Breast Reconstruction

Rebuild After a Mastectomy for Patients from Western Chicago and Naperville

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How Does Breast Reconstruction Work?

What Breast Reconstruction Results Can I Expect?*

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Board-certified and highly accomplished plastic surgeon Dr. John Bull is not just committed to providing beautiful cosmetic surgery results in a safe and comforting environment. He also wants every patient to feel heard, understood, and confident in their choice.

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What Is the Post-breast reconstruction Recovery Process?*

It is likely that you will feel tired and sore for a week or two after reconstruction. Your discomfort can be controlled by medications prescribed by Dr. Bull or your breast surgeon.

Depending on the procedure, you will be released from the hospital in one to five days. Many reconstruction options require a surgical drain to remove excess fluids from surgical sites immediately following the operation. These drains are removed within the first week or two after surgery. Usually, the stitches are under the skin and dissolvable and the incisions are covered and protected with an adhesive tape for up to two weeks to help the incisions heal.

It may take you up to six weeks to recover from a combined mastectomy and reconstruction.

Reconstruction cannot restore normal sensation to your breast, but in time, some feeling may return. Most scars will fade substantially over time, though it may take as long as one to two years.

Follow Dr. Bull’s advice on post care and returning to normal activities as this varies depending on the exact procedure performed and each individual’s healing process.

Who Is a Good Candidate for breast reconstruction in Western Chicago?

Most mastectomy patients are appropriate for breast reconstruction, and many are able to have their breast reconstruction at the same time that their breast is removed. The best candidates, however, are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, appears to have been successfully removed by the mastectomy.

Women with other health conditions—such as obesity or high blood pressure—or a history of smoking may be advised to wait and let their body fully heal before having breast reconstruction.

In any case, being informed of your breast reconstruction options before surgery can help you prepare for a mastectomy with a more optimistic outlook for the future. Such a positive perspective can have physical benefits, too, by lowering stress levels, which in turn promotes healing.


“Doctor Bull and the office staff are very kind and comforting. I feel like they listen thoroughly and have your best interest in mind.”*

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*Individual Results May Vary

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