The surgeons and staff at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery understand that the loss of a breast to breast cancer can be an unpleasant and very distressing event in a woman’s life. A variety of procedures are now available to women in the Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts area for breast reconstruction after a complete or partial mastectomy. Dr. Loffredo and Dr. Jones have had extensive training in the most current techniques of breast reconstruction that may help improve your self-confidence and self-image, thus improving your quality of life. Our plastic surgeons understand that every case is different and strive to give you exceptional personal care. They will perform a thorough patient evaluation in order to choose the “right” procedure for each individual patient.
Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately at the time of mastectomy if your breast surgeon in Cape Cod or Southeastern Massachusetts feels that the size and type of your breast cancer is appropriate to allow immediate reconstruction. If not, a delayed reconstruction can be performed after 3 months or longer depending on other necessary treatment.
You may be a candidate for a variety of reconstructive options, depending on your health, body type and your personal choice. A breast reconstruction consultation with Dr. Loffredo or Dr. Jones is highly personalized and extra care is taken to provide a more complete understanding of the procedures. Reconstructive procedures may involve use of breast implants, your own natural body tissue or a combination of both. Body tissues used for breast reconstruction, known as “flaps,” may come from either your back muscle (latissimus dorsi flap) or from your abdomen (TRAM flap). The TRAM (tranverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous) flap uses excess tissue from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the entire breast, simultaneously improving both areas.
After reconstructing the breast mound, the tissue is allowed to “settle” to its final shape and position. Then, the best location for the nipple is determined and nipple-areola reconstruction is completed. Nipple-areola reconstruction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure 4 to 6 months after the breast mound reconstruction. Your doctor will discuss the options and techniques for nipple-areola reconstruction during your consultation after determining available options.
In patients who opt for partial mastectomy and who also have large, heavy breasts, we may perform simultaneous breast reduction surgery as a means of immediate reconstruction. This is called an oncoplastic breast reduction.*
*Individual results may vary from person to person.