Breast reconstruction involves a variety of different procedures used to recreate the breasts, often after mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery.
Who is a candidate for breast reconstruction?
Candidates are patients who have an absence of their breasts as a result of mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer. Patients are optimal candidates for breast reconstruction if they are healthy, not overweight, not smokers, and do not have a history of radiation damage to their skin/tissue, although this is not a contraindication.
How is breast reconstruction performed?
There are a number of different procedures that are available for aesthetic breast reconstruction – the choice of what procedure to have is dependent upon anatomical factors, medical history, obesity, smoking, type of cancer treatment and history of surgery. Surgical options include tissue expanders, breast implants (saline or silicone gel), flap tissue, fat grafting, acellular dermal matrix and breast reduction techniques. The timing of the breast reconstruction may be affected by the chemotherapy or radiation treatment schedule. Reconstruction is coordinated with the other doctors treating you.
What to expect after surgery?
This largely depends on what type of surgery you have and cancer treatment you undergo. Dr. Farris will discuss with you the entire process specifically outlined for you, step by step.