Immediate Vs. Delayed Breast Reconstruction
Depending on your specific needs, breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or a later date (delayed reconstruction). Oftentimes, the best results are obtained during immediate reconstruction.
Immediate Breast Reconstruction Options
With immediate breast reconstruction, mastectomy and breast reconstruction can be performed in a single operation, which allows for a shorter recovery time and only one surgical appointment.
Recovery and Results After Immediate Reconstruction:
Recovery from immediate breast reconstruction is extensive since both procedures are performed back to back. You will need to spend one or two nights in the hospital for observation. Recovery is roughly six to eight weeks of only participating in light activities.
Oncoplastic surgery (oncoplasty) is a type of immediate reconstruction that involves breast-preserving lumpectomy and reshaping the remaining tissue to restore the breasts in one procedure. This will give the appearance of a breast that has been lifted, with precise symmetry between breasts.
Lumpectomy and Breast Lift
A lumpectomy and breast lift are often performed simultaneously to remove breast cancer and achieve symmetry. Breast cancer can be removed using the breast lift incision, and the remaining breast tissue is lifted and tightened.
Breast lift surgery can also be performed on the opposite breast to achieve symmetry.
One-Step Implant Reconstruction
One-step implant reconstruction uses implants and a regenerative tissue matrix or absorbable mesh to reconstruct the breasts in the same operation as the mastectomy.
Delayed Breast Reconstruction
Unfortunately, some patients are not informed of their immediate reconstructive options. Therefore, breast reconstruction surgery scheduled for a later date allows patients to heal from their mastectomy or lumpectomy and undergo radiation therapy, if needed.