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Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores the shape, size, and appearance of one or both breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy. It is a vital part of the healing journey for many women who have undergone breast cancer treatment or have experienced trauma or congenital abnormalities affecting the breasts.

Types of Breast Reconstruction

  1. Implant-Based Reconstruction: This method involves the use of saline or silicone implants to recreate the breast mound. It is often done in multiple stages, starting with tissue expanders to gradually stretch the skin and muscle before the final implant placement.
  2. Autologous Tissue Reconstruction: Also known as flap reconstruction, this technique uses tissue from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen (TRAM flap), back (latissimus dorsi flap), or thighs (SGAP or IGAP flaps), to reconstruct the breast. This approach can provide a more natural look and feel.

 

Timing of Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be performed at different times:

  • Immediate Reconstruction: Done at the same time as mastectomy or lumpectomy.
  • Delayed Reconstruction: Scheduled weeks, months, or even years after cancer treatment is complete.

The timing depends on various factors, including the patient’s overall health, cancer treatment plan, and personal preferences.

Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

  1. Restored Body Confidence: Breast reconstruction can help restore a sense of wholeness and femininity for women who have lost one or both breasts due to cancer or other reasons.
  2. Improved Clothing Fit: Reconstructed breasts can allow for better fitting of clothing and undergarments, enhancing comfort and self-image.
  3. Emotional Healing: Many women find that breast reconstruction contributes to emotional healing and a positive outlook on life after cancer treatment.
  4. Customized Results: Surgeons work closely with patients to achieve personalized, natural-looking results that align with the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Consultation and Treatment Plan

During the consultation process, Dr. Cohen will assess the patient’s medical history, breast anatomy, cancer treatment details (if applicable), and goals for reconstruction. Together, they will create a customized treatment plan that may include one or a combination of reconstruction techniques

Recovery and Follow-Up Care

Recovery from breast reconstruction varies depending on the chosen technique and individual healing factors. Patients can expect some initial discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with prescribed medications and post-operative care instructions. Follow-up appointments are essential to monitor healing progress and address any concerns.

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If you’re considering breast reconstruction or would like more information, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and support you every step of the way!