Breast Reconstruction with Implants Can Recreate Your Natural Curves
After a mastectomy, many women wish to restore the natural appearance of their breasts with reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kenneth Smart, MD can perform a breast reconstruction with implants for patients considering breast reconstruction surgery at his Frisco, TX office. Although there are prosthetics and special bras available, breast reconstruction with implants is a more permanent option and can recreate the natural size and shape of your breast to restore your sense of femininity and self-confidence.
There are a few different reconstructive options for post-mastectomy patients, including implants and flap reconstruction, which uses the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast. Reconstruction using breast implants requires less surgery than flap reconstruction because it is performed only on the breast area. Some women may have their mastectomy and reconstructive surgery at the same time. Others may need to wait until they have healed after their mastectomy before beginning the reconstruction process. In either case, breast reconstruction with implants is usually performed in stages. Implant reconstruction may require a tissue expander, which is placed during the initial procedure. Over the course of several weeks or months, Dr. Smart will add sterile saline to the expander to gradually stretch the skin to fit the implant. In some cases, a permanent expander may serve as the implant. Dr. Smart can help you determine whether flap or implant reconstruction is appropriate.
What to Expect
If your implant reconstruction requires a tissue expander, it will be placed during the initial procedure. Over the course of several weeks or months, Dr. Smart will add sterile saline to the expander to gradually stretch the skin to fit the implant. In some cases, a permanent expander may serve as the implant. Once the skin is sufficiently stretched, Dr. Smart will make an incision and insert either a saline or silicone breast implant. Silicone offers patients a more natural-looking breast, but saline is believed to be safer as it can dissolve should it rupture. Dr. Smart can help you decide which type of implant is right for you.
Although there are prosthetics and special bras available, breast reconstruction with implants is a more permanent option and can recreate the natural size and shape of your breast to restore your sense of femininity and self-confidence.
Once your implant is placed, Dr. Smart will suture and bandage your incision. The amount of time you stay in the hospital depends on several issues including your age, overall health, and the type of procedure. Patients who have their reconstruction surgery sometime after their mastectomy (delayed reconstruction) with a tissue expander typically go home the same day as surgery. When a tissue expander is placed at the same time as the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction), patients typically stay at least one night. You may experience bruising, swelling, soreness, or numbness. You should avoid any strenuous activity including lifting objects over your head and playing sports or performing other exercise. You will need to clean your incisions thoroughly, change your bandages regularly, and wear a firm and supportive bra with no underwire. The time it takes to fully recover varies from patient to patient, but should occur within about eight weeks.
Risks and Complications of Implants
While breast reconstruction with implants has many benefits, you should be aware of possible risks and complications. As with any surgery, there are risks of scarring and infection. Scar tissue may develop around the implant and need to be removed later on. Additionally, it is possible that your implant may rupture or deflate. Dr. Smart will discuss the procedure's risks and complications with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.
Benefits of Implants
There are numerous aesthetic and emotional benefits after breast reconstruction with implants. Aesthetic benefits include restoration of natural curves and improved shape, size, and symmetry of the breast. Emotional benefits can include improved self-confidence, alleviated anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, and a renewed sense of femininity.
You may be a candidate for breast reconstruction with implants if you have had (or will have) one or both breasts removed following breast cancer and want to restore the shape and size of your natural breast. You must be cancer-free, a non-smoker, without diabetes or high blood pressure, and must be able to commit to the time for multiple surgeries and recoveries.
If you are considering breast reconstruction with implants after a mastectomy, please contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smart.
“I opted for the breast augmentation with lift along with a tummy tuck and now I look better than I did in high school!” T.C.