Breast Reconstruction Can Restore Your Figure and Self-confidence
If you have lost one or both breasts due to cancer or trauma, Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne can help to restore your figure by performing a breast reconstruction procedure at our Mandeville, LA-office. Although prosthetics and specialty bras are available, they can only offer a temporary solution. A reconstructive procedure can offer a more permanent resolution to help restore your natural figure. If you would like to learn more about the procedure or to find out if you are a candidate for breast reconstruction, please contact our practice to make an appointment with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne.
Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
Women who have lost one or both breasts due to cancer or other trauma and wish to restore the natural curve of their figures often make excellent candidates for reconstruction surgery. Patients must be in good overall health and free from any medical conditions that may impact the body's ability to heal, such as high blood pressure or uncontrolled diabetes. Patients should also be non-smokers and understand the time commitments involved with breast reconstruction surgery. Typically, there are at least two separate procedures and recovery periods involved with reconstructive surgeries.
Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation
Before scheduling surgery, each patient will have a private consultation with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne. They will review your medical history and current health conditions before discussing your goals for treatment. In some cases, Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne can complete the reconstructive procedure at the same time as the mastectomy.
Women who have lost one or both breasts due to cancer or other trauma and wish to restore the natural curve of their figures often make excellent candidates for reconstruction surgery.
During your consultation, Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne will also discuss your reconstructive options with you. Some patients may be recommended for FLAP reconstruction, whereas others may be better-suited for implants. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will help you choose which technique will provide the most benefit for your individual needs.
The Initial Procedure
Many patients who have previously undergone and healed from a mastectomy no longer have an adequate amount of available tissue to accommodate an implant. During this initial procedure, Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne will place a tissue expander in the chest. Over the course of several months, they will add saline to the expander, gradually stretching the skin to the desired size and capacity to hold the implant. In some cases, a permanent expander may be placed and serve as the implant.
Once the tissue has been sufficiently expanded, a saline or silicone implant can be placed. Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne will create a small incision to carefully place and position the implants, similar to a breast augmentation procedure. Once the implant is in place, they will suture and bandage your incisions. Patients who require nipple reconstruction will return for a third procedure after recovering from the implant placement surgery.
Patients typically require a full six weeks or more to completely recover from breast reconstruction surgery. You will likely experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort during the first several days following your surgery. You should avoid strenuous activities and slowly return to light exercise. Your incisions must be cleaned regularly and bandages must be changed to avoid infection. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne may recommend wearing a surgical bra during the first stage of your recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have lost one or both breasts and would like to restore your natural figure, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne.
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