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Skilled surgeon coordinates breast augmentation with cancer treatment in New York City for the best outcome

Breast Augmentation Treatment New York City

Concerns over the appearance and feel of post-mastectomy breasts should not hold you back from the successful recovery you deserve. Breast augmentation treatment in New York City at the offices of Dr. Edmund Kwan aids in your journey to feeling and looking like “you” again. We’re honored to be a partner in your recovery, and work with your oncologist as a part of your multi-disciplinary cancer care team.

A word on timing

Coordination with all members of your cancer treatment team is vital. A Harris Interactive study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found only 19 percent of women surveyed understood how timing for breast cancer treatment and for breast reconstruction significantly impacts their options and results. One can’t turn back the clock, so it’s important to discuss reconstruction with your oncologist from the start. As your surgical partner, Dr. Kwan and other members of the treatment team want to help you make an informed decision but ultimately, when you opt to move forward is up to you.

  • Immediate reconstruction – Performed at the same as the mastectomy. One or both breasts are rebuilt with tissue from another part of your body (“donor tissue”) or with an implant. Again, the choice is yours.
  • Delayed reconstruction – Surgery is completed after both the mastectomy and other therapies like radiation and chemotherapy are done. There is some risk of therapeutic treatments altering the color, texture, and other features of the reconstructed breast(s).
  • Staged reconstruction – This approach allows reconstructive surgery to be completed in phases; some reconstruction may be done during the mastectomy and lumpectomy. Additional reconstruction follows the completion of other therapies.

We respect that some women don’t want to make decisions about reconstruction while balancing cancer treatments. If this sounds like you, delayed reconstruction may be the best option. A delay in rebuilding your breast may also be suggested, should you smoke or use other tobacco products, or if you have other health problems. Smoking cessation at least two months before reconstructive surgery is generally preferred to increase the odds of successful, healthy healing (with no surprises). If, at diagnosis, it’s known that radiation will be necessary as part of your cancer treatment plan, the types of immediate reconstruction available to you may be limited. Depending on your approach to reconstruction, radiation can increase risks and diminish the odds of your rebuilt breast(s) feeling and looking natural. As a Board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Kwan is well-equipped to inform you about the risks and potential outcomes of each option, and of immediate, delayed, and phased approaches. In some cases, he may also recommend that the other breast be reshaped to attain symmetry with the reconstructed breast. Techniques may involve either reducing or enlarging its size, or surgically lifting the other breast.

Breast augmentation after cancer treatment in New York City

With all procedures it’s also important to have realistic expectations. Studies have shown that reconstruction, when in the hands of a skilled medical professional such as Dr. Kwan, is safe and doesn’t cause breast cancer to “come back.” Should cancer return, the reconstructed breasts won’t make it any more difficult for the oncologist to detect and treat it. The rebuilt breast, however, may not feel exactly the same as the natural, pre-treatment breast. Sensation can improve over time. Scars also fade over time, but may still be visible. It’s also hard to reconstruct the natural droop of the original breast, though using donor tissue or fat transfer may be preferred to “recreate” the sag caused by gravity and the passage of time. A breast that’s reconstructed with an implant doesn’t gain or lose weight when you do. If you gain weight post-cancer treatment, exchanging the original implant for a larger one may help to restore natural-looking balance. Be aware that swelling may cause the reconstructed breast to appear much larger than your other breast. This is normal. As the surgical site heals, swelling will subside and be in proportion with the other breast.

Schedule a complimentary consultation at the Manhattan, Flushing, or New Jersey office to discuss your options: augmentation with breast implants or flap-based reconstruction. The latter option uses purified fat from another part of your body to rebuild the volume and shape of your breast. Many factors are considered before moving forward with a technique, including the size and location of the cancer and the extent of your cancer surgery.

 

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  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - reviews by Tina R
    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Mascha N
    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Rocky P
    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Glenn C
    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews T. Cannon
    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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