Commonly asked questions about breast reconstruction after cancer

Close up of breast of attractive woman presenting her black bra. Dr. Lisa Hunsicker of Revalla Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who works with women who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer and need to consider their surgical options for removal (mastectomy) and reconstruction of the breasts.

How do I know if I am a proper candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?

Most women who have undergone a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction surgery. The best way to decide if you are a candidate is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What are my options for breast reconstruction surgery?

There are several options for breast reconstruction surgery, including autologous tissue flap surgery, implant-based reconstruction, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. Your board-certified plastic surgeon helps you determine which option is best for you based on your individual goals and needs.

What is the difference between autologous tissue flap surgery and implant-based reconstruction?

Autologous tissue flap surgery uses your own tissue to reconstruct the breast. This type of surgery is often considered the gold standard for breast reconstruction because it results in a more natural-looking and feeling breast. However, it is also more complex and invasive than implant-based reconstruction.

Implant-based reconstruction uses an artificial implant to reconstruct the breast. This type of surgery is less complex and invasive than autologous tissue flap surgery, but it does not result in a natural-looking and feeling breast.

What are the benefits of the nipple-sparing mastectomy technique?

Nipple-sparing mastectomy is a type of surgical procedure known as a mastectomy that preserves the nipple and areola. This type of surgery can be used in both implant-based reconstruction and autologous tissue flap surgery. Nipple-sparing mastectomy has several benefits, including:

  • Reduced surgical trauma
  • Reduced risk of capsular contracture
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduced risk of implant failure
  • Natural-looking and feeling results

What are the risks of breast reconstruction surgeries?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with breast reconstruction surgery. These risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Implant failure
  • Nipple and skin loss
  • Fluid build-up

Your board-certified plastic surgeon will talk to you about all of the risks and benefits of breast reconstruction surgery with you prior to scheduling your surgery.

How do I learn more about breast reconstruction following a cancer diagnosis?

Call Revalla Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics of Littleton, CO, to speak to Dr. Lisa Hunsicker about this procedure at 720-283-2500.

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