Fighting and beating breast cancer is a life-changing victory. However, many women simply want to get back to their old lives from before they were diagnosed with the disease. Undergoing a mastectomy can help women put an end to their battle with breast cancer, but unfortunately the procedure often leaves them feeling wounded or damaged. With breast reconstruction, women who have lost one or both breasts to a mastectomy can finally move forward and regain their feminine figures.
Your battle with breast cancer is over – now it is time for you to take back your life.
There are a two main techniques for breast reconstruction:
A flap technique is performed by taking some of your own donor tissue to construct a new breast mound. Flaps can be taken from either your abdomen, back, or buttock, and consist of fat, skin, and muscle depending on which flap technique is being used. Depending on your situation, the flap may be sufficient enough for reconstructing the breast mound, or you may choose to have your flap technique combined with breast implants for added shape and breast volume.
The tissue expansion procedure is performed over the course of about 4-6 months. Following your mastectomy, a special silicone expander is placed beneath your breast tissue to gradually stretch the skin. Over the course of your procedure, your expander will be filled to continue stretching your skin until there is enough room for your desired implant to be placed. Although the process takes more time, recovery is often easier than that of a flap reconstruction.
You can have your breast reconstruction procedure performed immediately after your mastectomy, or you may choose to wait until your body has healed. There are various methods of breast cancer reconstruction. The best option for you will depend on when you want to have your procedure done as well as your anatomy.
We will make sure to answer all of your questions during your consultation. Drs. Lee, Shifren and Ho are board-certified plastic surgeons with plenty of experience in speaking with patients and understanding their expectations.
Give us a call today to schedule your breast reconstruction consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Wave Plastic Surgery.