Candidates For A Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction recreates a breast mound in women who have had their breasts altered or removed by breast cancer surgery. The goal is to rebuild a natural-looking breast that is symmetrical with the other breast. Depending on the circumstances, breast reconstruction can begin immediately after mastectomy or as a delayed procedure, anywhere from several weeks to years following a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction typically requires more than one operative procedure, with additional surgeries to optimize symmetry or rebuild a nipple areolar complex.
A consultation with Dr. Ed Pittman is necessary to determine how to proceed with your procedure, based on your individual needs. Dr. Pittman uses tissue expanders when reconstructing breasts, which requires a staged approach. After a mastectomy (either immediately or after a delay), Dr. Pittman places the expander inside the chest wall. Over the following weeks as you heal, a saline solution is added to the expander, ultimately creating a pocket in which a saline or silicone breast implant can be inserted. The final step is to create the nipple areolar complex.
Breast reconstruction will require in-patient hospital care. Breast reconstruction, including any surgery done to the opposite breast for symmetry, is covered by insurance.
Results & Recovery
You can plan to go back to work 3 to 4 weeks following your Breast Reconstruction surgery. After the drains are removed avoid physical contact with breasts for 2 to 3 weeks. Your scars will fade over the course of several months, to a year or more.
*The results of any procedure vary from patient to patient depending on multiple factors. There is no guarantee of satisfaction with end results. All recovery times are estimates and not guaranteed.
To learn more about getting a Breast Reconstruction please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page, or by calling Pittman Plastic Surgery located in Athens, GA, at (706) 549-3203. Michele, our Patient Care Coordinator will answer any questions you have about the treatment including pricing and financing options. We look forward to working with you!