The percentage of women who opt for reconstructive breast surgery has always been smaller than the total number of women undergoing mastectomies. In 1998, fewer than half (46 percent) of women who received mastectomies chose to undergo reconstruction. Yet, a recent study shows that a more encouraging ratio is trending: in 2007, 63 percent of women opted for breast reconstruction. What could account for this impressive increase? Continue reading “Are More Women Choosing Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy?” »
The idea of conserving the natural breast as the default treatment for breast cancer has previously been dismissed due to contour abnormalities associated with larger tumor removal. However, a recently published study of mine examines the more recent theory of “extreme oncoplasty,” or performing a lumpectomy in patients who would normally be considered better candidates for mastectomy. Continue reading “Extreme Oncoplasty: Replacing Mastectomy with Lumpectomy” »
When women are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and breast reconstruction, their friends and family may feel at a loss for what they can do to help. Whether the patient is communicative about her needs or keeps her feelings to herself, loved ones can still find ways to offer their support during this difficult time. Continue reading “A Guide to Offering Support for a Loved One’s Breast Reconstruction” »
Women undergoing cancer treatment may be candidates for either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Both procedures can be equally effective at treating breast cancer. However, it’s important for patients to understand their different breast reconstruction options after each. Continue reading “How Reconstruction Options Change after a Lumpectomy vs. after Mastectomy” »
Previously, I discussed some of the benefits of immediate breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. However, delayed reconstruction has its advantages as well. In delayed breast reconstruction, the patient can wait however long she wants before undergoing reconstruction surgery. While many of my patients choose immediate reconstruction, others prefer to wait until they feel the time is right–an option that also offers a few clear benefits. Continue reading “3 Benefits of Delayed Breast Reconstruction” »
Breast reconstruction–either in conjunction with or following breast cancer treatment– can be a challenging time. For many women, breast reconstruction is a critical step in moving on from their illness from an emotional perspective as well addressing concerns over physical appearance.
When breast cancer patients are provided with high-caliber, coordinated care throughout their diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction, research indicates they can have an optimal experience with better breast reconstruction results. Continue reading “The Importance of Ensuring Quality Care in Breast Reconstruction” »
As modern treatments of breast cancer become increasingly focused on conservation of as much natural breast tissue as possible, more women than ever now opt for a lumpectomy when available as an option in treating their illness. In my practice, I focus on an oncoplastic approach to breast reconstruction, which combines a full and effective cancer treatment with plastic surgery techniques to produce superior cosmetic results. Continue reading “How to Preserve Your Natural Breast Shape after a Lumpectomy” »
Breast reconstruction can be a personal and emotional experience for any woman. When choosing when to plan for breast reconstruction, patients should be made fully aware of their options and what each approach entails. These days, many women prefer immediate breast reconstruction rather than delayed reconstruction. While there are distinct benefits to either option, here are some of the advantages to immediate reconstruction: Continue reading “3 Benefits of Immediate Breast Reconstruction” »
In nearly all cases of implant-based breast reconstruction surgery, I use a tissue expander to prepare the breast for reconstruction. Tissue expanders allow the skin to stretch gradually until able to comfortably accommodate an implant. Expanders are placed under the pectoralis muscle, and traditionally, are filled with saline solution.
New developments in tissue expanding technology have used Aeroform™, a patient-controlled expander that uses air instead of saline. The results have been promising, with desired expansion results reached after an average of only 18.2 days as opposed to saline expanders, which normally take around 57 days of tissue expansion. Continue reading “Could Air-Based Tissue Expanders Replace Saline?” »
When thinking about breast reconstruction, the number one concern for the majority of my patients is how real their reconstructed breast will look and feel. Today’s advanced surgical techniques and superior breast implants mean better breast reconstruction results than ever, but here are a few ways that you can ensure a more natural-looking reconstructed breast. Continue reading “How You Can Enjoy More Natural-Looking Breast Reconstruction Results” »