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Breast Reconstruction Brisbane

Breast reconstruction is a procedure for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

Breast reconstruction is a procedure available to women who have undergone a mastectomy (removal of the breast) either due to breast cancer or by choice if they are at high risk for developing breast cancer. Breast reconstruction involves constructing a new breast thanks to today’s modern advances in microsurgical breast reconstruction and implant technology.

Reconstruction can be performed using an implant or from tissue from another area of the body. Many factors play a role in determining which type of breast reconstruction is best for you, including body type, expectations, and the need for radiotherapy treatment. Dr Peters will discuss these factors during your consultation and advise of the ideal reconstructive option for you.

Breast reconstruction procedure

The specifics of your breast reconstructive surgery can be discussed in further detail with Dr Peters during your consultation in Brisbane. Your individual factors such as body type, desired outcome, and the possible need for radiotherapy treatment can determine the type of breast reconstruction procedure that is best for you.

Breast reconstruction types

There are two types of breast reconstruction surgery: implant reconstruction or flap reconstruction. The right procedure for you will depend on several factors, such as your age, general health, the size and shape of your other breast (for single mastectomy patients) and available body tissue.

  • Implant reconstruction is typically a two-stage process. First, a tissue expander is inserted under the chest muscle and skin, which is gradually filled with saline to create a pocket of skin. During a second procedure, the tissue expander is removed, and a silicone breast implant is inserted.
  • Flap reconstruction in volves taking tissue from elsewhere on the body, usually the abdomen or back, to create a new breast.

Flap Reconstruction

Methods such as the TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Musculocutaneous) flap or the DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforators) flap may be an option for you.

  • The TRAM breast reconstruction method involves using muscle, fat and skin from the abdomen to reconstruct the breast.
  • The DIEP breast reconstruction method involves using just fat and skin from the abdomen, without muscle, to reconstruct the breast.

It is important to note that these methods are not suitable for everyone and can depend on various individual factors such as anatomy structure.

Breast surgeon Dr Peters can assess the possibility of a flap reconstruction within the context of your anatomy and desired result during your initial consultation if this is an option that you are interested in.

Timing of breast reconstruction procedure

In addition to the method of reconstruction, the timing of surgery also falls into two categories, immediate or delayed.

  • Immediate reconstruction occurs immediately after your mastectomy procedure.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs at some point post-mastectomy.

Depending on your individual need and circumstances, you may be required to undergo one or multiple procedures throughout your reconstruction journey.

Your individual circumstances, desired outcome, and anatomy will determine which reconstructive method and timing are ideal for you. Dr Peters will discuss the options available to you in your initial consultation in Brisbane.

Restoration of nipples and areolas

Several different approaches can be used to restore the appearance of the nipple and areola. These include additional procedures, such as a skin flap, skin graft or autologous graft, or medical tattooing. The right choice for you can depend on several factors, including the condition of your new breast tissue and your desired outcome.

If this concerns you, discussing this with Dr Peters during your initial consultation will be the best way to address any questions you have regarding nipple and areola appearance and the options available to you.itive implant.

What is a tissue expander?

A tissue expander is a device that is placed and gradually inflated using saline over time to stretch the skin. Once an adequate pocket is formed, the tissue expander is eventually removed and replaced with the definitive implant.


Details of your recovery including symptoms that you may experience or specific postoperative care instructions that you need to follow will be provided by Dr Peters during your breast revision surgery consultation.

You can discuss any concerns you may have about your recovery during your pre-operative consultation with Dr Peters and a VPS clinic nurse as well as your review appointments post-operatively.

Surgery Risks & Complications

Every surgery has general risks, in addition to procedure specific risks. The risks associated with breast reconstruction will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Peters.

Adhering to recovery guidelines can help minimise certain risks and complications. Ensuring that you closely monitor the state and health of your breasts and notifying your doctor of any concerns is the best way to mitigate your risk of adverse outcomes.

You can discuss any concerns that you may have about the possible risks and complications of undergoing breast reconstruction surgery in Brisbane with Dr Peters.

Postoperative bra and garments

Following your breast reconstruction surgery, you will be given surgical garments to support your breasts and body while you heal. Your garments will need to be worn for up to 10 weeks post-surgery, depending on your procedure and individual recovery requirements. Garment requirements will be discussed in detail with you during your pre- and post-operative appointments with Dr Peters and a VPS clinic nurse.

Your Questions Answered Frequently Asked Questions

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is extremely personal.

Your suitability for a breast reconstruction feature depends on your anatomy, treatment plan and desired outcome. Having healthy expectations and a positive outlook regarding your surgery is also essential.

Booking in for a comprehensive, confidential, and personal consultation with breast surgeon Dr Peters in Brisbane is the best way to find out whether this is a suitable procedure for you.

You will likely receive a Medicare rebate and a contribution from your private health fund (if you are insured and have the appropriate level of cover), as breast reconstruction is considered a medical procedure. You will receive a detailed quote and information regarding how to check your eligibility after your consultation with Dr Peters.

While you don’t specifically need a referral to see Dr Peters, to qualify for a rebate from Medicare you must have a written referral from your GP or Specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and Specialist referrals for three months.

The first step in your breast reconstruction journey is to organise a consultation with Dr Peters, where you can discuss your concerns and expectations, ask questions, and learn more about what happens during the procedure.

If surgery is a suitable option for you, Dr Peters will provide information regarding preparation and post-surgery recovery requirements for your specific procedure. Any further instructions will be discussed with you during your consultation with a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse.

We suggest that you prepare an area in your home for you to recover comfortably, with pillows, ice packs, and entertainment. You may also choose to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable, loose clothing and fill any needed prescriptions before your procedure date.

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