Breast reconstruction is a type of plastic surgery for women who have had all or part of a breast removed. The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following a mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma.
Breast reconstruction often involves several procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant based reconstruction or flap reconstruction.
Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound.
Flap reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.
There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:
- Type of mastectomy
- Cancer treatments
- Patient’s body type
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.
The decision to have breast reconstruction surgery is extremely personal. You’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. If you choose breast reconstruction in Denver, Dr. Serota will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. The possible risks of breast reconstruction include, but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions and anesthesia risks. Flap surgery includes the risk of partial or complete loss of the flap and a loss of sensation at both the donor and reconstruction site. The use of implants carries the risk of breast firmness (capsular contracture) and implant rupture.
If you would like more information about breast reconstruction or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Serota, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.