Breast Reconstruction | Houston
Breast reconstruction rebuilds the breasts, returning confidence and self-assurance. Dr. Baylan has worked with many reconstruction patients. He understands the emotional and physical complexities that play a role in breast reconstruction.
The breasts are an integral part of being a woman and strongly tied to the female identity. Losing one or both breasts due to breast cancer or an accident can leave a woman feeling less than whole. It can also affect self-confidence and body image.
Breast reconstruction is a personal experience and each reconstruction plan is tailored specifically to each patient. The first step on your journey is a consultation.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast reconstruction usually requires multiple sessions and stages. Initially, Dr. Baylan creates the breast mound during or after a mastectomy. He performs this process under general anesthesia in the hospital. There are different methods used in reconstructing the breasts.
Skin Expansion & Implants
The most common method for breast reconstruction is skin expansion combined with implant insertion.
Dr. Baylan places a balloon expander beneath both the skin and chest (pectoralis) muscle of the breast. Over the next few weeks, he injects saline solution through a tiny valve placed under the skin. As the expander fills, the skin slowly stretches to adjust to the new breast.
After expansion has been completed, it be replaced with a permanent breast implant. We will decide this during your consultation.
The final phase of the procedure involves reconstructing the areola and nipple.
Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
Another approach to breast reconstruction is the creation of a flap using skin and/or fat from other areas of the body. If the flap is not large enough to create a new breast, Dr. Baylan can place an implant beneath it. This is commonly taken from the abdomen and referred to as a DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap. There are other donor sites in the body as well which will be discussed with Dr. Baylan.
The use of the skin flap makes the newly-reconstructed breast appear and feel more natural. It also eliminates the risks that come with silicone implants. However, this technique can create more scarring and requires a longer recovery period.
Breast Reconstruction Before & After Photos Coming Soon!
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Recovery
For one to two weeks after breast reconstruction surgery, it is normal to feel tired and sore. It may take up to six weeks to fully recover from the procedure. Stitches are usually removed in a week to 10 days. It’s also likely that surgical drains will be in place to keep fluid from building up. These will be removed in one to two weeks. Scars will not disappear but will improve as time passes.
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