What to Know about Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction improves the shape, size, appearance, and symmetry of one or both breasts following mastectomy, lumpectomy, or congenital deformities. Breast reconstruction in Northwest Arkansas usually occurs during or soon after having surgery but can also be done months or even years later. While the decision to have this procedure often comes at a stressful and emotional time in a patient’s life, it can help to restore a sense of wholeness to many.

Who can have Breast Reconstruction?

Breast Reconstruction candidates must be mentally and physically healthy in order to cope with treatment and recovery. Candidates should have a realistic goal and positive outlook about restoring their breasts and body image. We would be thrilled to take that journey with you.

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Types of Breast Reconstruction

Implant-based Reconstruction

Similar to breast augmentation, this method uses breast implants to help form the new breast and improve symmetry. This type of reconstruction is the most commonly used and involves placing a tissue expander in the chest and later filling the expander so that the muscle and skin gradually stretch out over the course of 6-8 weeks. After another 6-8 weeks, the expander is removed and the implant is placed.

FLAP Reconstruction

This technique uses tissue from another area of the patient’s body to form the new breast. Tissue may be taken from above the belly button, the thighs, or buttocks. Skin, fat, and muscle are then transferred to the breast area and blood vessels are repositioned depending on the area they were taken from.

Breast Reconstruction Results

Breast reconstruction can help restore the shape, size, and symmetry of the breasts and lessen the emotional impact following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. After breast reconstruction recovery, some skin sensation may return and incision scars may fade but not disappear. It is important to continue to monitor breast health through self-examination and regular checkups. One benefit of breast reconstruction is the confidence boost most women feel after their procedure.

Contact Taylor Plastic Surgery today for more information on breast health and breast reconstruction. We would be happy to schedule your consultation with board-certified and award-winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Taylor.