Many women are dealing with a lack of confidence due to breast disorders. If you are considering a mastectomy, or if you have lost one or both of your breasts as part of your cancer treatment, you might be the right candidate for breast reconstruction. Matthew J. Lynch, MD, is the best East Windsor, NJ breast reconstructive surgeon. At Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Dr. Lynch provides comprehensive reconstruction services to rebuild your breasts and restore your self-confidence. Breast reconstruction also corrects the unsymmetrical appearance of the natural breasts with breast implants and flap reconstruction techniques. Dr. Lynch creates personalized surgical plans aimed at your unique needs to make your breasts feel and look natural. He is also committed to professional collaboration with your entire cancer care team. For more information about breast reconstruction options, call or book an appointment online today.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
This involves surgery to rebuild a breast. This procedure typically involves removing part (partial mastectomy) or all of your breast (mastectomy) for medical reasons, such as the genetic predisposition for breast cancer or existing breast cancer.
What Are The Available Breast Reconstruction Surgery Techniques?
As an experienced reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Lynch uses various advanced surgical techniques to reconstruct your breasts to appear natural-looking. The techniques of reconstructive surgery used to improve symmetry with your natural breasts include;
- Breast Implants
These are saline devices that are surgically implanted underneath the chest muscles to improve the size and shape of the breast. A breast implant is safe and effective since the products used, ALEERGAN® and MENTOR®, are FDA-approved. Saline implants have an outer shell of silicone and are filled with saline solution or salty water. On the other hand, silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel; causing them to feel and appear more natural than saline breast implants. Breast implants can cause the following illness, however; chronic fatigue, joint pain, sleep disturbance, memory loss, and breathing difficulty.
- Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgical process to develop and improve the shape and size of the breast, with both saline and silicone used in this procedure. This surgery is to correct and reshape breasts affected by a pregnancy, weight loss, breastfeeding, and medical allergies. Breast augmentation can take a few hours for the procedure to be completed, while recovery can take up to 2 weeks.
- Reconstruction After Prophylactic Mastectomy
Prophylactic mastectomy involves removing all the tissues from the breast, while women receiving a prophylactic mastectomy have a lower percentage of not getting breast cancer. Patients undergoing mastectomy may be lucky to preserve the nipple and areola, which helps them achieve a more natural-appearing breast construction. Breast reconstruction involves techniques like fat grafting, implant-based reconstruction, and autologous flap reconstruction. While fat grafting involves removing surplus fat from other parts of the body and then injecting them into breast tissues to form a newly shaped breast, implant-based reconstruction uses saline and silicone to develop and shape the breast. Autologous flap reconstruction, on the other hand, uses muscle tissues from other body parts to make a new breast.
Gynecomastia is a disorder where gland tissues develop and enlarge the breast. Gynecomastia is a condition common to men and is due to a hormonal imbalance which leads to higher estrogen production. Disc-like masses beneath the nipples and areola, a swollen breast, and tenderness are a few examples of gynecomastia symptoms. A reduction surgery is performed to reduce the size of the breast, while liposuction can also be an effective way to get rid of excess fat around the chest.
In conclusion, if you are undergoing mastectomy and are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction, call or book an appointment online with Matthew J. Lynch, MD of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery today.