Breast reconstruction that heals your body and mind
Breast reconstruction is a surgery that rebuilds the breast when one or both breasts are lost from breast excision surgery due to breast cancer. After breast reconstruction, you will be highly satisfied with your new beautiful breasts.
Breast reconstruction was generally performed exclusively at university hospitals until quite recently. Only a few private hospitals provided simple procedures using breast implants.
In particular, breast reconstruction using autologous tissue requires a wealth of experience and expertise, so most patients had to undergo surgery at a university hospital even though there are many inconveniences, such as the travel distance.
M.D. Seul Chul-hwan, of JW Plastic Surgery, built his career as a professor at Yonsei University College of Medicine and a breast surgeon specialist at Severance Hospital.
He provides a high standard of reconstruction surgery based on his expertise and know-how
There are two types of surgery to rebuild the breast mound: autologous tissue and implant. A few months after making the breast mound, nipple is made and then tattooed to match the color with the nipple on the other side.
Tissues (skin, fat, and muscles) are collected from the lower abdomen, back, or hips, and transferred to the breasts. Autologous tissue creates natural breasts and has no foreign body sensation.
This is the most common breast reconstruction technique using autologous tissues. It reconstructs the breast while removing the sagging lower abdomen by transferring abdominal skin and fat to the breasts.
The Skin, fat, and muscles of the back are transferred to the breasts for breast reconstruction. If the thickness of available tissues is too thin, breast implants may be inserted as well.
Breast reconstruction using fat grafting is generally performed on those who had a partial mastectomy. But recently, it is also performed on those who had a total mastectomy as well.
Although surgery has a simple advantage, it may not be enough for one operation so that you may need 2-3 procedures for satisfactory results.
|Types of Breast Reconstruction using Breast Implants|
|Single-stage reconstruction using breast implants||Multi-stage reconstruction using breast implants|
When skin is preserved with only breast tissue has been removed, the single-stage reconstruction method using implants can be performed.
This method is applied when all skin, areola, nipple, and breast tissues are removed.
In order to extend the skin, a tissue expander is inserted, and a saline solution is periodically injected. After the skin is inflated, it is replaced with an implant, and the nipples and areolas are reconstructed later.
Construction of breast mound using tissue expander
If a lot of breast skin is removed, the tissue expander is placed under the breast muscles, and then a saline solution is injected periodically to extend the breast skin. (It takes about two months)
Replace the tissue expander with a breast implant
2-3 months after the last saline injection, if the tissues are sufficiently extended, the tissue expander is replaced with an appropriately sized implant to shape the breast.
At this time, the other breast may also need the correction such as breast lift surgery, etc., to balance the size, shape, and inframammary fold of both breasts as much as possible.
Three months after the breast mound is reconstructed, the nipple is made. In the past, some of the dark skin was harvested from the other nipple or the groin for transplantation. Recently, a simple procedure is used to generate the skin on the affected area to create a nipple.
Areola reconstruction and tattooing
Reconstructed the areola and completed the nipple by tattooing the reconstructed nipple and its surroundings with a similar color to the other side.
We guarantee an accurate examination, safe anesthesia, precise procedure, and thorough postoperative management. We consider your safety as our #1 priority.
With accurate and thorough surgical planning for each patient, surgery is performed with the best methods according to each individual’s characteristics.
M.D. Seul Chul-hwan, of JW Plastic Surgery, has performed surgery with a high standard of breast reconstruction surgery based on years of experience and expertise and has achieved stable surgical results.
Recently, the cure rate for breast cancer surgery is quite high; many patients who had breast cancer surgery recover completely and enjoy a healthy life. Of course, patients do not need to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
However, the loss of losing the breast, the symbol of women, can cause many patients to become depressed as they associate it with a loss of perceived femininity.
Nowadays, breast reconstruction is regarded as a necessary surgery to lead and enjoy a normal life. In addition, breast reconstruction has become available for health insurance coverage since 2015.
You do not have to worry about breast cancer screening after surgery.
With advanced technology and equipment, breast cancer can be detected even when an implant is used. As the implant is located under the muscle, there is no impact on breast cancer screening.