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What will happen during a breast reconstruction consultation?
In most instances, once you find out you have breast cancer that requires a mastectomy, planning your breast reconstruction can happen immediately. Ideally, your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon will work together in planning your surgery, and develop a strategy that best suits your condition. Before surgery, your doctor will give you a list of instructions (i.e., guides on eating, drinking, and smoking pre-surgery).
While the breast reconstruction surgery is being performed, you will be put under a general anesthesia; therefore, you will be asleep during the entire procedure.
During your consultation with our surgeon, the two of you will discuss which type of breast implant is the best choice for you, either silicone gel or saline filled. Saline has a silicone gel shell with a saline (salt water) solution inside of it.
Silicone has a silicone shell with a silicone gel fill on the inside. The most common technique for a breast reconstruction (post-mastectomy reconstruction) is skin expansion.
This is done by the plastic surgeon placing a balloon expander beneath your skin and chest muscle. Then it is filled with a salt-water solution, which gradually stretches the skin over the breast.
Some expanders are used to be left in place as the final implant; others are used to take place before a permanent implant is inserted.
During an initial consultation, our surgeon will decide which method best fits you.