You’ll be simply amazed at what we have been able to achieve, restoring our patients’ breasts and their confidence.
Reconstruction is certainly worthy of consideration if:
If you’re having a breast removed to fight a malignant cancer, it’s important you’re aware that you can have it reconstructed. (Sometimes, regrettably, this is not always discussed.) This may be possible at the time of your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at the completion of any extra treatment, such as radio- or chemotherapy. Reconstruction is also a sound option for those considering prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, either because you’ve had breast cancer and don’t wish to risk another, or there’s a strong probability you’ll develop a breast tumour based on your family history or specific genetic testing. If this is you then you may wish to discuss this with our Breast Surgeon Beverley Fosh who has a special interest in breast cancer.
Honestly, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both options. First, there is a perception that complications can be greater for those who have immediate reconstruction, depending on the technique adopted, which may delay further treatment. However, in delayed reconstruction, the aesthetic results may not be quite as good. Principally, this is due to the effects of scarring on the tissue remaining after a mastectomy. Don’t worry: good, safe results are still possible.
Adelaide Plastic Surgery’s breast surgeon, Doctor Beverley Fosh, will consult with you and our reconstruction specialists to settle on the approach that will best restore your body image without compromising the safe management of your breast disease. If immediate reconstruction is considered appropriate, Bev will coordinate with one of our plastic surgeons to expedite the matter.
Reconstruction will often require two operations: the initial procedure forms the breast; the second creates the nipple and can also possibly correct residual scars and refine the shape. Our surgeons are skilled in all the latest breast reconstructive techniques, including:
Trauma brings stress and some of these decisions will need to be made swiftly. The situation is rarely ideal. So we encourage a full and frank (but totally supportive) discussion to bring out and answer your hopes and fears.
Issues important for you to consider are:
Whilst these are hard questions, they need to be asked. But don’t worry: at Adelaide Plastic Surgery, we’ll will give you all the context and information you need along with any possible complications during your consultation. And we’re always here to support you right through your recovery.