Breast reconstruction does not affect the recurrence of cancer, does not cause any other diseases and does not affect chemotherapy or radiation treatment. In many cases, a reconstructed breast can be attractive and beautiful, even without clothing. Dr. McGill’s goal is to create a beautiful and well-proportioned physique.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a procedure which re-builds breasts that have been removed due to cancer (mastectomy). It is a procedure which brings immeasurable benefits to a woman’s self-image and confidence. Restoration of a woman’s body image after undergoing such a difficult ordeal as cancer has tremendous positive psychological effects, and can be seen as part of the overall healing process. While reconstructed breasts will not retain the exact functions of natural breasts, they contribute significantly in improving a woman’s overall quality of life.
Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a very personal procedure. Dr. McGill takes into account her patients’ desires, anatomy, and personal circumstances to provide all the available options. While most women associate the loss of a breast with disfigurement and loss of sexuality, Dr. McGill believes that this does not have to be the case.
What is Involved in a Breast Reconstruction Procedure?
The breast reconstruction procedure is commonly begun and sometimes completed immediately following mastectomy, so that the patient wakes with a new breast mound. Alternatively, reconstruction may begin years after mastectomy.
Tram Flap Technique
There are several ways to reconstruct the breast, both with and without implants. Dr. McGill Specializes in the TRAM flap (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous flap). A TRAM flap is a surgical procedure commonly employed for breast reconstruction which has the effect of including a “tummy tuck”.
In this procedure, the breast with cancer is surgically removed, and a portion of the abdomen tissue group, including skin, adipose tissues, minor muscles and connective tissues, is taken from the patient’s abdomen and transplanted onto the breast site.
This procedure is preferred by some breast cancer patients because it combines a mastectomy with abdominoplasty and allows the breast to be reconstructed with one’s own tissues instead of a foreign implant. It is contraindicated for patients who need abdominal strength, since the muscle removal weakens the abdomen.
Breast reconstruction does not affect the recurrence of cancer, does not cause any other diseases and does not affect chemotherapy or radiation treatment. In many cases, a reconstructed breast can be attractive and beautiful, even without clothing. Dr. McGill’s goal is to create a beautiful and well-proportioned breast for each woman undergoing mastectomy. It is important for women to know that there are certain techniques in breast reconstruction that will give a woman the best chance of having a good aesthetic result. Dr McGill will help you in deciding what type of implant reconstruction is the best option for you.