Breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery to help a woman restore the shape, size and look of her breasts after a mastectomy.
Women who are planning to undergo breast reconstructive surgery should first speak to their surgeon to determine their candidacy. Once the surgeon approves, the next step should be consult with an experienced breast reconstruction surgeon.
When these consultations are held before mastectomy, it will allow the surgeon to come up with the most suitable surgery plan for the patient. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides breast reconstruction surgery to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton, CA, and other cities and towns in this part of the country.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction surgery offers several benefits. Some of the key benefits include:
- Symmetrical appearance of breasts in tight-fitting clothes
- Permanent restoration of breast shape
- Replacement of synthetic prosthesis with biological breast
- Regaining personal confidence and a sense of self-worth
As with any surgical procedure, breast reconstructive surgery will also leave a few scars behind (that would eventually fade over time.) But with the help of latest surgical techniques, a skilled surgeon can minimize scarring.
After a mastectomy, a breast reconstruction will help most patients feel better about their appearance. While wearing a bra or form-fitting clothes after the surgery, the breasts will look and feel alike.
Types of Breast Reconstruction Procedures
Several types of breast reconstructive procedures are available these days. But some techniques require multiple procedures over an extended period. The patient should be able to commit the required time in order to have a safe and successful surgery. A candidate should discuss every aspect of the surgery with the surgeon carefully to make a well-informed decision.
Two major surgical techniques that are used for breast reconstruction include:
- Breast implant surgery performed with the help of silicone or saline breast implants
- Tissue Flap procedure that uses body’s own tissue
While in most cases, these techniques are performed individually, sometimes the surgeon may combine the two for a more effective breast reconstruction.
Additionally, the surgeon may also perform fat grafting to create the appearance of remodeled breasts close to actual breasts. They may also reconstruct the areola or nipple that can complete the look of a breast. However, the nipple areola complex will not have any sensation.
Reconstruction after Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy
Women that undergo lumpectomy or partial mastectomy are usually not required to go for breast reconstruction. But in some cases, the patient may have to live with misshaped breasts until they choose a different type of reconstructive surgery to restore the original shape. The surgeons can perform fat grafting or smaller implants as per the patient’s needs.
The patient should discuss the risks, benefits, and suitability of the breast reconstructive surgery with her surgeon before committing to the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, breast reconstruction has its own risks. The key to a safe procedure lies in making a well-considered choice of surgeon.
Outstanding and dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton, CA, and other communities and suburbs in this region of SoCal for breast reconstruction.