Breast reconstruction aims to restore one or both breasts to their natural shape, appearance, symmetry, and size. The experience of getting a mastectomy due to breast cancer is different for each woman, and the decision to get breast reconstruction surgery is a personal decision.
Frequently, it is possible to perform reconstruction surgery immediately following the mastectomy. In this case, you would wake up after the mastectomy with breast mounds already in place. However, some patients choose to postpone breast reconstruction surgery because of their surgent’s advice or to consider other options.
At Paragould Plastic, we strive to produce the best results for our patients by utilizing the latest medical techniques and devices. However, as with any reconstructive surgery, it is essential to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure. Dr. Epperson and his team have great compassion and understanding towards patients who require breast reconstruction surgery and are committed to doing their best to restore the breasts to their desired shape, size, and appearance.
Benefits of a Breast Reconstruction
Most women who undergo a mastectomy are eligible for breast reconstruction. However, the ideal candidates for breast reconstruction surgery are those women whose cancer seems to be eliminated.
Breast Reconstruction FAQ
There are a few different options for breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Epperson will determine which option suits you most based on your needs, medical condition, and previous surgeries. The following are the most common breast reconstruction procedures.a
Implants involve stretching the skin with a tissue expander and then inserting silicone or saline implants.
Tissue flap procedures use tissue from the patient’s back, abdomen, or thighs to create a mound to reconstruct the breast.
Nipple reconstruction is an additional outpatient surgery performed with local anesthesia to replace the nipple and areola. Nipple reconstruction can be done during or after breast reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction surgery has no known adverse effects on cancer reoccurrence. Additionally, the surgery does not interfere with cancer treatments like radiation therapy or chemotherapy. However, your surgeon may advise you to get regular mammograms on reconstructed and original tissues in your breasts to monitor any changes.
You could experience fatigue and soreness in the days following the procedure. However, most patients find that they can manage the pain with medication prescribed by the doctor. You will likely be discharged from the hospital in two to five days, and your surgeon will remove the stitches and drain excess fluid seven to ten days after the surgery.