Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Turkey

About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is a surgical procedure done to restore the size, shape, volume, and contour of the breast as before. This surgery is conducted by an experienced plastic or aesthetic surgeon.

The surgery makes use of breast implants or a flap of skin and fat from the back, stomach, or thigh area to give appropriate volume to the breasts.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is more used concerning women who under mastectomy or lumpectomy as a part of breast cancer treatment. It can also be done in the case of women who have suffered extensive burns of the breast skin during an accident.

The following women are considered to be a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery:

  • Those with a positive outlook toward their illness and who are expected to cope well
  • Women with realistic expectations out of reconstruction results and outcome
  • Women who will not have to undergo radiation therapy afterward as a part of treatment
  • Those with no underlying illnesses and those expected to recover well after the surgery

Breast Reconstruction Surgery Cost

Breast reconstruction surgery cost may vary from $3000 to $7500 or even more, depending on several factors. Each country has different pricing for implants and therefore, the procedure. The cost also varies based on the surgeon’s experience and expertise, the technique, and the duration of hospital stay required.

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About the Breast Reconstruction Surgery

About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is a cosmetic reconstructive procedure to restore the normal shape, size, contour, and appearance of the breast as much as possible in women who have had breast surgery done as a part of breast cancer treatment. It is also performed on women who may have damaged breast tissue during a burn accident.

Breast reconstruction is different from a cosmetic procedure on breast such as augmentation or reduction in a way that the former involves greater planning and is done to restore the confidence of the woman battling a condition.

There are different ways by which breast reconstruction may be conducted. The surgeon may decide to use silicone implants or flap of skin, fat, or muscles from the back, thighs, or arm to create the tissue. Most often, a combination of these approaches is used to reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy.

When is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Required?

Breast reconstruction is mostly required by women after they have had surgery done to completely or partially remove the breast tissue as a part of their cancer treatment.

The reconstruction can be done immediately after the breast cancer surgery, after the completion of complete chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or even years later after completion of breast cancer treatment.

If the woman is scheduled to undergo radiation therapy after breast cancer surgery, the best is to wait until the end of cancer treatment before breast reconstruction is done. If only chemotherapy is advised after the surgery, then reconstruction can be performed immediately after the breast cancer surgery.

It is totally up to the wish of the woman and how confident she is about getting the surgery done and restoring the appearance of the breasts as much as possible. At the same time, it is important to set realistic expectations out of the procedure and to know that the reconstructed breasts may not be the same as original breasts before breast cancer surgery.

How is Breast Reconstruction Surgery performed?

Recovery from Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The hospital stay after breast reconstruction surgery typically lasts for about 2 to 3 days. Drainage is in place to collect the fluid that may accumulate at the surgical site. It continues to remain in place even after discharge and removed after 8 to 10 days of the surgery.

The stitches removal typically takes place after 10 to 14 days of the surgery. The implants and tissue may take between a few weeks to months to settle completely and therefore, the final results of the surgery in terms of the appearance of the breast can only be assessed after that. Therefore, women are expected to wait patiently for a few months after the reconstructive procedure to see the actual results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average cost of Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Turkey?

The average breast reconstruction surgery cost in Turkey is between $3200 and $4500. This cost is inclusive of the following:

  • Consultation and pre-operative investigations
  • The cost of breast implants
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital charges
  • Anesthesia fee
  • Medications and consumables used during the hospital stay
  • ICU charges
  • Nursing support
  • 2 to 3 days of hospital stay with meals
  • Stay arrangement for 1 attendant
  • Follow-up costs

The surgery package is not inclusive of extra days of hospital stay if required, any other form of treatment for underlying conditions, and other interventions required as a part of breast cancer treatment. Also, expenses to manage any complications after the surgery are charged separately.

Sometimes, the hospitals and clinics also tend to offer a customized package to candidates which include hospital stay and sightseeing, It is important to ask the hospital if they have any customized package to meet your needs.

What is the average cost of Breast Implants in Turkey?

The average cost of breast implant sin Turkey ranges between $800 and $1500, depending on the type of implant and its manufacturer. This cost is not inclusive of any expenses related to the surgery and hospital.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Turkey?

Factors affecting the cost of breast reconstruction in Turkey include the following:

  • Type of implants used
  • The approach used for reconstruction
  • Complications management
  • Follow-up investigations, if required
  • Experience of the specialist
  • Type of setting – hospital or clinic
  • Location of the hospital/clinic and accreditation
  • Any other additional services availed
  • Duration of hospital stay
Which are the different types of Breast Implants available in Turkey?

Both saline breast implants and silicone gel breast implants are available in turkey in the round and tear-dropped shape.

Saline implants are filled with a saline solution, which can be filled before or during the surgery to give the desired volume and size. The saline implants, however, appear less natural and may wrinkle over some time. But in the case of implant failure or if saline implant ruptures, the solution is easily absorbed in the body.

Silicone gel-filled breast implants, on the other hand, are more popular as it results in a better appearance concerning shape and size. These are known for long-lasting results and natural appearance. However, some silicone breast implants may require a larger incision.

What is the quality of Breast Implants available in Turkey?

The quality of breast implants in Turkey is the same as other countries, including the US and the UK. The clinics and hospitals that offer breast reconstruction surgery in turkey prefer to use US FDA approved high-quality cohesive silicone breast implants that conform to the safety standards.

Mostly, Johnson & Johnson’s Mentor breast implants are used for reconstruction purposes.

Who are the top surgeons for Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Turkey?

The top surgeons for breast reconstruction surgery in Turkey include the following:

  • Dr. Bulent Cihantimur, Estetik International
  • Dr. Selcuk Aytac, Estetik International
  • Dr. Berkhan Yilmaz, Acibadem Kadikoy Hospital
  • Dr. Soner Tatlidede, Acibadem Hospital in Taksim
  • Dr. Alp Ercan, Memorial Atasehir Hospital
  • Dr. Aaron Desertoglu, Istinye University LIV Hospital
  • Dr. Gursel Turgut, LIV Hospital Ulus
  • Dr. Zeynep Sevim, Liv Hospital Ulus
  • Dr. Umut Zereyak, Medicana Camlica
  • Dr. Caner Kacmaz, Bestify Group
Which are the best cities in Turkey where Breast Implant Surgery is performed?

Istanbul continues to remain one of the most popular cities in Turkey for breast reconstruction, among other procedures. The city is directly connected to the rest of the world through direct and indirect flights and is a big tourist hotspot and also one of the most visited cities in the world by international tourists.

Other than Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Konya, Fethiye, Bursa, and Trabzon are some of the other popular cities for breast implant surgery in Turkey.

What is the health care infrastructure of Turkey / Why should opt for Turkey as a destination for your medical treatment?
The healthcare infrastructure of Turkey comprises health centers, health posts, mother and child health and family planning centers, tuberculosis dispensaries, etc. Health centers are each staffed by a team consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a midwife, a health technician, and an administrator. Health posts report to health centers and are each staffed by a midwife. Health centers and health posts are the only settings providing preventive care, health promotion, and community-based health services. All other settings use specialists to provide just primary diagnostic and curative care. Turkey is turning out to be a preferred destination for medical treatment by many people across the world for its pace of development. The people are friendly and the administration is efficient. After the treatment in Turkey, one can even choose to unwind amidst its beauty.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Turkey? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Turkey :
  • Anadolu Medical Center
  • Hisar Intercontinental Hospital
  • Medipol Mega University Hospital
  • NP Istanbul Brain Hospital
  • Neolife Oncology Center
  • Liv Hospital
  • Medicana Healthcare Group
  • Kadikoy Florence Nightingale Hospital
  • Istanbul Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Antalya Hospital
  • Taksim Hospital
  • Dunyagoz Hospitals Group, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Medical Park Hospitals Group
  • Medical Park Göztepe Hospital Complex
  • Acibadem Maslak Hospital
  • German Hospital Taksim
  • Medical Park Bahçelievler Hospital
  • Göktürk Florence Nightingale Medical Center
  • International Hospital
  • Aydinlar Dental Group
Are the doctors/surgeons in Turkey of the best quality?
Doctors in Turkey are highly educated and well trained. This is one of the reasons why many people flock to Turkey for medical treatment. The doctors are skilled and can converse fluently in English and other foreign languages.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Turkey?
At present, there are two types of medical visas available for your visit to Turkey:
  1. Medical Visa, which can be obtained from the Consulate of Turkey
  2. Online Visa (eVisa), which can be obtained in advance of arrival via the government of Turkey’s online visa system.
Visitors must obtain a medical visa for traveling to Turkey unless they come from visa-exempt countries and territories or citizens of those countries, which are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online. How To Acquire Online Medical Visas (e-Visa or electronic visa) :
  1. Simply visit www.evisa.gov.tr and apply on the platform by selecting your country and the type of passport or identity card. The platform is self-explanatory and will guide you throughout every step.
  2. Once you are done filling the form, save and download the form for future references.
  3. The applicant must visit the nearby Turkish embassy in his/her country to get the approval of the Consulate.
  4. Once the visa is approved, the travel dates can be scheduled accordingly.
What support services does MediGence provide in Turkey?
MediGence has been praised on a global scale for the list of services they provide. Apart from the listed services, the staff and the guides are adorned for their customer interaction, impromptu assistance, and various other assistance related guidance throughout the tour. Thus, the list of services provided by MediGence are:
  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Turkey for medical treatment?
The capital of Turkey is Istanbul. Istanbul is easily accessible and the preferred location for medical treatment. Other cities with good hospitals are Izmit and Bursa.

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