What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Breast reconstruction surgery is intended for women who have undergone a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or have congenital deformities due to cancer or other reasons. The goal of the surgery is to restore the patients breast or breasts to near normal appearance. The type of breast reconstruction surgery depends on the individual needs of the patient. Generally, your plastic surgeon will recommend either an implant or flap based reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to form a new breast mound and flap reconstruction grafts tissue from elsewhere on the patients body to form a new breast. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
- A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
- Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
- Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
When to Consider Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
We recommend breast reconstruction surgery to anyone who has undergone a mastectomy and/or lumpectomy, or have congenital deformities. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Laughlin, call us today.
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