After a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery of the breast can create a new breast to replace one that has been removed.
Many women lose one or both breasts to cancer. If you have lost a breast, breast reconstruction can be a physically and emotionally rewarding surgical procedure. Dr. Bauer and Dr. Talbert can create a breast that can improve your personal confidence, self-image, and quality of life. Breast reconstruction can include restoring the breast mound, projection of a nipple, and creating symmetry with the opposite breast when desired.
Board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Talbert and Dr. Bauer, will discuss your breast reconstruction goals with you realistically. Together with your surgeon, you will decide which procedure will best achieve your desired results.
During your breast reconstruction surgery, you will be asleep under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed with many variations and specialized techniques. It may be through the use of your own skin, tissue, fat, and muscle, or with the use of a tissue expander and breast implant, or a combination of both. At Arkansas Plastic Surgery, we use both saline and silicone implants for your breast reconstruction and we offer many sizes and shape from multiple manufacturers (Mentor, Allergan, Sientra). Reconstruction may begin immediately at the time of your mastectomy or it may be performed delayed until you, your plastic surgeon, and your oncologist agree that the time is right for you.
If only one breast needs to be reconstructed, your surgeon may recommend a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction on the opposite breast to achieve symmetry between your natural breast and your reconstructed breast. Reconstruction of your nipple and areola are performed after your breast reconstruction. Nipple reconstruction is done as a minor outpatient procedure and nipple tattooing is performed in the office. These procedures may be combined to help re-create a natural size, shape, projection, and color of the nipple and areola.
Your recovery from breast reconstruction will depend on the techniques that you and your surgeon choose. You can generally return to normal activities with 10-14 days and your full regular routine within approximately 4 weeks.
For more information on breast reconstruction, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.