Breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery in which the shape of the breasts that are damaged due to mastectomy or lumpectomy is repaired.
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Some women are forced to have all or part of their breasts removed by mastectomy or lumpectomy because of breast cancer or because they have masses in the breasts. The shape and appearance of the breasts play an important role in women's confidence and sense of femininity. Breast reconstruction surgery in many ways can greatly enhance the appearance of the breast to its normal appearance. Occasionally, breast reconstruction may be performed concurrently with your mastectomy or lumpectomy, but it usually needs to be postponed for a period after your treatment. This is usually performed by a plastic surgeon. It usually takes two or more operations to get the best results. It is also usually necessary in the first three months to have some appointments with your doctor to take action to improve your breast shape. These appointments and actions will vary depending on either the silicone implants or your body tissue are used to reconstruct your breasts.
Before undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, you should meet with an experienced plastic surgeon in the field of breast reconstruction. The surgeon takes the medical and pharmaceutical history of the patients. Your breast surgeon will usually need to work with the plastic surgeon to choose the best surgical strategy. Sometimes, even if a breast is perfectly healthy, surgery may need to be the same for both breasts, although the surgeon will try to do as much as possible. At least 2 weeks before breast reconstruction, patients should avoid taking aspirin and blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs. Women who suffer from anemia should take iron supplements. Patients should stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and after surgery, and avoid drinking alcohol at least one week before breast reconstruction surgery. They should not drink anything after midnight (including water) and should not eat at least 8 hours before surgery.
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