Breast reconstruction is the actual process of recreating a natural breast to near normal shape, size and appearance following a mastectomy, lumpectomy or injury.
Why do people choose breast reconstruction?
For many women, breast reconstruction is both emotionally and physically rewarding during a time of great stress and concern after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A change in a woman’s body following cancer resection in the form of mastectomy, radiation treatment or injury can affect a woman’s self-image. Breast reconstruction is a positive step for a person who has completed their medical treatments and is ready for a symmetrical, natural looking appearance. A reconstruction can be done immediately following the mastectomy or lumpectomy, or it can be done in a delayed manner if the patient will require additional medical treatments. If only one breast has been affected, a breast reconstruction may be performed alone. In order to create symmetry between the two breasts, it may also be an option to perform a breast lift, reduction or augmentation on the other breast in conjunction with a breast reconstruction.
How is a breast reconstruction performed?
Every breast reconstruction is unique along with each of our patients. There are a variety of techniques that may be used for breast reconstruction following cancer treatments. Which technique is best for you will depend on your preference for certain procedures, body shape, and anatomy. There are both expansion techniques and flap techniques. In some cases a breast mound can be formed with the use of a breast implant or in other cases a flap technique is needed to achieve the best results. When your tissue is utilized as a flap a new breast mound may be recreated with tissue from the abdomen, back or buttocks. Grafting and other techniques may be used to reconstruct a nipple and areola. Dr. Armenta can discuss the options and the best breast reconstruction techniques for you.
What can I expect from a breast reconstruction?
A breast reconstruction will recreate the best breast mound possible following cancer removal to prevent the shock or trauma of undergoing a mastectomy and being without a breast. A reconstructed breast, although not identical to your original breast, will provide a natural looking breast shape and size that will provide women a better self-image and more self-confidence following a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
How can I learn if a breast reconstruction is right for me?
To learn more about breast reconstruction contact Dr. Art Armenta’s office. Dr. Art Armenta is a Diplomate and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Texas Medical Center
6560 Fannin, Suite 1804,
Houston, TX 77030