Breast Cancer Reconstruction
What is Breast Cancer Reconstruction?
Breast cancer reconstruction involves many surgical techniques which are designed to recreate the breast mound after cancer removal. It serves to restore the patient’s sense of self and womanhood. Research has shown that breast reconstruction has immense psychological and quality-of-life benefits for breast cancer survivors.
Dr. Lies understands that facing breast cancer surgery, and other associated potential treatment therapies, can be overwhelming. He aims to make the breast reconstruction journey as positive as possible for his patients.
The practice offers several types of breast reconstruction, ranging from implant-based reconstruction and autologous (or “flap”) reconstruction, to oncoplastic reduction. Dr. Lies evaluates each patient individually to find the best option to create beautiful and well-proportioned reconstructed breasts.
Options for Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction techniques vary in terms of materials used for the reconstruction, but they can be classified into two major categories: implant-based (tissue expander and implant) or tissue-based (autologous). Autologous reconstruction is further divided based on the origin of the tissue used. The most popular method is DIEP which uses the patient’s excess abdominal skin and fat. Other options include the thigh (PAP), the buttock (GAP), and the back (LAT).
Is Breast Reconstruction Possible After Chemotherapy or Radiation?
Dr. Lies works diligently with your surgical and medical oncologist to maximize the effectiveness of your cancer treatment, while minimizing chances of complications arising from chemotherapy or radiation. He will assess your individual physical situation and recommend an approach to restore as much natural appearance as possible.
Are Breasts Balanced After Reconstruction?
If one breast is removed and reconstructed, a balancing, or symmetry, procedure is usually recommended so that the opposite breast will match the reconstructed breast. Balancing procedures may include a breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, and fat grafting. Surgery on the non-cancerous breast is usually done after the initial reconstructed breast assumes its final shape.