Many women lose one or both breasts to cancer. Though victorious in the battle against this life-threatening illness, a woman’s self-confidence, sense of attractiveness and even her identity may suffer as a result of mastectomy surgery. If you have lost a breast to cancer or another condition, breast reconstruction plastic surgery can be a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. DeLozier can create the new breast that will dramatically improve your personal confidence, self-image and the quality of your life.
Your Individual Goals for Breast Reconstruction
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. DeLozier will discuss your breast reconstruction cosmetic surgery goals with you realistically. Together you will decide which procedures Dr. DeLozier will perform to achieve your desired results.
About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
During your breast reconstruction surgery, you will be asleep under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. If you have undergone a mastectomy or radiation therapy, you may have insufficient tissue on your chest wall to cover or support a breast implant. Dr. DeLozier almost always uses either a flap technique or tissue expansion to accommodate your breast implant.
When performing a flap technique, Dr. DeLozier uses donor muscle, or fat and skin from your abdomen to reconstruct your breast. You may choose breast implants as an addition or alternative to flap techniques. On the other hand, during office visits, the tissue expansion technique stretches your healthy skin to provide coverage for a breast implant over the course of several months. At DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center in Nashville, we provide both saline and silicone implants for your breast reconstruction procedure.
Breast reconstruction surgery patients report some pain as they recover from the procedure. Dr. DeLozier will prescribe medication to combat any discomfort. You will need rest the first day, but may feel up to walking around by the day after surgery. You should not lift more than 10 pounds for the first two weeks of your recovery. Your breast area may be bruised and tender. This tenderness and bruising should go away within a few weeks. Scars fade over the course of a few months.
Breast Reconstruction Results
You will have a more shapely silhouette as a result of breast reconstruction surgery. After Dr. DeLozier has created a new breast for you, you’ll feel like a new woman. There will be no need to feel self-conscious about your breasts and how you fill out clothes anymore. You may even need new undergarments and clothing to fit your new shape. Shopping for shirts and dresses will once again be a pleasure.