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Breast Reconstruction in North Carolina

For decades breast cancer survivors have turned to breast reconstruction procedures to recreate a natural breast appearance after mastectomy surgery. Through breast reconstruction, the talented plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center can rebuild and reshape your breasts to restore the feminine contours of your upper body.

What Is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction refers to a variety of surgical procedures designed to improve upper body curves after having one or both breasts removed with mastectomy surgery. These procedures include:

Who Can Benefit?

Breast cancer survivors who have suffered breast deformity or disfigurement due to surgical cancer treatment find their self-esteem, confidence, and sense of femininity dramatically enhanced after breast reconstruction surgery. Depending on your unique goals, anatomy and health concerns, the plastic and reconstructive surgery experts at the UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center will help you determine which breast reconstruction option is right for you.

Breast Reconstruction Procedures

Breast reconstruction procedures can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or months to years after your breasts have been removed. Many patients choose to use breast implants for reconstruction, which involves surgical placement of saline, silicone or cohesive gel implants in each breast. Sometimes, tissue expanders are needed to stretch chest wall tissues so they can accommodate breast implants.

Patients who desire reconstructed breasts with a more natural look and feel may opt for flap surgery, which involves transferring tissues from a donor site (usually the abdomen or mid-upper back) to the chest wall and shaping them to form a new breast mound.

General anesthesia is typically administered during breast reconstruction, and multiple procedures may be required to achieve your final results.

Breast Reconstruction Aftercare

Breast reconstruction procedures are complex and usually require more extensive aftercare compared to other breast surgery procedures. Our caring staff will monitor your initial healing progress and provide you with excellent aftercare until you are ready to return home.

After 1-2 weeks, most breast reconstruction patients begin to resume normal daily activities, such as showering, and can begin considering procedures like nipple and areola reconstruction after 2-3 months.

Learn More About Breast Reconstruction in Raleigh-Durham

If you’re a breast cancer survivor interested in breast reconstruction, contact the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center and experience the superior surgical care and results the UNC Plastic Surgery Division has provided to patients from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Clayton, Fayetteville, Garner, Greensboro, Wilson, Apex, Hillsborough, Burlington & Sanford for over 40 years.

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