Is a breast reconstruction right for you?
Losing one or both of your breasts to cancer can be an extremely traumatic experience. Undergoing a reconstructive procedure that recreates your perky, voluminous and natural-looking chest can dramatically improve the way you feel – both physically and emotionally. And perhaps best of all, your new chest can help you begin to move forward – putting your experience with cancer behind you for good.
Are you a candidate for breast reconstruction?
As long as you are now cancer-free and want to rediscover your feminine appearance, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for a breast reconstruction. To be certain, we invite you to schedule a private consultation in Dr. Sukkar’s Houston office, so he can provide you with personalized guidance regarding whether or not this procedure is right for you.
An Overview of
Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Sukkar offers two distinct breast reconstruction surgeries to his Clear Lake patients: breast implants or a flap reconstruction. Each option comes with its own set of pros and cons, and Dr. Sukkar will help you determine which one is in your best interest.
With a flap reconstruction, Dr. Sukkar will remove skin, fat and muscle from your abdominal area, back or buttocks. He will then transfer that tissue to your chest to create your brand new breasts. This is an extremely popular option because the results look and feel just like your natural chest, and using your body’s own tissue means you’re less at risk for an infection or any complications.
The other reconstruction option are breast implants. In some cases, you may require tissue expansion prior to undergoing this procedure, to ensure there’s enough space for the implants. In this case, Dr. Sukkar will use an expander to stretch the remaining skin over a period of weeks. Once the expansion process is complete, Dr. Sukkar will make a well-hidden incision and place your brand new implants. This is a terrific option for many women because it’s less invasive than the other approach. It’s also ideal for very thin women, who don’t have enough excess fat to use for a flap reconstruction.
Once Dr. Sukkar has reconstructed your flawless breasts, he may have you stay in the hospital overnight for close monitoring, or he may send you home right away to begin the healing process. Your experience will depend on your unique needs and how you responded during surgery.
For the first ten days after the procedure, you can expect to feel weak and unable to perform daily tasks normally. There will likely be some swelling and bruising, however it will subside on its own as you progress through the healing process. In general, you will be able to resume many activities within the first week, with a full return to your normal lifestyle within three weeks.
If you are going to undergo a mastectomy, we invite you to schedule a consultation at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery today. During your private meeting in our Houston office, we will carefully assess the best course of action before creating a custom treatment plan designed to restore your feminine appearance.