Are Uneven Breasts Normal?
Having breasts with slight discrepancies is perfectly normal. In fact, most women experience some degree of size or shape difference between their breasts, but it is often small enough to not be noticeable. Additionally, chest wall asymmetries can also impact breast shape and appearance. While some women may be born with uneven breasts, others can develop the cosmetic concern over time due to the natural aging process, pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as weight changes. When breast asymmetry is significant, […]
Can I Get Breast Reconstruction Before Radiation?
Breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer can be performed using an immediate, delayed, or delayed-immediate approach. Immediate reconstruction is performed simultaneously with the cancer surgery, while delayed reconstruction is completed in a separate surgery in the future. Delayed-immediate reconstruction is employed about 2 weeks after a lumpectomy has been performed and negative surgical margins have been confirmed. Radiation has a negative effect on tissues by causing fibrotic changes in the tissues and thus impacting the outcome. […]
4 Things to Consider Before Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction for breast cancer has a variety of pros and cons which is why our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Behzad Parva, encourages patients to educate themselves to make an informed decision about their health. In an effort to help patients understand what to expect from their breast reconstruction journey, Dr. Parva is sharing key aspects of the process that should be considered: You should find a board-certified plastic surgeon with whom you feel comfortable. Breast reconstruction is a significant […]
5 Common Breast Reconstruction Myths
There is no shortage of breast reconstruction information available online these days, particularly in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, not all the resources you may come across are entirely accurate and/or reliable. In an effort to help clear the air about this highly rewarding procedure, we’ve put together this blog post to debunk some of the most common breast reconstruction myths we hear today. Take a look below to discover the truth about five popular misconceptions. Breast […]
Improved Breast Reconstruction Results with Modern Day Mastectomy
Virginia plastic surgeon Behzad Parva, MD discusses how the skin and nipple-sparing approach to mastectomy can help breast reconstruction patients achieve better, more natural-looking outcomes. Leesburg, VA — According to Dr. Behzad Parva, a board certified plastic surgeon in Loudoun County, VA, advancements made in mastectomy techniques over the years have led to greatly improved breast reconstruction results for many breast cancer patients. In the past, he says, the mastectomy procedure would involve the removal of skin in addition to […]