At Midland Plastic Surgery Center, we know that breast cancer can be one of the most devastating experiences in a woman’s life – and we are here to help. We respect that the decision to undergo breast reconstruction is very personal, complex, and intimate. If you have had a mastectomy or are planning a mastectomy, plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cook can reconstruct the appearance of the breast for a natural look and feel.
Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
During your consultation for breast reconstruction, Dr. Cook will carefully evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam, and listen to your concerns and desires. Dr. Cook will also take into account whether or not you may undergo chemotherapy or radiation in the future. At that point, he can determine your candidacy for the procedure and if breast reconstruction can achieve your goals. Dr. Cook focuses on patient education during these one-on-one conversations, reviewing all of your options and allowing you to make well-informed decisions about your body and your health.
Dr. Cook custom-tailors each breast reconstruction surgery and attempts to recreate a breast as close to your natural shape as possible. In some cases, health insurance providers may cover the cost of the surgery. To discuss your personal goals with Dr. Cook, please schedule a consultation with us today.
Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Breast reconstruction is typically performed using either a breast implant or your own soft tissue. Dr. Cook can use a tissue expander to gently stretch the skin and muscles, creating a space for an implant. Alternatively, flap reconstruction – also known as autologous tissue reconstruction – utilizes excess fatty tissue from the abdomen, back, or buttocks to recreate a breast that can become fully integrated with your body. Regardless of which breast reconstruction approach you choose, Dr. Cook can also recreate a natural-looking nipple and areola for beautiful results. For some patients, it may be possible to perform breast reconstruction simultaneously with your mastectomy.
Breast Reconstruction Results and Recovery
Patients typically experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising for one to two weeks after breast surgery. To improve your comfort during this time, oral pain medication can be prescribed. It may take you some time to get used to the feeling of your new breast, and patients may find this transitional period affects them both physically and emotionally.
After breast reconstruction, most patients are still able to undergo chemotherapy or radiation if needed. In addition, your new breast should not impact the ability of your doctor to detect any recurrence. Many of our breast reconstruction patients at Midland Plastic Surgery Center have reported improved self-esteem and overall quality of life while enjoying beautiful breasts that both look and feel natural.
To learn more about your breast reconstruction options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook, please contact us today.