Breast reconstruction is commonly performed on women who have had a mastectomy (removal of the breast due to cancer or pre cancerous condition) or who have breast deformities. Many women feel very insecure or self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts following mastectomy. Breast reconstruction allows their natural curves to be restored. Mastectomy can drastically improve a patientís quality of life.

Breast reconstruction techniques are usually performed in stages and can span across six months. The first procedure, which is usually performed at the time of the mastectomy, is the longest and most complex. The subsequent surgeries are usually outpatient and involve minimal pain and recovery.

There are two categories of reconstruction: 1) implant-based reconstruction and 2) techniques that use only the patient's own tissue. During recovery, patients typically experience sensitivity, soreness, swelling and possible decreased nipple sensation, but most side effects subside as breasts heal.

To find out which procedure is best for you, please contact our practice today for a consultation.

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