Breast reconstruction, in Monterrey México, is an integral part of breast cancer treatment. The procedure is performed when one or both breasts are removed due to cancer or another disease.
The latest reconstructive surgery techniques, along with advanced medical devices, have made it possible for plastic surgeons to reconstruct the breasts in a way that comes close to matching the form and appearance of a natural breast.
At Monterrey Plastic Surgery we offer a wide variety of breast reconstruction procedures.
With immediate breast reconstruction (right after mastectomy), the patient can wake up from the procedure with a new breast and be spared the experience of seeing herself with no breast.
Why Breast Reconstruction
The best candidates are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, has been eliminated. Many breast cancer patients are candidates for reconstruction during the same operation in which the breast is removed.
- Restores the shape and form of the breasts, including the nipples
- Avoids the use of breast prosthetics and allows for a natural appearance in clothing
- Improves symmetry between breasts following partial mastectomy
- If a suitable candidate, can have excess abdominal tissue removed
If you are interested in breast reconstruction, you may want to consider beginning the reconstruction process at the same time as your mastectomy or, if your breast has already been surgically removed, you may begin the reconstruction process during what is called a “delayed” reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction Techniques
Your anatomy is unique, so Dr. Josué Lara Ontiveros at Monterrey Plastic Surgery will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. There are several different ways in which your breast reconstruction can be accomplished:
- Flap techniques.
These procedures use muscle, fat and skin from other parts of your body such as your abdomen, buttock, or back to recreate a breast mound. The donor tissue is often tunneled to the mastectomy site and remains attached to its original blood supply. In many cases, a flap technique may be combined with a breast implant.
- Tissue expansion.
Patients who choose tissue expansion should expect a lengthy process that involves several office visits over an extended period of time. An expander will be placed underneath the skin and will be filled gradually to stretch the skin, making room for an implant. This procedure, although time consuming, can have the advantage of quicker and easier recovery when compared to flap procedures.
- Breast implants.
A breast implant (either saline or silicone) can be used to create the breast mound. This is often combined with flap techniques or tissue expansion.
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Last updated: Apr 06, 2017 11:25 am