The aim of the reconstruction is to restore the shape of the breasts after mastectomy (removal of the mammary glands). Mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction can undergo due to breast cancer or as a prevention of cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Early diagnosis of this disease significantly increases the success of treatment and therefore prevention is important. Diagnosis, surgical treatment and subsequent breast reconstruction have undergone enormous evolution in recent years.
Today's medicine can even using genetic tests to reveal predispositions to this disease, and it is possible to resolve the situation before the disease breaks out, by performing a mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction.
Who is a suitable candidate for the procedure
Breast reconstruction is offered for women for preventive reasons when detecting genetic predispositions to breast cancer. This disease is caused by a congenital mutation in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, which can be detected by genetic analysis in one of the specialized workplaces.
When to undergo the procedure
Early removal of mammary glands can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 80 percent. Immediate reconstruction is performed at the same time as the removal of the mammary gland.
What result can be expected
We will restore the breasts to their original shape by using your own tissue or by a silicone implant.
How is the treatment performed
Currently, plastic surgery offers several options for reconstruction. After the consultation, the doctor will recommend you the most suitable variant. Breast reconstruction can be performed by inserting an implant or using your own tissue. Breast reconstruction is one of the more demanding plastic surgeries, so the choice of the right surgical technique and precise performance of an experienced surgeon is essential. Length of the procedure itself is between 1-4 hours depending on the type and extent of reconstruction and takes place under general anesthesia.
Length of hospitalisation
For breast reconstruction with a silicone implant, hospitalization lasts from 2 to 4 days.
What to expect after the procedure
During hospitalization, you are under the supervision of a doctor. Drains are removed from the breast on the 2nd - 4th day after surgery. The breasts are strengthened with an elastic bandage for 3 days from the procedure, then it is necessary to wear a special compression bra. After about 3 weeks after the procedure, it is recommended to start a pressure massage of the scars. It is appropriate to use special creams for scars. It is recommended to wear a special compression bra for at least 8 weeks after the procedure. The recovery time is individual and also depends on the type and extent of the reconstruction performed. With greater physical activity can be started no earlier than six weeks after surgery.
The story of three women, a mother and two adult daughters who underwent breast reconstruction. You can find out in our video what these women were most worried about, what pleasantly surprised them and how they feel after the procedure.