The result is both physical & psycological, providing a recovery of the breasts close to their original, pre-mastectomy state.
Both an artful and highly technical procedure, we have reached a new era of possibilities for restoring breasts, with barely any signs of the mastectomy remaining. Dr. Brady utilizes the most advanced reconstructive plastic surgery modalities to achieve the highest quality results.
Dr. Brady is an active supporter and passionate researcher of breast reconstruction, using the most state-of-the-art and advanced procedures in his own practice. An initial meeting with Dr. Brady helps determine the timing and procedure details that are needed. There are two basic types of breast reconstruction: those that use a breast implant to replace the removed breast tissue, and those that use skin and fat from another area of the body (known as autologous tissue). With both procedures, there are several different modifications that can be made to best suit the individual patient's needs.
- Implant-based breast reconstruction is similar to a breast augmentation, with the use of a silicone or saline-filled implant to replace breast tissue, alongside skin tissue mostly taken from the mastectomy itself.
- Autologous tissue-based breast reconstruction uses a flap of the patient's own skin and fat from another part of the body, with or without the underlying muscle. This is then transported to the chest to create the reconstructed breast.
- During breast reconstruction, the opposite breast is often shaped with a breast lift to achieve symmetry. This procedure lifts the breast to reduce drooping and matches the newly reconstructed breast. Scars from a breast lift are usually around and below the areola and can be easily concealed. Breast reduction may be needed for women with larger and ptotis natural breasts.
- The procedure can last one or two hours or an entire day and is typically performed under general anesthesia.
RECOVERY / POST-OPERATIVE
It can take three to four weeks to return to a normal rhythm. The results of breast reconstruction vary depending on the patient's individual case and the type of procedure used. Though we strive to achieve the most natural-looking results, reconstructed breasts will not have the same exact sensation and feel of a real breast. It is important for patients to remember this and to have realistic expectations before undergoing the reconstruction procedure.