Every woman seeking breast reconstruction is unique. Most of the time, breast reconstruction is needed after the removal of the breast gland to treat an existing breast cancer. In other women who have a strong family history of breast cancer or who carry the BRCA gene, reconstruction follows a prophylactic mastectomy designed not to treat, but to reduce the future risk of developing breast cancer. In yet others, reconstruction may be needed to address a defect following lumpectomy or a congenital problem.
Advances in breast reconstruction have made it possible for most women to wake up following mastectomy surgery with much of the breast recreated in one step. One’s own tissue may be transferred to the breast area or, more commonly, an implant is used to recreate the breast shape. While an implant is not an exact replacement for the breast, technical modifications over the past decade permit a close approximation of the shape and feel of the natural breast.
The goal of surgery is to create a beautiful, proportionate breast with the simplest recovery and least amount of risk possible.
Note: Please keep in mind that breast reconstruction is a highly individualized process that is best discussed in person. The website is designed to provide a background for those curious to have general information beforehand, or as a reference after the consultation to help process the information.
KEITH J. ATTKISS, MD, FACS
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