Tailored Breast Augmentation: Achieving Natural Beauty

This approach can vary significantly depending on the individual’s needs, preferences, and anatomical factors. Dr. Anu Antony specializes in advanced implant-based reconstruction in Raleigh & Cary, NC at the Antony Institute of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery. She is known for achieving the most positive, natural-looking outcomes.

Overview of Implant-Based Reconstruction Techniques

Implant-based reconstruction generally involves the placement of a breast implant to recreate the breast mound. Dr. Anu Antony offers several variations of this technique, each tailored to provide optimal results:

Direct-to-Implant Reconstruction

  • Description: This method involves placing the breast implant immediately after the mastectomy, eliminating the need for tissue expanders in suitable candidates.
  • Benefits: Direct-to-implant reconstruction allows quicker results and fewer surgeries, making it a less invasive option for eligible patients.

Two-Stage Reconstruction

  • Description: This common approach begins with inserting a tissue expander during the initial surgery to stretch the skin and create sufficient space for the final implant. Once the skin has expanded adequately, a second surgery replaces the expander with a permanent implant.
  • Benefits: Two-stage reconstruction is beneficial for patients who require more time to recover from the mastectomy or who need additional treatments, such as radiation, which might affect the skin’s elasticity.

Pre-Pectoral and Sub-Pectoral Implant Placement

  • Pre-Pectoral (above the muscle): This technique involves placing the implant above the pectoral muscle directly beneath the breast tissue. This technique can reduce pain post-surgery and shorten recovery time.
  • Sub-Pectoral (under the muscle): Implants are placed under the pectoral muscle, which can provide a more natural appearance and reduce the risk of complications such as capsular contracture.
  • Benefits: Both placements have their advantages, depending on the patient’s anatomy, the presence of natural breast tissue, and personal preferences. Dr. Antony customizes the approach to align with the best possible aesthetic and functional outcomes.
Banner media

Recovery Time After Breast Reconstruction

The recovery time following breast reconstruction can vary significantly depending on the specific technique used, the individual patient’s health, and whether the reconstruction was performed in conjunction with other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Below is a general overview of what patients might expect during the recovery phase of an implant-based breast reconstruction performed by Dr. Anu Antony.

Immediate Postoperative Period

  • Hospital Stay: Patients typically stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after surgery to manage pain and monitor for immediate postoperative complications.
  • Initial Discomfort: Swelling, soreness, and discomfort are common and are managed with prescription pain medication.

First Few Weeks

  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are generally advised to avoid lifting heavy objects and engaging in strenuous activities for the first 4-6 weeks. Light activities like walking can be resumed when the patient feels able.
  • Care at Home: Dr. Antony provides detailed care instructions, including how to care for incisions, recognize signs of infection, and manage drains if they are used.

Six Weeks to Three Months

  • Follow-up Visits: Regular appointments with Dr. Antony will occur to ensure proper healing and monitor the integration of the implants.
  • Gradual Resumption of Normal Activities: Most patients can resume normal daily activities, including non-strenuous work, within 6-8 weeks post-surgery. Full activity, including exercise, can often be resumed around the 12-week mark.

Long-Term Recovery

  • Final Results: While patients will notice immediate changes after surgery, the final results can take several months to stabilize as swelling decreases and tissues heal.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Annual check-ups with Dr. Antony are recommended to assess the health and condition of the implants and ensure the patient’s continued well-being.

Emotional Recovery

  • Support and Guidance: Dr. Antony understands that emotional recovery is as important as physical healing. Her team offers resources and support throughout the recovery process to help patients adjust to changes in their body image and regain confidence post-reconstruction.
woman wearing white bra with jacket over

Why Choose Dr. Anu Antony?

When deciding on a plastic surgeon, expertise, experience, and a customized treatment plan are all vital aspects of a successful procedure. Dr. Anu Antony embodies these qualities, bringing over a decade of specialized training and practice in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to each patient encounter. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Antony has honed her skills at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Her medical journey began at the renowned Stanford University Medical Center, where she trained under leading experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her pursuit of excellence continued with fellowships at the Cornell Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital and Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital, further solidifying her expertise in complex reconstructive procedures. Insurance does not cover breast reconstruction procedures performed at Dr. Antony’s practice. We do offer our patients financing options through trusted healthcare lenders if financial assistance is needed.

Art + Science = Beautiful

Dr. Antony’s unique background as an artist trained at the Lorenzo Medici Institute of Art in Italy allows her to blend medical science's precision with fine arts's aesthetic sensibility. This combination ensures that each surgical plan is tailored to achieve optimal functional outcomes and enhance aesthetic appeal, respecting the natural harmony and proportions of the patient’s features. 

Choosing Dr. Antony for implant-based reconstruction in the Raleigh & Cary, NC area means entrusting your care to a surgeon who is committed to excellence, deeply understands the artistry involved in plastic surgery, and is dedicated to achieving your individual goals with the most advanced and effective procedures available today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Antony to explore how her expert care can help you realize your vision of beauty and function.

Background media
Accessibility: If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact our Accessibility Manager at (919) 296-0256.
Contact Us