For women battling breast cancer, a mastectomy is an unfortunate, yet lifesaving, surgery. After the mastectomy, many women choose to have breast reconstruction to restore their natural bust line and sense of femininity.
As medical and cosmetic surgery has advanced, surgeons are now able to recreate a breast that closely resembles in form and appearance a natural breast. In most cases, reconstructive breast surgery is possible immediately following a mastectomy enabling the patient to wake-up with a breast mound in place, sparing the patient from the experience of seeing herself with no breast at all.
The best candidates are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, will have been eliminated by the mastectomy, though this does not necessarily exclude other situations.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and a mastectomy is planned, it is advisable that you begin talking about reconstructive breast surgery as soon as possible, before you undergo mastectomy.
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri will work with your breast surgeon to determine which reconstructive options are most appropriate for your age, health, anatomy, tissues, and goals