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How Long Does Breast Reconstruction Take?

Breast reconstruction surgery is a very important procedure that many women undertake. Dr. Brenman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that’s conducted many breast reconstructions in his career. He has the knowledge and expertise to ensure the procedure goes according to plan. Amongst the many questions that candidates have surrounding this procedure, the most common one is how long does breast reconstruction take?


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What is Breast Reconstruction?

As the name suggests, breast reconstruction surgery focuses on reconstructing and rebuilding the breasts. It is a special procedure that’s aimed at women who have had breast cancer. During your battle against cancer, it’s possible you have lost a breast. Unfortunately, this is highly common as it is often one of the only ways to remove cancerous tumors.  Thankfully, breast reconstruction allows cancer patients to regain both of their breasts. It’s a highly tailored procedure that works on constructing and forming new breasts for the patient. Many different stages are involved, so it can take a long time, depending on your case. There are also different forms of breast reconstruction – some use implants along with nipple reconstruction, while others involve placing an expander inside the breasts that’s gently expanded over a longer period. All the different variations and options will be explained by Dr. Brenman when you book your consultation.   

How Long Will Breast Reconstruction Take?

It’s impossible to give a concrete figure as the time can depend on two major factors.  Firstly, the surgery itself can vary based on the complexity of the case. As mentioned above, some patients may have only lost one breast from cancer, while others lose both. Performing a single breast construction won’t take as long as a double one, but the severity of the case also comes into play. Some candidates are in a position where breast reconstruction is decidedly easier than it would be for others. Therefore, the timing can vary quite significantly.  The second concern is the recovery period. Now, this relates to the complexity of the case as complicated cases usually lead to longer recovery times. Soreness is expected in the immediate aftermath and may continue for a few days or weeks. However, on average, most women get back to normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks of breast construction surgery.  During the recovery period, it’s recommended you avoid any strenuous activities for at least 4-6 weeks after the surgery. This includes things like overhead lifting, sports, and some sexual activities. It’s also worth knowing that you might see swelling for up to 8 weeks. It can also take a full year or more for all tissues to fully heal and settle into their new placement.  

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Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is an important procedure as it gives confidence back to women who have been through a big battle. It restores breasts that were lost during a fight against cancer, meaning you feel more like your old self. This will have a significant impact on your mental well-being, and many women see it as a way of finally getting over their battle and feeling like they’re recovering.   “After losing 87 pounds I decided I would treat myself and get a tummy tuck that I have been wanting for some time. I researched and thought Dr Scot Brenman would be best. Well suffice it to say I am not thrilled with my results. Ultimately my tummy is flatter which was what I wanted but my belly button is 2 inches above the incision line which I hate! He promised lipo which til this day I’m betting he didn’t do! Also his aftercare was thee WORSE! He never followed up with me after the removal of my drains! No way will he receive another one of my hard earned dimes!” *
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, including what solution might be right for you? Schedule your complimentary consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery with Dr. Scott Brenman 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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