STAGE TWO BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
From previous blogs you know that Stage I involves placement of the Tissue Expander…often placed under the same anesthesia as your mastectomy surgery… and called Immediate Breast Reconstruction. Delayed Reconstruction means you choose to wait a few weeks or months before starting the restoration process.
Here are the steps leading up to Stage II Reconstruction:
During the mastectomy skin and breast tissue are removed, leaving the chest tissue flat and tight. The “expander” is inserted under the chest muscle and skin to serve as a “space saver.” The expander is slowly filled with saline solution (over many weeks) to stretch the remaining skin and muscle to allow for the future breast implant.
Expander surgery is done under the same anesthesia as the mastectomy surgery. (Immediate Reconstruction) Healing takes 4-6 months
NOW Stage II begins: The new Breast Implant is placed when Dr. Davison determines the space is sufficient and then the expander is removed. This is done through the original incision.
Stages III & IV …Begin about 3 months later and Involves A new nipple and areola…with additional breast beautification.
I become your primary care physician during this entire process…generally about a year.
Stage II Breast Reconstruction involves rebuilding a new breast mound by using what is called a Flap Procedure. There are several options for flap procedures that I will cover in my next blog.
Every year the numbers increase of women who choose breast reconstruction. Vast experience enables me to gently guide you through the process to eliminate frustration and confusion, until you eventually see the tremendous benefits of your choices. During the consultation you will come to understand your options and be able to choose a course of action that restores both form and self confidence.
All we do…we do sensitively, expertly and with outstanding results to improve your health and wellbeing. The results of all surgeries should be both…functional and beautiful.
Dr. Steven Davison
At DAVinci…we combine the supreme elements of art & surgical science.