Breast Reconstruction Conveniently located to serve Kirkland and Bellevue
Following a partial or total mastectomy, breast reconstruction in Kirkland restores the form and shape of the breasts. It can be performed right after your breast cancer surgery or months after. This may involve autologous reconstruction which means using one’s one tissue to rebuild the breast or tissue expansion using a type of breast implant which can be expanded after it is placed and later a permanent breast implant, usually gel. Breast reconstruction is usually staged, that is it is done in several procedures, with the eventual creation of a nipple and areola. This is particularly satisfying and rewarding.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Individuals undergoing a lumpectomy or mastectomy as part of breast cancer treatment are the best candidates for breast reconstruction surgery. If you have cardiovascular illnesses or clotting problems, you may not be recommended for the procedure. It is best to be a non-smoker or willing to quit weeks before and after the surgery.
There are a lot of considerations for breast reconstruction surgery, including your personal preferences and the amount of remaining breast tissue after tissue excision. A physical examination of your chest will be performed during your consultation, and additional imaging or diagnostic tests may be requested. Your medical history will be reviewed, along with various lifestyle factors.
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the treatment plan, it is performed right after lumpectomy or mastectomy while the patient is still unconscious.
If flap surgery is being performed, tissue will be harvested from one part of the body, usually around the belly, thigh, or back. The harvested tissue will be shaped and formed to resemble the contours of the new breast.
If implant-based reconstruction is being performed, incisions will be created to allow for placement of either a tissue expander or the breast implant. The expander or implant will then be inserted.
Finally, the incisions will be closed with stitches. The procedure can take several hours to complete.
The Recovery Process
The recovery period after a breast reconstruction surgery depends on a lot of factors. There may be a short hospital stay after your surgery. You will need some time off from work so you can fully rest and recover. Swelling, bruising, soreness, and pain may persist for a couple of weeks, but you will be given prescription medications to alleviate the discomfort.
You will wear a surgical bra for a time to ensure proper support of the breasts. Light movements are encouraged after a few days, but straining and lifting should be avoided until four to six weeks after surgery. It can take up to eight weeks before you can go back to all normal routines.
Find out more about your options for breast reconstruction in Kirkland and how it can improve your quality of life after mastectomy surgery. Contact Remington Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.
– by M.G.