Reconstruction of the Breast after Cancer
Losing one or both of your breasts to cancer can be an extremely traumatic experience for a woman. Undergoing a reconstructive procedure that recreates your perky, voluminous, and natural-looking breast can dramatically improve the way you feel- both physically and emotionally. and perhaps best of all, your new breast can help you begin to move forward-putting your experience with cancer behind your back for good.
Seek out the best to look your best
Dr. Francesco Gargano, one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in NYC, has been specially trained in breast surgery to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. He is qualified beyond standard requirements in breast reconstruction. His extensive experience with state-of-the-art breast reconstruction procedures helps ensure you achieve the look you desire.
Restorative Breast Surgery after Mastectomy
The goal of a Breast Surgery is to provide a similar breast in shape, size, position, and texture to the opposite breast. Women are now referred to a plastic surgeon following their diagnosis of cancer to allow the choice of immediate or delayed reconstruction. Most women who have experienced mastectomy may consider reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction can be performed in one or two stages but generally require at least two procedures.
The first operation involves the creation of the breast mound; subsequent operations involve revisions to achieve symmetry with the opposite breast as well as the creation of the nipple-areola complex. Several types of operations can be performed, using a newly shaped breast with the use of a breast implant, the patient’s tissue flap, or a combination of the two. A tissue flap is a section of skin, fat, and muscle that is moved from the abdomen, back, or another area of the body to the chest area. Immediate Breast Reconstructive Surgery NYC typically will provide the most aesthetically pleasing result and is performed at the time of mastectomy.
Benefits of this Procedure include:
- Balance the appearance of breasts
- Create a nipple lost due to breast cancer surgery
- Change the size or shape of a previously reconstructed breast
- Replace breast(s) removed after surgery for breast cancer
Are you a good candidate for breast reconstruction?
As long as you are now cancer-free and want to rediscover your feminine appearance, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for breast reconstruction. To be certain, it is always preferred to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Francesco Gargano, so he can provide you with personalized guidance regarding whether or not this procedure is right for you.
Breast Reconstruction Options
The following are the two most common breast reconstruction options:
1.Implant Reconstruction: A procedure which combines the skin expansion technique with the subsequent insertion of a permanent implant. The plastic surgeon places a breast implant after the general surgeon removes the breast tissue, where the breast tissue has been removed to form the contour of the breast.
In selected patients, it will be possible to proceed to one-stage breast reconstruction using a permanent implant.
Reconstruction of the breast with Flaps: A procedure involving the creation of the breast mound using the patient’s tissue. The tissue remains healthy because it maintains its blood supply. Breast reconstruction with autologous tissue can be performed with pedicled or with free flaps. The two most common types of pedicled flap surgeries are the TRAM flap (transverse rectus abdominis muscle flap), which uses tissue from the abdomen, and the latissimus dorsi flap, which uses tissue from the upper back.
Free flaps can be harvested from the abdomen, the back of the thighs, and use microsurgical techniques for the anastomoses.
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