If there’s something you don’t understand before getting breast reconstruction, don’t be afraid to ask your plastic surgeon. The answers to these questions can help you make important decisions about your surgery. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY, we’ll take the time to address your concerns before going into the operating room. At our premier aesthetic practice, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev provide safe and effective treatments for the breasts and more.
Surgery can be a stressful time for anyone, no matter how prepared you may feel. What does the procedure look like, and how long will it last? What should I do to prepare for recovery? At our clinic, we fully prepare Long Island-area patients for breast revision surgery before restoring their bust following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Learn from our most frequently asked questions below or by scheduling a breast reconstruction consultation with our team.
About breast reconstruction surgery
While breast reconstruction surgery may involve a few procedures at different times, we will create a personalized surgical plan to boost your appearance and confidence. When you are ready to undergo breast revision surgery, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will determine your needs and requirements during your initial appointment. We will prepare you by explaining your surgery in detail and offering realistic expectations in terms of results. Here are six commonly-asked questions about breast reconstruction surgery:
1. Can I wear a bra after surgery?
Implant revision is done in different stages. When the last phase is complete, we will offer a medical support bra and medication to control any discomfort and swelling you may feel. Patients are advised to wear the bra for a certain period of time before returning to more traditional undergarments. Generally, underwire bras are not recommended for the first six weeks after surgery as they do not provide the healing and support you require.
2. When can I return to normal activities?
Much of the overall recovery process for breast augmentation depends on the individual. It can take up to 3 – 6 months for the swelling to go down and for the breasts to reveal their final shape. Patients who had radiation therapy for breast cancer may need longer to heal. Individuals can shower 48 hours after surgery and are encouraged to take short walks to promote good circulation. Many women can return to work and daily activities in just a couple of weeks. During a follow-up appointment, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will clear you for more rigorous activities such as exercise based on the extent of your breast reconstruction.
3. Will I have scars from breast revision surgery?
Since breast reconstruction surgery requires incisions, there will be some scarring after surgery. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev take every precaution by giving patients scar care instructions to follow at home after breast surgery or other procedures. This includes information on cleaning and caring for incisions so they heal flat and evenly on the skin. Implant revision scars will fade over time. Though some scars may not go away completely, there are other steps you can take to lessen their appearance once the incisions have healed, including trusted over-the-counter products from your local drugstore.
4. How long do implants last?
While newer generations of implants are meant to last longer, most breast implants last about 10 – 15 years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some patients may choose to have their breast implants removed or exchanged on their own for aesthetic or health-related reasons. This includes implant rupture or capsular contracture, when the scar tissue surrounding the implant begins to harden, causing discomfort or pain. While no plastic surgeon will be able to provide a guarantee when it comes to breast implants, the surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will take steps to make the process as safe as possible for you.
5. Will I have to undergo another breast revision surgery?
Breast reconstruction often involves multiple surgeries performed over a period of time. In some cases, this process can be longer since breast revision requires time to allow for proper healing. For some patients, follow-up surgeries are needed to achieve the desired look or make the breasts more symmetrical. Others may want another revision to reconstruct the areola. Since every woman’s case is unique, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will review how many breast revisions you will need during your consultation.
6. How do I perform self-breast exams after surgery?
Patients should always be on the lookout for worrying signs or symptoms related to their implants after reconstruction or breast lift revision. Many experts agree that breast revision patients should perform self-checks on a weekly basis. Annual examinations should be performed by a primary care physician or surgeon familiar with your medical history. Though individuals who have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy don’t require mammograms, those with silicone gel-filled implants will need to get an MRI every few years to look for signs of ruptures.
Talk to your surgeon
Surgeries such as breast lift revision and reconstruction may cause unexpected changes. Speaking with a skilled plastic surgeon about what to expect before, during, and after surgery may help. Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery offers this beneficial procedure for women in the Long Island, NY, area. Dr. James Romanelli, Dr. John Layliev, and our talented team provide unparalleled service for those seeking reconstructive or revision surgery. We encourage you to call our Huntington, NY, office today to schedule your consultation.