If you’ve gone through cancer treatment or a traumatic injury, reconstructive breast surgery can help you feel better about the appearance of your breasts. At the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery in Bakersfield, California, Vipul Dev, MD, and Narayanan Nair, MD, FACS, have the skills and experience needed to create beautiful, safe, and lasting outcomes. Call today to schedule a personalized consultation, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.
Breast reconstruction is the term used to describe surgical procedures that restore the appearance, size, or shape of breasts. For many women, these procedures are an essential part of conquering breast cancer or coming back from a traumatic injury. They are a way to reclaim a degree of control over how your body looks and feels.
One of the most common reasons for breast reconstruction is to restore breast tissue after cancer treatments. Many women who fight breast cancer need to have much or all of their breast tissue removed to reduce the number of cancer cells in the body.
While this is an important part of treating cancer, it can leave women feeling disconnected from their body or uncomfortable with their changed contouring. Reconstruction is an excellent way to help women feel more comfortable in their skin and can be a very empowering part of the cancer treatment journey.
Breast reconstruction is a highly personal decision and one that no woman should make while under pressure from anyone else. Not every woman who goes through breast cancer or traumatic injury chooses to pursue reconstruction surgery, and that decision is a valid one.
The timing of breast reconstruction is also important. Your cancer care team advises you on the best timing and ensures that your reconstruction does not get in the way of your overall treatment plan.
It’s important that you have the strength you need to go through any reconstruction surgery. Your immune system must also be healthy enough to go through the recovery process without the risk of infection or other complications.
Finally, going into breast reconstruction with clearly defined expectations is also important. When you know what to expect in terms of the process and results, you have a far higher chance of a successful outcome.
Your California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery provider begins by assessing your breast tissue and discussing your treatment goals. There are several ways to approach breast reconstruction:
Breast implant surgery places soft, shaped implants beneath your skin or muscle tissue to refine the contouring of your breasts. You can choose the size and shape you prefer. Advancements in medical technology have created breast implants that are comfortable and natural-looking.
Flap surgery uses your existing tissue from another part of your body to create a better breast shape.
Nipple repositioning and resizing is possible with either breast implants or flap surgery.
One of the best things about breast reconstruction is the versatility of the process. You can have reconstruction just months after your treatment, or you can choose to wait years before moving forward with reconstruction.
If you have questions or concerns about reconstructive breast surgery, call the office to book a consultation or spend a few moments on the online booking tool. The team at the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery has extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and is here to help as needed.