One of the many questions you will encounter in your journey to recovery from breast cancer is when to have breast reconstruction surgery. The answer depends on your unique circumstances, and at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you explore your options and select the right timing for your reconstruction procedure.
In general, there are three different time periods for reconstruction:
- Immediate breast reconstruction. With immediate breast reconstruction, your reconstructive surgery is performed immediately following your mastectomy. The new breast is created using tissue from another location on your body or with breast implants, and sometimes a combination of both. With immediate reconstruction, the removal and replacement of breast tissue is generally accomplished during one operation.
- Delayed breast reconstruction. Patients who need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments will often want to delay breast reconstruction. Delaying reconstruction allows you time to heal physically and emotionally before making breast reconstruction decisions. There can be some cosmetic limitations with delayed reconstruction. You can discuss the benefits and drawbacks for your personal situation with your surgeon to make a fully informed decision.
- Staged breast reconstruction. During a staged reconstruction, a tissue expander is placed in the breast following mastectomy or lumpectomy to help preserve the shape of the breast and skin during radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Then four to six months after radiation, breast reconstruction surgery can be performed.
Would you like to schedule your first appointment to talk with a plastic surgeon about your breast reconstruction options? Call Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 720-457-4461 to schedule your consultation.