Breast Reconstruction Kalamazoo

For many breast cancer survivors, losing their breasts also means losing self-confidence. Many may feel sad, frustrated, and less feminine. Although others may embrace their flat chest after beating breast cancer, some may opt for breast reconstruction surgery. Fortunately, there are several options and breast reconstruction techniques available to restore your positive-body image. 

What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction is a plastic surgery procedure that is performed to restore the shape and appearance of the breast(s) after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. A mastectomy is a medical, surgical procedure that removes all or part of the breast tissue to prevent or treat breast cancer. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed using implants, flap surgery, or a combination of both.

The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to create a new breast that looks and feels as natural as possible. Breast reconstruction surgery is performed by board-certified surgeon Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.

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What are the Different Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

The type of breast reconstruction surgery will be based on several factors, including the size and shape of your breasts, your overall health, and your personal preferences.

Breast Implants:

Using breast implants is the most common method of breast reconstruction surgery. During this procedure, an implant is placed under the skin and muscle of the chest to create a new breast mound. The implant can be made of silicone gel or saline (salt water).

Flap (Autologous) Surgery:

Flap surgery is a type of breast reconstruction surgery that uses tissue from another part of your body to create a new breast mound. This type of surgery uses skin, fat, and muscle from the back, abdomen, or buttocks to create a new breast.

When Can I Sleep On My Side After Breast Reconstruction?

For the first two weeks following your surgery, Dr. Holley will recommend sleeping on your back to avoid putting unnecessary strain or pressure on your incisions and breast tissues as they heal. You may sleep on your side two weeks after your breast reconstruction surgery. This allows the incisions to heal and the implants to settle into place.

When Can I Sleep On My Stomach After Breast Reconstruction?

Sleeping on your stomach immediately after breast reconstruction surgery is also not permitted. You must wait about a month to sleep on your stomach after your breast reconstruction procedure. 

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

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What are the Benefits of Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery can improve your sense of femininity and self-esteem after breast cancer. It can also help you feel more comfortable in your clothing.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery is not for everyone. It is a choice that you must make on your own based on your personal needs and preferences. You should not get breast reconstruction to please other people’s desires or to fit any ideal body image. Your physician will also have to clear you for surgery and ensure that you are a candidate. 

If you have realistic expectations about the procedure and don’t have any medical conditions or impaired wound healing diseases, you may be suitable for breast reconstruction. If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, you should talk to Dr. Holley about all of your options and what is best for you.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast reconstruction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call West Michigan Plastic Surgery at (269) 222-1611 to schedule your appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Holley. Proudly serving Kalamazoo and the greater Southwest Michigan area.