breast reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Reconstructive Mammaplasty)

Breast reconstruction is a process by which a breast mound and ultimately the nipple and areola can be created to correct problems with congenital deformity or absence of the breast following the treatment of breast cancer. A patient with an absent or undeveloped breast may feel that she is missing a component of her identity and what it is to be feminine. Breast reconstruction is designed to help in the healing process of a woman undergoing treatment for cancer, to restore her identity, and to help make her feel whole again.  Breast reconstruction is a process that typically involves several stages performed over several months. The procedures may involve the use of implants, the patient’s own tissues, or a combination of both.  Symmetry procedures can be performed to help improve the balance between a woman’s breast and the reconstructed one.

Breast reconstruction surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. There are several different types of breast reconstruction procedures and Dr. McKane will recommend an individualized plan for you based on your reconstructive needs. The recovery period following breast reconstruction surgery varies with each patient and with the procedure chosen. Most patients are able to resume most normal activities including returning to work within two to six week’s of surgery. Breast incisions will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts approximately one year.

Breast reconstruction performed at the time of mastectomy will be performed in the hospital.  Additional procedures designed to improve the initial outcome of breast reconstruction or for reconstruction of the nipple and areola can be performed in an accredited SurgiCenter.

Many breast reconstruction surgeries are successfully performed each year and most patients don’t experience complications from their surgery. Nevertheless, you should be aware of some of the specific risks associated with breast reconstruction surgery. Postoperative complications such as delayed healing, nerve damage, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon. Other problems associated with breast reconstruction surgery include asymmetry, unattractive scarring, wrippling, and capsular contracture. Smokers should be aware that smoking is not allowed for four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery due to the risk of potential loss of breast skin or the nipple and areola in nipple and areola sparing procedures. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following Dr. McKane’s advice on follow-up care during the healing process.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999