Breast reconstruction treatment can help to recapture a breast shape and size you are comfortable with.
Following mastectomy to treat breast cancer, or as a preventative measure in high risk families, many women choose to have a breast reconstruction in order to give them a more whole or balanced appearance. This can have many benefits for a woman’s sense of well-being, as well as for her physical, sexual, and psychological health. We provide a comfortable, trusting environment for our patients; following a mastectomy we understand that patients can feel uncomfortable about their body which is why we prioritise your wellbeing.
What is the procedure for this treatment?
Breast reconstruction involves making a new breast mound using either a breast implant or the patient’s own tissues. Breast implants can be filled with either silicone or saline, and may need a preliminary stage of gradual inflation over time to allow the tissues to stretch before inserting the final prosthesis.
A breast mound can also be made by using a patient’s own tissue. This tissue can be a muscle taken from the upper back, called the latissimus dorsi flap, or can be made entirely from the lower abdominal tissue, called a TRAM flap, which has the additional benefit of giving the patient a ‘tummy tuck’. To complete the reconstruction, a new nipple can be made by folding up small flaps of skin from the breast. This is usually performed some months later when the new breast has settled into position. Medical tattooing can then be used to recreate the natural colouring of this part of the breast.
A reconstructed breast will not always match the remaining natural breast perfectly. Balancing procedures to lift and/or reduce the other breast may be required to achieve better symmetry.
How long will I need to recover after a breast reconstruction?
Everyone will have a different experience and will recover from a breast reconstruction operation differently. Although uncommon, complications can also potentially occur and result in a longer recovery time. Generally, most women return to light activities within one week, and can return to work by the end of the second week, depending on the nature of your treatment and how many follow-up appointments are required.
Typically, most patients will recover significantly enough during these two weeks to return to social activity and office-based work. Again this will be dependent on the nature of your reconstructive treatment and the amount of follow-up appointments that are required. More strenuous physical activity should be limited for a total of 6 weeks.
Is Mr Morgan experienced in performing the breast reduction procedure?
Mr David Morgan has had many years of experience in performing breast reconstruction surgery. With a particular interest in breast surgery, he is dedicated to providing successful results for his patients in order to potentially help them regain their confidence. Mr Morgan and his team pride themselves on providing a warm welcoming environment, and will take the time to listen to your individual needs and concerns.
Breast reconstruction surgery is often performed following a mastectomy. The
procedure can be very helpful in restoring a sense of well-being and contributes greatly
to a woman's physical, sexual, and psychological health following breast cancer
Breast reconstruction surgery involves making a new breast mound, either with the use
of a breast implant or some of your own tissue. Breast implants are filled with silicone
or saline, and may need a preliminary stage of gradual inflation before the final
prosthesis is inserted.
In cases where the breast mound is made with your own tissue, it will be taken from the
upper back or the lower abdomen. A new nipple is constructed by folding up flaps of
skin from the breast, while medical tattooing can be performed in order to recreate the
natural colouring of the nipple.
As with any surgery, each patient is different and your recovery time will depend on
your unique case. You should be able to return to light activities within a week, and go
back to work after two weeks. Strenuous activity should be limited for around six
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During your consultation with Mr Morgan, he will discuss the treatment and his recommendations on the treatment needed to create natural results for you.