What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery? Know why it is done, when it is done, and how it works

What is the purpose of breast reconstruction surgery? What kind of breast reconstruction surgery will the doctor recommend? What happens during a breast reconstruction procedure? Here’s everything you need to know.

Women who have recently undergone breast cancer treatment may be advised to have breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the shape and appearance of their breast. Are you aware of this? There are various types of breast reconstruction procedures available today to save your breasts.

What is the purpose of breast reconstruction surgery?

Dr. Debraj Shome, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon and Director at The Esthetic Clinics, told HT Lifestyle, “One will be recommended breast reduction surgery to reform or reshape one or both breasts after a mastectomy or even a lumpectomy.” You may be aware that a mastectomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes a woman’s entire breast, including the nipple and areola, in order to treat and prevent breast cancer. Furthermore, a lumpectomy is the removal of a section of the breast containing a smaller tumour. your doctor will advise you on the best type of breast reconstruction surgery for you. It may be advised to choose implants or prosthetics with silicone or saline implants for breast construction.”

“Even autologous or skin flap surgery, which uses tissue from another part of the body, will be performed,” he added. The doctor may even recommend a combination of both techniques for a natural reconstruction of one or both breasts. Other techniques may even allow the doctor to reconstruct the nipple and surrounding area if cancer treatment has caused damage to these areas. Did you know that? Breast reconstruction will occur during a mastectomy or lumpectomy, and this is referred to as immediate reconstruction. You’ll be surprised to learn that a delayed reconstruction is also possible. After the mastectomy has been completed and all other cancer treatments have been discontinued, one can choose to undergo reconstruction.”

How will the doctor recommend breast reconstruction surgery?

“The doctor will consider your overall age, health, lifestyle, mastectomy or lumpectomy if you require additional treatments for breast cancer (such as chemotherapy or radiation), and desired appearance,” Dr Debraj Shome explained.

What happens during a breast reconstruction procedure?

You will be given anaesthesia, according to Dr. Debraj Shome, so that you do not feel any pain. “If you’re having a mastectomy or lumpectomy, your treating surgeon will perform that procedure first, and then if implant reconstruction is suggested, they will place the implant in your chest,” he explained. If you have a flap procedure, tissue will be taken from another part of your body and used to form and place the new breast. As a result, a thin tube will be inserted beneath the skin. As you recover, the tube drains fluid and blood. The doctor will then remove the tube. Following the surgery, the doctor will check to see if the beast/breasts are healing. To reduce swelling, you will be given a surgical bra. You