Have you recently undergone a mastectomy, but want to wipe away all traces of the surgery after it’s over? Though the clock cannot be reversed, nor can the events of time be rewritten, it is still possible to restore the breasts and regain their natural contours through a reconstruction procedure.
What is a Breast Reconstruction?
A breast reconstruction is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to rebuild the breast by incorporating autologous tissue or synthetic materials to achieve natural-looking results. There are two surgical techniques available based on the material used:
- Flap-based techniques – This method utilizes tissue harvested from the patient’s own body to perform the breast reconstruction. The required tissues can be taken from the back, lower abdomen, buttocks, or inner thighs.
- Implant-based techniques – This method utilizes artificial prosthetic materials called breast implants. They are placed to recreate the natural shape of the breast.
Choosing the Right Type of Reconstruction for Your Needs
When it comes to making a good choice regarding breast reconstruction, there are a number of factors to be considered.
One of the most important factors involved in the process is choosing a good plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon who has enough experience and expertise in the field is absolutely essential to ensure the success of the surgery. By working with a highly skilled and respected plastic surgeon such as Dr. Joshua Hyman, you can feel confident knowing that someone who takes your needs and desires into account is working with you. He will assess your body as a whole and develop a surgical plan perfectly suited to your bodily needs.
There are different types reconstructive techniques and it is best to understand the options available to you and to discuss them with Dr. Hyman to fully understand the options open to you.
After talking about your options, you will then need to decide on when you want to undergo the surgery. The first step of reconstruction can be done at the time of removal of the breast tissue itself. However, if there are any radiation therapies to be conducted after the surgery, it may not be possible to opt for certain types of immediate reconstruction.
Once you fully understand all of your options, you can then decide on the type of surgery best suited for you. Dr. Hyman can help you during this part of the process as well, but the final decision is ultimately yours.
Using natural tissue harvested from your body and breast implants each have their own unique set of benefits. Your general health, medical history, type of cancer, the extent of breast removal, cancer treatments scheduled after the mastectomy, expectations from the surgery, the feasibility of harvesting tissue from other body parts for reconstruction are some of the factors that will affect this choice.
If you would prefer to think about the options only after mastectomy, a delayed reconstruction is also possible. But in either case, if you’re considering a breast reconstruction, it is better to talk about your plan so that the treatments can be planned accordingly.
You’ll also have the option to undergo additional treatments such as nipple reconstruction or tattooing to completely restore the visual appearance of natural breasts. Some patients may also wish to alter the unaffected breast as well to match the reconstructed one and achieve better symmetry. In this case, a breast reduction, augmentation or lift can also be done on the other breast.
Contact Our Office
Deciding to go ahead with a breast reconstruction is an important decision. To achieve the results that you envisioned, it is very important to carefully analyze all the available options and arrive at a solution that will be perfect for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua Hyman. During the consultation, you can learn more about the treatment in a safe and caring environment.