What is a Breast Reconstruction?
A breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery that involves a number of techniques used to restore wholeness to the breasts. This is commonly used for women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. Many patients find that a breast reconstruction helps them feel better about how they look and eliminates the need to wear external breast pads.
How is a Breast Reconstruction Performed?
At Anh Vu, M.D., every breast reconstruction begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Anh Vu. During this consultation, Dr. Vu carefully plans out the surgery based upon the patient's aesthetic goals. Breast surgery can create long-term, life-changing results, so he spends a substantial amount of time discussing the procedure with the patient to ensure that they achieve the results they desire. Dr. Vu is incredibly meticulous during surgery, which can involve a number of techniques including implants, fat transfer, skin grafting, and more. The combination of techniques used depends on the patient's current conditions and aesthetic goals. All breast surgeries are performed under anesthesia so that patients remain comfortable throughout treatment.
What Can I Expect After My Breast Reconstruction?
A patient's experience after breast reconstruction will depend on the techniques used and the amount of work done. Typically, patients can expect a few weeks of swelling and bruising. During this time, we recommend that patients get as much rest as possible and sleep only on their back. This can require patients to take up to a week or more off of work and other activities. Following your procedure, Dr. Vu will review instructions for specific post-surgery care and discuss the timing of any follow-up appointments.
How Long Do the Results from a Breast Reconstruction Last?
When performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon like Dr. Anh Vu, the results from a breast reconstruction can last for years and look completely natural.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reconstruction?
If you have lost a portion of the breasts due to a mastectomy or other causes, you may be a good candidate for a breast reconstruction. If you think you are a good candidate, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anh Vu. During your consultation, Dr. Vu will review all possible treatments with you and help determine what the best treatment option will be based on the results you hope to achieve. In most cases, breast reconstruction treatments are covered by insurance. If it is not covered, we accept a variety of payment options and financing to make our services accessible to all of our patients.
A mastectomy can leave a woman feeling less than whole, which is why Dr. Anh Vu offers breast reconstruction to residents of St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, and Daytona Beach. Contact us today to learn more about the procedure or to arrange a consultation.