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Can i have my breast reconstruction done to make my breasts bigger than they were pre-mastectomy? i've always wanted bigger breasts, but didn't want augmentation surgery. now that i'm going to need breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, i'd lik

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Dr. Mia Skourtis
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Most : Most women who have mastectomy are able to make a personal decision with their plastic surgeon regarding the final size of your breasts. If you have breast reconstruction using tissue expanders, the expanders will be gradually filled until you have reached the size goal that will work best for your body and your personal aesthetic. The tissue expanders will then be exchanged for similarly sized permanent breast implants at a second operation. Some plastic surgeons are performing one stage breast reconstruction with immediate placement of permanent breast implants. This approach eliminates a second operation, but your implant size choice is limited by the amount of skin and tissue that you have following mastectomy. As always, discuss your options with your board certified plastic surgeon to determine what is best for you. All the best, dr. Skourtis.
Dr. Leonard Grossman
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You are not alone, as many women find themselves in a similar situation. The only way to determine if you can have breasts augmented larger than the size you had before mastectomy would be to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. To give you heads up, many women can have this accomplished. Good luck from nyc. For more info visit www.Drgrossman.Com.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
This : This is certainly possible but the surface area of the skin will need to be enlarged through the use of tissue expansion or introduction of skin using flap tissue.
Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Yes: Women the undergo breast reconstruction with tissue expanders get to decide when to stop expansion when they are happy with the breast size. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-reconstruction-beverly-hills.html.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Discuss with Surgeon: Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. It may be helpful to show him/her goal pictures. Depending on how much skin is present and what type of reconstruction you undergo, your goals made or may not be achievable. Best wishes.

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