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Breast reconstruction surgery can help women restore their breasts after a mastectomy, breast injury or other loss of breast tissue. Using a modern approach, Austin plastic surgeon Dr. David Dellinger can create new breasts that come close in form and appearance to matching your natural breasts. You can work with Dr. Dellinger before your mastectomy to have reconstruction performed during that procedure or after you’ve had a mastectomy.*
Dr. Dellinger, founder of Elysian Plastic Surgery, is double-board certified in plastic/reconstructive and general surgery, and has extensive experience performing breast surgery procedures over more than 20 years in practice. Dr. Dellinger works with women in the Austin area and throughout Texas who are interested in restoring their figures with breast enhancement surgery.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for breast reconstruction.
If your doctor approves immediate reconstruction, you may be able to have a mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the same time. In other cases, your doctor may recommend waiting until you’ve finished cancer treatments. The best candidates for immediate reconstruction tend to be women whose cancer has been completely removed by a mastectomy.*
Dr. Dellinger can help you decide where breast reconstruction fits best in your treatment plan. Some women feel overwhelmed at coping with a cancer diagnosis and breast reconstruction at the same time. Others want to avoid a second surgery later. Some may be advised to wait, especially if the breasts need to be rebuilt in a more complicated procedure.
You can begin talking about breast reconstruction options soon after you’re diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Dellinger can work with your breast surgeon early on to develop a treatment plan that ensures the best conditions for reconstruction.*
During your initial consultation, Dr. Dellinger will explain which reconstructive option may be best for you depending on your age, health, goals and anatomy. Being clear with Dr. Dellinger about your expectations will help him design the optimal reconstruction for you.*
Breast reconstruction is typically done in a hospital under general anesthesia and is covered by any health insurance that also covered your cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction can be done with breast implants, or Dr. Dellinger can use your natural tissue to create new breast mounds.
Using the expansion technique, Dr. Dellinger inserts a balloon expander beneath your chest muscle, then gradually injects saline to fill the expander over several weeks or months. When your skin has stretched enough, Dr. Dellinger can then perform a second surgery to remove the expander and place breast implants. Some expanders, though, are designed to be left in place as the final breast implant. Surgery may also be performed to reconstruct the nipple and areola.
Flap reconstruction is more complex. Dr. Dellinger creates a flap of skin using tissue taken from somewhere else on your body, such as the back or abdomen. The flap can then be tunneled into place under skin or transplanted to your chest and your natural tissue can be used to form new breasts. Flap reconstruction leave scars both at the donation site and on the breasts. You may also have a longer recovery than reconstruction with breast implants.
You may need to have a series of surgeries to complete your breast reconstruction. If you had a single mastectomy, Dr. Dellinger may recommend performing breast enhancement surgery on the contralateral (opposite) breast to enlarge, reduce or lift your natural breast to more closely match the reconstructed breast.*
Depending on the extent of your breast reconstruction, you may need to stay in the hospital for 2 to 5 days. You may feel tired and sore and experience some discomfort for the first week or two. Dr. Dellinger may place drains to remove excess fluid from your breasts but the drains and stitches should be taken out in 7 to 14 days.*
You may need up to 6 weeks to recover from a combined mastectomy and reconstruction or flap reconstruction alone. Your recovery may be shorter if breast implants are used without flaps and reconstruction is done separately from mastectomy. The change in your breasts may be noticeable quite soon or gradually, depending on the type of breast reconstruction you have.*
To schedule your breast reconstruction consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.