What is breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery is typically performed after surgery for breast cancer, which may have resulted in removal of a portion or all of the breast tissue (mastectomy). Reconstruction may be performed immediately during mastectomy surgery or may be delayed to a later date, depending on required oncologic care and patient desire.
Reconstruction may be performed with implants, or with your own tissue from the upper back or abdomen. Implant surgery may require initial expansion, with delayed placement of a permanent implant. Surgery may be considered for the opposite, noncancerous breast to achieve better symmetry, either with implants, fat grafting, lifting or reduction. (This surgery is considered reconstructive and insurance companies are federally mandated to provide coverage for surgery of the opposite breast.)
Reconstruction is also performed for congenital breast asymmetry and may also involve implants, fat grafting, lifting or reduction.
Who is a good candidate for Baltimore breast reconstruction?
The ideal candidates for breast reconstruction are women in good physical and mental health who are interested in regaining or improving upon their pre-mastectomy presentation, or who hope to achieve a more balanced appearance after hereditary breast mismatch. During your private consultation, Dr. Shermak will discuss your options for treatment in detail, going over all the risks and benefits.