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Breast Implant Options After the Modern Mastectomy

Following a nipple-sparing or skin-sparing mastectomy, rebuilding the breasts with implants can often be an excellent option for many women. Known as implant reconstruction, this approach is generally performed as a two-step procedure that first involves the placement of a tissue expander (either at the time of mastectomy or at a subsequent date) to stretch the skin and create a pocket for the implant to be safely and effectively accommodated. Once the skin has been sufficiently expanded, the tissue expander […]

Benefits of a Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

The modern-day mastectomy has evolved significantly from the procedure of old. Historically, a considerable amount of skin would be removed along with breast tissue during a mastectomy in order to decrease the risk of cancer returning. Over the years, however, clinical studies have shown that the preservation of breast skin at the time of a mastectomy does not have any bearing on the possibility of cancer recurrence, and new techniques have been developed to save as much skin as possible […]

Questions to Ask Prior to Lumpectomy or Mastectomy

In my previous blog post, I explained the importance of consulting a plastic surgeon before lumpectomy or mastectomy. By doing so, the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon can often coordinate their surgical approaches to not only help improve the cosmetic outcome of breast cancer surgery, but also to potentially perform breast reconstruction simultaneously with mastectomy or lumpectomy, if possible. When consulting a plastic surgeon prior to lumpectomy or mastectomy, the following are some important questions breast cancer patients should be […]

Importance of Consulting a Plastic Surgeon Before Lumpectomy or Mastectomy

For anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, a coordinated surgical approach to lumpectomy or mastectomy that involves a plastic surgeon from the outset provides the best opportunity for achieving a good cosmetic result. Factors such as breast size, skin quality and possible chemotherapy or radiation play a significant role in selecting the type of breast reconstruction, as well as the timing of the procedure. Planning and performing a delayed breast reconstruction has to be approached in a different manner than situations […]

Importance of Board-Certification for Breast Revision Surgery

As with any plastic surgery, women who have breast revision surgeries are most often satisfied with their results when their surgery is performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast procedures. One of the main reasons this often proves to be true is the degree of difficulty associated with revision surgeries. Some of the challenges a surgeon may face in performing a breast revision procedure may include: Preparing for revision surgery with an incomplete history of […]

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