What to Expect When Undergoing Breast Reconstruction

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What to Expect When Undergoing Breast Reconstruction

Every journey begins with a step, and if you’re considering breast reconstruction after mastectomy or breast removal, it marks a powerful moment of reclaiming your body and sense of self. The road to breast reconstruction is remarkable, filled with choices, possibilities, and a resurgence of confidence.

In his private practice in South Lake, Texas, Tarik Madni, MD, expertly performs breast reconstruction for women following breast cancer surgery, tumor removal, or trauma wounds. Dr. Madni’s empathetic and patient-focused approach puts you at ease during difficult times. 

Whether you're seeking insights into surgical techniques, emotional support, or long-term care, we’re here to walk alongside you, offering information and understanding to illuminate the way forward.

Initial consultation and decision-making 

As you embark on the breast reconstruction journey, it's essential to understand what to expect from beginning to end. Here’s what you need to know about initial steps, consultations, and considerations that lay the groundwork for your path to renewed confidence and self-expression: 

Discussing your goals 

During your initial consultation with Dr. Madni, you can express your goals, concerns, and expectations regarding breast reconstruction.

Exploring options 

Dr. Madni walks you through various reconstructive options, including implant-based reconstruction, autologous tissue (flap) reconstruction, and fat transfer. He helps you understand the pros and cons of each approach based on your medical history, body type, and personal preferences.

The surgical procedure

Once you've decided on the approach that suits you best, it's time to understand the step-by-step process of the actual surgical procedure.


Before the surgery, Dr. Madni offers specific guidelines to prepare for your procedure. This may include discontinuing certain medications, adjusting your diet, and avoiding smoking to promote optimal healing.

Surgical techniques

Breast reconstruction techniques vary depending on the chosen approach. For implant-based reconstruction, Dr. Madni places a tissue expander under your chest muscle to gradually expand the skin and muscle to accommodate your implant. During autologous tissue reconstruction, tissue from another part of your body, such as the abdomen or back, creates the breast mound.

Recover and follow-up 

As your surgery concludes, a critical phase begins — the recovery and follow-up period that ensures your well-being and the success of your breast reconstruction.

Immediate post-up

After surgery, you'll spend time in recovery before being discharged. Pain, swelling, and discomfort are common during this phase.

Healing process 

Over the following weeks, you'll gradually recover, and Dr. Madni will provide guidance on pain management, wound care, and activity restrictions. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress.

Recover and follow-up 

Beyond the initial stages of recovery, embracing a proactive approach to long-term care and lifestyle adjustments will help maintain the results of your breast reconstruction and support your overall well-being. Here’s what we recommend:

Continued monitoring

Even after your initial recovery, it's crucial to maintain regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Madni. That ensures your reconstructed breasts heal properly and any potential issues are addressed promptly.

Life after reconstruction 

Breast reconstruction isn't just a surgical procedure; it's a long-term commitment to your well-being. As you move forward, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing good self-care, and attending routine screenings are essential to your overall health.

Ultimately, Dr. Madni understands this is a deeply personal and transformative journey. By educating yourself about each step of the process, setting realistic expectations, and collaborating closely with Dr. Madni, you can make informed decisions that align with your physical and emotional well-being. Remember, you are taking strides toward reclaiming your sense of self and embracing your unique journey.

If you’re ready to learn more about breast reconstruction and what to expect, please call 817-518-7983 or use the online booking tool to make an appointment with Dr. Madni today!