After mastectomy, women can rebuild the shape of the breast(s) with breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure can help women feel more confident and comfortable after breast cancer treatment. But, is it right for you? Continue reading to learn more.
What is Mastectomy?
Mastectomy is a surgical procedure during which one or both full breasts are removed. It’s most often performed as a treatment for breast cancer, although it may also be done as a preventative measure for women at a very high risk of developing breast cancer.
Some women who must undergo mastectomy worry about the appearance of their breasts after the procedure. For these patients, breast reconstruction is a solution that can diffuse this concern and boost their confidence levels.
What Does Breast Reconstruction Involve?
For breast reconstruction after mastectomy, patients have different surgery options to choose from. Dr. Roach at the Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can help you select the right surgery option for your needs!
- Breast reconstruction with implants
Breast reconstruction with implants can be done with either silicone or saline breast implants. The implants are used to restore the size and shape of the breasts after mastectomy. Some patients have this procedure at the same time as the mastectomy.
- Two-stage delayed reconstruction
Patients that have flat, tight tissue in the chest area are often good candidates for two-stage delayed reconstruction. This procedure is performed after the mastectomy, and a tissue expander is placed beneath the skin and chest muscle. The expander is then gradually filled with a saltwater solution over the course of four to six months. This creates room for an implant to be placed.
- Tissue flap procedure
In a tissue flap procedure, tissue is taken from the buttocks, back, thighs, or lower abdomen and used to reconstruct the breasts. However, tissue from the abdomen or back is most commonly used.
To learn more about breast reconstruction after mastectomy, schedule a consultation at the Bayside Center today!