Many women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy resulting from breast cancer. In cases such as these, reconstruction can often begin at the time of mastectomy, depending on the patient’s tumor type and stage.
The most commonly preferred method is a two-stage operation that starts with placing an expander under the chest wall muscle. The expander is then inflated over a period of two to three weeks while the chest wall is allowed to stretch and reahape. This process is followed by a second procedure to insert a permanent silicone implant.
In some women, tissue from the abdomen, back or buttocks may be used to rebuild the breast, although this method is much more complex than skin expansion and creates a donor deficit.
After breast procedures are completed, areola and nipple reconstruction are performed. This usually takes place in Dr. Stice’s on-site procedure room utilizing cosmetic tattooing and local chest skin. If desired, fat grafting can be added to smooth out any irregular contours or to add volume.
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women in good general health whose cancer appears to have been eliminated by mastectomy and who either have not undergone radiation to the chest wall or have recovered from radiation treatments.
For more information or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Stice, call 402-758-5500.