What is a Lumpectomy Reconstruction?
Lumpectomy Reconstruction corrects bulges, dents, or other distortions brought about by lumpectomy or surgical removal of a lump of the breast. It can be performed immediately after a lumpectomy or a few months after the procedure. It is also customized and unique for each patient – depending on the individual’s previous cancer treatments, aesthetic concerns, and others.
Types of Lumpectomy Reconstruction
- Fat Grafting – Also called lipofilling, this type uses fat suctioned from another part of the body to fill dents in the breast caused by lumpectomy.
- Breast Reduction – Since lumpectomy causes breast unevenness, patients have the option to reduce the size of their healthy breasts to resemble the size of the treated one.
- Breast Implants – Breast implants can be placed in the breast pocket to restore volume and enhance breast shape after a lumpectomy.
- Flap Procedure – Defects caused by lumpectomy can be addressed using flaps and portions of a patient’s own skin, tissue, and blood vessels (i.e. DIEP Flap or Latissimus Flap).
The Best Candidates for Lumpectomy Reconstruction
The ideal candidates for each type of technique can vary, but for Lumpectomy Reconstruction in general, one must be in good physical and emotional health after their lumpectomy. They should also have realistic expectations about the procedure and the outcome.
Risks Associated with Lumpectomy Reconstruction
As with any breast reconstruction procedure, lumpectomy comes with potential complications. Some of the risks include but are not limited to the following:
- Bleeding and Infection
- Change in breast sensation
- Need for revisional surgery
Preparing For Lumpectomy Reconstruction
Dr. Roehl will inquire about your medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your eligibility for the procedure. Know what to expect in your consultation here. You should not smoke for at least 2-months prior to the surgery to promote better healing of the incisions. You should also eat healthily and avoid drinking alcohol to boost your immune system. Click here for more preparation tips before a Lumpectomy Reconstruction.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction Length
The length of a Lumpectomy Reconstruction depends on the type performed. Nonetheless, since lumpectomy is less invasive than mastectomy, patients can expect a shorter amount of time for breast reconstruction compared to the latter. Please consult your doctor for a more accurate timeline.
After Lumpectomy Reconstruction
Numbness after the reconstruction is expected and normal. Bruising and mild pain can also be experienced but is easily controlled by medications Dr. Roehl will prescribe you.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction Recovery Time
Recovery from Lumpectomy Reconstruction varies depending on the procedure type. In general, patients should expect a 4-6 weeks recovery period. Resuming normal activities and returning to desk jobs typically occur 4-weeks after the surgery, or when the patient feels comfortable enough to move about. Click here for additional post-op recovery instructions.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction Scarring
Scarring after a Lumpectomy Reconstruction differs with every technique. Nonetheless, Dr.Roehl will do her best to reuse the scars from your lumpectomy surgery. With proper treatment, scars fade considerably over time.
Your New Look After Lumpectomy Reconstruction
Lumpectomy Reconstruction restores the balance of the breasts after lumpectomy by restoring or reducing breast volume and enhancing the breast shape. With its long-lasting results, women get to enjoy not only being cancer-free but also having a proportionate and attractive set of breasts. If you think Lumpectomy Reconstruction is for you, contact Memorial Plastic Surgery – Clear Lake now for a consultation.
*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.