Breast Cancer Reconstruction
The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the shape and appearance of the breast, whether it’s after a battle with cancer, due to congenital deformities, or some other issue altogether. At Jamachi Plastic Surgery, skilled plastic surgeon Chukwuemeka Onyewu, MD, has the expertise and skill in reformative surgery practices that can help you achieve natural-looking breasts. Call his office in Silver Spring, Maryland, or request an appointment on this website to consult with Dr. Onyewu about breast reconstruction.
Who is a candidate for breast reconstruction?
A woman may seek breast reconstruction surgery if she’s undergone a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other breast surgery due to cancer or another disease. You may also benefit from breast reconstruction if you have irregularities of the chest since birth. Women may also consider reconstruction if they need breast reduction, and the size of their breasts is affecting their quality of life and causing pain or discomfort. Dr. Onyewu provides a comprehensive consultation to go over your reconstructive options and find a procedure that best meets your aesthetic goals.
Good candidates shouldn’t have any preexisting medical conditions that might stand in the way of healing. Breast reconstruction may not leave the reconstructed breast with the same sensation as it had before surgery or as you feel in the other breast. You may also have visible scars at the site of the procedure and in other areas used from tissue harvesting. Dr. Onyewu minimizes the appearance of these scars as much as possible.
What options for breast reconstruction are available?
The two main categories of breast reconstruction are implant-based and autologous, or flap, reconstruction. As the name suggests, implant-based involves inserting a breast implant to reshape and reform your look.
Transflaps involve using your own tissue to reconstruct the breast. The tissue can come from fat, skin, or muscle usually taken from your belly, buttocks, inner thighs, or back to reform the breast.
Dr. Onyewu recommends the type of breast reconstruction that’s best for you depending on your health, breast shape, breast size, and desired look.
Are both breasts reconstructed?
You may elect to have both breasts reconstructed, even if just one was affected by mastectomy or malformation. The goal is to get you a symmetrical look, so you feel confident. The non-affected breast may benefit from an augmentation, lift, or reduction so the size, shape, and position of your breasts match.
If you require breast reconstruction surgery, trust Dr. Onyewu and the team at Jamachi Plastic surgery to restore your look. Call the office today or request an appointment using the online booking tool.