About Breast Reconstruction

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Published on March 1, 2014

Author: hpcsurgerytx

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This article discusses the procedure of breast reconstruction and the results you can expect from the procedure.

About Breast Reconstruction It is really tough for a woman to know that she is having from breast cancer. For women who have lost their breast to cancer, the best option is breast reconstruction. However, when it comes to breast reconstruction surgery, there are some important things that you need to know to take an informed decision. DIEP flap breast reconstruction and reconstruction using implants are the two options available for women. The reconstructive procedure can be performed immediately after mastectomy or later. Procedure of DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction In this procedure, a flap of tissue containing blood vessels, skin and fat is taken from the abdomen and transferred to the chest to create a new breast mound. The plastic surgeon would perform microsurgery to connect the blood vessels and ensure blood supply. The reconstructed breast may not be the same as one’s natural breast, and additional reconstructive surgery is required to create a nipple and areola. In this process, no abdominal muscles are cut or moved. Most women have sufficient extra tissue in the abdominal area to create a new breast, and if it is insufficient, implants can be used for providing the required volume.  Thin women may not be ideal patients for this reconstructive breast surgery. This is mainly because there should be excess fat or skin that can be extracted from the abdominal area.  The amount of fat to be extracted purely depends on individual body frame and structure.  The surgery provides a double benefit – reconstructing the breasts and contouring the donor area. It ensures the effect of a tummy tuck.  Most of the women are happy with the results of the surgery. However, you must maintain only realistic expectations.  Scarring will take place with any kind of surgical procedure. But with the passage of time scars disappear.  The results of the surgery can never be the same for all women. www.hpcsurgery.com 713-791-0700

Recovery Time after DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction • The healing period after breast reconstruction surgery depends on various factors. • If you are a chain smoker or consume alcohol on a regular basis, then the healing process can be delayed. • Also, if you are not following the instructions given by your doctor, it can hamper your recovery. • It is important that proper medication is always taken so that any pain present is controlled. Plan to stay in the hospital 3 or 4 days after the surgery, so that you receive proper attention and care. After returning home, take rest for 4 to 6 weeks and have someone to help you. Go for follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon so that he/she can assess your healing progress, incisions and dressings. Benefits • Less pain and discomfort • Less bleeding • Minimally invasive • Fast recovery Natural Look with DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction DIEP flap breast reconstruction will reward you with natural-looking breasts and renewed confidence. You can once again wear the dresses of your choice without inhibitions and interact freely with others. www.hpcsurgery.com 713-791-0700

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