Breast Cosmetic Surgery
For many women, breast reconstruction is the best way to feel better and to start a new life. There are easier and newer surgical procedures for women, who have chosen the breast reconstruction, and these procedures generally produce good outcomes. One of these new surgical techniques is called single stage breast reconstruction.
Options for Breast Reconstruction
- There are different ways of reconstructing breast. The method to be chosen with your surgeon depends on various factors including the ones listed below:
- Your health and lifestyle
- Your body type
- The size of your breasts
- Your personal choice
- The amount of skin and tissue remained
- Breast reconstruction may be performed by using your own tissues, breast implants or a combination of your tissues and breast implants
Using your own tissue for breast reconstruction / Latissimus dorsi Flap
One of the methods performed in order to reconstruct your breasts by using your own tissues is called latissimus dorsi flap. During this procedure, a piece of muscle or skin is removed from your back or under your arm, and placed to the area of the breast for reconstruction. As the skin and muscle in your back are typically thin, a breast implant may be used with this method for breast fullness. Today, it is the most preferred reconstruction surgery which gives the best results within the shortest time.
Breast reconstruction with Implants
During a mastectomy, the surgeon excises the skin and breast tissue, and brings the breast tissues to a flat and stretched state. Before the placement of a long term implant, the breast tissue should be expanded in order to create a space for the implant. This procedure is called tissue expansion. Typically, it can be performed in one (single step) or two stages.
Two-stage breast reconstruction
A two-stage breast reconstruction made through implants is a very popular choice. This procedure can be performed concurrently with mastectomy or in the next (late) stage.
What is mastectomy?
Mastectomy is the removal of the breast tissue due to the development of a cancerous or precancerous cell. The amount of tissue removed during mastectomy is not always the same; it varies depending on the size and stage of the cancer, body type, and personal choices.
The Timing of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction can be performed concurrently with mastectomy in same session. It is called early reconstruction, or the construction may be performed weeks, months and even years after mastectomy, and it is called late reconstruction. Depending on your personal conditions, you and your doctor can decide on the best method for you.
Early Reconstruction: The advantage of early breast reconstruction is that the breast can be reconstructed concurrently with mastectomy. Thus, both the operation and the recovery period will be undergone. This means that the patients can avoid the experience of living with only one breast.
Late Reconstruction: The advantage of late breast reconstruction is that it allows the patients to focus on recovering from cancer and to regain their strength. Delaying the breast reconstruction gives more time to view the options and be informed in order to make the right decision concerning the breast reconstruction.