What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure designed to create natural looking breasts after a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be performed either immediately after your mastectomy or years afterwards. There are two surgical approaches to breast reconstruction – autologous tissue reconstruction and breast implants. Both have pros & cons and Dr. Lin & Dr. Cohen-Kashi can discuss these with you during your consultation. Breast reconstruction is also commonly performed on women who suffer from breast irregularities.
- Women who are seeking the natural looking breasts they had prior to a mastectomy
- Women who are in reasonably good health & have realistic expectations
- Healthy, active, non-smoking patients with enough abdominal tissue to create a breast mound
- Patients who have had or anticipate having radiation therapy
Autologous Breast reconstruction surgery is usually performed over a period of time. Dr. Lin and Dr. Cohen-Kashi will first create the breast mound. This can be done immediately after your mastectomy while you’re under anesthesia or years later. Most individuals who undergo breast reconstruction also have follow-up procedures that take place overtime to continue to reconstruct the breast.
Breast reconstruction with an implant can also start at the time of your mastectomy or months.
There are several surgical options available for post-mastectomy reconstruction. Dr. Lin and Dr. Cohen-Kashi can discuss these options with you during your consultation.