How Long is Recovery After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Losing part or all of your breast due to a mastectomy may cause you to feel like you have lost your sense of self. Breast reconstruction surgery restores breasts to a near-normal appearance so you can feel whole again. If you have had or will have a mastectomy, learn more about how you can restore your breasts afterward. 

What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery? 

Breast reconstruction surgery usually follows a mastectomy (surgery for breast cancer). This procedure will remove some or all of the breast tissue. Each reconstructive breast surgery is a unique procedure that creates symmetry, fullness, and a look so natural that people might not know you had a mastectomy. Breast reconstructive surgery can also be performed on those who have lost part of the breast due to reasons other than breast cancer. 

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How Long is Recovery After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Since each breast reconstruction surgery is different, recovery times will vary. You should expect to take a week or more off from work, depending on how much physical activity your job requires. You should avoid lifting heavy objects or strenuous exercise for four to six weeks. You will see changes in your breasts immediately after surgery, but your results will continue to evolve for up to six months. 

Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

You have several options for breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Brenman will evaluate your breasts and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Every breast reconstruction surgery is a unique procedure requiring artistry and skill. 

Immediate or Delayed Breast Reconstruction

An immediate breast reconstruction happens at the time of the mastectomy. It has the advantage of fewer surgeries and a rapid improvement in breast appearance. Some people will require delayed breast reconstruction surgery due to healing or other treatments. 

Autologous Tissue Transfer or Implant

Breast implants can restore your breast to its natural shape and appearance. In many cases, your surgeon will recommend implants on both sides to achieve a symmetrical appearance. If you prefer to avoid implants, you can choose autologous tissue transfer. This procedure takes tissue from a donor site on your body and uses it to repair the breast. 

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

If you had a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, you are usually a good candidate for reconstructive surgery. Insurance companies are required to cover this vital procedure. Ideal candidates are in good health and have reasonable expectations about how much improvement they can expect. Only a consultation can determine whether you are a good candidate. 

This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about breast reconstruction surgery? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Scott Brenman at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180, and our staff will gladly offer you a convenient appointment in the near future.

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