Des Moines Autologous Reconstruction Surgeons
Are you recovering from a mastectomy? Our autologous reconstruction surgery allows women to rebuild their breasts, restoring them to a more natural shape, size and appearance. The best part of autologous reconstruction is that it uses skin and fatty tissue from your own body to rebuild the breasts. This means breasts can be rebuilt without using any silicone or gel implants.
Facing the consequence of breast cancer is difficult for both you and your family. A diagnosis forever alters your life. Fortunately, you can restore the look and feel of your breasts through breast reconstruction using autologous surgery. At Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, we are committed to working so that you regain confidence and the natural look that you want. To learn more about your options, contact the Des Moines autologous reconstructive surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery today by calling (515) 222-1111. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
What are the Autologous Reconstruction Options?
Autologous reconstruction requires tissue to be taken from other parts of the body. There are three sources from which we can pull:
- Abdomen: The most common option. We remove skin from the abdomen, or your tummy, and provide a tuck after the skin is removed.
- Gluteal region: Depending on what works best for you, we can also remove skin from the gluteal region, or bottom. Because this area is rarely exposed, it is a good choice for those who want to hide their scars.
- Inner thigh: We offer skin removal from the inner thigh as well. This option is our least common procedure, but is available depending on your needs.
During surgery, an incision will be made at whichever area you decide to choose. A scar will form as a result of this incision, but these areas are less commonly exposed. Consider this when deciding which area you would like to have your skin removal.
Why Choose Autologous Reconstruction?
This reconstruction provides a few unique benefits that other options do not. Many women choose autologous because they view it as having a tummy tuck along with their breast reconstruction. Breasts rebuilt from tissue change with the rest of your body. Unlike implants, tissue will grow and shrink with any change in weight. Additionally, tissue tolerates radiation much better than implants. Make sure to consult our doctors about your options if you are planning to undergo radiation therapy after your reconstruction surgery.
What Should I Consider?
Each reconstruction process is unique. Patients must consider what is best for them when deciding how they would like to go through the reconstruction process. Consider some details that may be unique to you:
- Body Type: Thin women may not have enough tissue on the abdomen to reconstruct breasts. Further, women with large breasts may need to have skin removed from the area that has the most amount of usable skin.
- Getting Pregnant: Autologous reconstruction may not be suitable for women planning to get pregnant after the surgery. This is because pregnancy stretches the skin on the stomach and breasts, and may cause an unhealthy amount of stress.
- Recovery Time: Recovery time for autologous reconstruction surgery means time spent at the hospital. The different types of autologous surgeries have varying recovery time, but most women spend three to five days in the hospital before returning home.
- Future Surgery: Once the tissue is used to rebuild breasts, you cannot use tissue from that area for reconstructive purposes again. Consult your doctor if you are planning to have more than one autologous surgery.
What To Expect:
Recovery after any reconstruction surgery is an ongoing process. Skin grafting from your own body means that you will have two areas of healing at once. Immediately after surgery, most patients spend three to five days in the hospital, depending on their surgical technique. Once you’ve returned home, recovery continues for four to eight weeks. During this time you must avoid strenuous sports, lifting weights or heavy objects, and sexual activity. The last and most important part of recovery is emotional recovery. Many women experience a myriad of emotions after losing and reconstructing breasts. You do not have to endure recovery alone. Reaching out to counselors or joining a support group can be very beneficial after surgery
An experienced breast reconstruction surgeon can help you restore the natural look of your breasts and help you regain your confidence. Our Des Moines reconstruction surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery are here to answer your questions, listen to your story, and guide you through every step of the way. It is our mission to help you feel as happy, healthy, and confident as possible. To schedule an appointment and begin exploring your options for autologous reconstruction, contact the Des Moines breast reconstruction surgeons of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery today by calling (515) 222-1111 or filling out an online contact form.