Breast Reconstruction near Montreal

Breast reconstruction refers to any of a number of surgical procedures performed following total or partial mastectomy. The choice of procedure depends on the state of scar tissue, skin thickness, irradiated tissue, the shape and volume of the breast to be reconstructed, etc.

Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction often goes together with breast augmentation, when breast size has been increased for cosmetic reasons, or as the result of a birth defect or following the removal of a cancerous breast.

Operation

Breast reconstruction using implants is usually performed under general anesthesia. An expansion implant, i.e. a temporary implant that is gradually inflated to make room for a permanent implant, is inserted by incision at the crease under the breast or at the mastectomy incision scar. Room is made under the skin or behind the pectoral muscle where the permanent implant will be inserted. The incision will then be closed, covered by a bandage and sometimes a bra.

Convalescence

Patients who undergo breast reconstruction may require anywhere from a few hours to a few days at our specialized medical centre. In both cases, the person must be accompanied home by a responsible person.


Postoperative care will be discussed with your surgeon, according to the procedures that were performed.

Possible Complications

Although rare, certain complications may occur following plastic or cosmetic surgery


Here is a list of the complications that could occur:

Early Complications

  • Hematoma (accumulation of blood around the implant)
  • Infection
  • Rupture of the incision
  • Skin ulceration and exposure of the implant

Late Complications

  • Hardening of the breasts
  • Change in nipple sensitivity
  • Rupture of the implant
  • Inflatable implant
  • Implant filled with silicone gel
  • Auto-immune disease

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