Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction in Naples
Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgeries at Gardner 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. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro 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. Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro 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, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro each 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 Gardner 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.
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