For women who had surgical removal of one or both breasts as a form of cancer treatment, breast reconstruction can help rebuild new breasts. It produces natural results that can match your original breasts in terms of shape and size. By improving your body image, it helps boost your self-esteem and improve your quality of life. Please check our breast reconstruction photos of actual Dr Laniewski patients here in Sydney.
Suitable candidates for the procedure
During your initial consultation, we will assess several factors that can affect the outcome of your surgery. These include your age, body type, breast condition, and general health. We will then create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs. In general, we recommend the procedure if:
- You are not undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer.
- You don’t have other medical conditions that can delay the healing process.
- You had surgical removal of your breasts to prevent the spread of cancer.
- You have a breast deformity caused by an accident or injury.
- You have a good coping ability.
- You have realistic goals and a positive outlook.
How breast reconstruction is performed
We will first determine the type of surgery that you will need during your consultation. Depending on your condition, you may need to undergo one of the types of breast reconstruction:
- Implant reconstruction: This procedure makes use of an implant to recreate your breasts. In most cases, it is performed at the same time with surgical removal of the breasts. During the procedure, the implant is inserted into a pocket in your breast. Once the implant is secured in place, the surgical incisions are closed using sutures.
- Flap reconstruction: This procedure uses your own skin, fat, and muscle to make your new breasts. Unlike implant reconstruction, this is a more complex procedure. To recreate your breasts, your surgeon will need to connect the blood vessels of the harvested tissue to the blood vessels in your breasts.
What to expect during your recovery
It is normal to experience swelling in the operative site. This will disappear after a few weeks and can be well controlled with medications. To support your healing breasts, you will need to wear a special bra. You’ll also need to avoid activities that involve lifting your hands above your head.