Breast Reconstruction is a type of surgery performed by a plastic surgeon and is for women who have had a mastectomy – single or bilateral. Most women who have had a mastectomy are able to undergo reconstructive surgery, however, electing to have reconstruction is a choice for each individual to make.
Why may a woman opt to have reconstructive surgery?
- To make the breasts look balanced and natural,
- To regain breast shape,
- For positive effects on self-image, self-esteem, and feelings of sexuality,
- As an alternative to wearing external breast forms.
Reconstructive surgery is performed using one of two procedures:
- TRAM Flap Procedure: uses tissue and muscles from the tummy to rebuild the breast. The procedure can decrease strength in the core, and can also result in tummy “tightening” (ie. A tummy tuck).
- Implant Procedures: Implants are placed in a pocket made between the chest muscle (pectoris) and the rib. The type of implant used could be saline or silicone-gel. In some cases, expander implants may be used to allow saline solution to be added in small amounts at a given time, this allows the pocket made for the implant to expand and stretch at a slower rate.
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Finishing touch. Following the surgery, a non-invasive procedure can be performed to reconstruct your nipple-areola complex to give a natural look to the breast. This is usually the final phase of your reconstruction. Some surgeons do provide areola reconstruction, however, it is advisable that you look for a micropigmentation technician with a portfolio that you are impressed by. Compassionate Beauty is proud to offer our clients the areola reconstruction service by Jody Stoski, experienced micropigmentation technician, cosmetic and medical tattoo artist. To learn more about this procedure and to view some images of Jody’s work, please click here.
After your reconstructive surgery:
You can expect to feel sore for a few weeks following your surgery, and longer if you have opted for the TRAM flap operation. It may take as long as 1-2 years for the tissues to completely heal and scars to fade, however, the scars will never fully disappear. Jody Stoski also offers scar revision tattoo services that can significantly reduce the visibility of surgical scars. Book your consultation to learn more today.
To learn more about breast reconstruction in Canada, please follow this link to the “Canadian Collaboration on Breast Reconstruction” site. The CCBR site features a plethora of useful information, including video testimonials of patients who have undergone breast reconstruction.