Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that reconstructs the breasts following a faulty breast enlargement procedure or battle with breast cancer. While we will offer this procedure for a variety of reasons, it may not be the right or most effective choice for everyone. We understand the desire to feel whole again, to have a balanced appearance when wearing clothes, to rebuild breast shape or to be happier with one’s body. Thus, we offer breast reconstruction as a possible treatment option for both men and women.
Facts you need to know
When it comes to breast reconstruction, some patients will choose to go through the procedure during the mastectomy. If this is a possible option for the patient, then the patient will go through immediate reconstruction. Other patients may prefer to go through delayed reconstruction and have the procedure a few months after the mastectomy.
We will go over all available options and the possible outcomes of the procedure with the patient beforehand. We need to clarify that there are some limits to breast reconstruction that people may not know about.
Following a reconstruction, the breasts themselves will not feel as sensitive as in the past and there may be some scarring on the skin. While we will do everything possible to produce a natural appearance, there is a chance that it will not turn out the way the patient wants. This is why we will make sure to go over all options and the entire process before beginning the treatment. We will ensure that the patient has a strong idea of what to expect following the procedure.
There are two types of breast reconstruction that we will consider: implant reconstruction and flap reconstruction. If we use an implant for breast reconstruction, we will use an implant to reconstruct the breast to create a natural appearance. During flap reconstruction, we will remove tissue from another part of the patient’s body and use it to rebuild a breast-like appearance.
Find the treatment that works for you
We will customize the procedure to the needs of the patient during the consultation. Once we have all the necessary health information of the patient, we will develop the procedure and determine the type of reconstruction procedure to select.
Doctors may postpone the reconstruction depending on the patient’s health and if the patient smokes or not. In these cases, we will determine the best time for the reconstruction. Since some patients may need radiation therapy following a mastectomy, we may postpone reconstruction to avoid lowering the chance of success with the reconstruction.
Some patients may not be able to go through reconstruction surgery or may decide against breast reconstruction surgery. Above all else, we encourage patients to call our office at 718-416-6429 for more information about breast reconstruction. If you or a loved one is in need of breast reconstruction, schedule an appointment to see which option is best for your condition today. We will help to reconstruct the breasts to avoid future health risks.