When caught in its early stages, breast cancer can be effectively treated with a lumpectomy—a surgical procedure that removes cancerous tissue while sparing breast tissue. Once a lumpectomy is performed, women may choose to undergo further reconstructive surgery to help balance and restore the look of their breasts. Denver board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lisa Hunsicker, performs post-lumpectomy breast reconstruction to provide women with symmetrical, natural-looking outcomes. This reconstructive surgery often provides women with life-changing results that include both physical and emotional benefits. If you are considering or have undergone a lumpectomy, Dr. Hunsicker can speak with you to discuss your options for breast reconstruction.
A lumpectomy is often referred to as breast conserving therapy. This breast cancer surgery is performed to remove cancerous tissue while preserving the majority of the woman’s breast.
Unlike with a mastectomy, most of the breast is maintained following a lumpectomy. Your surgeon will excise the cancerous tissue without having to completely remove all of the breast tissue. Given the nature of this procedure, a lumpectomy can sometimes also spare sensation of the breasts and nipples.
Women considering a lumpectomy should be ready and willing to undergo a series of post-treatment follow-up appointments to monitor any abnormalities and effects of radiation. A lumpectomy will also likely result in some asymmetry of the breasts both as a result of the excised tissue, and as a result of post-surgical radiation. This asymmetry or deformity can sometimes be corrected with personalized post-lumpectomy breast reconstruction with Dr. Hunsicker.
Breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy can be performed using several different techniques. Dr. Hunsicker will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is both safest for you and will best help achieve your desired outcome. Depending on your unique case, one or both breasts will be altered to improve symmetry and balance of the breasts. Some women may benefit from a minor reduction of the breast opposite that which underwent lumpectomy, while others may have a small augmentation of the treated breast. Dr. Hunsicker will discuss your options and help you make an informed decision for your specific reconstructive procedure.