Breast reconstruction surgery is the surgical procedure involving the creation of a new breast in place of the original replaced due to trauma or cancer. This is done by creating the shape of a breast or a mound on the affected area.
Breast reconstructive surgery may be done during the excision of the cancer cells or at a later date without any issue.
When this happens, it can affect not just your physical appearance but also your psychological outlook. Women who come to us for reconstruction surgery are usually looking to enhance their physical appearance.
Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction?
- Women with realistic expectations with good general health and as close as possible to their ideal body mass index (BMI)
- Women who have lost a breast and/or have asymmetrical breasts due to cancer or trauma
- Women who have breast agenesis
How is reconstruction SURGERY performed?
An initial consultation will be completed to assess your desired outcome. You will work directly with Dr. Kottwitz and her team to develop a plan created just for you. Pictures will be taken for surgical planning and to allow you to visualize your reconstruction journey.
Your medical history will be examined to ensure that you are physically able to undergo the operation.
Breast reconstruction is a journey, and will likely require several visits to our office. A tissue expander may be put in place to prepare the area where implants are going to be placed.
One procedure involves the insertion of a silicone-based bag of gel. This creates the basic mound that your breast reconstruction surgeon will work on.
Flap reconstruction is the second type of breast reconstruction and may use the latissimus dorsi muscle or abdominal tissue to create the basic mound. Tissues gathered from the back, buttocks and thigh may also be used.
A drain will be installed to syphon off excess fluid and binding will be used to keep your breast in place for the first few hours after the operation.
Nipple reconstruction will need to be done after breast reconstructive surgery.
After Surgery / Recovery
As with all types of surgical procedures, caring for the areas where sutures were made is the highest priority.
Swelling may occur. Use ice packs for pain relief. Wrap ice in several layers of cloth to avoid ice burn.
Loss of sensation may occur up to 3 months while the local nerves heal.
Meet our Breast Reconstruction expert
Dr. Kate Kottwitz
Dr. Kottwitz is focused on helping women regain their confidence and self-esteem through breast reconstruction after a breast cancer diagnosis.
If you are interested in breast reconstruction, request a consult online or call our plastic surgery office for more information, including information about insurance and cost.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like additional information about breast reconstruction surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the Gateway Cosmetics office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Kottwitz