Breast Cancer & Cosmetic Surgery | D B Ghosh

Breast Reconstruction: Your Comprehensive Guide

Are you considering breast reconstruction following a lumpectomy or mastectomy? In this article, we’re exploring everything you need to know about breast reconstruction surgery, including the various techniques available and what to expect throughout the process.

What is breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to recreate breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy. This transformative procedure may involve several surgeries and utilises different techniques, including the use of silicone or saline breast implants or tissue flaps from your own body.

Types of breast reconstruction surgery

a. Implant reconstruction: This technique involves the use of saline or silicone implants to recreate breast tissue. Implant reconstruction can occur simultaneously with mastectomy or as a separate procedure. Variations include implants placed either under or above the chest muscle or the use of tissue expanders to gradually stretch the skin before implant placement.

b. Flap reconstruction: Flap reconstruction involves taking tissue from your own body, such as the lower abdomen, thigh, back, or buttocks, to form a new breast. Various types of flap procedures include TRAM flap, DIEP flap, Latissimus dorsi (LD) flap, SGAP flap, IGAP flap, PAP flap, SIEA flap, and TUG flap. These techniques may involve relocating tissue with its blood supply intact or reattaching it to blood vessels in the chest.

Immediate vs. delayed reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can occur immediately following breast cancer surgery (immediate reconstruction) or be delayed until a later time (delayed reconstruction). An oncologist and cosmetic surgeon can help you determine the most suitable approach based on your individual circumstances and treatment plan.

Choosing the right technique

The most appropriate breast reconstruction technique will depend on various factors, including overall health, age, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Mr Ghosh will carefully assess these factors to recommend the optimal approach for achieving your desired outcomes.

Breast reconstruction is a transformative journey that offers hope and restoration for individuals following mastectomy or lumpectomy. Whether you opt for implant reconstruction or flap reconstruction, the goal is to recreate breasts that not only restore physical appearance but also enhance your confidence and quality of life.

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