Breast Reconstruction is a surgical procedure that is used to help and restore the natural appearance of a breast after cancer or some other source of trauma. This procedure should be completed by a professional plastic surgeon who understands what to do and has completed these procedures in the past. Understanding more about it can help a person determine if this is right for them.
The decision to have this type of Plastic Surgery completed is extremely personal. It is important for each person to determine if the benefits will achieve the goals that a person has and if the potential complications and risks are acceptable.
Some of the potential risks that go with breast reconstruction include, but may not be limited to, issues with infection, bleeding, improper healing at the site of the incision and risks associated with anesthesia. It is important that a person also understands that:
- The flap surgery will include the potential risk of losing the flap and the loss of sensation at the reconstruction site.
- Using implants will increase the risk of implant rupture and breast firmness.
- A breast implant will not impair overall breast health.
In most cases, breast reconstruction surgery will be performed in a hospital, and may include the patient staying at the hospital for a short period of time. The doctor who provides the surgical services will also likely use general anesthesia. There are some follow-up procedures that can be done in an outpatient setting and in some cases sedation and local anesthesia will be used to help and ease discomfort. The decision will be made based on the person’s specific procedure and their own preferences.
Interested In Breast Reconstruction
If you are interested in information regarding breast reconstruction surgery, please contact our Albuquerque and Santa Fe area practice, Hermosa Plastic Surgery, for a consultation. Dr. Miguel Gallegos would be happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and identify factors that may affect the final results of your breast surgery.