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Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Dr. Rimma Finkel
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: With deformation
Reconstruction is used to replace a portion or the entire breast after lumpectomy/partial mastectomy or total mastectomy.
If the defect causes significant deformity of the breast, then reconstruction may be warranted. If there is complete loss of the breast, then reconstruction can attempt to recreate the breast shape and size.

In brief: With deformation
Reconstruction is used to replace a portion or the entire breast after lumpectomy/partial mastectomy or total mastectomy.
If the defect causes significant deformity of the breast, then reconstruction may be warranted. If there is complete loss of the breast, then reconstruction can attempt to recreate the breast shape and size.
Dr. Rimma Finkel
Dr. Rimma Finkel
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Reconstruction need
No one ever "needs" reconstruction under normal circumstances.
However the goal of reconstruction to restore and replace whatever is removed as a result of the cancer surgery. Thus studies have proved that that satisfaction and quality of life are enhanced after immediate breast reconstruction. Ultimately you have the final say regarding your own goals and wishes.

In brief: Reconstruction need
No one ever "needs" reconstruction under normal circumstances.
However the goal of reconstruction to restore and replace whatever is removed as a result of the cancer surgery. Thus studies have proved that that satisfaction and quality of life are enhanced after immediate breast reconstruction. Ultimately you have the final say regarding your own goals and wishes.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Benefit almosalways
...Purely psychological, although a flap is sometimes done to get a difficult wound closed.
Very few women who've had a mastectomy will go without an external prosthesis which is far more of a nuisance, especially over the years, than is rec. Rec breasts are maintennance- free & don't need mammograms tho we plastic surgeons enjoy the inadvertent compliment implied by other mds ordering them...

In brief: Benefit almosalways
...Purely psychological, although a flap is sometimes done to get a difficult wound closed.
Very few women who've had a mastectomy will go without an external prosthesis which is far more of a nuisance, especially over the years, than is rec. Rec breasts are maintennance- free & don't need mammograms tho we plastic surgeons enjoy the inadvertent compliment implied by other mds ordering them...
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Restore breast shape
Usually, when someone needs reconstructive surgery for their breast, it is to help restore the natural shape and contour. Sometimes this is after a mastectomy but some people need it after lumpectomies also.
Other people need reconstructive surgery for asymmetric breasts and congenital deformities (since birth).

In brief: Restore breast shape
Usually, when someone needs reconstructive surgery for their breast, it is to help restore the natural shape and contour. Sometimes this is after a mastectomy but some people need it after lumpectomies also.
Other people need reconstructive surgery for asymmetric breasts and congenital deformities (since birth).
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very, very rarely
On rare occasions it is impossible to completely remove a breast cancer and close the skin.
Under these circumstances, we often give chemotherapy first to shrink the cancer. If the cancer does not shrink, it may be necessary to perform a reconstruction to cover the chest wall after removing the cancer.

In brief: Very, very rarely
On rare occasions it is impossible to completely remove a breast cancer and close the skin.
Under these circumstances, we often give chemotherapy first to shrink the cancer. If the cancer does not shrink, it may be necessary to perform a reconstruction to cover the chest wall after removing the cancer.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Barry Rosen
In contrast, breast reconstruction is an excellent OPTION for many woman who desire a better aesthetic result after mastectomy.
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