3 Things to Consider Before Breast Reconstruction

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ModelUndergoing breast reconstruction after cancer treatment, like a mastectomy or lumpectomy, is very personal. Our goal at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery is to make sure you understand your options and can make an informed decision about your care. If you choose to have breast reconstruction surgery, you should ask as many questions as you need to become familiar with the process and feel comfortable moving forward. In addition, it is important to consider these three aspects of what you can expect with breast reconstruction:

1.Your plastic surgeon should make you feel at-ease about your surgery.

From their bedside manner to their credentials and experience, the surgeon you choose should make you feel comfortable and instill confidence from their expertise. If you don’t feel confident with your surgeon, you should consult with other physicians to ensure you find the best breast reconstruction surgeon for you.

2. Your breasts probably won’t look exactly like they did before mastectomy.

Breast reconstruction is designed to restore the natural form of the breasts as much as possible. However, due to the complexity of your cancer removal procedure, it may not be realistic to return your breast tissue to its former shape. Your surgeon should help you understand what you can expect for your outcome based on the condition of your breast(s). Dr. Neil J. Zemmel works closely with his patients to create a surgical plan that can help them obtain the most natural-looking results that can help them feel whole again.

3. Breast reconstruction can be a lengthy process that comes with risks and downtime.

As with any surgical procedure, breast reconstruction comes with risks, which is why it is important that you properly prepare and follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions. Also keep in mind that you may need multiple operations to complete your reconstruction, will need to take time off work to recover, and may need to arrange for help around the house at first. Breast reconstruction can be a process that takes several months to complete. That said, Dr. Zemmel’s patients report their journey being worth the restored sense of femininity and confidence they are able to achieve.

If you have any question about breast reconstruction, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zemmel to learn about your options, please feel free to contact us.