Ask The Doctor-I’m unhappy with my reconstruction results. Is it possible for it to be improved?

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 1.11.58 PMThis week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I had breast cancer in 2011, and the surgeon who did my reconstruction did a wack job on me. I was a DDD before surgery, and I told him I wanted to go down to single D cup. When I woke up from surgery, things just didn’t look right. When I took my bandage off, he had taken so much off that I had breast the size of man’s chest. I was horrified. I had them redone later, but they are still way to small for my body frame. Can I have them redone again? Or am I stuck with this? It has affected my life so much, I’m depressed, and I hate going out. Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer: Thanks for your question. I’m sorry you have had problems with your reconstruction. The best approach to helping you depends on several factors. Did you have reconstruction using your own tissue or did you have implant reconstruction? Both approaches can be adjusted or redone to hopefully get an improvement. If you had radiation treatments, then it is likely that implants are not your best option. If you used your own tissue, it is possible to add more. It is important to remember that breast reconstruction always requires more than one step. When patients see their results after the first stage and only after one surgery, it is important to know the next step may make things much better. The most important achievement is to have the breast cancer removed.

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