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What is breast reconstruction?

The decision is typically based on several factors – some related to cancer itself and others relating to the nature and rate of progress of the treatments associated with it. Procedures timed at either point can deliver highly impactful results.

There are several different types of technique employed for breast reconstruction:

  • Breast reconstruction with implants – this is only possible if the mastectomy or radiation therapy have left sufficient tissue on the chest wall to cover and support a breast implant. For patients with insufficient tissue on the chest wall
  • Breast reconstruction with flap – this is preferred among those who don't want implants or do not have sufficient breast tissue to support an implant. This method relies on natural (‘autologous’) donor tissue delivered to the treatment site via a flap technique. The most common method of tissue reconstruction uses lower abdominal skin and fat to create a breast shape, typically harvested from the ‘pinchable’ area between your belly button to the pubic bone. The thigh and buttock areas are also commonly employed as a donor flap sites, dependent on candidate suitability 

Breast reconstruction is most commonly performed by plastic surgeons and at a facility or hospital such as the Cadogan Clinic that is inspected at regular intervals by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to ensure patient safety and best practices, by plastic surgeons who are on the specialist General Medical Council register for plastic surgery.

At A Glance

Breast Reconstruction

At A Glance

  • Surgery Time

    2 hours

  • Exercise Including Gym

    6 weeks

  • Time Off Work

    1 - 2 weeks

  • Bras & Garments

    Sports bar worn for 4 weeks

  • Hospital Stay

    Day case

  • Sexual Activity

    Restricted activity after 4 weeks

  • Washing

    Shower after 1 week

  • Full Recovery

    6 - 8 weeks

  • Reasonably Mobile

    1 day

  • Driving

    2 weeks

  • Sleeping Position

    Sleeping on back recommended for 1-2 weeks

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Prices for Breast Reconstruction

Included in this treatment

  • Up to two 30 minute – 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea
  • Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence
  • Return home on the same day to recover in comfort in your own home
  • 24/7 on call nurse assistance
  • Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan
  • A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery
  • Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses

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Breast Reconstruction Surgeons

We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.

Mr. Naveen Cavale

Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon / GMC: 4190952

Mr. Naveen Cavale is a fully qualified and fully accredited UK Plastic Surgeon who graduated from University College London and the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh...

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Mr. Hazim Sadideen

Aesthetic Plastic And Reconstructive Surgeon / GMC: 6143207

Mr. Hazim Sadideen is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He graduated from Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' (London, UK) with double distinctions, the Riker's award, the George Leach Cup and King's College London Laurels...

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Mr. Mark Solomos

Consultant Plastic Surgeon / GMC: 4599441

Mark Solomos, is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based at the Cadogan Clinic in London. Mark originally qualified in Greece before completing his initial surgical training in the NHS and becoming a member...

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What Does It Involve?

The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities.

Due to significant evolution in breast reconstructive technique over the past decade, it is now possible to reconstruct the breast to look almost exactly like its natural equivalent, either by using implants or tissue grafting.

Whilst subtle differences in contour, volume and sensation may exist in comparison with the prior breast, the new shape will be aesthetically appealing and attractive and will convincingly mimic the natural shape and appearance.

Outcomes studies repeatedly demonstrate the significant improvement in how patients feel about themselves and their restored shape following the procedure, and the psychological benefits are as such clearly proven.

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Why Do People Have It?

Breast reconstruction is a safe and highly effective surgical procedure to enhance the contours and shape of the breast following mastectomy or lumpectomy, or if the breast shape suffers from a congenital deformity.

The breast shape and volume are restored to a more natural appearance and proportion, delivering significant aesthetic and psychological improvements to the patient.

Who Is Suitable?

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:

  • You are in good psychological and physical medical health
  • You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment 
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image 
  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing 
  • You are aware that results are highly variable and that the reconstructed breast may not have the same exact sensation, feel or appearance as the breast it replaces
  • Visible incision lines will be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy

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The Process

The first step for all of our breast reconstruction patients is to meet with the surgeon we feel is best placed to perform your procedure for a consultation. At the consultation you will be able to discuss with your surgeon what your hope to achieve from the procedure, as well as discuss in detail what may or may not be possible given your existing anatomy.

Your surgeon will take you through the options available to you, and which is the most preferential for you given your stated ambitions. Having established this, several key measurements will be made and standard clinical photography will be taken.

One of the key considerations at consultation for breast reconstruction relates to which technique is to be employed – implants or flap technique – and if the latter is preferred, whether an abdominal, thigh or gluteal donor site is to be chosen. Your surgeon will talk you through this in detail.

Finally a comprehensive discussion regarding risks and complications will take place, alongside a discussion regarding what to expect in the post procedure and recovery phase. Your previous medical history will also be recorded (including previous surgery, medications, allergies etc.) and an assessment of your fitness for surgery.

If your surgeon feels you are a good candidate for surgery, you are then invited to consider whether you would like to proceed for surgery or otherwise following a two week 'cooling off' period.

Within this period you are welcome to come in and discuss your potential surgery with your surgeon as many times as you like.

If you choose to proceed with surgery, the next time you come into the Clinic after your final consultation will be the day of your procedure. Before admission the following behavioural changes are recommended / required:

  • In the 6 weeks before your procedure we recommend smoking is discontinued as patients who smoke have a higher risk of healing more slowly and complications (see FAQs)
  • In the week before your procedure you must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin
  • In the 6 hours prior to surgery you must not consume food or any drink, other than small sips of clear fluid (e.g. still water, black coffee, black tea) which are allowed up to 2 hours before admission

On the day of your procedure we ask that you arrive for your admission an hour before the agreed start time of surgery. At this point a nurse will come and record blood pressure and other relevant vitals, you will meet with your anaesthetist and your surgeon who will make the final mark-ups.

The procedure itself takes place undergeneral anaesthetic over the course of two to three hours, with the exact process determined by the procedure type chosen – implant or flap – and if the latter, there are various different techniques dependent on where exactly the flap is to be sourced.

You should not feel much pain during the procedure, but you may have some for a few days or weeks afterwards. You'll be given painkillers if you need them.

Following the procedure, you will recover in our ambulatory recovery rooms for between two to three hours, dependent on the scale of the procedure. Once our specialist nursing team are happy that your initial recovery is complete and you are safe to return home, you will be allowed to leave the Clinic accompanied by a friend or member of your family.

Once home you will have access to our dedicated on-call nursing team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This team of specialists are dedicated to your comfort and pain control, and are there to field any questions you may have in the immediate post operative phase.

We ask that you come in and see our nursing team 1 week after surgery to ensure your incision sites have been properly reviewed. At this juncture we also recommend you meet with one of our on site aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing and scarring process.

We ask that you come in to see your surgeon after 6 - 8 weeks for a final check up.

Why come to The Cadogan Clinic for your Breast Reconstruction?

What are the benefits of day case surgery?

What are the side effects and risks

Breast Reconstruction is a safe procedure, but it is common after all surgery to experience:

As with all surgical procedures, breast reconstruction carries some risk and it is possible that you might experience:

Your surgeon will discuss these risks comprehensively at your consultation and explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated.

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