What is a Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a reconstructive surgical procedure that is designed to restore the shape and appearance of the breasts. Breast reconstruction techniques can be used to address birth defects, injury, disease, or even the effects of aging. This treatment is often used to restore wholeness to the breasts after breast cancer treatment. There are many uses for breast reconstruction, and the approach to treatment depends on a patient's unique condition and cosmetic goals. At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we are prepared to assist you throughout the breast reconstruction process to help you achieve optimal results.
How Much Does a Breast Reconstruction Cost?
At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we take a personalized approach to every breast reconstruction procedure. This means that the cost of your treatment will depend on variables like your personal preferences and unique cosmetic goals. As a result, we cannot provide you with the exact cost of treatment until you visit us in-office for a consultation. If you are concerned about the cost of your treatment, we are proud to offer plastic surgery financing to help make our treatments more affordable. In addition, we offer CosmetAssure insurance with every cosmetic surgery, so you can go into your treatment with confidence and peace of mind.
What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Like?
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed with general anesthesia in order to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure. The exact approach to treatment will depend on your current condition and your treatment goals. There are two main techniques used for breast reconstruction:
- Implant Reconstruction uses breast implants to restore the shape and size of the breasts. However, breast implants will require a certain amount of breast tissue. In some cases, breast implant reconstruction is performed in two steps. First, the chest is prepared for implants using an expander. Then, long-term implants are placed.
- Tissue Flap Reconstruction uses transplanted tissue from other areas of the body to recreate a natural-looking breast mound. This can also be combined with implant reconstruction if necessary. Tissue transplants provide blood flow and sensation to the breasts, creating results that are as natural as possible.
After the appropriate reconstruction technique is performed, nipple reconstruction is performed to produce a natural appearance. Tattooing is typically the ideal option for this step.
What is Recovery Like Following a Breast Reconstruction?
Recovery following a breast reconstruction is different for every patient. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and tired for several days following your surgery. The first 24 to 72 hours after your procedure is when you will experience the most discomfort. However, your breasts may remain swollen and tender for a month or longer. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least one month, but it is likely that you may be allowed to resume light activities after about one week and return to work within a few days. Part of your recovery also involves wearing a postoperative bra or compression garment. These items are designed to provide you with extra support and positioning while you heal. We will provide you with additional information regarding your recovery during your consultation.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Breast Reconstruction?
Many patients enjoy results from a breast reconstruction that restore their sense of wholeness and femininity. The results from breast reconstruction are permanent, so you can enjoy the confidence and quality of life improvements for years to come. In some cases, a second breast reconstruction may be necessary to fine-tune your results. This is referred to as a revision breast reconstruction.
To learn more about the breast reconstruction procedure or to schedule your initial consultation, contact us today. Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD provides this and other breast surgery procedures to Knoxville, Loudon, Powell, and the surrounding areas of East Tennessee.