Houston, Spring & The Woodlands Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast Reconstruction Procedures
When breast cancer patients must undergo mastectomy (breast removal) or lumpectomy (partial breast removal) in order to get rid of cancerous tissue, breast reconstruction procedures may be used to rebuild and reshape deformed breasts and restore a more natural, feminine shape to the upper body.
About Breast Reconstruction
There are a variety of surgical options available to reconstruct the breasts, all of which are performed while patients are under general anesthesia. These include tissue expanders and breast implants, as well as flap surgeries that use your own natural tissues to re-create the breast mound.
Tissue expanders are used to create a breast pocket large enough to accommodate saline, silicone or cohesive gel breast implants, whereas flap surgeries, including TRAM flap, DIEP flap and Latissiumus Dorsi flap surgery, involve transferring tissue from either the abdomen or back to the chest wall.
Free flap breast reconstruction procedures, including DIEP flap and free TRAM flap techniques, are more complicated than traditional TRAM flap and Latissiumus Dorsi flap techniques, as complex microsurgery is needed to re-attach the blood supply of transplanted tissues after they are removed from the abdomen.
Before Breast Reconstruction
Before your surgical date, Dr. Cho will meet with you to discuss the details of your breast reconstruction procedure and answer your questions. He will also provide you with specific pre- and post-operative instructions, including directions to abstain from tobacco and alcohol use and avoid certain supplements and medications in the weeks leading up to surgery.
Some patients choose to undergo breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy or lumpectomy procedures, whereas others wait until months or years after breast cancer removal to have their breasts reconstructed. The timing for breast reconstruction and the type of procedure performed depend on your unique needs and goals, and Dr. Cho will work with you and your oncologist to give you the best possible outcome.
After Breast Reconstruction
Immediately following breast reconstruction, patients are required to remain in the hospital for a few days, after which time they may return home with the assistance of a friend or family member.
Most patients need help with post-operative care and household chores the first week or two after surgery and must take three to six weeks off work during the initial breast reconstruction recovery period. After six to eight weeks, most normal activity may be resumed, including exercise.
Nipple and areola reconstruction and cosmetic tattooing may also be performed about two months after breast reconstruction, provided no additional stages of surgery are necessary to achieve your final result. With time and sun protection, breast reconstruction scars will fade to reveal soft, natural-looking breast contours and restored feminine curves.
Please call us at (281) 404-5454 to set up an appointment with Dr. Young Cho, or if you would like to find out more about breast reconstruction. Integrated Aesthetics is located just north of downtown Houston. Our office address is 5061 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388.