For a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other disease breast reconstruction is a physically rewarding procedure. Breast reconstruction is possible through a combination of plastic surgery technique that not only create new breasts but also dramatically improve a woman’s self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. The results can not only be natural in appearance but also feel the same as the breast that was removed.
Performed in multiple stages, breast reconstruction can either begin at the same time as the mastectomy or it may be delated until the patient has healed from the mastectomy and fully recovered from any additional cancer treatments that were necessary. What’s most important is the woman is ready for emotional adjustment, and much like losing a breast, some women need time to heal and accept the results of the breast reconstruction itself.
The best way you can learn about breast reconstruction is by having a consultation with Dr. Hardaway who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Achieved through several plastic surgery reconstructive techniques, the purpose of breast reconstruction is to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following the mastectomy, which may include the following:
It is important to note though that results from breast reconstruction can be 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. In addition flap 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.
First, you need to consult with Dr. Hardaway and learn how reconstruction can restore your breast’s appearance. Typically, consultations are designed to fully educate you about your options as well as provide you with the comfort and knowledge that you will be in a non-pressured environment that will include the following:
Dr. Hardaway will also answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure. Each surgery is highly individualized and is different for every individual as the patient’s anatomy, and personal preference are always take into consideration.
Choosing to have cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery is an important decision; so is selecting a plastic surgeon. Consider these important guidelines:
Privileges – Your surgeon should have operating privileges at an accredited, local hospital for the same procedure you plan to have performed – even if that surgeon suggests your procedure be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility or at an ambulatory surgery center.