Modern surgical technology makes it possible to construct a natural-looking breast after partial or complete mastectomy (breast removal) for cancer or other diseases. The procedure is commonly started and sometimes completed immediately following mastectomy, so that you wake with a new breast mound instead of no breast at all. Alternatively, reconstruction may begin years after mastectomy. Insurance companies cover reconstruction following breast cancer surgery.
There are several ways to reconstruct the breast using either your own tissue, breast implants or a combination of both depending on your desires, the demands of your tissues and what tissue you have available to transfer to construct a breast. If you have not yet had the breast removal, we work together with your breast surgeon to decide which method is best for you. This also allows us to help determine the incision used to make reconstruction easier and safer without interfering with removal of the breast cancer.
Chemotherapy or radiation treatment will also affect which method we use and the timing. Breast reconstruction does not affect the recurrence of cancer or other diseases. Dr. Buchanan keeps current with the advances in Breast Reconstruction and is on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Breast Reconstruction with Implants Task Force writing practice guidelines for other Plastic Surgeons and physicians.