Six Most Asked Questions After Breast Reconstruction Surgery
If there’s something you don’t understand before getting breast reconstruction, don’t be afraid to ask your plastic surgeon. The answers to these questions can help you make important decisions about your surgery. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery located in Huntington, NY, we take the time to address your concerns before going into the operating room. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Romanelli leads our premier aesthetic practice with safe and effective treatments for the breasts and more.
Surgery can be a stressful time for anyone, no matter how prepared you may feel. What does the procedure look like, and how long will it last? What should I do to prepare for recovery? At our clinic, we fully prepare patients for breast revision surgery before restoring their bust to a more attractive appearance following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Learn from our most frequently asked questions below or by scheduling a breast augmentation consultation with our team.
About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
New advancements in breast augmentation and implant revision allow patients to feel whole after breast removal. While the surgery may involve a few procedures at different times, we create a personalized surgical plan to boost your appearance and confidence. When you are ready to undergo breast revision surgery, Dr. Romanelli will determine your needs and requirements during your initial appointment. We prepare you by explaining your surgery in detail and offering you realistic expectations in terms of results.
1. Can I wear a bra after surgery?
Implant revision is done in different stages. When the last phase is complete, we will offer a medical support bra and medication to control any discomfort and swelling you may feel. Patients are advised to wear the bra for a certain period of time before returning to more traditional undergarments. Generally, underwire bras are not recommended for the first six weeks after surgery as they do not provide the healing and support you require.
2. When can I return to normal activities?
Much of the overall recovery process for breast augmentation depends on the individual. That being said, it can take up to 3 – 6 months for the swelling to go down and for the breasts to reveal their final shape. Patients who had radiation therapy for breast cancer may need longer to heal. Individuals can shower 48 hours after surgery and are encouraged to take short walks to encourage good circulation. Many women can return to work and daily activities in just a couple of weeks. During a follow-up appointment, Dr. Romanelli will clear you for more rigorous activities such as exercise based on the extensiveness of your breast reconstruction.
3. Will I get scars after breast revision surgery?
Since breast reconstruction surgery requires incisions to be successful, there will be some scarring after surgery. Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery located in Huntington, NY, takes every precaution by giving patients scar care instructions to follow at home after breast lift revision or other procedures. This includes information on cleaning and caring for incisions so they heal flat and evenly on the skin. Eventually, the implant revision scars will fade over time. Though some scars may not go away completely, there are other steps you can take to lessen their appearance once the incisions have healed, including trusted over-the-counter products from your local drugstore.
4. How long do implants last?
While newer generations of implants are meant to last longer, most breast implants last about 10 – 15 years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some patients may choose to have breast implants removed or exchanged on their own for aesthetic or health-related reasons. This includes implant rupture or capsular contracture, when the scar tissue surrounding the implant begins to harden, causing discomfort or pain. While no plastic surgeon will be able to provide a guarantee when it comes to breast implants, Dr. Romanelli can take steps to make the process as safe as possible for you.
5. Will I have to do another breast revision surgery?
As we’ve said before, breast reconstruction often involves multiple surgeries performed over a period of time. At times, this process can be longer since breast revision requires time to allow for proper healing. For some patients, follow-up surgeries are needed to achieve the desired look or to make the breasts more symmetrical. Others may want another revision to reconstruct the areola. Since every person’s case is unique, Dr. Romanelli will review how many breast revisions you need during your consultation.
6. How do I perform self-breast exams after surgery?
Patients should always be on the lookout for concerning signs or symptoms related to their implants after reconstruction or breast lift revision. Many experts agree that breast revision patients should perform self-checks on a weekly basis. Annual examinations must be performed by a primary care physician or surgeon familiar with your medical history. Though individuals who have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy don’t require mammograms, those with silicone gel-filled implants will need to get an MRI every few years to look for signs of ruptures.
Talk to your surgeon
Surgeries such as breast lift revision and reconstruction often cause many unexpected changes in patients. Speaking with a skilled plastic surgeon about what to expect before, during, and after surgery may help. Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery offers this beneficial procedure for women in the Long Island, NY, area. Our talented team provides unparalleled service for those seeking reconstructive surgery. We encourage you to call our Huntington, NY office and make an appointment.