Breast reconstruction after mastectomy images
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The photographs included on this page are the results of reconstructive procedures performed by the surgeons at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. Left image: Symmastia developed after a bilateral mastectomy and silicone implant reconstruction. Right image: Corrective surgery involved removal of both implants and reconstructing the breasts using the SGAP flap procedure. Left image: Capsular contracture developed in the right breast and the left implant moved into a position that was too low on the chest after a bilateral mastectomy and silicone implant reconstruction. Right image: The capsular contracture on the right breast was corrected by removing the implant and reconstructing the breast with "stacked" DIEP flap surgery. The displacement of the left implant was corrected by removing the implant, inserting a new implant, and making adjustments to the pocket of tissue that holds the implant in place.
Breast reconstruction utilizes several plastic surgery techniques to restore a breast to near normal shape and appearance following mastectomy. The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy. Over time, some breast skin sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although they will never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their quality of life and the ability to look and feel whole. Careful monitoring of breast health through self-exam and other diagnostic techniques is essential to your long-term health.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the look and feel of the breast after a mastectomy. The surgery is done by a plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy "immediate" or at a later date "delayed". Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, breast surgeon and oncologist and your radiation oncologist if you are having radiation therapy. It's always OK to get a second opinion.
Pictures of Corrective Breast Reconstruction
David Euhus, director of breast surgery, discusses the differences between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, techniques used to maintain the look and shape of the breast following surgery, and the typical recovery process for patients. Pam Vierra, a mother of three from central Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided to visit Johns Hopkins for a second opinion.
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