Breast reconstruction surgery – available in Croydon through world renowned cosmetic surgeon Elena Prousskaia – can restore the natural figure and silhouette, leading to benefits that are both physical and psychological.
Choosing to have breast reconstruction surgery is never easy for any prospective patient, often the procedure would be to restore the figure after a breast has been removed or partially removed.
Often, this will be after a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Below, we outline why Elena Prousskaia, who has held Fellowships in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, stands apart.
The Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Typically undertaken at Croydon’s superb BMI Hospital, breast reconstruction can be undertaken in a number of ways and the precise approach will vary depending on each individual set of circumstances.
The option considered the ‘gold standard’ is known as Autologous Breast Reconstruction or DIEP (tissue from tummy) or TUG (tissue from thighs). These options take tissue from elsewhere on a patient’s body to reconstruct the breast, this creating a softer, more natural look. This procedure can also perform two physical enhancements in one, for instance taking tissue from tummy potentially performing a tummy tuck at the same time as the breast reconstruction.
Another option is to have expander or implant, these both offering shorter stays in hospital and reduced recovery times.
Elena offers both options and at consultation there would be discussion as to which might be the best option.
Consultations are always key to creating optimal results and Elena’s consultations are always detailed.
She has a patient-first ethos and wants to fully engage to understand the motivations for surgery, what the patient hopes to achieve and the results they are targeting. Elena can then use her vast experience to suggest a plan of best action.
A second consultation is then usual, this allowing the prospective patient time to think of further questions and also to consider if surgery truly is for them.
Elena would outline the costs and also recuperation details at consultation – the recovery time varies depending on the type of procedure undertaken but can take up to eight weeks.
There would, of course, be follow-up appointments to ensure progress and recovery was as expected.
Why Consider Elena Prousskaia
There are, as mentioned, many fine cosmetic surgeons in and around Croydon who could perform breast reconstruction surgery.
However, Elena’s CV sets her apart.
She is not only a leading female surgeon, she is a leading surgeon of either sex.
She also specialises in breast reconstruction, in her 20 year career she has held Fellowships relating to breast surgery, the including the hugely prestigious fellowship in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction at Guys and St Thomas’ in London.
Further Fellowships have been held in Italy, Spain, India, Belgium and the incredible University Hospital in Tokyo.
Just as importantly, Elena has shown herself to have a patient-focused ethos. It is easy to speak of ethos and manner, but the independent verified reviews haver to back this up.
Elena’s reviews across Google and the iwantdreatcare (iwantgreatcare) website are universally five stars, please take the time to read what previous patients have said, including those who had breast reconstruction surgery in Croydon and elsewhere.
As one of the few female plastic surgeons in the UK, Elena brings a distinctly feminine empathy and skill to the process of helping rebuild a woman’s body after the stress of masectomy.
Trained by UK and international most renowned fellowships in Breast Reconstruction and Breast Oncology, Elena also brings a wealth of experience, a sense of artistry, and a calm professionalism to all her work. The Elena Prousskaia Clinic also prides itself on the quality of its aftercare: we will make every effort to ensure you’re informed, prepared and well looked after throughout the whole procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Recovery Time?
The length of your hospital stay depends on the type of operation and how your recovery progresses. For example, if you’ve had implants, the average length of hospital stay will be one night, however flap procedures require a stay of five to six days. After you have seen Ms Prousskaia for your four week follow, up you can then start to discuss your recovery plan going forward.
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. Elena will also advise you on a specialised garment bra, which will also help with your recovery.
How Much Does This Procedure Cost?
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Are There Any Risks With Having This Procedure?
While complications with surgery are infrequent, no surgical procedure is without risks. Among the possible complications are scars, infection, haematoma, implant displacement, breast asymmetry, implant rupture and capsular contracture. 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 Breast Reconstruction Painful?
After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort, the level of which varies widely amongst patients. There is rarely prolonged pain unless there is a complication and in all cases you will be prescribed pain medication.
Will I Be Able To Wear A Normal Bra Afterwards?
You will wear your support bra for up to three months after surgery – then you can look at purchasing your own ‘normal’ bras for everyday wear once fully healed.
What Type Of Implants Are Used?
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.
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.
The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.
The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.
Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.
SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.
EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants
I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!
JB – Breast Reduction
Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.
LMS – implant Removal & Replacement
Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!