Losing a breast to cancer is an extremely important event. Through the latest technological advancements, there are newer and more realistic looking ways to reconstruct a normal-appearing breast after mastectomy through breast reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction has made huge strides. Breast which have been reconstructed won’t look exactly like the breast which was lost. It’s important for breast reconstruction candidates to be able to understand this and have realistic expectations for the procedure and outcome. Ideal candidates should be in good health and not suffering from any condition which would hinder proper healing and recovery. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or be delayed months or even years after cancer treatments have been completed.
During your consultation, Dr. Roussalis will ask questions pertaining to your health, your lifestyle, as well as your goals and concerns for the procedure. At the consultation, you will be informed of all applicable surgical options. This is also the appropriate time for you to address any concerns or questions you have, and to discuss what the best plan for achieving your aesthetic goals is.
Recreating the breast is a critical step for many women in restoring self-confidence and quality of life, more thoroughly treating breast cancer from start to finish.
Pre-surgery protocol may include getting tested or evaluated, taking or adjusting medications, stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. If you are a smoker, it’s important to stop smoking well in advance of the procedure. Dr. Roussalis and her staff will advise you what to do prior to the day of the procedure. Let’s take a look at some of the basic issues related to breast reconstruction:
Decision-making is difficult. There is a new cancer diagnosis already clouding the patient’s mind. It is important to thoroughly discuss timing and reconstructive options to assure that your decision is best for you.