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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Breast Reconstruction (Overview)

Breasts can be reconstructed using implants or a patients own tissue. If you use your own tissue either a flap (attached to the body) or free fat can be transfered to the breast. Using your own tissue requires a donor site on your body. Implants can be used to replace the lost breast tissue. The implant is placed under the breast muscle. Nipples and areola can also be fashioned.


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When should you consider breast reconstruction?

When should you consider breast reconstruction?

As soon as possible: I understand that receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is very difficult. That being said, as soon as you speak to your breast cancer surgeon, you should always inquire about the options for reconstruction, even if you are having breast conserving surgery. You may consider to have a procedure to match your other breast to the affected side. ...Read more

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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
241 doctors shared insights

Breast Reconstruction (Overview)

Breasts can be reconstructed using implants or a patients own tissue. If you use your own tissue either a flap (attached to the body) or free fat can be transfered to the breast. Using your own tissue requires a donor site on your body. Implants can be used to replace the lost breast tissue. The implant is placed under the breast muscle. Nipples and areola can also be fashioned.


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When should someone have breast reconstruction?

When should someone have breast reconstruction?

Depends: Breast reconstruction is most commonly performed after mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer. For years, delayed reconstruction was the norm. That meant women underwent their mastectomy, recovered, and then came back months or years later for reconstruction. Today, we are seeing more and more immediate reconstructions, this is when women have their reconstruction at the initial operation. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

Immediate breast reconstruction with your own tissue or an implant is the best way to preserve skin! ...See more

Dr. Henry Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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What are the some breast reconstruction options?

Implant or Tissue: The simplest method is to expand/ stretch the skin over a few weeks and then trade the expander for a permanent implant. Other options involve moving skin and/or muscle from one part of the body up to the breast to reconstruct it. There are several options for this. ...Read more

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What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

Depends on Method: The two types of reconstruction are "flap" procedures, where tissue is transferred from the abdomen or back to the chest, or implants. Both have low risks of bleeding, infection, fluid build-up, etc. The flap procedure runs the small risk of failure; the implants can cause hardening around the capsule or even rupture. In general, these are low-risk procedures in healthy women. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

Mammography is harder to interpret in younger women, partly because they have dense breasts. ...See more

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When is it necessary to get breast reconstruction?

When is it necessary to get breast reconstruction?

For yourself: There is no purely medical reason to undergo breast reconstruction. The benefits are mostly emotional and psychological, and they are real and numerous. You will look better, feel better, and think of yourself as more feminine with reconstructed breasts rather than having no breasts at all. ...Read more

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Could anyone give advice on breast reconstruction?

Could anyone give advice on breast reconstruction?

Breast Cancer: The reconstructive technique used works in concert with the mastectomy performed by the breast surgeon. Problems related to surgery are not to be minimized but are the same for virtually every procedure. Specific operations have specific risk such as a mastectomy can result in some skin loss. An infection can lead to removal of an implant. A fat injection can clump and lead to necrosis. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

It's a myth that: small breasts have a less risk of cancer. ...See more

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What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

For cancer or want?: Presuming for cancer: PROS: Improved body image, better fit for clothing, sense of "wholeness," giving symmetry to chest, psychological improvement, reducing grief over loss of "womanhood," and control over your treatment. CONS: Extensive surgery which may affect other areas, sometimes several surgeries, risk of complications, asymmetry, infection, unhappiness with results, cost. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could anyone give advice on breast reconstruction?

Recon. Experts: Breast reconstruction advice should come from the person that can actually perform breast reconstruction. Board certified plastic surgeons are the experts in breast reconstruction and this would be the best source for you to obtain advice. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

Longer breast feeding reduces your risk of breast cancer. ...See more

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Can you tell me about breast reconstruction options?

Can you tell me about breast reconstruction options?

Implants vs tissue: Several options. Performed at time of mastectomy ("immediate") or any time after ("delayed"). Usually involves more than 1 surgery for best results. 2 main categories: breast implants or your own tissue ("flaps" or "fat grafting"). Tissue provides the most natural results. Perforator flaps preserve muscle. The nipple and areola can also be recreated if not preserved by nipple-sparing mastectomy. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for breast reconstruction?

What is the recovery time for breast reconstruction?

2-6 weeks depending: There are many different types of breast reconstruction procedure (implants vs various techniques that use our own tissue), each with varied recovery times. The most complex procedures (eg microsurgical breast reconstruction) usually require 4-6 weeks of recovery time. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

Adequate sunlight has been shown to reduce your risk for breast cancer. ...See more

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What can I expect when getting breast reconstruction?

What can I expect when getting breast reconstruction?

Post mastectomy: Options for reconstruction vary, include tram flap reconstruction, perforator free flap reconstruction, and other microvascular reconstructive options all utilizing you own tissue to recreate a breast mound. Implants are also an option in conjunction with tissue expansion. You need to consult a board certified plastic surgeon who will work with your oncologic surgeon to optimize your care. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time after having breast reconstruction?

How long is recovery time after having breast reconstruction?

2-6 weeks depending: There are many different types of breast reconstruction procedure (implants vs various techniques that use our own tissue), each with varied recovery times (2-6 weeks). The most complex procedures (eg microsurgical breast reconstruction) usually require 4-6 weeks of recovery time. ...Read more

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Breast reconstruction (Tip)

If you have had a hysterectomy - using estrogen alone can decrease breast cancer risk. ...See more

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What are reasons why a person can't get breast reconstruction?

What are reasons why a person can't get breast reconstruction?

Judgement important: Inflammatory breast ca, known distant mets, o2-dep, psychiatrically too unstable, sepsis, uncontrolled diabetes, tobacco use, renal dialysis, kwashiorkor, lack of patient motivation or tolerance of multiple dr visits, doing it for other than oneself, collagen vascular disease, any other severe, uncontrolled wound healing-impairment, can't tolerate anesthesia. Contraindications are mostly relative. ...Read more