When it comes to breast reconstruction, there are a few methods to choose from. Of course, your doctor will likely weigh in on what seems to be best for you, so you will not have to make the decision on your own. But you should get to know the basics of a few of your surgical options, such as TRAM flap surgery.
This acronym stands for transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous, which is named for a muscle in your abdomen. During this procedure, the doctor will take fat, tissue, and skin from your stomach and move it up toward your chest. This will create breasts that should look and feel fairly natural, depending on the cup size you choose. You will need to plan this detail ahead of time, taking advice from your doctor to determine how large you should go when it comes to your breasts.
TRAM flap surgery is not right for everyone. For example, if you do not have any stomach fat to spare, it may be hard to get this procedure done, especially if you want particularly large breasts. At the same time, you should not be overweight or obese if you want to have a good candidate for this procedure. This is because you could get a hernia in your abdomen once some of the muscle is removed for the operation. Additionally, if you smoke, you might not be a good candidate because the healing of your scar could take longer than usual.
As long as you are a good candidate, TRAM flap surgery has some advantages. For example, your breasts will look and feel natural since there will be fat in them, as opposed to if you were to simply get implants. Plus, you will have the advantage of not putting foreign objects into your body like you would with implants. Of course, you will also be able to get rid of some fat from your stomach, which most patients see as an added bonus of the operation.
The main disadvantage of TRAM flap surgery is that the operation tends to be long, since it is essentially breast reconstruction and a tummy tuck in one day. In addition, the recovery tends to take a while as your body heals from two surgeries. For this reason, you should prepare ahead of time for a long day of surgical operations, followed by a recovery period that will likely last weeks.
You should find out from your doctor if you are a good candidate for TRAM flap surgery. If not, there are other options for breast reconstruction. Either way, as long as you choose a good surgeon, you will likely be happy with the results.