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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

By January 26, 2009

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So when is it the right time to look for a plastic surgeon after mastectomy? Actually, you may be surprised to learn that if you are even considering having breast reconstruction surgery after your mastectomy, the best time to find a plastic surgeon is before your mastectomy. Why? Because then your plastic surgeon can work with your breast surgeon to determine a surgical plan that will make reconstruction easier and more successful.

Tips for finding the best plastic surgeon for your breast reconstruction:

Look for a surgeon who specializes not only in reconstructive surgery, but in breast reconstruction specifically. Ask your breast surgeon for referrals. Another good source for referrals to board certified plastic surgeons is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A call to the ASPS at 888-475-2784 can help you find specialists in your area.

Consult with several surgeons. It is important to explore different options and techniques. You will not only have a chance to compare the surgeons' different approaches, qualifications, and personalities, but you will learn more about the types of procedures available.

Ask a lot of questions and do your research. There are certain questions you should ask any plastic surgeon. But in addition to these general questions, there are some questions which are specific to breast reconstruction, including questions about your options for nipple and areola reconstruction. If you are considering implant reconstruction, you should learn more about augmentation with breast implants. If you are considering flap or implant reconstruction, there are concerns about symmetry, breast sensation, breast changes with age and weight gain or loss, and more.

Not all mastectomy patients choose to undergo reconstruction. For those who do, it is important to remember that all plastic surgery has risks as well as rewards. An informed decision is always a better one.
Comments
February 24, 2009 at 2:01 am
(1) Lucy Bartlett says:

Breast reconstruction not only changes the physical appearance, but has psychological benefits as well. Our consulting doctor, Dr. Robert Grant, encourage my mother to begin breast reconstruction at the same time after she had her mastectomy. He say it is helpful as it reduces trauma. For many women, immediate reconstruction reduces the trauma of having a breast removed as well as the expense and discomfort of two major operations. Visit here
Breast Reconstruction Manhattan, New York City

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