Breast ReconstructionBreast cancer survivors often suffer embarrassment following a mastectomy. In addition to cosmetic concerns, this can be especially traumatic emotionally, as it may almost feel like the cancer has stolen part of their femininity. According to studies, women who undergo reconstructive breast surgery following cancer treatment enjoy greater self-confidence, a better self-image, an improved sense of wellbeing, and a stronger feeling of femininity.
Dr. Kwan of New York City offers premier reconstructive surgical treatments, designed to help patients restore their health, appearance, and confidence. He and his exceptional team are dedicated to improving patients' quality of life, health, and wellbeing. Although the benefits of breast reconstruction are tremendous, it is important to have realistic expectations. The procedure will leave scars, and an unclothed reconstructed breast will not look exactly like a natural breast.
Reconstructive surgery is intended to construct a naturally shaped breast mound, restoring a healthy and attractive body shape. This allows the patient to wear what she wants, attend social events without feeling self-conscious, and never worry that people will notice she's had a mastectomy.
If you have not yet had breast cancer surgery, you will need to tell your oncologist if you are considering cosmetic reconstruction. It is best for the procedures to be coordinated in a comprehensive treatment plan. Depending on the specific situation, reconstruction may be performed in the same appointment as the mastectomy, or it may be arranged several months or even years after the initial surgery.
There are two common types of reconstructive techniques used for cancer patients. One is implant-based reconstruction, which uses a breast implant to add volume and shape. The other option is flap-based reconstruction, which uses donor tissue from the patient to augment the breast. The choice of techniques will depend on factors such as the type of cancer, anatomical considerations, and your overall cancer treatment plan. We will explain which options are available to you, and help you choose the best solution for your health and happiness.
If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery in New York City, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kwan.