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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 – 7 days.

Who Is A Candidate?

Women who have had, or are having, a mastectomy are possible candidates for a breast reconstruction. Dr Layt works with Breast Cancer Surgeons and General Surgeons and will evaluate each persons individual situation in order to recommend the best possible reconstruction to undertake. Breast Cancer is a complex situation and in certain cases, the reconstruction may be required to be undertaken after a period of time after the initial surgery and treatments. In other cases, a reconstruction may be suitable at the time of 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.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

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 – 7 days.

Women who have had, or are having, a mastectomy. Dr Craig 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.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

Breast Reconstruction Photos

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

bna-sample Before
bna-sample After

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.

Smoking and Surgery

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.