3 Breast Reconstruction Facts

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While mastectomy is often correlated with the concern of cancer, deformity, or loss of the breast, it can also be associated with breast reconstruction, which can play a positive role in a patient’s life. Breast reconstruction can help women to feel better about their bodies following mastectomy or lumpectomy. If you or a loved one is considering breast reconstructive surgery, read on for some interesting facts regarding the procedure.

Breast Reconstruction isn’t required after a Mastectomy

While many individuals do choose to undergo breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, it is not a requirement. Some women may choose to live without the affected breast or breasts, which is a personal choice. Whether you feel that breast reconstruction can help you feel “whole again”, or you simply wish to continue with your life without a breast or breasts, there is no right or wrong choice.

Breast Reconstruction Does Not Eliminate Risk of Recurrence

Although a mastectomy can minimize your risk of cancer, women who undergo breast reconstruction following mastectomy still require regular breast cancer screening. It is also recommended that patients conduct monthly self-breast exams as well to help detect any early signs of recurrent breast cancer.

There Are Many Ways to Reconstruct Breasts

When it comes to breast reconstruction, there are many approaches that can be taken. While breast implants can be used, the breasts can also be reconstructed using a flap of your own skin and muscle, like the TRAM flap and Latissimus flap techniques. These options use skin and muscle from the abdomen or back to create a natural breast mound. Our surgeons has extensive experience performing these autologous techniques, so you can be sure you are in safe hands.

Patients in the Scottsdale, AZ area who are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction surgery can contact Gawley Plastic Surgery today at 480-696-6361. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about reconstructive breast surgery!