Women can either have implant-based or flap reconstructions, or they can choose not to have reconstruction (to “go flat”).
Depending on the procedure, recovery time can be any time from 2 to 6 weeks.
You can usually start walking within the first week, and can then slowly increase your exercise over next several weeks. You are generally back to full activity in 4 to 6 weeks.
Procedures that are done to minimize the chance of getting breast cancer in the future are generally covered as long as patients meet the criteria of their particular insurance provider. Patients should verify their coverage with their insurance providers before surgery.
Older generation implants are thought to only last 10 years, but they are anticipating that newer ones will last from 20 to 25 years.
Saline and silicone implants have different benefits depending on the patient. Newer silicone gel implants (a.k.a. “gummy implants”) are commonly used when silicone is selected.
Most women receive smooth implants, but this is always a personalized discussion with each patient.
If you are undergoing a mastectomy, you will not be able to breast feed.
Our office has a scar management system that is customized for each patient.
Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off after surgery before they return to work, although that period can be longer if patients have additional/combined procedures involving different parts of their body.
Depending on the breast cancer procedure, varying levels of loss of sensation can occur. This is exactly why Dr. Peled has developed a new “sensation preserving mastectomy” technique, in order to preserve breast sensation during mastectomies and reconstruction. Learn More.