26A Patr. Ioakim & Loukianou, Athens
Tel. +30 210 7258729
Plastic surgeon Dimitris Gritzalis is a specialist in face and body plastic surgery. He is scientific associate of REA Maternity Hospital and IASO Group. He was trained in "Autologous fat and stem cell transplantation" at South Hospital Miami (2009) and "Breast Reconstruction" at the Umberto Veronesi Clinic at the European Oncology Institute in Milan (IEO 2010). He keeps track of developments in medicine closely. He has attended more than 50 scientific conferences in Greece and abroad, while regularly writing articles related to his specialty.
One of the most traumatic experiences in a woman's life is to lose her breast because of a malignant tumor or in some cases because a benign condition.
Breast has always been a symbol of femininity and its loss has a negative effect on the woman's psychology because it can make her feel "less of a woman".
The amputated breast can be restored in many ways. Of course, none of these ways results to a functional breast, that is, a breast that can breastfeed, but it can offer a woman the mental uplift that is necessary when looking in the mirror.
The main ways of breast reconstruction are divided into two major categories:
Using implants (mostly silicone).
Using autologous tissue
By using implants (mostly silicone)
Usually in these cases a tissue expander (known as balloon) is used which three months later has given the excess skin that we need. With a second surgery, we place the final silicone implant, followed by the creation of the nipple, if it is lost.
In most cases, it is necessary to correct the other breast (breast lift) in order to achieve symmetry. There are many variations in restoring the breast and they depend on the desires of each individual. For example, the use of Becker implants results in one operation instead of two. These implants are at the same time implants and tissue expanders.
Using autologous tissue
These techniques are the real meaning of Plastic Surgery. That is, the regeneration of an organ such as the breast using tissues of the same body that are not necessary.
For example, the breast can be restored using a part of the abdomen when there is relaxation and therefore excess skin and fat. In this case we also have aesthetic improvement of the abdomen, since in fact we also do abdominoplasty.
Reconstruction of the nipple and the correction of the other breast is usually necessary for the best possible aesthetic result.
The time at which the breast will be restored depends on the degree of malignancy of the pre-existing disease. Sometimes the recovery can be done immediately after mastectomy, but other times a follow-up period must be preceded.
The chances of complications are few and depend on the type of the surgery. They are the same as classic complications of any surgery such as hematoma, infection, etc. They do not happen often and if they happen they are treated.
The mental uplift and self-confidence that the person acquires is obvious and it is the greatest satisfaction fot both the patient and the doctor.
The common conviction of all those who have followed this process is that it was worth it.