The goal in breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following removal of a breast (mastectomy), or correcting a congenital deformity.
Breast reconstruction, performed by Dr. M. Zakir Sabry, often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date. The convenience of starting reconstruction simultaneously is getting a jump-start early and avoid additional anesthesia. However, delaying reconstruction, in no way, means that you may no longer have options or your results may not be as good.
Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap based reconstruction.
Implant reconstruction relies on skin expansion, followed by a suitable implant insertion to help form a new breast mound. Flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast and this could be either pedicled ie. Flap stays attached or free-flap where tissue is removed from another part of the body and sutured into new blood vessels at the chest level.
Factors that should be considered in choosing a type of reconstruction are – type of cancer, need for additional treatment ie. Chemotherapy or radiation treatment after surgery or, simply based on patient’s preference.
Dr. Sabry mostly performs expander to implant breast reconstruction. He will guide you through the process of choosing the right type and size of implant and help understand implant safety. He performs autologous reconstruction for those who do not prefer to have an implant.
If only one breast is affected, it alone needs reconstruction. However, to obtain symmetry, size and shape, a breast lift, reduction or augmentation may be performed on the opposite breast. This however, is strictly your own choice.
Women may also choose prophylactic mastectomy based on family history and other risk factors. In this case, both breasts are reconstructed.
Breast reconstruction is approved by most insurances. For an in-depth consultation, please call our office to see Dr. Sabry.
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