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Will the breast have a normal aspect after reconstructive surgery?

We recommend you to ask your doctor as many questions as you need about what to expect from your breast reconstructive surgery.

Breast symmetry is the ideal outcome of breast reconstructive surgeries. Plastic surgeons are constantly refining and perfecting breast reconstructive techniques to achieve the best results.

In some cases, your new breast or breasts may not live up to your expectations regarding position, size or symmetry. They may not feel as natural as you thought they would. Most likely you won't have any sensation in a breast reconstructed with an implant. You may feel little sensation in a breast reconstructed using your own tissues. In time most scars will fade.

The Outcome Depends on the Type of the Procedure

Your doctor will explain your options for breast reconstruction, you’ll talk about your medical condition, your preferences and needs before you decide. The mastectomy and breast reconstruction will leave areas of numbness and tightness where the tissue was taken.

Breast reconstructive surgery can be performed using:

  • implants - which can occasionally rupture, leak, causing pain and infection, requiring another intervention. However, silicone or saline implants do provide good results for many women and it is a great option for smaller, thinner women with B cup breasts. 
  • tissue flap procedures - the patient’s own tissue is taken from the abdomen, back, thighs or bottom to create a mound to reconstruct the breast. This procedure results in the most natural-feeling breasts. For larger, softer breasts, this procedure is a very good option, and the reconstructed breasts tend to age the same way as the natural breasts.

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction

Patients may want nipple and areola reconstruction, too. This usually is an outpatient procedure done with local anesthesia, when the breast reconstruction is complete. Minor adjustments in the breast’s position and size can be done when the nipple and areola are rebuilt. The nipple is reconstructed from tissue taken from the back or abdominal flap and tattooed to resemble the natural color of a nipple. The shape of the reconstructed breast will gradually improve over the months.

Our qualified surgeons have helped numerous women in your situation by restoring the size, shape, and aspect of their breasts. Due to our advanced technology, we can help you feel and look good again after you’ve suffered an accident, or you’ve had major surgery.

The techniques we nowadays have, allow us to reach remarkable results. Most patients achieve a natural look after breast reconstruction surgery.

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