Breast reconstruction surgery is a reconstructive procedure that recreates the natural appearance of a breast after a mastectomy (breast removal due to a tumor or cancer).
The ideal candidate is any woman who has been mastectomized and it is contraindicated in patients that smokes (healing problems) and patients who had undergone abdominal surgery and had damaged the blood supply to the abdominal wall.
Reconstruction techniques depend on the type of breast removal surgery, the amount of preserved tissue, cancer prognosis among others. There are two types of reconstruction:
There are different techniques of breast reconstruction:
The nipple reconstruction techniques are:
The techniques of reconstruction of the areola are:
There may be some mild pain, which can be managed with a prescription of medicine by the plastic surgeon.
It is extremely important to keep the area around the stitches clean. Avoid submerging the incision in water and do not let anything or dirt and any product not recommended by the specialist in contact with this region. Should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks any strenuous activity, weight lifting. This will prolong the healing time and will cause a more visible scar. The reconstruction of the breast does not regain the natural sensitivity of the breast. Over time the scars will fade but never in its entirety.
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Risks of any surgery (bruises, scars, anesthesia).
General anesthesia is used and after surgery painkillers are prescribed.
Generally yes, it will depend on each patient.
Yes, as it improves the affected area after radiation.
No, does not affect the course of the disease or interfere with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Depend on the type of tumor. The reconstruction does not interfere on the treatment / development.
No, it is not necessary since there is no breast tissue. If there is any doubt is always possible to do it.
It takes about 6 weeks to notice an aesthetically acceptable result. After 6 months is when the reconstructed breast acquire a natural look.
You should wait about 60 days and should use sunscreen.
How much does a breast reconstruction cost abroad? The price for a mastectomy in Argentina may vary according to the needs and requirements of each patient. Please fill in the form below to contact us and get your Free Quotation!
Our prices includes: pre and post surgery consultations and controls; plastic surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, assistances fees; surgery and recovery room; supplies and disposable materials. Bilingual assistant, accommodation and transfers are optional. Prescribe medication after surgery, implants and/or surgical belts (if required) are not included. No hidden fees!
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Written by Hugo Luciano Monjo, M.D.
Last update: 02/06/2022
Note: This information serves as support and does not replace your doctors opinion.
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