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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more


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What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

It depends: Breast reconstruction commonly utilizes implants either immediately after the mastectomy or later. When you meet with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery, you will discuss all of your options, including implant size. Clearly the average implant size will be greater than for cosmetic augmentation as the volume requirement is greater after the the breast tissue has been removed. ...Read more

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Any advice? What size breast implant do doctors put in when reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy?

Any advice? What size breast implant do doctors put in when reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy?

Size to fit: Your plastic surgeon will take measurements of the chest to help determine what size implants to use. A woman who is 5'2", 100 lbs would not get the same implant as a woman who is 5'9" and 200 lbs for example, so the size varies from person to person. ...Read more

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Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.

Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.

C Surgeon: It is most likely that you are experiencing breast implant leakage, unrelated and separate from any type of tumor growth. For accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations see your plastic surgeon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

Depends: Regular saline or silicone gel implants feel alright. Some women say they feel somewhat heavy, but this may be due to going from no breast to a reconstructed breast literally within hours. More cohesive silicone gel implants feel more firm than regular breast tissue. ...Read more

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What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

Exchange it: Breast implants are not designed to last forever although recent advancements have made them not only safer but also more durable. If something does happen to your implant, it is relatively straightforward to simply exchange out that damaged implant with a new one. Some patients will opt to change out both if the implants have been in for an extended time but that is not always necessary. ...Read more

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How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

Breast prosthesis: There are several types made of different materials. Yours should have come with an instruction manual. If not, call the prosthetics shop and get one or get specific instructions for your model. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of getting a breast prosthesis?

Psychological: If a woman is not ready or not interested in breast reconstruction an external prosthesis is often a simple solution to wardrobe problems and social situations. Modern breast reconstruction should always be thoroughly discussed as an option. ...Read more

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What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

Find the right size: You will be wearing a bra and different sizes of prosthesis will be fitted until one matches you opposite breast volume. ...Read more

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How soon after my surgery can I start wearing a breast prosthesis?

Depends: That really depends on what kind of surgery you had. Generally speaking healing takes 4-6 weeks. If you had a mastectomy you should be good to go by then. Radiation may change that answer. There are a lot of variables! ...Read more

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Prosthesis (Definition)

A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical ...Read more