The time following a mastectomy can be incredibly emotional as you may be celebrating your health and mourning permanent changes to your body caused by treatment simultaneously. Many women choose to undergo post-mastectomy breast reconstruction to restore their feminine curves and control over their life. Breast reconstruction offers a sense of healing and regained confidence to women whose lives have been drastically affected by breast cancer and treatment. The highly experienced board-certified Houston plastic surgeons at The Center for Plastic Surgery offer the technique and expertise to provide breast reconstruction patients with exceptional care and the most natural-looking results.
Breast reconstruction is a personalized procedure, allowing you to sculpt your new figure according to your needs and preferences. While some patients may need full reconstruction of both breasts, others may need only one breast reconstructed. No matter your unique needs, there are various techniques that the surgeons at The Center for Plastic Surgery can employ to ensure you recieve the best breast reconstruction Houston can offer.
Depending on the nature of your needs, there are several breast reconstruction methods that your surgeon may use to produce the desired result. While some women like the idea of breast implants to restore their curves, others prefer a flap procedure using natural tissues from the body.
Breast reconstruction with implants allows you to select the size, shape, texture, and type of implant you prefer. General options include saline, silicone, and anatomical. You may also select to have the implant placed either above or below the muscle. Your surgeon may also incorporate an absorbable mesh to support the implant. Depending on the skin's condition on your breasts, you may need tissue expansion before your surgeon can place your implants.
If so, your surgeon will place an expander within the breast pocket. The expander will gradually stretch the overlying skin over several weeks until there is space to place the implant. This option is less invasive than flap reconstruction and an especially good option for thin women who may lack the excess fat needed for a flap procedure.
In this method of breast construction, your surgeon will use tissue from another area of the body, such as the abdomen, back, or buttocks, to create a structure for the implant or add coverage for the implant. Your surgeon may also use acellular dermal matrix products to minimize tissue harvesting from other areas of the body without risk of rejection by the body. Benefits of a flap procedure include breasts that look and feel natural, and there is minimal risk of complications.
Depending on the extent of your surgery and your response to it, you may need to spend the night in the hospital, or you may be able to begin your at-home recovery right after your Houston breast reconstruction procedure is complete. You may feel weak for about ten days after surgery, and you can also expect to experience swelling and bruising during this time. You will begin to resume regular activities around one week after surgery, with a complete return to your regular daily activities within three weeks.
If you are ready to take this significant step toward a restored figure and an enhanced quality of life, the experienced surgeons at The Center for Plastic Surgery are here to help you take this pivotal step. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation for breast reconstruction in Houston, Texas.
Yes, your medical insurance should cover your breast reconstruction, whether it is performed at the same time as your mastectomy or lumpectomy or years later.
Whether or not you will need a tissue expander depends on the condition of the skin on your breasts as well as your desired results. While some women may have space beneath their skin for their selected implant size, others may need to make space for their implant with an expander. Your surgeon can help you determine if you will need an expander to achieve your desired results.
The Clinic for Plastic Surgery loves to be a part of our patients’ journeys. That starts with a consultation. No matter which path you choose, you will feel more knowledgeable and confident about your decision after a meeting with our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons. Schedule a consultation today.