Breast Reconstruction Revision in Beverly Hills
Breast reconstruction is the creation of a new breast. This surgery is most commonly performed after a woman undergoes a mastectomy due to breast cancer. Breast reconstruction is usually performed in one of two ways. An “autologous reconstruction” uses the patient’s tissue to reconstruct the breast, generally sourcing tissue from the buttocks, back, or abdomen. The second method is called “alloplastic reconstruction” and uses tissue expanders and implants to recreate a breast.
Breast reconstruction is an incredibly complicated procedure. Unfortunately, this means that some inexperienced doctors can struggle to do the surgery correctly, and the patient walks away with less-than-desirable results. Dr. Goldberg specializes in converting previous alloplastic reconstruction or implant-based reconstruction to complete autologous reconstruction using the patient’s tissue. Some women are interested in this procedure because they were never offered autologous tissue reconstruction at the time of their mastectomy or have had multiple complications due to the implants.
If this has happened to you, it might be time to consider breast reconstruction revision. Revision surgery will address the concerns you have from the initial procedure so you can walk away with breasts that you are happy with.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction Revision?
A good candidate for breast reconstruction revision:
- Is unhappy with the results of their original breast reconstruction surgery
- Has had complications with their implants due to radiation or malpositioning
- Is in generally good health
- Is a non-smoker or is willing to stop smoking before and after the surgery
- Has realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery
How Is the Breast Reconstruction Revision Performed?
Similar to breast reconstruction, you may have two options: using your own tissue or using an implant. Not every woman will be a candidate for all techniques—this will depend on your initial reconstruction and your tissue characteristics. Dr. Goldberg will discuss your options with you during your consultation.
Revision surgery is always more challenging because Dr. Goldberg has to work with unknowns left over from the initial procedure. As a result, Dr. Goldberg will examine you during the consultation and advise which method she thinks is best for your revision.
What Is Breast Reconstruction Revision Recovery Like?
Like your initial breast reconstruction surgery, you will need to take between one to two weeks to recover. You will experience some swelling, bruising, soreness, and discomfort in the first week after surgery. Dr. Goldberg will prescribe pain medication to help you manage this pain.
You should be able to return to work after a week or two, but you will need to avoid intense physical activities for a few more weeks. Most women are usually fully recovered within six to eight weeks of their procedure.
What Results Can I Expect From Breast Reconstruction Revision?
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss why you are unhappy with your current results and what your goals are. Dr. Goldberg will always make sure you have a clear understanding of what the outcome of your revision surgery will be.
Women who undergo breast reconstruction revision report feeling happy with their new results.