What is breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a complex procedure performed by aesthetic plastic surgeons. Patients may require several procedures to achieve maximum symmetry. An initial procedure will be planned to create a new breast mound. A second stage to achieve shape symmetry by reducing, enlarging or lifting the opposite breast is often required, and finally small procedures to reconstruct a nipple and tattoo the nipple and areolar complex will finalise the process. There are various types of breast reconstruction because every woman has a different breast shape, a different desired outcome and a different level of expectation regarding the final outcome. So one technique will not solve every problem. Your surgeon will discuss which option is most suitable for you.
Is it right for me?
Always talk to your surgeon before deciding whether breast reconstruction surgery is right for you. During the consultation your surgeon will perform a complete examination and listen to your concerns before discussing which options are best for you. Because of the different types of breast reconstructive procedures that are available, some can be more complex than others. The more complex procedures usually requires a longer recovery period. This will all be explained simply and clearly during your consultation.
All surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Don’t worry, your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to support you during recovery.