Restore your figure, and your confidence.
Coping with breast cancer is compounded when the removal of a breast is required through mastectomy. Thankfully, the recreation of that breast or breasts can be accomplished through implant breast reconstruction surgery and the expertise of Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons. The results are a return to a normal appearance and a significantly boosted self-image.
Implant breast reconstruction places a saline or silicone breast implant—the same as those approved for breast augmentation procedures—to create the volume and shape of natural breasts. The size and placement of the implant are carefully determined to match the other breast and assure body symmetry.
The first step in any breast reconstruction process is to build a breast mound. In implant breast reconstruction, this is accomplished with the insertion of the appropriate breast implant over the chest muscle.
The implant breast reconstruction process may be able to begin immediately in cooperation with your oncology care team, even as part of the mastectomy procedure. As an option, it can wait until all cancer treatment is complete. Successful implant breast reconstruction surgery has been performed months or even years after mastectomy. Patients prescribed radiation therapy should discuss options with our breast reconstruction specialists, as natural-tissue (autologous) reconstruction may be a more appropriate approach.
A few weeks after the initial implant surgery, the breast mound may be sculpted and shaped to further match the other breast to assure balance and symmetry. In a separate outpatient procedure, your breast reconstruction surgeon will artfully fold and rearrange a portion of the breast mound skin to recreate the nipple, and the areola will typically be simulated by tattooing.
The best way to know if implant breast reconstruction is right for you is to sit with your Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons breast reconstruction specialist for a personal consultation. Together, you will discuss your condition, your cancer treatment plan, your desired results, timing options, procedure details, and any concerns or questions you may have.
The first step is to schedule an appointment.