Frequently Asked Breast Reconstruction Questions
There are many different breast reconstruction options available, and it is important to fully understand your options so that you can make an informed decision. You will have many questions if you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, and while we have outlined some of the more commonly asked questions, Dr. David Passaretti can answer all of your breast reconstruction questions at his Darien, CT, practice.
What are the breast reconstruction procedure options available to me?
There are a variety of different breast reconstruction options available, which can be customized to meet your individual needs. The options available through Dr. Passaretti include implants, DIEP flap, TRAM flap, and latissimus flap, as well as nipple reconstruction.
Can I still undergo breast reconstruction even if I had a mastectomy several years ago?
Yes, it is common for a woman to wait several months or years following her mastectomy to have her breast reconstruction procedure completed. You may, however, require treatment with a tissue expander to achieve the best results.
How do I know if I am a candidate for breast reconstruction?
Patients should be cancer-free at the time of reconstruction and be in good health overall. A consultation with Dr. Passaretti can help you determine which procedure is right for you.
Will I need to take time off work after my breast reconstruction?
You may need to take several weeks off work following your breast reconstruction surgery. Additionally, many of the procedures require multiple surgeries and recovery periods. The total amount of time you will need to recover will vary based on the specific procedure you choose and your body’s own healing process.
Will my breasts look and feel natural?
Thanks to the many advances in technology and surgical techniques, breast reconstruction surgery can create a breast that looks and feels very natural. While flap procedures tend to look and feel the most natural out of all the options, a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Passaretti can make implants look just as natural, an can also perform nipple reconstruction for additional enhancement.
What can I expect after surgery?
You may have drains in place to help remove excess fluid after surgery. You will also need to wear supportive undergarments, and will not be able to take a bath or submerge yourself in water until your drains are removed.
When can I return to full activity?
For more extensive treatment, such as with trap procedures, you will not be able to return to full activity for at least six weeks. If you undergo an abdominal flap procedure, you will also not be able to lift anything over 10 pounds for the first few weeks after surgery.
What are the benefits of breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery offers numerous emotional and physical benefits. You will likely feel more confident and enjoy a restored sense of femininity, and alleviated anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that often results following cancer and breast loss. Your natural curves will be restored for a more feminine figure, and your breasts will be more symmetrical and can look and feel very natural.
Get Further Answers
Dr. Passaretti can address all of your questions and concerns in full detail during a consultation at our office, and he will help you choose the procedure that’s right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your breast reconstruction consultation.