Breast ReconstructionPosted on June 12, 2017
Breast reconstruction is a blessing to most women who have had a mastectomy. For these patients, a breast reconstruction surgery is one of the only options in order to gain a natural appearing breast again.
There are two types of breast reconstruction procedures that are available to patient. The first is using implants in order to re-fill the pocket that is created right after your mastectomy. This means that if going with this option the two surgeries must be completed one right after the other.
The second type of breast reconstructive surgery utilizes a flap of tissue from another area of the body. The flap is then attached to create a breast mound that can be then formed into a natural looking breast.
Of course with both of these procedures (the second one more dominantly) there will be scarring. You can talk to you plastic surgeon about the procedure and what to expect before going ahead.
The entire procedure as well as recovery time can take up to a year. During the recovery time patients will most likely be swollen, have to change their gauze/bandages, and wear compression garments.
For more information on breast reconstruction surgery please speak with Dr. Kim or your plastic surgeon.