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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

Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Breast Reconstruction (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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When should someone have breast reconstruction?

When should someone have breast reconstruction?

BreastReconstruction: Breast reconstruction is a procedure commonly done after a mastectomy to restore the breasts to their almost normal appearance. If you are considering of getting breast reconstruction surgery, consult first with your doctor and a reconstructive surgeon. They will be able to plan out the best treatment for you and your condition. Learn more here: https://www.mwbreast.com/breast-reconstruction-ohio/ ...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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What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

Pros and Cons: Breast reconstruction helps restore the look and feel of the breasts after a mastectomy. Side effects such as tissue necrosis, implant problems, removal of nipples and loss of sensation may become a problem. Serious problems may also arise like blood clots, infection, & anesthesia reactions. https://www.mwbreast.com/breast-reconstruction-ohio/ ...Read more

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Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

To Rebuild a Breast: Breast reconstruction is the rebuilding of a breast, usually after surgery for breast cancer (mastectomy or lumpectomy), or surgery to prevent breast cancer ("prophylactic mastectomy"). Non-cancer related reasons to need breast reconstruction include congenital breast absence (eg poland's syndrome), and to reconstruct after mastectomy performed for severe infection or tumors like phyllodes. ...Read more

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What happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

What happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

Depends: Breast reconstruction performed with a tissue expander results in a device placed beneath the skin and muscle which gradually is filled with saline after your surgery. Each fill results in the skin stretching more and more to accommodate a permanent implant which would be placed at a second surgery. A nipple would be reconstructed at a third procedure. ...Read more

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Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Personal choice: Breast reconstruction isn't for everyone but it certainly offers several benefits. The most significant benefit is not having to experience living without a breast. Reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy ("immediate reconstruction"), or any time after ("delayed reconstruction"). There are many reconstructive options ranging from breast implants to using your own tissue. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for breast reconstruction surgery eligibility?

Depends: There are a lot of different decisions that go into breast reconstruction. It is not a "one size fits all" problem and criteria are based not only on the cancer but also on the person. It is best to have a discussion with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to determine what type of reconstruction is best for you. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

Lots of ways: There are many options these days for reconstruction; some simple and some complex depending on each patients needs and desires. Talk with a plastic surgeon or try www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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How well does breast reconstruction work after cancer?

Very nice option: For those who desire breast reconstruction, there are many option which may use a combination of implants, flaps and more recently fat grafting. This generally takes a few procedures for ideal results. See a plastic surgeon to discuss the many choices available to you. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a breast reconstruction surgeon?

Is there such a thing as a breast reconstruction surgeon?

Not really, because: Almost all plastic surgeons perform some type of breast reconstruction. There are some who specialize in this area who may perform more complex types of reconstruction. Your surgeon should be certified by the american board of plastic surgery and have an interest and experience in breast reconstruction. ...Read more

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Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Up to the patient: This is a complex question, but in almost all cases the choice is up to the patient. Reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or later on; both have advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend consultation with one or more plastic surgeons experienced in breast reconstruction to explore the options in your particular case. ...Read more

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What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

Multiple steps: There are several reconstructive options which can be performed at the same time as mastectomy or any time later. Not everyone is a candidate for immediate reconstruction. Options range from breast implants to "flap" surgery which use the patient's own tissue to recreate a "natural", warm, soft breast. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Typically more than one surgery is required. ...Read more

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Can I have breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy?

Can I have breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy?

Most women can: Immediate breast reconstruction allows the patient to wake up from the surgery "whole" and avoid the experience of a flat chest. Having the reconstruction at the same time typically leads to nicer results and less scarring compared to delayed reconstruction (reconstruction performed some time after mastectomy). Most women with early breast cancer (stage 1 or 2) or brca+ are candidates. ...Read more

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Could I have breast reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy?

Could I have breast reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy?

Yes: Breast reconstruction is often done at the same time as mastectomy, depending on the type of reconstruction and the type of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is one type where reconstruction should not be done right away. Your breast surgeon and your plastic surgeon will work together to determine what's right for you. ...Read more

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Is there a chance of getting cancer in the tissue of the breast reconstruction?

Is there a chance of getting cancer in the tissue of the breast reconstruction?

Usually in skin: Yes there is a chance of cancer in the skin or surrounding areas following breast reconstruction. This can occur regardless of the method of reconstruction and is more reflective of the type of cancer and the treatment. However this should not stop you from considering reconstruction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Breast Cancer: This is a great question. The issue is how safe is it to be under anesthesia for longer periods of time. The short answer is it is very safe. I perform the diep flap breast reconstruction surgery and it takes longer because of all of the steps. These patients do extremely well after surgery and have had the benefit of removal of the lower abdominal tissue just like I do for a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Will breast reconstruction leave scars on other areas of my body from borrowed tissue?

Will breast reconstruction leave scars on other areas of my body from borrowed tissue?

Yes: If your abdomen is used, the scar will be like a tummy tuck scar, in the lower abdomen and around the belly button. If it is taken from your back, it is in your back and can be placed in a way to hide it under the bra. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction if I have a masectomy?

What are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction if I have a masectomy?

Depends: Risks are specific to the type of reconstruction performed. However, there is always a risk of partial loss of breast skin if the breast surgeon creates flaps of skin that are too thin. This is a serious risk if tissue expansion is to be performed, as the expander could be exposed and become infected if the skin partially becomes necrotic. ...Read more

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I am 19 years old and i would like to have a breast reconstruction. When will be the best age to have this kind of surgery?

Breast surgery: The majority if the issues i see with patient who are your age is a difference in size and shape comparing side to side. These issues should be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon to rule out polands syndrome. If this doesn't exist then majority if these asymmetries can be treated either though the use of implants or your own tissue such as fat grafting depending on the size difference. ...Read more

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Is it normal to leave a breast expander in for 11 months for a breast reconstruction for a 34 b size without complications, no chemo no tissue probs?

In some cases: There are indications to leave an expander in for a longer time than usual. Especially if you are undergoing chemo or radio therapy treatments . Unless there are infections or soft tissue problems it should not cause any long term issues. This is something you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon, so as to plan your subsequent procedures. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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

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What is the definition or description of: breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstructio: 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. ...Read more

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What are the current issues and benefits concerned with lipotransfer in breast reconstruction?

What are the current issues and benefits concerned with lipotransfer in breast reconstruction?

Some: I feel lipotransfer can be useful for contouring and fine tuning of the final reconstruction. For example, areas of residual depression after flap or implant placement can be improved with lipotransfer however, i feel lipotransfer is not suitable for complete breast reconstruction alone. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of breast reconstruction?

What are the side effects of breast reconstruction?

Can be complicated: There are many different techniques of breast reconstruction. Simply put, reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer can be a very positive procedure for women facing breast cancer treatment. Reconstruction involves stages, can begin immediately or later after mastectomy and involves the use of implants or of body tissue or both. Side effects are similar to most surgeries. ...Read more

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Could you have radiation after breast reconstruction?

Could you have radiation after breast reconstruction?

Breast cancer: I currently recommend that my patients have immediate breast reconstruction regardless of the need for post mastectomy radiation therapy. The simple reasoning is that it is the best opportunity to utilize the breast skin. I prefer to do a diep flap or another flap reconstruction when i know a patient is going to have radiation. I then manage any decrease in size or change in shape with fat graft. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after tumor removal?

How is breast reconstruction done after tumor removal?

Lots of options: Basically there are 2 options for breast reconstruction after tumor resection. Option #1 is to move some of the patient's own tissue from another site to the breast. This is a great option, but not for everyone, as the surgery can be long and complicated. Option #2 is to use a breast implant to replace the missing breast tissue. Best to discuss with a board
certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more