Options For Breast Reconstruction After Undergoing A Mastectomy

Whether you wish to enhance your face, breasts, or body with a cosmetic procedure, or if you require reconstructive hand surgery, Dr. McCall and compassionate team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery here to provide you with the outstanding results you deserve.
Breast Reconstruction

Undergoing a mastectomy can be an emotionally challenging experience. For most women who receive this procedure, it results from a breast cancer diagnosis. Even those not diagnosed may opt for a mastectomy due to a history of breast cancer in their family. Following this procedure, many women explore surgical options for restoring their busts. Dr. McCall and the Lake County Plastic & Hand Surgery team are here to help you understand the options available in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction options.

Options For Breast Reconstruction After Undergoing A Mastectomy

The impact of undergoing a mastectomy reaches beyond the merely physical. To most women, their breasts represent feminity and motherhood and are an important part of how we see ourselves. Removing one or both of them can leave deep scars on our mental and emotional well-being. Breast reconstruction is performed to help restore confidence and body integrity in those who have undergone these procedures. As part of the reconstruction, your breast mound can be rebuilt to match the shape and size of the remaining natural breast. When a double mastectomy has been performed, both can be reconstructed to the desired size.

  • Implant Reconstruction – This process involves using silicone or saline implants to recreate the shape, size, and feel of natural breasts.
  • Autologous or “Flap” Reconstruction – Tissue is taken from another part of your body, typically the back or abdomen, to form a new breast.
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction – The areola and nipple area are improved to enhance the natural appearance of a reconstructed breast.

Whether to undergo breast reconstruction is a personal decision that can help improve body image, self-esteem, and even quality of life. We’re here to help our patients make the decision that will best help them achieve their aesthetic goals. It all starts with a personalized consultation outlining what you hope to achieve with reconstruction and ensuring that you have realistic expectations.

The exact details of your reconstruction will depend on several factors. First is the amount of breast tissue that was removed during the mastectomy. Second will be the availability of flap vs. implant reconstruction and which you prefer (including some combination). Autologous reconstruction procedures are more complex and have longer recovery times. After your procedure, you’ll need to attend some follow-ups. Additional procedures may be necessary to ensure that the desired symmetry has been achieved. Sometimes, areola and nipple reconstruction may need to be performed as an additional procedure.

Come See Lake County Plastic & Hand Surgery For More

Our team is here to help you navigate the process of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. We understand how emotional the experience can be and how impactful restoring your natural bustline can be. If you’re ready to start your journey, contact us at (262) 523-1200 or visit us at N19 W24075 Riverwood Dr, Ste 228, Waukesha, WI today. Dr. McCall and the rest of our team are excited to be a part of your physical and emotional healing process. Let’s take the first step together today!

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