4 Things to Know About Breast Reconstruction

One of the main things we emphasize with patients here at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group’s Breast Reconstruction Center is that the process of rebuilding our patients’ breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy is a team effort, involving doctors, nurses, support staff… in collaboration with each of our patients. We believe this collaborative partnership offers the best opportunity to provide our patients with the best results.

Our skilled and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons will address any concerns during the initial consultation. We encourage our patients to ask any and all questions because we believe the better-educated they are in all aspects of the procedure, the better the results will be. And our team strives to exceed our patients’ expectations.

In 2008, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated about 79,000 women had some type of reconstructive breast surgery to fight cancer. That is a 40 percent jump over the number of breast reconstruction patients in 2007. However, 70 percent of breast cancer patients who are eligible for breast reconstruction surgery are not adequately informed of their options, which can ultimately lead to poor reconstructive treatment… or no treatment at all.

The reconstructive surgeons here at LIPSG are some of the most experienced on the eastern seaboard. Many of our surgeons have been specialty-trained at prestigious medical institutions such as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and are skilled in performing every major type of breast reconstruction. We offer our patients the following four tips on what they should know while considering breast reconstruction surgery, and we encourage them to contact our Breast Reconstruction Center in the Long Island and Manhattan, New York area. One of our reconstructive surgeons will be happy to meet with our patients and their families in an initial consultation to address all questions and concerns.

Know the Options

Research the many different techniques and methods involved in breast reconstruction. A variety of choices are available, including traditional methods such as breast implant reconstruction, or flap procedures such as TRAM, DIEP, S-GAP, and Latissimus Dorsi flap surgeries. Implant surgeries rebuild the breast using skin remaining in the breast area, plus placement of a saline or silicone implant. Flap surgery utilizes skin and tissues from other areas of the body to create a new breast mound. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons here at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group will guide each of our patients by thoroughly explaining breast reconstruction options in a concise, easy-to-understand manner so they can make a truly informed decision.

No One Procedure is Right for All Women

Every breast reconstruction procedure has pros and cons, and each patient is unique. The best option for one woman may differ from another, depending on overall health, the type of cancer treatment undergone, considerations regarding the recovery process, body type, and our patient’s ultimate goals. One of our reconstructive surgeons will meet with cover the benefits and risks associated with each procedure in an initial consultation. Together, we will decide which procedure provides the best option for a successful breast reconstruction.

Involve a Plastic Surgeon from the Beginning

It’s beneficial for most patients to meet with a plastic surgeon and have him or her involved with the overall treatment before undergoing a mastectomy or tumor removal. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG create partnerships with breast surgeons, oncologists, and other medical professionals to forge a team effort for throughout the entire process. This collaboration can ultimately provide the best possible breast reconstruction results.

Confidently Choose the Plastic Surgeon

It’s absolutely critical that each patient feel confident in their choice of any physician, and the choice for a plastic surgeon is no different. Make sure he or she has been specialty-trained in breast reconstruction surgery and has significant experience in performing a variety of breast reconstruction techniques. Some procedures, such as DIEP Flap surgery, are very complex procedures that involve specialized surgical training such as microsurgery, a technique that only a small group of reconstructive surgeons (including many of our surgeons here at LIPSG) are experienced in. Establishing trust in a plastic surgeon is vital when working to reconstruct a patient’s breasts and deliver the best possible outcome. Our surgeons at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group have performed over 10,000 breast reconstruction surgeries, including all of the most advanced and complex techniques. They are also specialists in microsurgery and breast reconstruction, having been trained at the world’s most respected cancer reconstruction institutions, including Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Ready for a Consultation?

Plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG Breast Reconstruction Surgery Center look forward to meeting with our patients in an initial consultation to answer any questions and explain all aspects of breast reconstruction procedures. Our mission is to deliver as much information as possible, so together, we can determine the best treatment plan. Please contact LIPSG today to schedule a consultation with one of our reconstructive surgeons.