The reconstruction of a breast following a mastectomy, severe lumpectomy or a traumatic injury may be an effective way to restore a natural feeling and appearance to the affected area.
Dr. Mosiello performs a variety of techniques for breast reconstruction, including Tissue Expansion, Latissimus Dorsi Flap, and TRAM Flap breast reconstruction. Each procedure has its own surgical timeline and procedural information. Breast reconstruction is capable of producing a dramatic change in your appearance, which may have a profound impact on your self-esteem.
When to Consider a Breast Reconstruction
Ideal candidates for breast reconstruction are otherwise healthy individuals who understand the possible outcomes of the procedure. Patients may require a breast reconstruction following:
- Single or double mastectomy
- Severely damaging lumpectomy
- Chest injury
Patients who smoke, take certain medications or have a history of certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for breast reconstruction. Those with high blood pressure or morbid obesity may not qualify for this procedure.
What happens during breast reconstruction?
Though there are many different types of breast reconstruction, they can generally be divided into three main categories: implant only, body tissue only or a combination of both implants and body tissue. Each of these techniques will require you to undergo more than one procedure in order to achieve a final result.
How long is recovery following the procedure?
Each recovery process is different, but immediately following the procedure a bandage and compression garment may be provided to control shape, swelling and bruising. A hospital stay may be required, depending on which reconstructive procedure has been performed. The swelling and bruising may increase for the first few days, and then slowly dissipate over the next few weeks. Stitches may be removed after about a week, and a more normal schedule may be resumed after 3-6 weeks.
Is there scarring from a breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction scarring varies from case to case, but typically there will be some visible scarring. Fine sutures will be used to minimize the incision lines, which will continue to fade for up to six months.
What is an acellular dermal matrix?
Acellular dermal matrices, such as Alloderm and Strattice, are used in breast reconstruction to support the tissues. Once the incision has been made, Dr. Mosiello will shape, rehydrate and implant the tissue sheet into a supportive position. The implanted structures will be held in place against the surrounding tissues using sutures.
Are there any possible complications?
Risks of breast reconstruction include decreased or altered sensitivity and abnormal scarring. Additional changes over time may lead to revisionary surgery or additional surgery on the natural breast. As with all surgical procedures, breast reconstruction also presents the risk of infection, bleeding and poor wound healing.
Learn More About Breast Reconstruction in Tampa
For more information about breast reconstruction, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact our office at 813-631-1500. Our Tampa Palms office is conveniently located in New Tampa, near Wesley Chapel.