind and reassurance that there are no issues with your implants.
It is not uncommon for breast implants to change over time as your body ages. This can affect the appearance of your breasts and is something that you can discuss with a surgeon during a consultation.
During a consultation, your surgeon will discuss your medical history along with procedure options. It is important that you understand the process of breast reconstruction, including the possibility of having follow up appointments and two or more surgeries to achieve the results you want. Your surgeon may discuss the following points with you:• Breast cancer screening
There are a number of associated risks and complications with breast implant replacement that you should be aware of and although you have probably read about them before your first procedure, it is important that you understand any new risks or advice that has occurred since your initial breast augmentation.
Some of the risks and complications associated with breast implant replacement include:• Scars
If you have any doubts about the risks or potential side effects from revision surgery, it is recommended that you research each individual complication from multiple sources so that you can speak with your surgeon and make an informed decision about the procedure. Often the decision falls with comparing the risks against the benefits.