Dr. Neil J. Zemmel offers helpful advice for any women considering the option of breast reconstruction surgery, to help them make an informed decision.
Richmond, VA – After being diagnosed with breast cancer, a woman is faced with several decisions that will affect her health and overall well-being. One of the options in place for those who choose to undergo a lumpectomy or mastectomy is breast reconstruction. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Richmond, says breast reconstruction is one of the most gratifying parts of his role at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. He explains that his mission is to help guide these individuals to finding the best solution for their unique needs, whether that is undergoing a reconstructive procedure or opting to go without one.
When meeting with a breast reconstruction candidate, Dr. Zemmel strives to help the patient understand the benefits, risks, and limitations of their options so they can make an informed decision about their care. He encourages anyone undergoing a lumpectomy or mastectomy to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to understand what their options are, even if they do not think they want reconstructive surgery. By doing so, Dr. Zemmel explains they will be aware of all of their options–from breast implants and fat transfer to single or double stage surgery—and ultimately make the best possible decision for their long-term well-being.
Among the most important steps of the breast reconstruction process, says the Richmond plastic surgeon, is the need to seek a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is experienced with breast reconstruction surgery. This board certification is an essential qualification that indicates the physician has undergone extensive training and upholds strict safety and care standards. In addition to this credential, Dr. Zemmel says patients should feel comfortable with their surgeon and not feel pressured into a decision. He explains that the role of a reconstructive surgeon is to inform the patient and assist with the decision-making process, helping the patient determine which solution is right for their needs and preferences.
Dr. Zemmel emphasizes that if a patient feels uneasy with a plastic surgeon or their advice, they should get a second opinion from another board-certified plastic surgeon. This allows the individual to find the right physician in which they feel confident and can trust throughout the surgical process and beyond.
About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Dr. Zemmel is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs a comprehensive selection of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. In addition to state-of-the-art surgical care, Dr. Zemmel also offers minimally invasive treatments at his medical spa, Dermlounge. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and continued to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center to complete the competitive six-year combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program. To stay at the forefront of plastic surgery advances, Dr. Zemmel is an active member of several medical organizations. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Zemmel is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Zemmel and Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, visit richmondplasticsurgery.com.
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