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Breast reconstruction surgery might be an option if you had breast surgery to treat cancer or another disease

Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed alongside other medical procedures, or you may want to wait until later.

The decision is entirely yours and you should not feel rushed into making it. Breast reconstruction can be performed at any time, and the best time to have it is the time that suits you.

Reconstructive surgery is complex and must be tailored to your specific needs. The type of surgery you have – lumpectomy, mastectomy, node removal – will have a big influence on the type of reconstructive procedure you require. Dr Hunt will thoroughly explain all of your options in an understanding and supportive environment.

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Recovery after Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The recovery period after breast reconstruction surgery can take up to two weeks for most patients. During this time, make sure to take the analgesic medication to alleviate the potential pain and discomfort.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after breast reconstruction surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after breast reconstruction surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms and saunas
  • Keep the incisions clean and dry at all times
  • Have a healthy and balanced diet
  • Keep your body hydrated

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

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Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide

The ultimate Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider this procedure.

Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of Breast Surgery, from what makes an ideal candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from real-life patients.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery Costs Sydney – How much does Breast Reconstruction Surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The costs for a Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Sydney vary depending on multiple factors.  Dr Hunt and his team will provide you with a detailed quote after your first consultation.

Is Breast Reconstruction surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

If you meet certain strict criteria, you might be eligible for a partial rebate by medicare or health insurance subsidy for plastic surgery.

You can learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, Breast Reconstruction Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for breast surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

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With over 20 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt aims to get optimal results using different surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation.

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Is it for me?

If you have had all or part of your breast removed it can have a significant effect on the way you feel about your body, such as a sense of loss of femininity. Breast reconstruction can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of breast removal. It is not a decision you need to rush – every woman’s needs are different. Dr Hunt is a very experienced surgeon and he can provide you with all the relevant advice you need to make an informed decision.Breast reconstruction does not interfere with future mammograms or X-rays, nor with any therapy you may need such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

What happens at the first consultation?

During the first consultation with Dr Hunt he will discuss your concerns and expectations and examine your breasts. He can then recommend the most appropriate procedure for you, depending on:

  • the amount of breast tissue that remains after your surgery
  • how healthy the remaining tissue is
  • the type of treatments you have had, e.g. radiotherapy
  • your overall health
  • the outcome you want.

It is likely you will require a number of surgeries, and Dr Hunt will explain what each one will involve.

At the end of the consultation pictures will be taken for your medical record.

After the consultation, a quote will be prepared that will include your surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees.

What's involved?

Breast surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, given by an anesthetist, in an accredited hospital, so you are assured of the highest standard of care. Three procedures are usually required:

Skin expansion and later insertion of a silicone or saline implant. Following mastectomy, an expandable balloon is placed beneath your chest muscle. Saline is gradually injected into the balloon over weeks or months, allowing the skin above to gradually stretch. When the skin is stretched sufficiently the balloon is usually removed and replaced with a permanent implant. Some balloons are designed to be left in place permanently. A final procedure may then be performed to reconstruct the nipple and areola.

Implant insertion. For some women, tissue expansion is not required before placing an implant.

Flap Reconstruction. This technique uses either breast tissue remaining after a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy or tissue from another part of the body to create the new breast.  An implant may also be required.  This is a highly specialised technique, and recovery will take longer than an implant reconstruction technique.

Reconstruction will not restore an identical breast to the one you lost, and it cannot restore normal sensation to the breast area. However, it is usually possible to closely match the reconstructed breast and some feeling may return over time.

When can I go home?

The type of reconstructive surgery you have will determine how long you stay in hospital. Most women go home 2 to 5 days after the procedure.When you go home you should limit your movements to around the house for 2 to 3 days to minimise pain.When you are discharged you will be given a prescription for pain medication to minimise your discomfort. You should take only the pain medication prescribed, and eat before you take it to prevent an upset stomach.Eat lightly for 3 to 4 days after surgery and then resume your normal diet. Make sure you get plenty of fluids.

Will I have to return for post-operative care?

You will have regular consultations with Dr Hunt throughout the reconstruction process. After your final procedure you will return for regular follow-up visits over the next 6 to 12 months.

How long will I be off work?

The type of surgery you have will determine how long you should take off work. It will range from 1 week to more than a month.

When can I resume my normal activities?

You will feel tired and your breast may be bruised and tender for up to 2 weeks after your surgery. Dr Hunt will give you very specific instructions about the type of activities you can participate in after each procedure.Generally, you should restrict all physical activity for at least 2 weeks. Do not lift anything over 5kg and do not drive.Do not undertake any strenuous activities for 4 weeks.Do not undertake chest or weights exercises for 6 weeks. You must protect your breasts from stretching activities for at least 6 weeks to allow the incisions to heal.

Your scars will be firm and pink for at least 6 weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.

Loss of a breast from cancer surgery can be psychologically devastating and socially limiting. Reconstruction of the removed breast can restore femininity and balance between the two breasts, allowing a more active lifestyle.

How much will breast reconstruction surgery cost me?

Breast reconstruction surgery is a very personal procedure. Every patient has different requirements, which will ultimately affect the final cost of the surgery. Along with surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees, whether or not you want to reconstruct the breasts using implants will also alter the final cost of the surgery. Breast reconstruction costs are covered by private health insurers, as well as Medicare. However, the entire cost of the procedure won’t be covered. In many instances, patients tend to think that the cost of breast reconstruction is a lot higher than it really is. Every patient is encouraged to first schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt before deciding that reconstruction is too costly. Dr Hunt will always work with you to develop a surgical plan that meets your needs as well as your budget. Every woman deserves to feel feminine after a life-altering experience such as cancer.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.

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