Breast reconstruction comes in many different forms. It may be used to correct a deformity caused by a single mastectomy, double mastectomy, or it could be in response to a disfiguring genetic condition. Whether you want to go bigger or smaller than your original breasts, there are some things you need to know to ensure you make the right decision. The Four Main Methods During your consultation with Dr. Katzen, many aspects will be analyzed to help guide you in the right direction in deciding the proper breast reconstruction method. There are four primary methods:
- Saline or silicone breast implants
- Fat transfer
- Natural tissue flaps (TRAM and DIEP flaps)
- A combination of the above procedures, which is the most common.
Your decision as to which option you would like depends on your desired outcome. Dr. Katzen will discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you. How Long Does the Whole Breast Reconstruction Process Take? It takes time and patience to arrive at the final result. Many patients begin with the false expectation that, after the first surgery, they'll have the perfect new breasts they've always dreamed of having. The details of your exact breast reconstruction surgery depend upon your clinical situation, personal preferences, and overall health. There are three basic steps you can expect:
- Initial breast reconstruction surgery to create the breast using the predetermined method that's best for you.
- Changes in definition or balance, repeated as necessary.
- Nipple and areola reconstruction (if necessary).
Breast Reconstruction with Chemotherapy Many of Dr. Katzen's patients are struggling with breast cancer. Dr. Katzen takes pride in helping them maintain the appearance of their breasts despite the many challenges they are facing. The great news is that if you require chemotherapy treatment, breast reconstruction surgery shouldn't cause any delays. Breast reconstruction can take place either in conjunction with a mastectomy or after a mastectomy. Helping You Look and Feel Your Best When you feel insecure about the appearance of your breasts, it makes it difficult to live life to its fullest. Now that you have a better understanding of breast reconstruction and what it entails, you can make a more well-informed decision. Dr. Katzen and his team are looking forward to helping you take the next step in this journey. Contact Dr. Katzen's office today if you have any further questions regarding breast reconstruction. Schedule your consultation today. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Las Vegas, NV and Beverly Hills, CA.