Are there different types of reconstructive breast surgery?
Yes. Breast reconstruction can be performed by taking tissue to build the breast mound from the abdomen, the buttocks, or the back. If you desire, breast implants can also be used to help you achieve the size and shape of breast you desire.
Who is a good candidate for reconstructive breast surgery?
Not all women are good candidates for reconstructive breast surgery. However, many women are now able to receive immediate reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy or breast injury. The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for reconstructive breast surgery is to discuss your options with your breast cancer surgeon and a plastic surgeon.
How will reconstructive breast surgery help me?
Former and recovering breast cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy often feel defeminized by the loss of a breast and suffer from insecurity and even low self-esteem. If you feel self-conscious about your appearance after the loss of a breast, reconstructive breast surgery can help you regain your confidence and return to a normal lifestyle. Women who undergo reconstructive breast surgery are usually pleased with the results, even though the reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation as the original it replaces.
How long does reconstructive breast surgery take?
Depending on the type of reconstructive breast surgery you undergo, your procedure and recovery time will vary. A breast reconstruction from natural tissues is a more intensive procedure, than just an implant or tissue expander. You are more likely to experience the most benefit from your reconstructive breast surgery if you focus on the outcome, rather than basing your decision on the length of the procedure.
Can any doctor perform reconstructive breast surgery?
While any doctor may legally perform reconstructive surgery, you are most likely to experience the greatest benefits possible by working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction involves complex manipulation of skin, nerves, and blood supply, and you are more likely to achieve a more natural-looking breast reconstruction by working with a surgeon who is trained and experienced in breast surgery.
If you have undergone a mastectomy or lost a breast to injury, please contact Marietta Plastic Surgery today to learn more about your reconstructive breast surgery options. Our experienced cosmetic surgeons work with patients of all ages and backgrounds from Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas of the southeast.