Breast Reconstruction Restores Balance
Dr. Hsu is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Microsurgeon providing state of the art cosmetic and reconstruction enhancements.
A mastectomy doesn’t have to mean your breasts are gone for good. Breast reconstruction surgery restores the shape and look of the breasts after a mastectomy.
A mastectomy is a surgery that is a life saving procedure, yet it can cause overwhelming emotional trauma. Being diagnosed with cancer and then losing one or both breasts can be the source of unimaginable and devastating physical and emotional stress. Faced with the choice of a mastectomy or loss of life, most women understandably choose the mastectomy, but that doesn’t make it an easy choice. There is another form of plastic surgery designed to rebuild the breast tissue and restore the breasts to their former stare after a mastectomy. It is known as breast reconstruction surgery, and it is a way for women to regain their former shape.
The majority of women who undergo a mastectomy elect to have breast reconstruction surgery immediately. This is an advanced plastic surgery procedure that restores the shape and look of the breasts. It is quite a remarkable operation, and one that offers a woman a chance to regain what has been lost, physically, and in terms of self-esteem. A mastectomy is a traumatic event, and many women prefer not to see themselves without breasts, understandably, so they decide to have immediate reconstruction as part of the mastectomy.
We talked to Dr. Patrick Hsu, MD, F.A.C.S., chief of plastic, cosmetic and reconstruction surgery at Memorial Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas who specializes in reconstruction surgery about the benefits of breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy. “Advanced technology has made it easier than ever for a woman to recover from the loss of a breast or breasts to cancer, or other diseases”, said Dr. Hsu. “The results are natural and gratifying, and women who have the surgery are almost always pleased with the outcome”. Dr. Hsu elaborated, “ Most women feel emotionally empowered when they regain their body shape. There is certainly health, psychological, and monetary factors involved in choosing breast reconstruction surgery, but it is a positive step to overcoming the upheaval of a cancer diagnosis and mastectomy, and recovering balance in their lives.”
One of the methods for reconstruction is to use the patient’s own tissue. This tissue is usually taken from the back, abdomen, or buttocks. It is composed of primarily fat, skin, and muscle that is then relocated to the breast area. The most common donor site is the abdomen because there is usually adequate excess skin and fat. The results are truly amazing. Cancer is a hard diagnosis, and a mastectomy, even though for your own good, can be difficult to deal with. The good news is that reconstruction surgery can relieve some of the misery associated with both.