The relief of surviving breast cancer may be numbed by a sense of loss after a mastectomy, double-mastectomy, or lumpectomy. If you have lost a breast or breasts through breast cancer surgery, a breast reconstruction can improve your self-confidence and help to ease your way to recovery. It can help you begin to look and feel like yourself again.
Approaches to Breast Reconstruction
Every person’s body is unique, so Dr. Machado will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. There are several different ways in which your breast reconstruction can be accomplished:
1. Flap techniques
These procedures (such as TRAM flap, DIEP flap, SGAP flap, and latissiumus dorsi flap) use muscle, fat and skin from other parts of your body such as your abdomen, buttock, or back to recreate a breast mound. The donor tissue is often tunneled to the mastectomy site and remains attached to its original blood supply. In many cases, a flap technique may be combined with a breast implant.
2. Tissue expansion
Patients who choose tissue expansion should expect a lengthy process that involves several office visits over an extended period of time. An expander will be placed underneath the skin and will be filled gradually to stretch the skin, making room for an implant. This procedure, although time consuming, can have the advantage of quicker and easier recovery when compared to flap procedures.
3. Breast implants
A breast implant (either saline or silicone) can be used to create the breast mound. This is often combined with flap techniques or tissue expansion.
Breast reconstruction can be a life changing procedure that drastically improves your quality of life by helping you look and feel like yourself again. If you think that breast reconstruction is right for you, or to set up a consultation to discuss your options, please contact us.