After undergoing a mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer, a breast reconstruction in Portland can rebuild your chest and restore your femininity.
Is breast reconstruction right for you?
Not all women choose to have their breasts reconstructed following a mastectomy. It’s a very personal decision that can only be made after weighing the facts and considering what is most important to you.
To begin determining if our breast reconstruction in Portland, Oregon surgery is in your best interest, consider asking yourself the following:
- Are you open to an additional surgery after your mastectomy to recreate your breasts?
- Is it important that your breasts are surgically rebuilt – or can you live with a removable prosthetic?
- Will this surgery help you feel like yourself again?
Ideal candidates for our breast reconstruction in Portland, Oregon surgery with Dr. Lewis must have the following characteristics:
- Good overall health
- Realistic expectations
- Willingness to undergo additional procedures in the future
Implant or Flap: Which technique is right for you?
- Both options restore round, symmetrical breasts
- Flaps create natural-feeling breasts because they use your own tissue
- Flaps tend to produce a large and soft chest
- Implants are ideal for small, thin women
There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Implant reconstruction is an easier surgery and a quicker recovery, while flaps are more complex and require a longer healing period. In addition, you need to have sufficient donor tissue available to be considered a candidate for flap reconstruction. If you are very thin, breast implants may be your only option.
There are many pros and cons when considering implants vs. flaps, and Dr. Lewis will discuss all of these with you during your consultation.
Your recovery period
The length of your recovery period will depend on the type of reconstruction you had performed.
If your breasts were rebuilt with tissue expanders and implants, you will need approximately three to four weeks off from work. With tissue flap reconstruction, the initial recovery period can take up to eight weeks.
It’s important to note that complete healing from these procedures can take much longer. Many of our Portland patients are not entirely recovered until a few months after their surgery.
FAQ: What about my nipples?
Several factors including tumor size and location within the breast will determine whether you are a candidate for a nipple-sparing mastectomy, or traditional mastectomy in which the nipples are removed along with your breast tissue. If your nipples are removed as part of your mastectomy, Dr. Lewis can reconstruct beautiful new nipples for you with a simple in-office procedure which is typically done as a final step in your breast reconstruction in Portland..
This procedure is done using a local anesthetic, which means you will be conscious the entire time. Dr. Lewis will make small incisions on the breast and lift up skin flaps that he will then fold, into a nipple shape, and secure with small sutures.
After the procedure, you will be given a nipple shield to protect the area for three days. Initially, your nipple may look large and pointed, but it will begin to flatten in about two weeks. Some tenderness is to be expected for about a week, and Dr. Lewis will provide pain medication to help you manage the discomfort.
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A mastectomy can have a profound impact on your sense of self. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment, and begin planning for your breast reconstruction Portland, Oregon procedure with Dr. Lewis.
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10201 Southeast Main Street #20, Portland, OR 97216
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