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Breast Reconstruction in Dubai

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that rebuilds the breast shape. It is common among women who have had surgery due to breast cancer. Breast reconstruction may involve breast implants, autologous tissues, or both to recreate natural-looking breasts.

Breast reconstruction is performed by a plastic surgeon to restore the breast appearance to about the same size and shape as before. A plastic surgeon can even reconstruct the nipples and the darker region around them – the areola.

Who are the Candidates?

You are a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery in Dubai if you:

  • Have undergone full or partial mastectomy and want to have a normal shape and size of breasts.
  • Underwent breast conservation therapy that resulted in breast deformity.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Have a stable weight. It’s beneficial if your BMI is within a healthy range, typically not more than 30.
  • You should be in good general health and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcomes.

Treatment Goals

Breast reconstruction surgery restores the normal appearance of breasts affected due to mastectomy or trauma by making the following improvements.

  • Improves the appearance of the breast, making it proportional to the other breast when only one is removed.
  • Creates the breasts with the same shape and size as the patient had prior to mastectomy (when both breasts are removed).
  • Improves the symmetry of breasts.
  • Makes the breasts appear natural.

Treatment Techniques

Breast reconstruction in Dubai can be done using several techniques depending on the requirements of the patient and the preference of the surgeon. The options include:

  • Breast implants – these are inserted into the breast mounds to restore their appearance.
  • Flap reconstruction – involves taking tissue flap from other areas of the body including abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, and using it to reconstruct breasts. Various techniques are available for this procedure also.
  • Combination of breast implants and flap reconstruction – in cases where there isn’t sufficient tissue to support implants alone, our plastic surgeons may combine these procedures.

Pre-op Preparation

Common preparation tips for the surgery include:

  • Stop taking aspirin, blood thinners, vitamin supplements, and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
  • Adhere to the dietary guidelines provided by your plastic surgeon.

Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Breast reconstruction in Dubai is typically performed on an outpatient basis, with the duration up to 7 hours, varying by technique. Since the combination of implants and flap is performed using two techniques, the procedural steps vary. The procedures for both techniques are explained below.

Breast implants

  • The first step of the procedure is the administration of general anesthesia.
  • The surgeon will then make incisions.
  • After the incisions are made, the surgeon inserts implants into the breast mounds. Mostly, they are placed under the pectoral muscles.
  • Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.

Flap reconstruction

  • The first step involves administering general anesthesia.
  • The surgeon will remove a flap of skin and fat from your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, choosing the most suitable technique for your case.
  • The flap is then transferred to the breast for reconstruction.


Breast Reconstruction in Dubai has a lot of physical and psychological benefits. Some of them include:

  • It restores the normal appearance of your breasts, thereby improving your overall physical appearance.
  • Boosts your self-image and confidence, improving the overall quality of your life.
  • Provides visual confirmation of your recovery and wholeness following cancer treatment or trauma.

Recovery Time

Breast reconstruction recovery varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of surgery and technique used. But following the instructions of your surgeon can make it easier and comfortable for you.

  • Flap reconstruction may require a longer recovery time than breast implant surgery, as healing must occur in two areas.
  • Feeling tired and sore for a few days after surgery is common and temporary.
  • Swelling and bruising will take some time to subside completely.
  • Drains and stitches are removed in one to two weeks.
  • Return to work times vary; many patients can return to non-strenuous jobs in four to six weeks, but this depends on the nature of your work and recovery progress.

Post-op Care

Some tips are common, and nearly every patient has to follow them for a smooth recovery.

  • Continue taking short walks and avoid staying in bed all the time.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects for the recommended period.
  • Avoid any vigorous activities that could raise your heart rate or blood pressure.
  • It’s important to wear compression garments and a surgical bra for the duration recommended by your surgeon.

Breast Reconstruction Results

The final results of the surgery help lessen the emotional and physical impact of mastectomy. While the outcomes of the surgery are long-lasting, it’s important to note that implants may eventually need to be replaced due to rupture or leakage.

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Dr. Federico Di Francesco MD
Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
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