Robert Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville Arkansas
Following a mastectomy, women may feel inferior about their breast appearance, especially when it is a drastic change from what they once had. Breast reconstruction utilizes several plastic surgery techniques to restore one or both breasts to a near normal appearance, shape, and size.
Although breast reconstruction rebuilds your breast, the results are highly variable based on a variety of factors.
- Reconstructed breasts generally do not have the same sensation or feel as the natural breast.
- There will be visible incisions on the breast, whether it is from the mastectomy or reconstruction.
- Some reconstruction methods leave incision lines at a donor site, generally located in inconspicuous areas, including the back, buttocks, or abdomen.
If only one breast is affected by cancer, only one breast may be reconstructed. Additionally, a breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation may be necessary to improve the symmetry of the size and position of both breasts, for a naturally pleasing breast contour.
What can I expect with breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art, highly accredited on-site surgery center. There are many methods of breast reconstruction, discussed briefly below:
- A TRAM Flap uses skin, muscle, and fat from donor sites, generally from a woman’s abdomen to restore the breast shape.
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap uses skin, fat and muscle from the back to the mastectomy site. This flap remains attached to the donor site, leaving all blood supply intact.
- Tissue Expansion stretches elastic skin to cover a placed breast implant.
Depending on the method chosen specifically for you, your results and surgical time will vary. In any case, a breast implant can be inserted to create a breast mound, which is similar to natural-appearing breasts. If your nipple and areola are absent after mastectomy, grafting and other specialized techniques recreate a nipple and areola.
What is recovery like from breast reconstruction?
After completing your breast reconstruction, our highly trained staff will wrap your incisions in gauze or bandages. A support bra will also be suggested to minimize swelling. Dr. Taylor will provide specific aftercare instructions, which are vital to follow for an optimal recovery.
What are the results of breast reconstruction?
The results from breast reconstruction can lessen the emotional and physical impact a mastectomy may have on a woman. Over time, some breast sensations may return and scars will continue to fade. It is also important to keep up with your monthly self-exams, yearly mammography, and other testing techniques to ensure long-term health. If you have any further questions about breast reconstruction at Dr. Taylor’s office, please don’t hesitate to call today!