The time it takes you to recover from surgery will depend on the type of reconstruction you have. Most women begin to feel better in a couple of weeks and can return to usual activities in a couple of months. Talk to your doctor about what you can expect. Be sure you understand how to take care of your surgery sites and how to follow up with your breast care, including regular mammograms and when they are needed depending on the surgery you have had. Some of the risks during or soon after surgery include:
The article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Capsular contracture is a common complication associated with reconstructive breast surgery. The optimal time interval between the completion of tissue expansion and placement of the permanent implant is arbitrary and incompletely studied in the literature. The aim of the study was to determine whether the time interval between completion of expansion and placement of the permanent implant would affect the incidence of capsular contracture. We conducted a retrospective study of patients with breast cancer, including breasts, who underwent postmastectomy tissue expander placement between and All patients underwent replacement of tissue expander with a permanent prosthesis.
Secondary Surgery after Implant Breast Reconstruction Secondary Surgery after Implant Breast Reconstruction Expander Implant Exchange and Revision The process of breast reconstruction with implants is inherently staged in nature, usually requiring more than one operation to achieve a final breast shape. Breast revision procedures following implant reconstruction are typically done as outpatient procedures usually utilizing the healed mastectomy scar so that no new incisions are needed. In many cases, secondary breast revision can also be done at the time of nipple areola reconstruction.
Increased risk of future breast surgery to replace or remove the breast implant Changes in breast sensation Infection Bleeding Scar tissue that forms and compresses the implant and breast tissue into a hard, unnatural shape capsular contracture Risks associated with anesthesia Very low, but increased risk of a rare immune system cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma ALCL that's associated with textured breast implants, though more research is needed to understand the relationship between ALCL and breast implants Correcting any of these complications may require additional surgery. If you need adjuvant radiation therapy to the skin and chest wall after a mastectomy post-mastectomy radiation , you might not be an ideal candidate for breast implant reconstruction. Having a breast implant may make it more difficult to deliver the radiation therapy effectively, and the implant may need to be deflated.