Breast reconstruction can be achieved using several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast’s shape, appearance and size following mastectomy, and is covered by insurance. Surgery on the opposite breast to improve symmetry with the reconstructed breast is also covered by insurance. There are multiple techniques to reconstruct breasts, each with its advantages and limitations. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
Patients considering breast reconstruction surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home next day or in few days depending on the method used for reconstruction and their overall health. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected but improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in breast reconstruction surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. Drains, if used at the time of surgery, are removed in the office during your follow up appointment. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.Full List of Breast Procedures
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