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Breast Reconstruction Using Implants

The Operation In Short

This form of breast restoration, which is usually done in two stages, involves adding a silicone implant under the major chest muscle and skin. Initially, an expanding balloon (tissue contractor) is placed under the muscle, which after a series of normal serum injections is gradually filled to expose the skin of the breast. Then, after three to six months, the spacer is removed and a permanent silicone implants is added in size and shape.

In recent years, breast reconstruction with Silicone Implants can be done in one step, which allows mastectomy to maintain the skin of the breast, giving a more natural result. Of course, for the operation of the surgery, additional insertion or special materials are required in order for the insert to be supported internally. If re-insertion surgery at one time is the most appropriate option for the patient, this will be discussed with Mr. Constantine Benetatos during the session.

Advantages of Using Silicone Implants

  • When this surgery is performed as an immediate breast reconstruction surgery, it simply requires a small extra intervention in the mastectomy procedure, which avoids scars in other parts of the body.
  • In most patients, the addition of a silicone implants will have a satisfactory cosmetic result and the recovery period from such surgery is relatively quick.

Disadvantages of Adding Implants

  • After surgery, the shape of a breast will have little or no drop and may therefore appear less natural compared to the other breast.
  • Operations that the patient undergoes are two and therefore the recovery time will be greater.
  • There are some parameters that are related to the addition of Silicone implants, including the creation of a "capsule" that causes the Inset (usually occurs in thirty percent (30%) of patients) that may be accompanied by pain and disorder of the shape of the new breast, as well as a small risk of inflammation leading to the loss of the implant.

Over time there is no symmetry in the breasts as the implant does not change in shape or size in the same way as the natural breast.

Medicines

A complete medical history should be taken before each surgery. As a precautionary measure, doctors should not take prescription medication or herbal products / drugs before surgery and for 3 days afterwards. Also, strict non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as salospir, ibuprofen (Nurofen), diclofenac (Voltaren) and any other anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy should always be avoided, always with the physician. It would also be very helpful to bring a list of any prescription medicines you receive for your preoperative control.

Smoking

Smoking If you are a smoker try to quit smoking at least six weeks before and after surgery, as this will dramatically reduce the chance of post-operative complications

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Recovery from the Insect Rehabilitation Intervention

The length of the patient's stay in the hospital

Both surgeries (one for the placement of the skin disorder and one for the removal of the prosthesis and the placement of the permanent implant to be performed over four to six months) are usually four days, and the duration of the surgery is usually from one to two (1-2) hours.

Time in bed

Patients may need to remain bedridden for one day without the need for a bladder catheter.

Time of mobilization

Within one to two days they will be able to move, and after a week they can walk without feeling any inconvenience. After the end of four weeks of recovery, they will be able to exercise, and from the sixth to the eighth weeks they will have fully recovered and will return to their workplace.

Driving

It is recommended for patients to avoid driving until they are totally relieved of any inconvenience and limitation so they are perfectly able to make a sudden movement, such as direct braking, without hindrance and without pain. This is proposed so that patients can obtain cover from their insurance company in the event of an accident. It may take up to two weeks to fully recover. Of course there are patients who feel able to drive after 4-5 days, always with their own responsibility.

The bandages

Patients will have some bandages on their breasts that should stay for two weeks, and it is advisable to have a soft (non-bolero) sports bra with them that will be on the new breast size and will be comfortable while at the same time will provide support. Patients will need to have two bras at home that can be worn consecutively. After eight weeks, patients will be able to wear a brassiere bra that should adjust to the new breast size and size.

Complications from the Silicone Implant Breast Reconstruction Procedure

There is also a probability of about three percent (3%) of fluid collection as well as inflammation in the breast that has been recovered, which should be treated immediately. As with any silicone implant surgery, there is a percentage of thirty percent (30%), incidence of hardening of the insert (due to hardening of the capsule) and a small degree of asymmetry with the contralateral breast.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to be informed about anything else related to the operation.

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