Breast Reconstruction from Dr. Gottlieb
Procedures that affect the breast such as lumpectomies, mastectomies, or congenital deformities can greatly impact a woman’s appearance and self confidence. For this reason, many women choose to have some sort of breast reconstruction performed in order to enhance the shape and appearance of their breasts.
The patient will need to make many decisions regarding their breast reconstruction since every patient’s breasts and prior breast surgeries are different.
Timing of a Breast Reconstruction
Depending upon the nature of the prior procedure and whether or not both breasts have been affected, the patient may wish to immediately undergo a breast reconstruction or wait until their initial surgical site has healed before attempting another surgery.
For those that opt for an immediate reconstruction, this procedure will occur directly after the mastectomy or lumpectomy. Most surgeons will recommend this option as it requires the patient to undergo surgery only once rather than having to deal with the potential risks and recovery process multiple times.
An immediate breast reconstruction is also advised for patients who intend to participate in radiation therapy. This is due to the skin’s elasticity and its enhanced ability to heal itself and the appearance of scar tissue once radiation therapy is complete.
Types of Breast Implants
There are two primary categories for patients to consider when selecting the best breast implant option for themselves: saline and silicone.
Silicone Gel – Silicone implants are made of a polymer that presents no known allergy to humans. With a consistency like that of a gummy candy, the silicone implants create a more natural look than saline implants as they are able to more easily replicate real breast tissue with their gelatinous consistency.
Saline Fluid – Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, which can sometimes give the appearance of a rippling or wrinkling breast. An advantage to a saline implant is that some types can be easily adjusted for size. This allows patients the option to increase or decrease their saline breast implants as they see fit.
Plastic Surgeon near Reston
To learn more about the process of breast reconstruction, or to speak with a professional plastic surgeon about which implant option may be best for you, please contact Dr. Wendy Gottlieb of Reston, Virginia today by calling (703) 668-9499.