Choosing to undergo breast reconstruction surgery can be a life-changing experience and millions of women have had amazing results.
The surgery and recovery period may seem daunting, but with the expertise and guidance of an experienced surgeon, your recovery process can be relatively smooth and easy.
This article will cover the two main types of breast reconstruction options, as well as tips for a better recovery experience. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is the process of restoring a more natural and symmetrical appearance to the breast area that has been altered by either a mastectomy (the surgical removal of the breast) or a lumpectomy (the surgical removal of a portion or “lump” of breast tissue).
There are two main types of breast reconstruction: implant-based or autologous (“flap”) reconstruction.
Implant-Based Reconstruction uses the same implant process as cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. Some of the advantages of opting for an implant-based procedure include:
- Being able to choose the shape and size of the implant
- A less complicated surgical procedure and quicker recovery time
- A single surgical site, which restricts scars to the breast area
Autologous “Flap” Reconstruction
Flap Reconstruction Surgery uses the patient’s own fat, tissue, and blood vessels from another part of the body to rebuild the breast. While this is a more invasive procedure, it does present some unique advantages, such as:
- Natural-looking breasts created from your own tissue
- No implants involved, which is ideal for those who aren’t keen on having a foreign prosthesis in their chest
- No need for additional surgeries that may come with implant surgery
Recovering from Breast Reconstruction Surgery
No matter which breast reconstruction procedure you choose, the recovery period will be somewhat similar. Thus, the aftercare for an easier recovery will likely look similar:
- Plan ahead and arrange for assistance – you’ll need help with day-to-day living in the days following your procedure and that’s okay!
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Wear the surgical bra you are given following surgery, and make sure to check in with your doctor for approval before you go back to wearing a normal bra.
- Swelling and bruising are normal, and your surgeon may prescribe medications to help these subside.
- Avoid strenuous activity (including sexual activity) or exercise for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
- Be patient – your body needs time to recover and heal, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.
As always, follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare instructions and consult with them for any other questions or concerns.
Breast Reconstruction from The Couture Surgeon
The Couture Surgeon has helped many women in Bergen County, NJ, and surrounding areas successfully and confidently go through the breast reconstruction process.
Dr. Ferrauiola is a highly-experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As a woman, she understands how important and life-changing breast reconstructive surgery can be, and she dedicates her time and expertise to providing the best experience and results to each and every patient.
If you have questions or are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction, contact us via phone or email!