There are many types of breast surgeries that are considered “cosmetic,” but breast reconstruction surgery specifically addresses concerns produced by trauma or medical procedures like a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction surgery is also an option for those who experienced a failed cosmetic breast surgery in the past, such as a failed breast lift or breast augmentation. Spectrum Plastic Surgery specializes in breast reconstruction surgery and is one of just a few practices that routinely uses the Vectra 3D Imaging technology. This state of the art technology lets you see a realistic “after” photo before your surgery takes place using images taken from your body. Before and after galleries of other patients can be helpful, but nothing compares to getting a preview of what your real, unique results will look like. Women interested in breast reconstruction surgery deserve the confidence and peace of mind of seeing their very own genuine results in advance.
The removal of breast tissue can be caused by a myriad of situations, and when this happens it can drastically change how the chest and breasts look. The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to restore the appearance and shape of breasts. There is no doubt that losing breast tissue, whether from an accident or surgery, is stressful and traumatic. It is a big decision to consider breast reconstruction surgery, and at Spectrum Plastic Surgery we are honored that so many women have trusted our clinic with their surgery. We understand a woman’s concerns when thinking about reconstructive surgery and work with you every step of the way to achieve the gorgeous, natural-looking results you deserve.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
One of the most important benefits of breast reconstruction is the restoration of confidence. It is very common for a woman to stop feeling like herself after breast tissue is lost or damaged. Breast reconstruction surgery results in breasts that are symmetrical and look and feel completely natural. Patients can return to wearing a wide range of styles and outfits, including bathing suits, without feeling like they need to hide or camouflage the chest area.
Breast reconstruction may be combined with other cosmetic breast surgeries like breast augmentation or a breast lift. Many times, breast augmentation (which enhances the size and shape of the breasts with the placement of breast implants) is an important part of breast reconstruction surgery. Breast implants are a popular way to restore volume and mass to the breast or breasts. Breast implants come in a wide variety of types, shapes, and textures, but all result in breasts that are youthful and perky. One potential benefit of opting for breast implants during your breast reconstruction surgery is no longer needing underwire bras or bras entirely after the surgery. Breast implants are firm yet natural, with no drooping and a decreased need for extra support.
A breast lift involves the removal of excess skin from the breast area. It is a popular procedure for women who are post-partum or who have lost a large amount of weight, but can also be part of a breast reconstruction surgery. Patients who struggle with breast droopiness, also known as breast ptosis, can add a breast lift to restore perkiness and youthfulness to the breasts. The exact approach for your breast reconstruction surgery, and whether or not it will include other breast surgeries like a breast lift or breast augmentation, will depend on you and your goals. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your options with you and provide recommendations on the best customized surgical approach for you.
Types of Breast Reconstruction
There are two kinds of breast reconstructions: autologous (flap) and implant. Flap reconstruction restores the volume to the breasts by taking tissue from a donor part of your body (like the thighs) and transplanting this tissue to the chest. There are a few donor sites that may work, and sometimes even the latissimus dorsi (lats) muscles on the back can be harvested for donation. Some women prefer this approach if they want to avoid breast implants, but the patient must have enough mass in the donor site in order to achieve the desired results. Those who are athletic or slim may not have enough mass in the donor site for a flap reconstruction.
Implant breast reconstruction has been the most-used technique for several years with good reason. Implants can be much more customized than a flap reconstruction and allow you to choose the size, shape, texture, type, and even placement (below or on top of the chest muscles) of your implants. Silicone and saline breast implants can be used during breast reconstruction, and your surgeon will go over the benefits of each with you. Some women who require reconstruction of just one breast may choose breast implants in both breasts to achieve better symmetry and perkiness. To learn more about breast reconstruction or to schedule your consultation, call Spectrum Plastic Surgery at (480) 579-2090.