No matter a woman’s age, the diagnosis of cancer or being determined to be at high risk of developing it is a life changing point for any woman and her family. Typically, breast reconstruction will take place during or soon after a mastectomy, or in some cases lumpectomy. However, reconstruction can be delayed months or even years after the initial mastectomy or lumpectomy, depending upon patient needs. During the reconstruction process, a new breast is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.
A note about symmetry: If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Hawner will have an in depth discussion with you to review your medical history, current oncologic plan, and desired outcomes. He will also conduct a thorough examination including taking specific measurements in order to determine appropriate surgical procedures needed in your case. With input from your other treating physicians, Dr. Hawner will be part of the team to develop a plan tailored for your specific needs.
With advances in surgical technique, Dr. Hawner has 10 years experience in performing reconstruction after “skin-sparing” and/or “nipple-sparing” mastectomies for appropriate candidates. When this technique is used on select candidates, a most realistic and desirable result can be achieved.
For more information on breast reconstruction surgery, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures.html.
WARNING: The following link contains nudity. Click here to view before and after photos of breast reconstructions.