Breast Reconstruction following mastectomy
The term breast reconstruction includes all procedures for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or after another malady (injury, burn, congenital anomaly). In particular, it includes the surgical manipulations (a) for the regeneration of the removed breast mass, (b) the restoration of the nipple-areola, and (c) the surgery which is required in the contralateral breast to achieve symmetry. Reconstruction breast surgery offers physical and psychological joy to women.
Breast reconstruction is performed in a hospital environment under general anesthesia in the safest conditions. Post-operation, patient will need to wear a special bra for approximately 3-4 weeks. Strutures are removed two weeks after surgery. Patients are advised to avoid sports activities and weight lifting. Patient she can return to her activities after a week of her recovery.
Some women are unable to breastfeed even without surgery. There are techniques that do not affect the breast’s milk ducts. This way future lactation is possible. However, it is very difficult to guarantee such result.
It is often impossible to achieve good symmetry between the restored breast and the other. This is understandable when using silicone as this material does not absorb / prevent the natural fall of the breast. In order to achieve better symmetry, it is possible to perform a breast lift or reduction on the contralateral breast. These recovery procedures are usually done in a second phase, when replacing the disruptor with an implant.