No matter the reason, it can be challenging to lose a breast. Fortunately, breast reconstruction surgery can recreate the appearance of your breasts. While surgery comes with its challenges, you may opt for reconstruction if you want a permanent breast shape after a mastectomy.
Dr. Jim Brantner is a skilled cosmetic surgeon in Johnson City. He has years of experience conducting breast, face, and body procedures. You will be in fantastic hands when it comes to your breast reconstruction procedure.
Breast Reconstruction – Definition
During breast reconstruction, your surgeon will use one of a few methods to create or rebuild your breast(s). You can get this procedure during or some time after you have a mastectomy.
Typically, the best results occur if you get the procedure during your mastectomy. However, if you need more time, you can schedule breast reconstruction months or even years later.
It is common to feel angry or sad when you go through breast loss or even a lumpectomy. Fortunately, you can decide what you want for your body moving forward. Dr. Brantner will work with you to determine the best process and reach the outcome you desire.
Reconstruction Procedures and Techniques
During a consultation, Dr. Brantner will recommend a breast reconstruction technique based on your goals, lifestyle, and other factors. Generally, common options include:
Implants are usually the quickest option and have the easiest recovery process. The technique involves inserting a silicone or saline implant to form a mound.
If you plan to have reconstruction some time after your mastectomy, you may get an expander. The tissue expander slowly stretches the skin to prepare for a permanent implant. You may choose this method if you need time for health reasons or if you’re undergoing radiation therapy.
“Flap,” or autologous, reconstruction uses tissue from a different part of your body to construct your breasts. The tissue can come from your:
These types of operations tend to be more breast-like, but they have a longer recovery period than implants. Ask Dr. Brantner today about your options for flap surgery.
After the original breast reconstruction, you have choices regarding your nipple and areola. Your surgeon will take skin from your new breast to make a natural-looking nipple. Alternatively, you could get a nipple tattoo.
Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for a nipple-sparing mastectomy to preserve your real nipples. Keep in mind that either way, you will not have the same sensation in your breast area that you had before surgery.
Who is Eligible for Breast Reconstruction?
Talk about your reconstruction options with a surgeon before you have a breast removal procedure. That way, you can effectively plan for the procedure and get the best treatment plan. You may opt for breast reconstruction if you:
- Would like a balanced chest in your swimsuit or bra
- Want your clothes to fit well
- Do not want to use a prosthesis
Dr. Brantner uses the latest techniques that result in minimal scarring. Reconstruction can help you feel more comfortable in your skin.
How to Plan for Your Procedure
To fully prepare, follow your surgeon’s guidelines before the operation. Ask questions regarding:
- Recovery time
- Potential pain or discomfort
- Caring for your breasts
- Post-surgery activities
- Plans for following up
Your surgeon will give you instructions about medicines or vitamins to avoid as well as when to stop eating before the procedure. You may also need someone to assist you with daily activities after surgery.
The reconstruction process typically involves general anesthesia. So you should not feel pain during surgery. For follow-up procedures, your surgeon might only use local anesthesia to numb the area of interest.
Dr. Brantner will also alert you of possible risks. Contact the office today if you have any questions or concerns.
Schedule Your Consultation
A consultation will help you get peace of mind and clarity about the procedure. Our office offers flexible options for payment, so you don’t have to worry about the surgery’s affordability. We have state-of-the-art facilities and use only advanced medical procedures.
We have a team of accredited cosmetic professionals to explain your options for surgery. From start to finish, we give you a thorough outline of what to expect when you arrive and leave. Dr. Brantner makes your comfort his priority, and you will be satisfied with the results.
Have you had reconstruction and want a revision? Dr. Brantner has experience fixing previous reconstructions and recommending options for treatment. Reach out to us for breast reconstruction in the Tri Cities area.
What Our Paients Are Saying About Us..
Dr. Brantner and his associates are all amazing! They are very kind, smart, and honest people I highly recommend Dr. Brantner. They took great care of me and my needs from start to finish.
friendly and he takes time to answer any questions I may have and was even so kind as to take a phone call from me and he alleviated all concerns in a kind, gentle manner. Dr. Brantner and his staff were absolutely fantastic!!!!!! They made me feel soooooo comfortable before and after surgery. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to have a breast reduction.
Dr. Brantner is a highly skilled surgeon. I am so happy that I decided to go to him. After being in a car accident my nasal bones and surrounding bones had to be reconstructed. The first surgeon who worked on me did a terrible job and had zero bedside manner. That is when I sought out Dr. Branner, he not only did an amazing job fixing everything the first Doctor messed up, he also made it look better than it did originally. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
I had BR surgery 2months ago, I had the anchor procedure. I had absolutely no problems at all, no pain, very little swelling and the results are amazing, with the added bonus that my back , neck, and shoulders no longer hurt. Even at just 2months my scars are hardly noticeable. I would recommend Dr Brantner to anyone , he and his staff are wonderful . I could not have had a better experience.
I went to Dr Brantner for reconstruction revision. I'm very, very pleased with the results. The staff were wonderful. I can't thank them enough for taking care of my surgery and making me feel and look so much better!!! I would highly recommend Dr Brantner.
Great surgeon! Every employee in the office is wonderful and helpful. I have nothing but great things to say about Dr Brantner, Win, and all of the staff.
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