Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Doylestown
What is Breast Reconstruction surgery?
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. David A. Silberman that allows for creating a breast mound to replace a removed breast (usually due to cancer). Techniques vary from autogenous (your own body’s tissue) flaps, to expanders and implants. Consideration to re-shaping the opposite breast with a mastopexy or reduction may also be necessary to better improve symmetry.
Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy (breast removal), or at a later date. Philadelphia and Doylestown patients undergoing breast reconstruction have lost one or both breasts, and have chosen this procedure to restore a more natural shape, size, and appearance to the breast area.
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Am I a good candidate for a breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction can be performed at any point in time following breast removal. However, at Dr. Silberman’s Doylestown, PA practice, breast reconstruction is often performed immediately following the mastectomy procedure, so that the patient does not go a significant length of time with no breast at all. The reconstruction of a breast that has been removed for cancer treatment is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures offered by Dr. Silberman.
For cancer patients and cancer survivors in Philadelphia, Bucks County and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, breast reconstruction provides the possibility of restoring the breasts to a more natural shape, improving patients’ self-confidence through the restoration of a more feminine silhouette.
How does Dr. Silberman perform a breast reconstruction?
Before undergoing breast reconstruction, Dr. Silberman will discuss potential methods for rebuilding your breast during a breast reconstruction consultation in his Doylestown office. Options include donor muscle, skin, or fat from the back, buttocks, or other areas of the body. This requires a donor site, and can result in a longer hospital stay. Another option is to insert saline or silicone breast implants, such as those used for breast enlargement procedures. Typically, when the nipple and areola require reconstructive surgery, skin grafting is used to create a natural feel.
Breast reconstruction under general anesthesia, and may take anywhere from two to six hours. This procedure may take more time if it is combined with a mastectomy operation. First, the surgeon creates a flap or incision which allows access to the tissue. Any remaining tissue will be sculpted before the breast is reconstructed using silicone or saline implants or donor tissue. Once the final appearance of the breast has been achieved, the skin is then placed over the new breast and closed with sutures.
I may be a candidate for breast reconstruction. What’s my next step?
After reading the information on this website, call Dr. Silberman’s office to schedule your initial breast reconstruction consultation. The initial visit is complimentary with no obligation. Dr. Silberman will answer all your questions and explain whether the reconstruction might be covered by your health insurance. Make the call today! As soon as you take this first step, you are working toward an improved appearance of your body!
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The professionals at Plastic Surgery Associates also offer Facial Surgery, Body Contouring, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Skin Rejuvenation procedures to patients in Doylestown and Philadelphia. Be sure to review these options as well!