Breast Reconstruction Surgery to Restore Your Natural Figure
Undergoing a mastectomy can be difficult on both your physical and emotional health. If you are looking to restore your silhouette, breast reconstruction surgery may be the solution for you. You can undergo reconstruction at the same time as your mastectomy or after you have fully healed, and you have multiple techniques to choose from. Dr. Brian F. Burns is exceptionally experienced in breast reconstruction, and can provide a consultation at his Victoria, TX, office on how best to restore your natural body shape.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a type of breast surgery for women who have had part or all of their breast removed during a mastectomy. Most women who have had a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction. Reconstruction surgery can use either the patient’s natural tissue or breast implants to rebuild the size and shape of one or both breasts. The nipple and areola can also be added as part of the reconstruction procedure.
Types of Reconstruction
There are two commonly used techniques for breast reconstruction: flap and breast implant surgeries. Flap reconstructions involve removing muscle, fat, and skin from another part of the body to reconstruct the breast. There are several different flap methods to achieve different results. An implant reconstruction will use either a saline or silicone implant to restore the breast.
Dr. Burns has spent the last 25 years perfecting both flap and implant techniques for reconstruction, as well as approaches for breast augmentation, lifts, and reductions. He has received extensive education and training, and is able to use the most advanced methods to provide results that are as minimally invasive as possible, and provide the most natural-looking aesthetics.
Implant vs. Flap Reconstruction
Flap reconstruction is often able to achieve more a more natural look and feel for patients' breasts. However, there are some disadvantages. With this technique, there will be more than one surgical site, scarring in multiple locations, and a longer recovery time. Because of the invasiveness of the procedure, this approach is not recommended for older patients who may not be able to recover as well.
Implant reconstruction is preferred for older or more frail patients, as this type of surgery is less invasive than flap surgery. Patients who need a double reconstruction may also prefer implant reconstruction as it is easier to achieve symmetrical results. However, there are also downsides with this procedure. Implants are only meant to least about ten years before being replaced, and often do not look as natural as breasts reconstructed with flap surgery.
If you are unsure as to which procedure will best suit you and your needs, Dr. Burns can provide guidance and expert advice to help you achieve the best results.
Dr. Burns has received extensive education and training, and is able to use the most advanced methods to provide results that are as minimally invasive as possible, and provide the most natural-looking aesthetics.
Breast reconstruction can be started at the same time as the mastectomy or after the patient has healed from the mastectomy. Unfortunately, not every woman will be a candidate for reconstruction.
The ideal candidate for breast reconstruction:
- Does not smoke
- Is cancer free
- Has coped well with previous treatment and diagnosis
- Does not have diabetes or high blood pressure
- Can make time commitment for several surgeries
- Has realistic expectations regarding the procedure
Restore Your Figure
If you have undergone a mastectomy or will need to in the future, a breast reconstruction can restore your figure and silhouette. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Burns' 25 years of experience in breast reconstruction surgery.