To many women, breasts are part of what make them feel feminine. So, it makes an already stressful situation if combating breast cancer, even more stressful when you come out of it not feeling like yourself. Many women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy are unaware of their reconstruction options available to them. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is an awareness campaign designed to put an end to the unknown by promoting public education, patient care, and research.
Breast reconstruction often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
The 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, while flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.
There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best suited for each individual:
Type of mastectomy
Patient’s body type
A note about symmetry: 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, shape and position of both breasts.
Dr. Yonick is a leader in the community in reconstruction for breast cancer survivors. If you have questions about your options, don't hesitate to contact our office and schedule your personal consultation.