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Getting Breast Reconstruction Surgery After Your Mastectomy

Published on October 13, 2017

To most of us, breasts are synonymous with womanhood. Just like any other part of the body, losing either or both of them may contribute to an unhappy, anxious, and stressful life. Unlike many other parts of the body, the loss of the breasts can lead to a traumatic identity crisis, a common reaction among mastectomy patients. Thus, the struggle can continue even after the ordeal of breast cancer.

For those for whom breasts hold such importance in terms of identity, appearance, and peace of mind, breast reconstruction serves as a viable solution. While reconstructed breasts are never an exact replica of natural breasts, they have served as a satisfactory replacement for many women the world over. Some even consider it a path to recovery rather than merely a separate medical procedure.

How It Works

Every breast reconstruction surgery is specific to the patient’s individual case and is arranged keeping in mind the patient’s preferences and the doctor’s advice. There are two primary types:

Tissue Flap Procedures: These include extracting tissue from some other part of the patient’s body (i.e. the buttocks, belly, shoulders, or back) and grafting it in place of the removed breast tissue. This is a long-lasting option where an experienced surgeon can minimize the alterations to the contours and the body shape.

Breast Implants: As the name implies, implants filled with a saline solution or silicone gel are inserted in place of the removed breast tissue in order to restore breast volume. It is preferred by patients who do not wish to undergo surgery on a different part of the body for the tissue that replaces the now-removed breast tissue. These patients may also be subject to medical conditions that prevent tissue-transplant-based surgery.

The Advantages of Breast Reconstruction

• Allows the patient to focus on post-mastectomy and post-surgery recovery
• Provides a sense of wellness to the patient, easing the transition
• Reduces social and emotional issues associated with mastectomy surgery

What One Should Know

Remember that this is not a purely aesthetic cosmetic surgery but a reconstruction of a body part. The process requires preparation and multiple consultations, sessions, and procedures. A separate procedure for nipple reconstruction is also presented as an option once the breasts have regained satisfactory form and shape.

The recovery period and post-surgery treatment may take six to twelve months and will include medications and lifestyle changes. Swelling and bruising are normal and can be controlled with the help of post-surgical garments. With proper care, patients achieve excellent results.

Your Consultation

If you’re preparing for mastopexy surgery as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis, you may be interested in learning more about breast reconstruction surgery. Contact us to arrange an informative and helpful consultation with Dr. Lu-Jean Feng, a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience.

Dr. Feng offers expert advice and will walk you through the steps of the procedure. You will be able to ask any questions you may have and can see before-and-after pictures to get a better idea of your potential results.

Patient Testimonials

  • “I believe she is the best in the country at what she does. Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better” – Crystal Hefner
  • "When it comes to explant surgery I think Dr. Feng is the best doctor in the world. She’s done more studies, she’s testified in trials, the whole spectrum of anything to do with explant surgery she’s done it.”
    - Yolanda Hadid (Foster), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • “Every communication I had with their office was so professional, and they were so kind and accommodating.”
  • "Dr. Feng is not all about cosmetic surgery…she is about getting healthy and giving her patients the tools to stay that way!”
  • "Went from being overweight, to physically fit and ready for a marathon within 7 months of my surgery. You are in the best of care at her surgical center.”
  • "I was thrilled to have NO PAIN from my procedure! Almost 9 hours of surgery and I awoke with NO nausea, no pain. I was afraid after the nerve block wore off I would have pain…but NO!"
  • "She took a good long time talking with me and my husband, so if there was a time when I had to wait, I figured she was giving someone else her undivided attention…I felt totally taken care of"
  • "Dr. Feng is an expert in her field… [attended] Yale at 16… She has perfected the anesthesia so that nausea can be avoided and she uses nerve blocks to make sure that you aren’t in pain after the procedure"
  • "Dr. Feng removed my ruptured breast implants as well as the inflamed capsules and sent them to her pathologist, which was instrumental in getting my health insurer to cover the surgery, which she also appealed on my behalf"
  • "Words cannot begin to capture the gratitude that I would like to express to you right now. Without your talent, vision and perfectionism my breasts, my health and probably my outlook on life would have been very unhealthy"
  • "I am cured! Those were (my doctor’s) exact words…If it wasn’t for your kindness, your tremendous talent and of course your outstanding staff I would have never known what it feels like to have a normal life again"
  • "I get a comment from every doctor I see about my fabulous scar. I almost have nothing to be seen. Everyone thinks it looks awesome!"
  • "She explanted my 7 year old implants for me and gave me a lolipop lift. She is extremely talented. She made my breast look better than they did with implants"
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