Breast Reconstruction

Every woman should be given a choice about the type of reconstruction she has. With new techniques being developed all the time, the key is to seek advice, understand the options and make an informed decision.

Treatment for breast cancer involves either removing the breast (mastectomy) or removing the tumour with some breast tissue (breast-conserving surgery, or lumpectomy). Surprisingly only 30 per cent of women who undergo mastectomy have a new breast created, and only 20 per cent have their reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy. Various options for breast reconstruction are now available to create a new breast that is similar in size, shape and texture to the original. Some techniques involve implants, others use autologous tissue (the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body), or a combination of both.  

One of the newest techniques in breast reconstruction is the TUG flap - where tissue from the inner part of the upper thigh (transverse upper gracilis) is taken to reconstruct a naturally shaped breast.

Patients who opt for the TUG flap get an ‘inner thigh lift,’ though there will be a hidden scar at the top of the inner thigh.  However, wound recovery can be problematic – legs must be kept far apart and depending on the woman, there may not be enough fat to create a large breast.

This technique is good for slim women with small breasts; ideal for the classic ‘pear-shaped’ body, with little or no tummy fat. There is no noticeable loss of muscle function, however, in two per cent of cases the reconstruction may fail. It is advisable to wear Lycra shorts for three to four weeks after surgery.

'A TUG flap is the preferred option when there is not enough tummy tissue present or the tummy has significant scarring. Both tummy and inner thigh fat is soft, very similar to breast fat, and therefore can be used to create breasts that look and feel natural,' says consultant plastic surgeon, .
 

The Liberate Process
Book your consultation

Once you have chosen your surgeon, there are a number of ways to make contact and arrange your initial consultation.

You can send your questions via the contact us page or email us directly here and a member of the Liberate team will contact you to answer any questions you may have and book your appointment.

Meet your surgeon

The next step is to meet the surgeon of your choice. It is likely he/ she consults at two or three different hospitals; we can help you determine which location would be most convenient for you.

During an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you your concerns and examine you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

He/ She will comprehensively explain what is involved in your procedure and discuss any possible risks associated with the procedure. This will be your first chance to ask all those questions!

Be sure to ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photographs. He/ She will be able to show you photographs of patients in a similar situation to yourself. This can be very useful for you to view the surgeon’s previous results to get an idea of what can be achieved.

Second consultation

Following your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask you to take time to think over all the information you have been given and talk it over with your friends and family. It is best practice for the surgeon to invite you back for a second consultation before you go ahead with any surgery.

This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that may have arisen since your first appointment. The surgeon will go through the procedure in more detail and ensure you have realistic expectations of the results possible.

Surgery

When all your questions and concerns have been answered, the surgeon’s secretary will arrange a convenient date for your surgery. Try to avoid any important dates and events which may clash with your recovery period.

Each patient is different and it is difficult to predict how long your recovery will take. If you have young children make sure you have appropriate child care in place in order for you to recuperate and relax at home without having to look after the children.

After care

With Liberate surgeons, you can rest assured that you will be looked after: before, during, following your surgery and beyond.

All Liberate surgeons make it a priority to see you following your surgery and are available for follow-up appointments.

You’ll be seen by the surgeon who operated on you – not a nurse or a different surgeon. It’s important to us that you see the surgeon you know already.

At Liberate, aftercare is for life.

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Our breast enlargement, breast reduction, breast uplift and nipple correction procedures are all carried out by BAAPS and/or BAPRAS member surgeons, and our post-operative care is second to none.

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