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What To Know About Breast Reconstruction – Cancer Awareness Month

What To Know About Breast Reconstruction – Cancer Awareness Month

What To Know About Breast Reconstruction – Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as Plastic Surgeons, it is our privilege to consult with women who are fighting breast cancer. By learning their stories and helping them to regain confidence after undergoing treatments such as mastectomies, we have developed a deep sense of respect for the women who come to us seeking breast reconstruction surgery.

Not every woman will choose to have breast reconstruction after cancer treatment, and this decision is a very personal one. Some patients will delay reconstruction for months or years while others will want to have it done immediately.  For those who do opt for surgery, patients often have similar questions. In this blog, we will briefly talk about what options are available and what women can expect during their treatment.

What can I expect?

Each case is different. The technique and procedures that will be required for a breast reconstruction will depend on your individual diagnosis and situation. Our plastic surgeons will work with you to determine how we can best help you regain your confidence following your cancer treatment.

Are there options to help me get back to feeling “normal” after a mastectomy?

There are two main options for breast reconstruction. Women can opt to have reconstruction using a flap of their own tissue, or they may choose to have reconstruction using a breast implant. It’s important to know that while breast reconstruction rebuilds the breast, it won’t be exactly the same as it was before the mastectomy. Your surgeon can discuss which approach is best for you.

What technology is available to help women seeking breast reconstruction?

Reconstruction of the breasts has come a long way. There are implants that feel more natural than ever before, including gel implants and structured saline implants.

Technology such as the AeroForm tissue expander can offer you the opportunity to “try” different implant sizes and take back some control. The AeroForm tissue expander is an alternative to injecting saline to create a “pocket” in which an implant can be placed.

Our practice is actually the first to use the AeroForm tissue expander and many patients find it more comfortable to use than previous technology.

Although nipple reconstruction is available to women after breast mound reconstruction, many patients are choosing 3-dimensional tattoo techniques to restore a more natural appearance.

Our goal is to educate women about their options and help them feel comfortable in their bodies. To any women who are bravely fighting breast cancer, we are cheering you on. To the women who have won their fight, we are in awe of your strength and resilience.

Women and Plastic Surgeons have many choices when it comes to breast reconstruction. The skill, experience, and willingness of your Plastic Surgeon to educate you about your choices is important. Our role is to provide patients with accurate and credible information and to help you choose the option that is most pleasing to you.

If you are considering a breast reconstruction or any type of cosmetic breast surgery, it’s best to receive careful consultation of all options to help determine the appropriate course of treatment. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!

  • Lisa Turner
    Lisa Turner

    Hands down this is the most amazing plastic surgery office! No haggling and Dr. Jacobs will not perform a surgery if the scar exceeds the benefit. His words exactly which is exactly what I want to know ahead of time not after the surgery is done. Dr. Jacobs is a phenomenal surgeon and I trust him 150%. Felecia his nurse is as wonderful as Dr. Jacobs!!

  • I visited Dr. Johnathan Jacob's Office to see about getting a Lipoma removed from my upper left shoulder. After meeting Dr. Jacob's he discussed with me what needed to be done to remove it. I was very happy with the surgery and how good a surgeon he is. I was very satisfied with the procedure and the outcome. I was happy with his staff also they took good care of me. ???

  • Karolyn Lea
    Karolyn Lea

    I am very pleased with Dr. Alspaugh and staff. I appreciate his honesty and his ability to give good advice. He was very professional and made sure I was comfortable. I’m looking forward to working hard and encouraged to start on this new journey to improve my look and my health...all in one. He’s so amazing.

  • Charity Wilder
    Charity Wilder

    Felicia is the absolute BEST. If you enjoy the feeling when people say, “You look too young to have a 19 year old.” Then book an appointment with Felicia immediately. She’s the sweetest human being on the planet and excellent at her job.

  • Love the staff!! They are so friendly and take time with you to really listen to your needs. Highly recommend!!

  • Julie Jackson
    Julie Jackson

    'My experiences at Associates in Plastic Surgery have all been outstanding. I have been a patient for more than 10 years. Dr. John Alspaugh is pleasant, patient and very informative. He listens to you and your concerns. I am always very happy with the results. Cheryl, his nurse is amazing! Go see her! She is sweet and knowledgeable. She eases my nerves and answers all of my questions and concerns. She even makes me laugh. Wonderful, caring staff.