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Autologous reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to recreate the breast after a mastectomy. Women with breast cancer or who are at risk of developing breast cancer undergo a mastectomy to remove one or both breasts. Autologous reconstruction in Southlake can be done immediately after the mastectomy is performed or at a later date.
What Is Autologous Reconstruction?
Autologous reconstruction is a breast reconstruction technique done through flap surgery. It involves removing a flap of tissue, which can contain skin, muscle, fat, and/or blood vessels. This flap is taken from one part of the body and then transferred to the breast area.
The tissue is used to create a new breast mound, which is shaped to match the appearance the breasts had before the mastectomy. In some cases, the tissue is used to create a pocket, into which a prosthetic breast implant can be placed. This ensures that the new breast size matches its pre-mastectomy size.
Types of Flap Procedures
There are two types of flap surgeries done:
- Free Flap Surgery – Here, tissue from another part of the body is fully removed, including detachment of the blood vessels, and then transferred to the chest. Since the blood vessels have to be reattached, the procedure is complex and takes more time.
- Pedicled Flap Surgery – In this technique, the blood vessels are left connected to the donor site while the flap is transferred to the chest. This is typically the more ideal method, because it is less complex.
The tissue flap is usually taken from the abdomen, upper thighs, or buttocks. The donor site is chosen based on several factors:
- The body type of the patient and their medical history are considered when deciding which type of flap surgery needs to be done.
- If the breasts were large before the mastectomy, the area on the body that has the most tissue is selected. If the breast size was small, a smaller area can be selected.
- If the patient plans to become pregnant later, the abdomen is not selected as the donor site, ensuring that muscle tissue from the abdomen is not removed. In these cases, the buttocks or the thigh may be selected as the donor site.
Nipple/areola reconstruction may be required as part of autologous breast reconstruction.
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Recovery and Results
It must be noted that after the procedure, two areas require healing: the breast area and the donor site. Pain and swelling in both sites are common after the procedure. Medicines are given by Dr. Habash to help manage these symptoms.
A bandage or support bra is recommended to give support to the breast during the healing process. It takes around 4 to 6 weeks for healing to be complete. During this time, activities that put pressure or strain on the chest area should be avoided.
The breast will not be the same as it was before. However, with the help of autologous breast reconstruction, it can be restored to a similar appearance and feel.
Get Started Today
To find out more about autologous reconstruction in Southlake from Dr. Ameen Habash, set up a consultation by contacting our office. Dr. Habash will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.