If you have had a mastectomy in Dallas or are planning to have one, breast reconstruction can help you feel and look your best by restoring your natural breast size and shape.
Considered by many to be the final step for women who have overcome breast cancer, breast reconstruction can help provide a patient with both physical and emotional healing. Typically, breast reconstruction is performed after the patient has healed from the mastectomy and completed radiation therapy. However, if the patient does not require any post-operative radiation, breast reconstruction can often be performed at the time of the mastectomy.
How is it performed?
Traditionally, breasts can either be reconstructed through the use of tissue expanders/implants or your own tissue. When your own body tissue is used, this is known as flap or autologous breast reconstruction.
Tissue expander/implant reconstruction represents the simplest form of reconstruction with usually the least amount of downtime. Tissue expanders are initially placed underneath the chest muscles to help stretch the breast skin. During surgery, they are partially filled with fluid and post-operatively, Dr. Khan will continue filling your tissue expanders until there is enough skin to reconstruct adequately sized breasts. The second stage involves removing the tissue expanders and placing permanent silicone or saline implants to give you natural appearing breasts.
Autologous tissue reconstruction involves using your own tissue to create a breast. Popular flap, or tissue choices include the following:
Latissimus dorsi muscle flap:
Taken from your back, this muscle provides healthy tissue to reconstruct your breast. To obtain adequate breast volume, this flap still requires the use of an underlying breast implant.
Taken from your abdomen, this flap includes both the rectus muscle as well as overlying skin and fat. This is typically a bulky flap so no implant is needed.
Also taken from your abdomen, this flap spares your rectus muscle and harvests the skin and fat. Requiring microsurgical technique, this surgery requires more operative time. It also requires close post-operative monitoring to ensure its success.
Based upon your body habitus, lifestyle, desires, medical history, and previous treatments and/or procedures, Dr. Khan will determine which type of breast reconstruction is best for you!
What to expect after surgery?
All breast reconstruction patients here in Dallas, Texas stay overnight in the hospital for monitoring. The technique used to reconstruct your breasts will dictate the total amount of days that you will need to stay in the hospital post-operatively. Typically, this can range from 2-5 days. You will have bandages covering your incision sites and you will have drains that will need to be emptied 3-4 times/day. You will be able to shower the second day after your procedure. Once you are discharged from the hospital, you will be prescribed oral pain medication to help with any discomfort or soreness that you may feel. Bruising and swelling are common after this type of surgery and will subside over a couple of weeks. Final results may be obscured until all of the swelling has resolved.
Schedule a consultation for a Breast Reconstruction in Dallas with Dr. Khan!
Are you interested in learning more about breast reconstruction? Please contact Dr. Khan’s office today. During your consultation with Dr. Khan, she will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about breast reconstruction surgery. Our office is conveniently located at 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75219.