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Breast Reconstruction

What is Breast Reconstruction?

For women who have experienced breast cancer and a mastectomy as a result, or for women who have elected for mastectomy due to genetic factors related to breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgery can be an option to restore the appearance of the silhouette and figure after treatment.

There are a number of advancements in breast reconstruction that allow women who have undergone a mastectomy yet want to retain their original silhouette to do so. For many women, the appearance and shape of the breasts is deeply connected to self-image, confidence and femininity. Breast reconstruction surgery can help to build body confidence and address traumas caused by cancer treatment and surgery.

Breast reconstruction is a highly individual choice for each woman who has gone through mastectomy. Dr. Parakh is committed to working together with your breast surgeon and other medical professionals after treatment.

What Can Breast Reconstruction Do For You?

For many women who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer or as a preventive practice, the loss of breast tissue can be an unwanted reminder of trauma or lead to discomfort with one’s appearance, sexuality or femininity.

This surgical procedure is designed to restore the silhouette and appearance of the breasts with natural, balanced results. It is suitable for women who have undergone a unilateral mastectomy of one breast or a bilateral mastectomy of both breasts.

What Are the Major Types of Breast Reconstruction?

There are two major types of breast reconstruction, although there are many options for your individual plastic surgery procedure. They are generally classified under two categories, implant-based or prosthetic and autologous, which uses your body tissue.

While purely implant-based or prosthetic techniques are not recommended for women who have had radiation therapy, these can be a good choice for other women. A tissue expander is used under the pectoral muscle to create space for a permanent implant, or one is placed immediately following mastectomy.

Other women may opt for a combination of prosthetic and autologous tissue, which is suitable for women who have had radiation treatment. A nearby muscle is swung forward while connected with its blood supply to give the breast more volume alongside the implant.

There are also options to transfer your own tissue from another part of your body to reconstruct the breast. The most commonly used tissue and fat is from the lower abdomen, but other options, including the back or thighs, can also be used to harvest tissue. This tissue is used to reconstruct and fill the breast area.

What Can You Learn During a Breast Reconstruction Consultation?

When you meet with Dr. Parakh to discuss the possibilities and potentials of breast reconstruction surgery, you can go over your reasons for pursuing the procedure and the outcomes you hope to achieve.

She can provide detailed, clear computer images that demonstrate the possibilities of today’s advanced breast reconstruction techniques, based on your personal photographs and unique dimensions and shape. Dr. Parakh can make recommendations about the type of breast reconstruction that is best suited to your physical condition, treatment history and desired outcomes, as well as providing an overview of the recovery period, surgical procedure and risks involved with the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery often comes after significant trauma and medical experience that come with surviving breast cancer. You may have a number of questions about this surgery and its effects on your body. Some of the most frequently asked questions include the following:

What are the differences for someone who has had a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy?
For women who have had a bilateral mastectomy, the basis for reconstruction is often identical, and so exactly the same procedures will be performed on each breast, on both sides of the body. For women who have had a unilateral mastectomy, reconstruction is only necessary for one breast. However, to maximize the appearance of symmetry and natural breast similarity, women may choose to have procedures performed on the remaining breast, including a breast lift, reduction or augmentation, in order for both breasts to present a symmetrical profile following reconstruction.
What about nipple reconstruction?
Many women have had what is called a nipple-sparing mastectomy. In these cases, the tissue and appearance of the nipple was preserved during surgery. The decision to perform a nipple-sparing mastectomy or not is one that is based on a woman’s cancer diagnosis and necessary treatment. For women whose nipples have been removed as part of a mastectomy, nipple reconstruction is an option that restores the visual appearance of the nipple to the breast. Breast reconstruction is usually performed in several stages, and the final stage includes creation of the nipple flap and micropigmentation to reconstruct the color of the nipple.

Request a Consultation with Dr. Parakh

Dr. Parakh is professionally affiliated with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ and HUMC Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ for the convenience of her patients. She holds private consultations at Parakh Plastic Surgery daily for her patients from across the United States and around the world. We invite you to call our office to schedule an initial consultation about breast reconstruction with Dr. Parakh.

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