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Larry A. Sargent, MD FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Sargent Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery Specials
*Specials do not necessarily apply if using payment plan
What Is A Breast Reconstruction ?
Breast reconstruction may involve several procedures in different stages. It can begin at the time of mastectomy or may be delayed until the patient is healed or recovered from additional cancer treatments. Breast reconstruction can restore a woman’s breast after mastectomy as well as help self-esteem.
Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic Surgery to Chattanooga, TN., and has his own in-office operative suite.
Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Reconstruction?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to educate yourself about the options to restore your breast. The different options available for breast reconstruction will be discussed as well as likely outcomes, risks, and possible complications. Procedures to achieve breast symmetry will also be discussed.
How Is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
Different procedures are available in breast reconstruction including Implants with tissue expansion as well as multiple flap procedures. Several stages may be required to complete your reconstruction.
Factors that will need to be considered are:
Medical conditions or other illnesses
Body type and breast size
All Procedures Shown were done by Larry A. Sargent, M.D. FACS
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction
After your procedure, swelling and bruising are to be expected with moderate discomfort. Drain tubes are in place to prevent accumulation of fluid. Activities are restricted for several weeks and complete healing may take 6-8 weeks. Depending on the type of reconstruction, additional staged procedures may be needed.
Length Of Operation
Usually 1 1/2-4 hours depending on type of reconstruction
Length Of Stay
Outpatient procedure but may stay overnight
Mild to moderate discomfort
Minimal activity for several days
Drains will probably be used
Swelling and bruising that resolves in several weeks
No exercising for 4-6 weeks
Pain medication usually needed for 5-7 days
Covered by normal clothing or swimwear
Extent of scars varies depending on type of reconstruction
Scars fade with time
Nipple reconstruction if needed may cover some of scarring
Risks / Possible Complications
Serious complications are rare however potential risks include the following:
Infection usually treated with antibiotics
Hematoma: collection of blood beneath skin
Skin loss: rare
Slow wound healing or incisions open up in one area
Loss of implant (if used) due to infection
Asymmetry of breasts may be present