Breast Reconstruction Walnut Creek
Breast reconstruction surgery can help women who’ve lost their breasts feel feminine again.
The diagnosis of breast cancer or the loss of a breast is a difficult time for a woman. Not only does she have to deal with the cancer and its consequences, but she might also have to cope with feelings of loss of her femininity, lowering of her self-esteem and self-confidence, depression, etc. Fortunately, plastic surgery can offer women who are due to undergo mastectomy or who have undergone mastectomy the option of a breast reconstruction procedure.
A breast reconstruction which is performed at the time of mastectomy is called immediate breast reconstruction. This may also be performed months or years after mastectomy.
There are several procedures used to reconstruct breasts immediately, these include: immediate insertion of an implant, expander and flap technique. Depending on patient’s anatomy and plan for her cancer treatment, she may be a good candidate for one or more procedures. An implant can be inserted behind the chest muscle immediately after mastectomy to create a new breast. The expander technique uses skin expansion and subsequent insertion of an implant. The flap method uses living tissue taken from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen, back, hips, thighs and buttocks.
A breast reconstruction procedure can in many cases restore a breast and often result in an overall enhancement of body shape, as well as an improvement in self esteem and general well being. With current breast reconstruction techniques, a breast of similar size and shape to normal can now be created.
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