If you have lost part or all of your breast tissue due to a mastectomy, congenital deformities or other causes, you may consider breast reconstruction to address this problem.
Flap or implant-based reconstruction or a combination of the two can be used to recreate your missing breast or breasts to near normal appearance, size and shape.
Breast reconstruction is a customized and individualized procedure in that there is no standard treatment plan. It is tailored according to the needs and goals of each patient. In general, breast reconstruction procedure involves two different methods. Flap reconstruction and implant-based reconstruction. The first one is uses your own tissue, and the second one uses breast implants to form new breasts. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the time of mastectomy, or it can be delayed.
You may be a good candidate if you:
The outcomes of Breast Reconstruction can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.
Breast reconstruction can address your aesthetical concerns about your breasts. Through breast reconstruction, your missing breast or breasts can be recreated. The size, the shape, and the proportions of your breasts can be enhanced to near normal appearance. Your breasts look better, and you may enjoy fitting into bras and bikinis. You may wear low-cut clothes that you want to wear.
The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. If you are not happy with the appearance of your breasts, it’s likely that you experience psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-confidence and social life. After breast reconstruction procedure, you will have a more positive self-image. Your new recreated breasts will boost your self-confidence, and you will feel wholeness and femininity again.
After the operation, your breasts will be covered with bandages. Gauze can be applied to your incision sites. You may be asked to wear a support bra or an elastic bandage in order to minimize swelling and support your reconstructed breasts. A small tube may be placed under your skin to drain excess fluid. You may experience some numbness, tightness and discomfort that can be eased with pain medication. You should follow the post-op instructions precisely and use only the medications approved by your surgeon.
You may expect swelling, bruising and soreness to last for 2-3 weeks. Depending on the reconstruction type, it may take 4 to 6 weeks to return regular activities, and it may take months to resume strenuous exercises, and to completely heal. You should take into consideration that your newly reconstructed breasts will probably not have the exact shape and sensation as before, but in time, some feeling should return. Scarring will be minimized with the help of advanced techniques, but keep in mind that some scarring is inevitable, but the visibility of the scars will fade over time. It may take time to get used to the reconstructed breasts but, in time, you will feel that reconstructive operation dramatically enhances your overall appearance and quality of life.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“Through customizable procedures and the advanced techniques, now, we have a high potential to provide a more natural feeling and appearance to your breasts. After the operation, you will feel sexy and comfortable, and your self-esteem will be improved. No one will be able to tell that you had a breast reconstruction procedure.”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. It is of critical importance that you give your doctor every detail, from the conditions you might have to the operations you had in the past, to the medications and supplements you use, to minimize the risks the surgery could bring. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon, and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need.
“People think breast reconstruction is only for cancer patients. That is not true. Congenital conditions, missing or deformed breasts caused by physical traumas or infections can be corrected through breast reconstruction.”
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