Breast Reconstruction

What Is A Breast Reconstruction ?

Breast reconstruction at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, 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.

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

  • Smoking history

  • Radiation therapy

  • Body type and breast size

  • Realistic expectations

All Procedures Shown were done by Dr. Larry A Sargent MD 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.

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Length Of Operation

Usually 1 1/2-4 hours depending on type of reconstruction

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Length Of Stay

Outpatient procedure but may stay overnight

Recovery

  • 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

Scars

  • 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

Related Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation

  • Breast Lift

  • Breast Reduction

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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