How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast reconstruction?

If you have faced the loss of one or both breasts due to cancer or any other circumstance, breast reconstruction is the best option to recreate the natural contour of your breasts. Your surgeon will determine if you are in a good health condition to have this procedure done.

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What happens during breast reconstruction surgery?

Breast reconstruction could be accomplished by using a prosthesis (breast implant) or your own tissue.The most common technique combines both procedures. Following a  mastectomy procedure, your surgeon will insert a balloon expander beneath your skin and chest muscle, where he will periodically inject a saline solution to gradually fill the expander over several weeks or months. After the skin over the breast area has expanded enough, the balloon may be removed in a second procedure and a permanent implant will be placed instead. The nipple and the areola, are reconstructed in a subsequent procedure.

Which is the length of the surgery?

The first step of this procedure takes about 3 to 4 hours, but after tissue expansion and placement of the balloon, you will need to visit your surgeon for over 4 to 6 months, to slowly fill the device through an internal valve to expand the skin.

Will I have to stay in the hospital?

An overnight stay at the hospital is required for medical supervision and nursecare.

How much time will I have to wait to go back to work?

In about 2 to 3 weeks you will be able to return to your normal activities and go back to work.

Do you have some extra tips for a faster recovery?

Follow carefully all the post-op instructions we give to you after your surgery, also the most common recommendations for the first 3 weeks after surgery are:

  • Avoid lifting heavy items.
  • Do not raise your arms above your head.
  • Avoid excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.
  • If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, don’t hesitate to call us immediately.
  • Take care of your breast health following your surgery,  through self-exam, mammography and other diagnostic techniques.

When would I see the final results of my breast reconstruction surgery?

Following your surgery, an elastic bandage or support bra will  be given to you to  support your reconstructed breast. Also the surgeon will place a thin tube under the skin  for a temporary term,  with the purpose of draining the excess of blood or fluids. Remember final results are seen after 6 months or maybe a year after surgery.