Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Recovery Time For Autologous Breast Reconstruction?
It can take about 6 months to recover from breast reconstruction surgery. We recommend that you wear a compression garment for up to 8 weeks after surgery. Ms Prousskaia will give you detailed recommendations for when you can start exercising, we would generally recommend at least 6 weeks out of work.
What Is The Aftercare?
The Elena Prousskaia Clinic prides itself on the quality of its aftercare so we’ll make absolutely sure you know what to expect, and how much rest is needed. We’ll give you specific instructions that may include how to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Elena.
How Much Does This Procedure Cost?
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Are There Any Risks With Having This Procedure?
Any procedure that requires a general anaesthetic comes with some risks. Like any major surgery, any surgery poses a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring and an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the surgical tape or other materials used during or after the procedure. Elena will provide you with further information with the risks and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultations. This will help you to minimise the risks.
How Long Does Surgery Take?
Generally speaking breast reconstruction surgery timings may take from 2-8 hours, as this varies depending on the nature and complexity of the procedure.
Is Autologous Breast Reconstruction Painful?
After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort, the level of which varies widely amongst patients. Your breasts may be swollen and bruised for about two weeks. You may feel soreness around the incisions, which may be red or pink for a few months. Numbness in your nipples, areolae and breast skin might last for a few months. There is rarely prolonged pain unless there is a complication and in all cases you will be prescribed pain medication.
Can Implants Be Used Together With Autologous Tissue?
Sometimes implants or expanders can be used in combination with Autologous tissue. The shape of implants can be round or anatomical (teardrop). Both can provide an excellent result. The outer shell and the filling may vary depending on the manufacturer. Miss Prousskaia has never used PIP implants in her practice and she will offer you high quality implants from the best manufacturers. You will discuss with Miss Prousskaia which specific shape and size of implant would give you the optimal result. You should know that in the European Union (EU) 95% of implants used for breast augmentation are made of silicone gel and only 5% contains other type of fillings such as saline. Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants are devices with shells constructed from silicone elastomer. The shell is filled with MemoryGel®, Mentor’s proprietary formulation of silicone gel.
Will I Be Able To Wear A Normal Bra Afterwards?
You will wear your support bra for 1-2 months after surgery – then you can look at purchasing your own ‘normal’ bras for everyday wear once fully healed.
What Would My Expected Results Be?
Elena prides herself on taking the time to truly understand a patient’s aims and discussing what result will work best given the patient’s body shape and size. Although good results are expected, the body is not symmetric and almost everyone has some degree of unevenness, which may not be recognized in advance. The more realistic your expectations as to results, the better your results will be in your eye. You will have at least two consultations with Elena where she ensures that she meets your expectations and she will always try to achieve your desired results.