Breast Reconstruction in Jacksonville, FL
Breast cancer treatment can give you a new lease on life, but the effects of having your breasts removed may be detrimental to your femininity and self-esteem. Breast reconstruction by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida, helps women regain their natural breast shape.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Obi. Breast reconstruction is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. If reconstruction is timed with the mastectomy, Dr. Obi will coordinate with your general surgeon to perform the initial stage at the time of the mastectomy, usually in a hospital setting. The procedure is generally completed within 2 to 3 hours, depending on the actual procedures required.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reconstruction?
The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a very personal one. Some of the most common results women are looking for include:
- Reshaping breasts after mastectomy
- Restoring breast shape
- Improving confidence after having breast cancer
- Providing freedom from external prostheses
Breast reconstruction can enhance a woman’s appearance and self-confidence, in addition to making clothing selection easier as a result of a more balanced and desirable shape.
What Happens During Breast Reconstruction?
There are several different types of breast reconstruction procedures performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Obi. The most common procedure is the placement of a tissue expander, which will be filled over a period of weeks, effectively stretching the overlying muscle and soft tissues. The expander is allowed to remain in place once it is filled to the desired level and the scar tissue envelope that surrounds it is allowed to mature. This will then allow for the eventual placement of a permanent implant, which may be saline or silicone gel filled.
Additional procedures for breast reconstruction may involve the elevation and transfer of a muscle flap or a skin and muscle flap from the back or abdomen to the breast. It may also involve the use of an implant as well. There will be scars as a result of the surgery. Every effort is made at the time of surgery to favorably affect the scarring, such that there will be very few sutures actually visible at the completion of the procedure. The majority of the sutures would be beneath the skin.
Frequently, surgery may be required for the remaining breast in order to achieve symmetry with the reconstruction. This is usually the case when the remaining breast is very large or has significant sagging, which limits what can be achieved with reconstruction. The nipple and areolar reconstruction is performed as the final stage in reconstruction after satisfactory breast symmetry has been achieved.
What to Expect After Breast Reconstruction
Women may go through a period of emotional readjustment following breast reconstruction. Just as it took time to get used to the loss of a breast, a woman may feel anxious and confused as she begins to think of the reconstructed breast as her own. Your reconstructed breast may feel firmer and look rounder or flatter than your natural breast. It may not have the same contour as your breast before mastectomy, nor will it exactly match your opposite breast. But these differences may be apparent only to you. Breast reconstruction dramatically improves the quality of life and the appearance of most mastectomy patients.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Before the surgery, patients are advised to avoid smoking and taking any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding. Reconstruction has no known effect on the recurrence of disease in the breast, nor does it generally interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatment, should cancer recur.
What is the Downtime After Breast Reconstruction?
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, but patients usually recover within six weeks.
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Winning the battle against breast cancer is a time of celebration, but many women face a new challenge. Mastectomy removes the cancerous tissue, but also diminishes a woman’s self-esteem. If you are a breast cancer survivor in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida, contact us to schedule a private, complimentary aesthetic consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, to learn more about breast reconstruction.