Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I had a mastectomy in 2008 with implant reconstruction. I had the implants exchanged during additional procedures to help improve the look of the breast. I am very unhappy with how I look as it is very unnatural. I am not opposed to a procedure with another implant if done correctly. Is this something you do? Otherwise I may need to consider alternatives as I feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. Thanks, V A: Hi V, Thanks for your inquiry. We frequently revise implant reconstructions to … [Read More...]

When is the Ideal Time for Reconstruction Surgery?

Some breast cancer patients require a mastectomy, the removal of a breast affected with cancer. Many choose to then have reconstruction surgery in an attempt to rebuild the breasts back to a normal look and shape. But when is the best time to have this surgery – at the same time you are having your mastectomy or at a later time? Well, it depends on a variety of factors. During the Mastectomy Ideally, reconstruction begins at the same time that you have the mastectomy. This is especially … [Read More...]

Know the 5 Steps of Breast Reconstruction Before Your Mastectomy

  If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and will have a mastectomy, your doctor has probably discussed what comes next. Often, if you choose breast reconstruction, the process starts at the time of your mastectomy, but it can also be done at a later time – even years later. Once the reconstruction process starts, it’s typically two or three stages – restoring the breast, refining the shape of the reconstructed breast and then reconstructing the nipples if desired. But every breast … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I am interested in DIEP and live in N.C., but before I go any further, I have questions. I’m a healthy, 43-year-old female; married with children; I work, and I’m a non-smoker. I was recently diagnosed with multi-centric DCIS in my right breast. MRI enhancing revealed a left breast lesion, and a biopsy will be scheduled soon. Genetic testing came back negative. A local plastic surgery consult indicated sufficient abdominal tissue to create a breast mound. My first question — who are the … [Read More...]

Finding the Right Surgeon

5 Key Attributes to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon   You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. Now you’ve made the important decision to have reconstructive surgery to rebuild your breast. Your next important decision is to make sure you have the right plastic surgeon to do the job. Finding the right surgeon isn’t always easy. But you need to put the same time and effort into it that you would put into hiring a real estate agent to find you a home or finding the … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I had a lumpectomy and radiation for breast cancer. I would like to know if I can get reconstruction surgery. Sincerely, Ms. Jones A: Ms. Jones, Thank you for your question. You can absolutely get reconstruction after lumpectomy and radiation. Some of your options depend on the extent of deformity/radiation damage and asymmetry between breasts, and whether you want to proceed with a complete mastectomy. If you are looking to just improve the appearance of your radiated breast, different … [Read More...]

Autologous vs. Implant

Benefits of Autologous Breast Reconstruction vs. Implants   If you had a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment, you may be considering reconstruction to get back the look and feel of your natural breast. The two reconstruction options that patients normally choose between are autologous breast reconstruction and implant reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction involves using your own tissue to recreate your breasts and can be done either when you have your … [Read More...]

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