Having a mastectomy is not just a challenge physically—it is also a challenge emotionally. Learning to go about your life post-procedure is an experience that is unique to each patient. Some eventually grow accustomed to the post-mastectomy results. Others wish to have their breast restored to the way that it was. Corrective breast surgery can restore the breast to near-normal appearance, shape and size.
During the surgery, which lasts about two hours, you will be medicated with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon, depending on what is right for you, will rebuild the breast with donor muscle, fat and skin from your abdomen, or transport tissue from the abdomen or buttock. A breast implant, saline or silicone, can be used instead of the prior listed procedures. An implant can also be used along with the other procedures to enhance the fullness of the bust line.
The results of the procedure will be visible immediately, and as the swelling subsides, your satisfaction with the procedure should grow. You should be able to return to normal activities after fourteen days, but you will likely be instructed to wear a support bra day for about six weeks. Your new breast shape and position with settle over the next few months. While incision lines will be visible, with time, they will somewhat fade.
A corrective breast surgery will give new shape to your breasts. Over time, some breast sensation may return, but the surgery will not completely restore sensation to the breast. The final results of corrective breast surgery may help you to heal—physically and emotionally—after a mastectomy.