Restore Femininity & Self-Confidence with Breast Reconstruction
Many women associate their breasts with the core of their femininity. When that aspect of their physical appearance is removed as a result of a disease or trauma, feelings of depression or low self-confidence can begin to take over anyone’s personality. Breast reconstruction may help to restore a positive outlook on life and help women feel more comfortable in their own skin again.
Dr. Anne Nickodem performs this procedure during a mastectomy or lumpectomy or in the months or years after the breast(s) have been removed.
Reasons for Breast Reconstruction
- Body contouring
- Self-esteem boost
What to Expect with Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed with the utmost respect and ultimate goal of sculpting a natural look for your body shape. Results can be achieved by inserting silicone or saline breast implants and/or using your own natural tissues (fat, skin and muscle) to re-form the breasts.
Because there is often not enough tissue on the chest wall, Dr. Nickodem may recommend:
- Natural tissues be harvested from other areas of the body to create a flap on the chest wall to support an implant or fat transfer
- A tissue expander be used over time to slowly stretch the chest skin to accommodate an implant or fat transfer
There is no right method to use for reconstruction; this decision will depend on the type of cancer treatments you have undergone, your body type, lifestyle and the extent of your mastectomy or lumpectomy. All of these considerations will be discussed with you in depth to ensure the best choices are made for you.
Breast Reconstruction Recovery
Recovery from breast reconstruction will vary depending on how your procedure is performed. In general, give yourself a recovery time between 2-3 weeks and make sure you have the support at home to help you through the healing process. It is common to experience soreness and swelling; wearing a special support bra will minimize discomfort. Avoid strenuous activity and smoking until your breasts are completely healed.
Breast Reconstruction Risks
It is important to be 100% confident in your surgeon’s experience and training if you are considering breast reduction surgery. By making sure you are a good candidate for the procedure and following Dr. Nickodem’s instructions before, during and after surgery, you can minimize the potential risks:
- Loss of sensation
- Anesthesia risks
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contraction which occurs when the scar tissue around the implant begins to contract, squeezing the breast
To learn more about breast reconstruction in Annandale, VA, and to discuss your options, contact us to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation.