October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while detection and treatment remain the primary focus, there is another breast cancer-related topic gaining traction–breast reconstruction. According to recent studies, the majority of breast cancer awareness advocates said breast cancer patients are often overwhelmed following treatment and are under-informed of the options available to them regarding breast reconstruction.
These days, there are many options available to women who choose breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment. The first step every patient should take in the reconstruction process is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who will guide the patient through the best options to suit their individual needs and desired outcome. Breast reconstruction is a deeply personal decision, and needs to be considered with the utmost care.
Women whose cancer is removed with mastectomy are the best candidates for breast reconstruction. Since each patient is unique, there are a number of surgical options that can be performed immediately following mastectomy, or delayed for a period of time following the procedure. Many patients opt to postpone reconstruction to give their bodies time to heal, explore their options in more depth, or consider alternatives.
There are several methods by which breast reconstruction can be performed, with or without implants. The decision to use implants will depends on each woman’s anatomy, as well as their personal preference. The goal of the plastic surgeon is to recreate a new breast and nipple that closely resemble the patient’s natural breast as accurately as possible.
Contact Dr. Trussler To Learn More About Options For Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Are you considering breast reconstruction? Contact Dr. Andrew Trussler today. We are located in Austin, Texas and can be reached directly at 512-450-1077. We look forward to hearing from you.