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Dr. Gregory Surfield Dr. Surfield
Surgery - Plastics
16 years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Does reduction mammaplasty hurt?

Does reduction mammaplasty hurt?

Yes: Every surgery is going have some pain during the recovery period. There is no muscle involved with the surgery so it is usually very well tolerated and most women have some relief after the strain of the weight of their breasts is gone. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Are women happy with results of reduction mammaplasty?

Are women happy with results of reduction mammaplasty?

Almost always...: These are among the happiest patients a plastic surgeon will have. Breast reduction is usually done for problems such as neck and back pain, shoulder grooving, and rashes under the breasts. These patients are generally so happy to have the weight removed that they do not mind the scars that result from these operations. ...Read more

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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo Dr. Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
21 years in practice
University of London School of Medicine, University College
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Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Some can: 2 issues here: quality and quantity. Many women lose the ability to breast feed completely after breast reduction surgery. Some are able to produce breast milk but not in sufficient quantities. Others are able to produce sufficient amounts of milk but the quality is different compared to before. Bottom line: you must accept the risk of not being able to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Tito Vasquez Dr. Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
21 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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. Brian Arslanian Dr. Arslanian
Surgery - Plastics
10 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham Dr. Twynham
Surgery
29 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo Dr. Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
21 years in practice
University of London School of Medicine, University College
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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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Dr. Bryan McIntosh Dr. McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
15 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo Dr. Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
21 years in practice
University of London School of Medicine, University College
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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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Dr. Rimma Finkel Dr. Finkel
Surgery - Plastics
16 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Bryan McIntosh Dr. McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
15 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Bryan McIntosh Dr. McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
15 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo Dr. Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
21 years in practice
University of London School of Medicine, University College
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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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Dr. Todd Sisto Dr. Sisto
Breast Surgery
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ralph Rosato Dr. Rosato
Surgery - Plastics
32 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Marc Polecritti Dr. Polecritti
Surgery - Plastics
14 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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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Dr. David Levens Dr. Levens
Surgery - Plastics
35 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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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Dr. Rimma Finkel Dr. Finkel
Surgery - Plastics
16 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Are there different types of breast reconstruction surgery?

Are there different types of breast reconstruction surgery?

Yes: Though there are various types of reconstructions, expanders, implants, pedicled flaps, free flaps, and combinations of these, not every reconstruction is right for every patient. The type of reconstruction depends on the patient, there confounding medical problems and what other treatment they will need. The best idea is to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon to have questions answered. ...Read more

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