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how does a removal of a benign breast tumor affect ones breast (size/shape)?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Usually very little: The goal of breast surgery is tumor removal w/clear margins. The "art" of this operation involves removing just enough tissue: too much and you lose the aesthetic benefit of breast conservation; too little necessitates a 2nd operation (re-excision lump-x), likewise worsening the aesthetic result. Oncoplastic surgery incorporates plastic surgical techniques to achieve the best result.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It can: Removal of a benign tumor requires cutting into br. So any surgery will leave a scar on the breast.. Further if the surgeon is not a specialist he/she may remove more than what is essential and creat a deformity in the size/ shape of the breast. Therefore caution is advised. Perhaps you should consider having surgery done by a plastic surgeon...Who offers possibility of a better cosmetic result.

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Sum both questions.: We answer a lot of questions and have a hard time going back to see what your original question was, not set up for that i guess. Sorry sum up both questions and someone will help if i dont see it.

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