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What Should You Expect During Breast Reconstruction with Fat Grafting?

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that helps to restore the shape of a breast after a mastectomy which is the removal of a breast because of breast cancer. There are also some women who get their breasts removed to prevent breast cancer and they can benefit from a breast reconstruction procedure. You can have immediate breast reconstruction that is done immediately after a mastectomy or you can have delayed breast reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction surgery can be done using East Windsor fat grafting or skin flaps which are acquired from another body part and then used to replace the breast tissue. To enhance the safety of the procedure, breast reconstruction surgery should be done by an experienced plastic surgeon. When you visit the plastic surgeon in advance, they will explain to you what you should expect from the procedure and what are its benefits and risks.

 

What are the Benefits and Risks of Breast Augmentation Procedure?

A breast augmentation procedure is a cosmetic procedure that helps to boost confidence in your physical appearance. Having a mastectomy can make you feel embarrassed when you are in social places or even at work and breast reconstruction helps to boost your self-esteem which will then boost your performance at work or even school.

The other benefit of a breast reconstruction procedure is that it uses your body tissues and therefore they are unlikely to be rejected by your immunity system. When you get a fat graft for the breast reconstruction, you can remove stubborn fats from areas like your abdomen.

Some of the risks that can happen during a breast reconstruction surgery include infection if the surgery is not done under sterile conditions. You can also have excess bleeding if you have pre-existing bleeding abnormalities. As in any other surgery, you may experience the risks of anesthesia like low blood pressure. And you may have to be under anesthesia for long because you will have two procedures at once.

Sometimes the breasts may become asymmetrical and may require further procedures to make them have the same size. Another risk that may happen is the death of the tissues especially in women who smoke, because smoking delays wound healing by causing the blood vessels to become narrow.

What Happens During the Breast Reconstruction Surgery Using Fat Grafting?

During the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia and so you will be asleep during the entire procedure and pain-free. The doctor will then use liposuction to remove fat tissue from another body part like the abdomen or the thigh. The plastic surgeon will then prepare the fat before using it to construct your breast.

The doctor then puts the fat inside your breast. You may require multiple fat grafting procedures if you want to increase the size of your breasts. The number of fat grafts that you require depends on how good your blood supply is.

The results of the procedure include natural-looking breasts, improved breast contour, and helps you to stop wearing external prosthesis under your bra. Having realistic expectations in the outcome of the procedure will help you to be satisfied with the results.

Conclusion

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that restores breasts after breast removal surgeries. The procedure is safe when done by a qualified plastic surgeon and it helps to have realistic expectations from the procedure. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Breast reconstruction surgery can help to boost confidence in your physical appearance.