Breast Reconstruction - Dr. Elan Singer Upper West Side NYC
Considering Breast Reconstruction surgery?A breast reconstruction is an operation to restore the shape of your breast following:
- A full mastectomy
- A partial mastectomy or removal of a portion of your breast
How will it impact your life?Having breast reconstruction surgery has major psychological benefits as it gets rid of the feeling of a loss of femininity that is normally associated with mastectomies. This can do wonders for your self-confidence following breast cancer or any other condition that may have led to the loss of your breasts. Many of our previous patients say they feel like their natural selves again with a noticeable boost in self-esteem.
Is Breast Reconstruction surgery right for you?There are different types of breast reconstruction surgery based on both timing and technique.
Immediate reconstruction This is a reconstruction at the time of your primary surgery where the breast cancer is taken away and the breast is reconstructed.
Delayed reconstruction This is a reconstruction at a later date so the breast tumour is treated initially, you wait a few months and then you have the reconstruction once everything has settled from your first operation.
Reconstruction TechniquesReconstruction with a breast implant If you choose an implant reconstruction, your surgeon will insert a pre-formed silicone or saline solution breast implant that matches your desired dimensions under the skin where your breast used to be. If your skin has been pulled tight following your mastectomy, it may be necessary to use a skin expander, often called a balloon expander, to stretch the skin enough to accommodate the implant. The expander is then filled with salt water solution over a period of time to assist in expanding the skin over your breasts gradually. Once the required size is achieved, your surgeon will reconstruct your areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) and the procedure is complete. If breast reconstruction surgery is carried out at the same time as your mastectomy, the entire process is likely to take around 2 to 3 hours. You will require a general anesthetic and you will need to stay in hospital overnight.
- It is a relatively simple procedure and can be done at either the same time as your original surgery or as a delayed reconstruction
- There is a quick recovery period
- A breast implant is not natural body tissue. If you have suffered from breast cancer and have had radiotherapy treatment this can affect the blood supply to the breasts which means there is an increased risk of capsular contracture.
- The tissue is natural
- You will not risk the possibility of the complications that can occur after implant breast reconstruction
- The operation takes longer and you will need more time to recover
- The operation is more demanding for the surgeon and you will need to be treated by a specialist in this field