Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Minneapolis

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What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

You can reclaim what cancer has taken away with breast reconstruction surgery. Typically breast reconstruction follows a lumpectomy or full or partial mastectomy to restore breast shape or symmetry.

There are two common types of breast reconstruction, implant-based — which uses breast implants to form the breast shape — or flap reconstruction, which utilizes your own tissue to form the mound of the breast. Your expert surgeon at Renew Plastic Surgery will help you to determine the right procedure based on the type of mastectomy you had, your health history and body type.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery at a Glance

You’ll plan for your reconstructive surgery at the same time you prepare for your mastectomy. Depending on the type of reconstructive surgery you decide on, your breast reconstruction may involve one or more procedures performed in stages, and may be performed at the time of your mastectomy or at a later date.

If only one of your breasts is affected by surgery, then you may choose to only have reconstructive surgery on that breast. You may also consider a breast lift or augmentation to achieve symmetry between your breasts. Whatever you need to feel your best, we can help.

Outpatient/inpatient: Outpatient
Length of surgery: 1-4 hours
Anesthesia: General
Length of recovery: Depending on the type of surgery, most patients return to work in 2 weeks. Most patients have no activity restrictions by 4 weeks.

“Dr. Wudel – I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for the services you have provided the past few months. You have a true gift of being a kind physician. Your ability to balance people skills and surgical skills makes a huge difference in the healing process.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Breast implants are made using only FDA-approved materials such as silicone, saline or form-stable silicone.

There are several options when it comes to nipple reconstruction. You may choose to have a further surgery to have a nipple surgically constructed, or opt for a tattooed areola and nipple that simulates a 3-D appearance. In some cases, a nipple-sparing mastectomy — surgery to remove breast cancer that preserves the nipple — can be performed. You can talk to your surgical oncologist and plastic surgeon about your options.

Like all major surgeries, there are some risks involved. However, breast reconstruction is a common procedure and the experienced surgeons at Renew Plastic Surgery will ensure you are informed of all possible risks and side effects associated with your surgery.

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