Breast Reconstruction

Restoring Confidence through Breast and Nipple Reconstruction 

Breast and nipple reconstruction is a transformative procedure that restores a woman’s body following a mastectomy due to cancer, traumatic injury, or congenital birth defects. Dr. Johnson Lee specializes in a comprehensive range of reconstruction options tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs and goals. These options include utilizing the patient’s own tissue, inserting implants, or combining multiple procedures for optimal outcomes. Given the complexity of breast reconstruction, Dr. Lee collaborates closely with patients and their entire medical team to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their goals and ensures the best possible results. 

Customized Implant Options: Empowering Informed Decisions 

Implants, if selected as part of the reconstruction process, offer flexibility in terms of material and placement. Dr. Johnson Lee conducts a thorough evaluation during the consultation, carefully assessing the patient’s natural breasts and body type. Together, patient and surgeon discuss various implant options, including type, size, shape, profile, and pocket position, empowering patients to make well-informed decisions that align with their preferences and desired outcomes. Reconstruction may be staged into multiple separate procedures to achieve the most optimal results. 

Strategic Incision Placement: Maximizing Safety and Aesthetic Outcomes 

Incisions are strategically placed, often along pre-existing incision lines or coordinated with other surgical procedures, to maximize safety and optimize the aesthetic outcome of the reconstruction process. 

Anesthesia and Recovery: Comfort and Swift Healing

Under general anesthesia, patients undergo the reconstruction procedure, with the option to return home the same day or remain in the hospital depending on the complexity and staging of the procedure. Recovery following breast and nipple reconstruction varies from patient to patient but typically involves a gradual return to normal activities within 2-3 weeks post-surgery. More strenuous activities may be resumed after approximately 4 weeks. 

Long-Lasting Results: Restoring Confidence 

The results of breast and nipple reconstruction are long-lasting, offering patients a renewed sense of confidence and femininity. Dr. Lee may recommend additional procedures such as fat grafting or 3-D nipple color tattooing to further enhance the results and achieve optimal aesthetic outcomes. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Breast and Nipple Reconstruction: 

Will breast reconstruction surgery interfere with future cancer screenings?

Breast reconstruction typically does not interfere with mammograms or other breast cancer screenings. Special techniques are used to ensure that reconstructed breasts can be effectively examined for any signs of cancer.

Can I choose the size of my new breasts during reconstruction?

Yes, patients have the opportunity to discuss their desired breast size and shape with Dr. Lee during the consultation. Various options, including implant size and type, are available to achieve the desired outcome.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples after reconstruction?

While some temporary changes in sensation may occur, Dr. Lee strives to preserve nipple sensation whenever possible during the reconstruction process. 

Is breast reconstruction surgery covered by insurance?

In many cases, breast reconstruction surgery is covered by insurance. However, coverage may vary depending on individual insurance plans and specific circumstances. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider for details.

How soon after a mastectomy can I undergo breast reconstruction?

The timing of breast reconstruction surgery can vary depending on individual factors such as cancer treatment plans and overall health. Dr. Lee will discuss the optimal timing for reconstruction during your consultation. 

Can breast reconstruction be performed if I've had radiation therapy?

Yes, breast reconstruction can often be performed after radiation therapy. However, the timing and techniques used may be adjusted to accommodate the effects of radiation on the tissues. 

Will I need additional surgeries after breast reconstruction?

Additional surgeries, such as nipple reconstruction or adjustments to achieve symmetry, may be recommended to further refine the results of breast reconstruction. Dr. Lee will discuss these options during your consultation. 

How long will the results of breast reconstruction last?

The results of breast reconstruction are typically long-lasting. However, individual factors such as aging and lifestyle may affect the appearance of the reconstructed breasts over time. 

Can breast reconstruction be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, breast reconstruction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast lift or tummy tuck, to achieve comprehensive aesthetic results. Dr. Lee will discuss these options during your consultation. 

What should I expect during the recovery period after breast reconstruction?

Recovery after breast reconstruction varies from patient to patient but typically involves a period of rest and limited activity. Dr. Lee will provide detailed post-operative instructions to guide you through the recovery process.

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