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.
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.
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.
Although rare, certain complications may occur following plastic or cosmetic surgery. Here is a list of the complications that could occur:
Hematoma (accumulation of blood around the implant)