If you have undergone a mastectomy or have been scheduled for one due to cancer diagnosis or cancer risk reduction, consult with Naples Plastic Surgery on how post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery can help restore the shape and appearance of your breasts.
Also used to restore breast tissue loss due to lumpectomies, infections, or trauma, a breast reconstruction can be an amazing step to achieve a restored body image. Dr. Mark Walsh and Dr. Andrew Bonett use their surgical expertise to reconstruct natural, aesthetically pleasing breasts that can help you regain any lost sense of femininity and sexuality that can result from the loss of breast tissue.
A breast cancer diagnosis is a very difficult time in any woman’s life. It’s not only difficult from an oncological or cancer standpoint-knowing that you must go through treatment and surgery but also, from a reconstructive plastic surgery standpoint where patients will start questioning, “Well, what will I look like without a breast or a reconstructed breast,” and they have legitimate concerns about body image.
Here at Gardner Plastic Surgery we see a lot of patients with breast cancer and we have preoperative consultations to explain to them what their reconstructive options are. Now, given the different types of surgeries that may exist, there are various options for reconstructions. We can use implants, we can use your own tissue, or even a combination of both in certain circumstances.
Every patient is different, every patient is unique, and the goals that each patient may have will help us decide together what is the best option for breast reconstruction for you. If you’re seeking breast reconstruction or have had reconstruction in the past and are seeking options to improve your size, shape, or symmetry, please don’t hesitate to come see us for your consultation.
Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction in Naples
Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgeries at Naples Plastic Surgery are performed under general anesthesia in the practice’s state-of-the-art surgical suite in Naples. While many breast reconstruction surgeries are conducted soon after the mastectomy, the procedure can also be performed months or years after a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other breast trauma.
Prior to any surgery, Dr. Walsh and Dr. Andrew Bonett always meet with their individual patients in a one-on-one consultation and physical examination to evaluate all elements of the planned cosmetic procedure. This evaluation will be tailored according to whether the mastectomy is planned or has already been performed, with typical elements addressed during the consultation including:
How the surgery is actually conducted is dependent upon several factors, such as whether the reconstruction is relying on natural tissues taken from other parts of the body, implants, or a combination thereof. Natural tissue reconstruction can utilize skin, fat, and muscle from the back and/or abdomen, as well as fat transfers via liposuction of the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Incision patterns in the breast area vary depending upon the scope of reconstruction and size of implants, and the surgery may include the use of a tissue expander. Some breast reconstructions may require several stages, with the rebuilding of the nipple and areola sometimes needing to be performed at a later date.
The recovery period for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction depends largely upon the scope of the mastectomy and reconstruction, as well as the overall health of the patient. Usually, an outpatient procedure, most patients are released to go home several hours after the procedure, though some stay overnight for additional monitoring and care in our comfortable and private surgical suite.
After the procedure itself, patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and soreness in procedure areas, but this will be alleviated with prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Your surgeon may suggest other post-operative care conditions as warranted. Many patients are able to return to work and most normal daily activities within a week, though some patients may need an additional week or two of recovery time.
If you would like to learn more about post-mastectomy breast reconstruction at Naples Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have a keen eye for aesthetic detail and extensive training from some of the top names in the art of plastic surgery. To learn more about how Naples Plastic Surgery can help you restore your breasts and sense of womanhood through post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.
Your Breast Reconstruction Procedure
At Naples Plastic Surgery, health is the highest priority to Dr. Walsh and Dr. Bonett, which is why they work with great care and precision when performing breast reconstruction surgery in order to improve the appearance and functionality of the breasts. Our plastic surgeons take great pride in helping patients begin their journey toward accomplishing their aesthetic goals and are deeply committed to helping patients obtain the results they seek.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has a long-standing, stellar reputation for outstanding levels of skill, talent, and beautiful results. Dr. Paul M. Gardner, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, Dr. Mark Walsh, and Dr. Andrew Bonett are all highly trained, experienced, and respected in the Naples community.
At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.
Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.
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