Breast Reconstruction

Evansville, Henderson, Indiana

Who should have Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction surgery can restore a natural-looking breast shape for a woman who has had a mastectomy or breast loss due to disease or accident.

What is involved in breast reconstruction procedure?

Various procedures have been effective in breast reconstruction in Henderson. Traditionally, skin of the chest wall is gradually expanded to create space to place breast implants. The implants re-create the natural breast contour, and nipple and areola reconstruction may be performed as well. Another procedure, TRAM Flap surgery, creates a breast mound using muscle and fat tissue taken from another part of the woman’s body – usually the lower abdomen. This tissue is moved under the skin to position in the breast area, and blood supply is left attached, assuring adequate support for tissue health. The donor area is closed similar to a tummy tuck surgery, providing the additional benefit of a tighter abdomen. The surgeon strives to match the healthy breast, but smaller follow-up procedures may be necessary to enhance the size and shape of the new breast. Another flap procedure takes donor tissue from the back, buttocks, or abdomen and transplants it to the breast site. In this procedure, micro-vascular surgery is needed to provide blood circulation in the new location. Dr. Zieg will help you decide which procedure is most appropriate for your individual situation.

What is the normal healing time after Breast Reconstruction?

You will feel tired and have some discomfort after a breast reconstruction in Evansville. A TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction is a major surgical procedure and will require a few days hospitalization followed by up to 6 weeks post-surgical recovery time. However, you should be able to be up and around on a limited basis within 10-14 days after your surgery. The abdominal donor site causes the most discomfort during healing. Because it is a less invasive procedure, recovery after breast implant surgery will not take as long. You will require minimum hospitalization time, and you should be able to gradually resume normal life routines within a few days.

What results can I expect?

Your breast reconstruction in Henderson will result in a new breast similar in size and shape to the remaining healthy breast. Additional procedures on the remaining breast, such as breast lift or breast augmentation, can give you a more youthful contour and enhance your appearance and self-confidence.