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Breast Reconstruction

What Is Breast Reconstruction?

A breast reconstruction is a procedure designed to reproduce a breast after a mastectomy operation. It either involves the placement of an implant filled with either silicone or saline behind a layer of tissue taken from elsewhere on the body, or reconstructing the breast totally from fat and tissue donated by another area of the patient’s body (the abdomen is the preferred option – similar to a tummy tuck procedure). It is performed under general anaesthetic, in some cases at the same time as the mastectomy, but generally as a separate procedure requiring hospitalisation for 1 to 7 days.

Breast Reconstruction Photos

*Disclaimer:
These before and after photos are of patients that have had surgery performed by our plastic surgeon, Dr Craig Layt. These patients have consented to the photos to be shown. These are the actual photos and the photos have not been altered or digitally enhanced. Every patient is an individual and therefore final surgical results will vary from patient to patient.

Before*After*

*Disclaimer:
These before and after photos are of patients that have had surgery performed by Dr Layt. These patients have consented to the photos to be shown. These are the actual photos and the photos have not been altered or digitally enhanced. Every patient is an individual and therefore final surgical results will vary from patient to patient.

Who is a candidate?

Women who have had, or are having, a mastectomy. Dr Layt will explain the various procedures to you and make a recommendation as to what is your best option. Pre and post operative considerations are quite different depending on the procedure.

What are the potential risks?

Modern surgery is safe. There is, however, no such thing as ‘risk free’ surgery. The important thing is to understand any potential risks and minimise their occurrence. You will be fully briefed on pre and post-operative procedures to assist you with the best possible surgery experience, recovery phase and final outcome.

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