Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a technique whose main objective is to ensure that any woman who has undergone a mastectomy or who has lost part of her breast in a surgical treatment can recover the symmetry and shape of her breast in a similar way to how it was before the operation. Sometimes this breast reconstruction can be crucial when facing the total recovery after exposure to a traumatic surgical treatment resulting in the loss of the breast.

Treatments for breast reconstruction

The two most commonly used techniques in breast reconstruction, as mentioned above, are mainly focused on the use of skin expansion techniques or techniques where the patient’s own tissue is used. In this sense, the technique in which the patient’s own tissue or autogenous tissue is used, part of the woman’s own tissue is used, in this tissue there may be fat, muscle or even blood vessels, normally these tissues come from the abdomen or from the patient’s own side. Skin expansion techniques, on the other hand, usually involve the use of a “balloon” that slowly expands in the chosen area until it reaches a specific size.

The choice of one or the other breast reconstruction technique may vary depending on the patient’s situation. At our plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine clinic in Granada we want to offer you the best service tailored to your needs. That is why we will take into account your medical situation, the reasons that have led you to need a breast reconstruction as well as the best techniques for correcting this type of imperfections. We accompany our patients through all stages of breast reconstruction, in case you undergo a joint technique or need a longer recovery period for example.

Nipple reconstruction technique

In addition to breast reconstruction, this operation also includes nipple and areola reconstruction if necessary. Thus we see that mammoplasty can be an integrative technique where the final result in our surgery clinic will always aim for the best results and the physical and psychological satisfaction of our patients. In most cases this breast reconstruction can be accompanied by the recovery of sensitivity in the breast area, even in the nipples.

The keys to breast reconstruction

Reconstruction of the female breast. Almost any woman who has undergone a mastectomy can undergo breast reconstruction. However, there may be certain risks that you should be aware of before undergoing this procedure. These risks would be those inherent to any surgery, such as haematomas, pathological scarring or anaesthetic problems which, although unlikely, are always a slight possibility. It should be clear that reconstruction has no effect on breast disease, nor does it interfere with chemotherapy treatment, even if the disease recurs.

Types of breast reconstruction

  • Expansion techniques
  • Techniques that use the patient’s own tissue

The result obtained after breast reconstruction is definitive and allows you to lead a completely normal life. The reconstruction of the breast means an absolute improvement in the image, also providing a psychological balance that on many occasions had been lost, returning to see a complete body, this will soon lead you to lead a full social and sexual life and forget the illness that led to the reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction timing:

Statistically this type of operation takes the following time:

Surgical time: 2 to 3 hours, depending on the technique.
Anaesthesia: Adapted to the needs of each patient.
Hospitalisation: 1 or 2 days, not required if expansion is used.
Recovery: 7 days to 2 weeks.
Final result: 2 to 3 months.