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There are many techniques available to reconstruct a breast that has been removed due to cancer, or which has failed to develop. Your consultation with Dr Scamp, will be to inform you and help you to select a procedure that will best suit your body and your wishes.
Remember the aim of Breast Reconstruction is to make two breasts that match. Naturally these should be two breasts that you like. One of the most important things to consider at the very beginning is whether you have a desire to make any alteration to your normal breast. Some people feel they are too big, too small, or sag too much. The appropriate surgery for the opposite breast can be included in the plan to construct your breast.
In most cases, two operations at separate stages, some months apart are required. Even after the ﬁrst operation, at least a breast ‘mould’ will have been created, which will make dressing and wearing of normal clothes much easier for you.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure. We will also take the time to understand your medical history and provide you with an overview of the Surgeons and their credentials. You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patient’s results in their areas of expertise.
Our Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fee. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you at time of your consultation.
To book a consultation with our surgeons, call (07) 5539 1000 (opt 2).
How Is The Breast Reconstruction Done?
Broadly speaking, Breast Reconstruction can be performed by use of prostheses, or by use of your own tissue. Sometimes a combination of both are required. Prostheses are often used in a two-stage procedure known as tissue expansion. Tissue expansion involves insertion of the tissue expander (an inflatable prosthesis) at the first stage. The wound is closed and over the ensuing months, in the doctors office, saline (salt water) is injected into a valve within the tissue expander to ‘blow it up’.
The skin gets a gentle but persistent stretch and is moulded into the shape of a new breast. When the skin has stabilised and the internal scar has matured (usually six months after the first operation), the second stage procedure is performed. In this procedure, the tissue expander is removed and the final prosthesis is inserted. This prosthesis may be either made of silicone gel (especially the new cohesive ‘leak proof’ gel) or salt water (saline). You will be asked to choose your prosthesis type after being informed of the alternatives.
Reconstruction of the nipple is usually performed at the second operation.
Tissue expansion may be performed as a day patient, as the surgery is less extensive than techniques which use your own tissues. Insertion of a tissue expander runs much the same risks as you will see on the ‘Breast Augmentation’ web site – www.plasticsurgery-aust.com. The second stage of this surgery can also be performed as a day patient. Tissue expansion therefore suits somebody who has a busy lifestyle, who would find it difficult to get enough time away from their activities to recover from a large procedure.
Who Can Have Breast Reconstruction?
Any patient who is medically ﬁt for surgery and who desires Breast Reconstruction is a suitable candidate. Naturally, it is best if the breast cancer is under good control. Reconstruction will not increase your risk of the breast cancer coming back. If you have any doubt, you may ask the surgeon performing the mastectomy, when he feels the right time would be. Naturally you want to be in the best of health for Breast Reconstruction surgery. Cessation of smoking and attention to things such as obesity and high blood pressure would be prudent. Even if you decide to defer Breast Reconstruction, or not to proceed at all, you may ﬁnd some comfort in knowing that these options are open to you.
When Can I Have A Breast Reconstruction?
In many cases it is possible to perform Breast Reconstruction at the same time as the Mastectomy. This requires cooperation between the surgeon performing the Mastectomy, and the plastic surgeon who does the reconstruction. If your Mastectomy surgeon feels that this would be unwise, he will inform you of this. Feel free to ask him if he thinks that this might be possible.
If Breast Reconstruction is not performed at the same time, it can be performed at any later stage, when you are recovered from the initial surgery. Some of the procedures for Breast Reconstruction are complex and have a signiﬁcant recovery period. It may be that you simply don’t have time to proceed with Breast Reconstruction at the time of your Mastectomy.
Why Should I Have A Breast Reconstruction?
Although the Breast Reconstruction can look remarkably lifelike and feel quite real, you will never have your true breast back again. What you will have is something that helps you dress more easily, and pass unnoticed in most social situations. A successful procedure will permit you to wear a swimsuit and the usual casual clothing that you wear now. It will also save you the bother of worrying abut an external prosthesis, which may fall out, or feel hot and uncomfortable.
Reconstruction of the nipple is commonly performed at a second stage and this makes the reconstruction look just that little bit more life-like.
Vectra 3D Imageing
Vectra 3D Imageing allows you to see exactly what your surgical or non-surgical procedure would look like before committing to surgery. You select your implant size and shape for your breast augmentation by viewing actual 3D images of your body. Vectra 3D allows sharp definition 3D views of your body so that you can visualise the possibilities of your surgical procedure.
For further information please visit the website of Dr. Terrence Scamp, or phone our clinic to organise your consultation.
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