Sarasota's Breast Reconstruction Surgeon
Dr. Lacerna in Sarasota specializes the reconstruction of a breast that has been partially removed (lumpectomy) or completely removed (mastectomy) for cancer treatment or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.
New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
The Best Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, seems to have been eliminated by mastectomy, although most mastectomy patients are medically appropriate for breast reconstruction in Sarasota. Still, there are legitimate reasons to wait. Some women are not comfortable weighing all the breast reconstruction options while they’re struggling to cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer. Others simply don’t want to have any more breast reconstruction surgery beyond what is required to eliminate the cancer.
Some patients may be advised by Dr. Melinda Lacerna or their oncologists to wait, particularly while finishing radiation or chemotherapy. Women with other health conditions, such as obesity, heart and lung problems, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking, may also be advised to wait.
Planning For Your Breast Reconstruction
You can begin talking about breast reconstruction as soon as you’re diagnosed with cancer. Ideally, you’ll want Dr. Lacerna to develop a strategy that will put you in the best possible condition for breast reconstruction. After evaluating your health, she will explain which reconstructive options are most appropriate for your age, health, anatomy, tissues, and goals. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with her. She will be equally frank with you, describing your options and the risks and limitations of each.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Your oncologist and Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for Breast Reconstruction surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your breast reconstruction surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
After the Surgery
Depending on the extent of your breast reconstruction surgery, hospital stay is about one to five days. Surgical drains are typically used to remove excess fluids from surgical sites following the operation, and are removed about a week after surgery.
Getting Back to Normal
It may take you about six weeks to recover from a flap reconstruction. If breast implants are used, your recovery time will be significantly less. Breast reconstruction cannot restore normal sensation to your breast, but in time, some feeling may return. Most scars will fade after a year, but they will never disappear entirely. Follow Dr. Lacerna’s advice on restarting exercises and normal activities. Generally, you want to refrain from any overhead lifting, strenuous sports, and sexual activity for three to six weeks following reconstruction.
Your New Look
Chances are your reconstructed breast may feel firmer and look rounder or flatter than your natural breast. It may not have the same contour as your breast before mastectomy, nor will it exactly match your opposite breast. But these differences will be apparent only to you. For most mastectomy patients, breast reconstruction dramatically improves their appearance and quality of life following surgery.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Female plastic surgeon Dr. Melinda Lacerna is an experienced breast surgeon who has helped many women restore their appearance and sense of femininity through breast reconstruction surgery. If you have undergone mastectomy and looking for an experienced, compassionate breast reconstruction surgeon, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call us at 941-584-8425 or 941-954-4500 to schedule your consultation, or send an email.