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Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery is when the breast in females, is rebuilt to create a natural looking boob with the use of implants or tissue from other parts of the body, such as stomach, thigh, buttock.

Breast Reconstruction

I had Breast Re-Augmentation surgery 3 months ago and received the most comforting treatment from start to finish.

Claire Brown, Breast Surgery Patient (May 19th 2022)

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Surgery Time

2 Hours

Results Seen

3 Months

Back To Work

2 Weeks

Pain Level

Mild - Moderate

Hospital Stay

Overnight

Cost

On Consultation

mr shivram singh consultant cosmetic surgeon

Medically reviewed by Mr Shivram Singh MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS (Plast), Medical Director & Lead, 

Medical Advisory Committee for Manchester Private Hospital

Last Reviewed September 27th 2022

What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery is when the breast in females, is rebuilt to create a natural looking boob with the use of implants or tissue from other parts of the body, such as stomach, thigh, buttock.

Many breast reconstructions also involve creating a nipple and areola so that the breast looks as natural as possible.

A breast reconstruction usually follows a mastectomy, whereby the entire breast has had to be removed due to illness, such as cancer.

There are two choices for patients when it comes to reconstruction surgery. They can either choose to have surgery straight after having their breasts removed (immediate), or they can wait until they feel that they are in the right place both mentally and physically (delayed).

Arranging a consultation with a surgeon is the ideal way to find out which option may be best for you, and help you make an informed decision on when to undergo the surgery.

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Why Have A Breast Reconstruction?

There are many reasons why people choose to have breast reconstruction surgery.

It is usually a decision that comes from having a mastectomy or double mastectomy due to cancer. However, accidents and birth abnormalities can also be reasons for surgery.

Cancer is a disease that affects many people in the UK, and often women with breast cancer feel that it has taken away a part of them.

Breast reconstruction has advanced massively over the last ten years and the options available can help rebuild a person’s appearance and confidence following a life changing illness.

Below is a list of some of the reasons why patients choose surgery whether it be immediate or delayed:

  • Reconstruction of one or both boobs can sometimes help women cope better with their emotions from suffering such a difficult period in life and the feelings of losing a breast.
  • If a patient undergoes immediate reconstruction following mastectomy, it can make the loss of breasts less stressful.
  • Reconstruction can sometimes make women feel better about themselves and boost self confidence.

The decision on whether to have immediate reconstruction or delayed is something that can be discussed with a consultant. However, ultimately it is up to the patient to decide what is best for them if both options are available.

There are many comparisons and advantages of each, these include:

Immediate:

  • Following a mastectomy, the patient will wake up with a new reconstructed breast. Making the process less traumatic.
  • Both procedures can be performed in one go, rather than having multiple operations and multiple anaesthetic.
  • Your reconstructed breast may look as natural as the other breast using the skin that is already there, rather than waiting for wounds to heal.
  • You may experience less scarring.

Delayed:

  • You have more time to consider your surgery options and discuss reconstruction in greater detail.
  • If undergoing treatment for cancer, it may have finished and will not impact or affect your reconstruction.

If you have specific questions relating to breast reconstruction, speak with one of our specialist breast surgeons who will be able to provide advice and guidance on what is considered a daunting decision process.

About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

A breast reconstruction can be carried out using autologous or non-autologous tissue.

The difference between the two are that non-autologous methods use implants and tissue expanders, whereas autologous uses tissue from other parts of the body, such as the back.

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Implants and tissue expanders are the most common method of surgical technique used in the UK and worldwide. This technique is performed by the surgeon inserting a tissue expander underneath the breast muscle along with an implant on a temporary basis.

Saline is then injected in to the expander to stretch the tissue to the required size.

After a few months, the expander and temporary implant are removed and a permanent implant is put in place. The patient may also undergo nipple reconstruction to make the breast look as natural as possible.

The other technique used in reconstruction surgery is when donor tissue is taken from other parts of the body for use in the breast. The two most common areas are the back and the abdomen.

Recovery & Aftercare

Following surgery, patients should expect to feel some pain and discomfort. This can be managed with pain killers, which can be prescribed or purchased off the shelf.

There will also be swelling in and around the reconstructed breasts, which will subside over the course of 2-4 weeks.

Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may be expected to stay in hospital for one week to ensure full immediate recovery. It is common to feel tired during this time and when at home.

Following being discharged, you will be advised to stay at home and take it easy. Someone will need to help you around the house to ensure your recovery is good and so that you can build up your strength to be able to do more each day.

The incisions made during surgery will heal over the first six weeks and may feel itchy from time to time. There will also be visible scarring where wounds have healed. Your consultant will be able to provide specific advice on massage techniques to help with recovery and aid the surrounding skin.

As time goes on, scars will fade and be less noticeable.

If the type of surgery you undergo involves taking tissue from other parts of your body, you will need to make sure you keep the breasts warm to ensure good blood circulation to the area. This can be achieved with the use of blankets or thick pads.

Why Choose Us

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we have experienced and sensitive staff who are skilled and qualified, and have been performing breast reconstruction surgery for many years.

We understand that it can be a difficult and emotional time and aim to provide you with help and guidance to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Arranging a consultation is the first step to regaining self confidence in a pressure free environment with no obligation.

Speak to our staff at any time during the process for information and advice on any queries you may have. Call today on 0161 507 8822

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Frequently Asked Questions

  What side effects should I expect?

The most common side effects from breast reconstruction surgery are; tiredness, pain, discomfort and itching. These symptoms can be managed with the use of medication.

  When can I return to work following breast reconstruction surgery?

This depends on the type of job you have and your job role. If your job is not strenuous, you may be able to return to work after 2 weeks providing you are well enough.

  Can I do activity and house chores?

Feeling tired after surgery is common. However, even if you feel like you have enough energy, it is important to take it easy and do not do anything strenuous such as lifting or using the hoover. Low activity is fine after a couple of weeks but intense activity should be avoided for 1-2 months.

  Can I drive?

Driving is possible after surgery as long as you are comfortable performing manoeuvres such as emergency stop and are not in pain from wearing a seatbelt.

   When can I have sex?

Having sex is fine as long as you feel comfortable and are not in pain. Most patients wait a few weeks to return to a normal sexlife.

Breast Reconstruction Price on Consultation Only

0% Finance Available

Our finance is available on all cosmetic surgery or non-surgical treatments with as little as £500 deposit required or even with no deposit required. With flexible finance options on offer, you have a choice to spread the costs of your surgery between 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months.

*Procedure prices are not fixed and may vary as procedure costs are tailored to individual requirements so vary from person to person. You will receive a guide price during your initial eConsult and a fixed price following your surgeon face to face consultation.

Manchester Private Hospital

Meet Our Surgeons

Mr Shivram Singh

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon​ Mr Singh is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham. His NHS practice includes major reconstruction following Skin and Breast cancer surgeries and trauma. He is a well established microsurgeon and regularly performs microvascular reconstruction.
Mr Shivram Singh

Ms Nabila Nasir

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon Ms Nabila Nasir is an experienced Consultant Oncoplastic Breast surgeon at Manchester Foundation Trust. She was appointed as an NHS consultant in 2011 after completing higher surgical training in London. Ms Nasir trained in many reputable Oncoplastic Breast Units in London and South of England including the Royal Marsden. During her training, she has done MSc in evidenced based health and is a principal investigator for research trials at her trust.
Ms Nabila Nasir Breast Surgeon

Mr Peter Yiannoullou

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon MBBS BSc FRCS Mr. Yiannoullou is a specialist breast surgeon. He is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, a specialist centre for reconstructive breast surgery. His practice focuses on all aspects of breast care ranging from diagnosis to surgical treatment of breast problems.
Mr Petros Yiannoullou

Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon MBChB, BSc(Medical Science), MRCS, MBA, FRCS(Plast) Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo is a UK Trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. He is a substantive NHS Consultant specialising in breast reconstruction. He studied medicine at St Andrews (BSc Medical Science) and Manchester University (MBChB) Medical Schools.He undertook specialist plastic surgery training in Liverpool,Manchester and London. After completing the FRCS(Plast) examination he gained entry to the GMC specialist register (Plastic Surgery).
Mr Adeyinka Molajo

Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Shah qualified as a doctor in 1991 and was trained in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Pakistan in surgery. He is also trained in laser treatment for aesthetic. Since 2009 he is working as a surgeon in Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery department of Royal Preston Hospital Preston, Lancashire UK. Previously he has worked for more than 10 years in several positions in Ireland and another 7 years in Pakistan.
Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Mr Syed Yawar

MBBS, FRCS Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon After graduation in Medicine, completed Surgical Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeon Ireland in 1995. Trained in all aspects of Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, working in reputable hospitals of Ireland till 1999. In 2000 joined a UK University Hospital as Associate Specialist in Plastic Surgery, running clinics and operating independently on aesthetic cases eg. breast reduction / mastopexy, otoplasty & various uplift procedures post bariatric surgery.
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