Reconstructive or restorative surgery is a surgery that helps to recover the image of the breast, which has been damaged for different causes like accidents, a bad outcome from a previous surgery or breast cancer.
Reconstructive surgery – Instituto Perez de la Romana
These reconstructions help regain self-esteem, psychological balance and femininity.
There are several techniques for breast reconstruction:
- One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants.
- Using the patient’s own tissues.
Breast reconstruction often requires a two-stage process using a tissue expander before the permanent implant is placed. First we use a tissue expander. Tissue expansion is a process that stretches your remaining chest skin and soft tissues to make room for the breast implant. Second, the surgeon places the permanent implant. Using the patient’s own tissue is to transfer tissue from the abdomen or back to shape to reconstruct the breast. Nowadays the most used technique to rebuild is the breast lipofilling using fat taken from the hips and abdomen of the patient herself. We use this technique in our Institute because it causes no scars and can shape the breast in the best way, with no pain.
- It is necessary that your surgeon knows and has all the information about your cancer process. In addition, your oncologist and surgeon should be contacted to determine the most appropriate technique in each case.
- It is necessary a blood tests.
- If you are taking any medication you should warn your surgeon.
- Avoid taking aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid or anti-inflammatory drugs 15 days before the procedure.
- While you’re healing, it might help to wear a compression bandage for a week.
- Avoid strenuous activities, anything that could raise your arms or blood pressure for at least one week.
- You should wear a sport bra for extra support.
- You can receive lymphatic drainage massage