Breast Surgery FAQ

breast-cancer-breast-reconstruction-surgery-faq-los-angelesBelow is a list of the most commonly asked questions about breast cancer and reconstructive surgery. If you have any additional questions please call the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 316-4167.

Breast Surgery FAQ

Q: Who is a good candidate for a mastectomy?

A: Doctors often recommend mastectomy for women with Stage I, II or III breast cancer, large or multifocal cancers and those for whom cancer is more likely to recur. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer and those with certain genetic mutations of the BRCA genes may opt to undergo preventative mastectomies, which drastically reduce their chances of developing breast cancer in the future.

Q: Why do women pursue breast reconstruction after mastectomy?

A: Women pursue reconstruction after mastectomy for a variety of reasons. Women who have had one breast removed may want their chests to look even under a bra or bathing suit. Women who have had both breasts removed may want to regain breast shape and feel and avoid wearing external prostheses on a regular basis.

Q: What are some advantages of one-stage reconstruction as compared to traditional methods?

A: Because one-stage reconstruction requires a single surgery, patients enjoy a reduction in both risk and cost. Additionally, women who undergo one-stage breast reconstruction avoid the pain and discomfort associated with tissue expansion and wake up from their mastectomies with beautiful new breasts.

Q: Will I have large scars after one-stage reconstruction?

A: No! The one-stage mastectomy and reconstruction result in small incisions and minimal scarring.

Q: Who is NOT a candidate for one-stage reconstruction?

A: Patients who need radiation treatment in the wake of mastectomy surgery will likely need to wait before undergoing reconstruction. Additionally, patients who smoke or have other health issues may not be good candidates for immediate reconstruction.

Q: Does breast reconstruction affect my risk of cancer recurrence?

A: Medical studies show that reconstruction does not lead to an enhanced risk of cancer. Further, reconstruction should not affect your doctor’s ability to detect breast cancer in the future.

Q: Will I need additional surgery for nipple reconstruction?

A: In many cases, patients will need to undergo further procedures to recreate the nipple and areola.

Q: Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction revision?

A: Women who underwent breast reconstruction years ago, when surgical techniques were less sophisticated, and those who are unhappy with the look and feel of their reconstructed breasts may be good candidates for revision surgery.

Q: What flaws can breast reconstruction revision correct?

A: The doctors at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence perform revision to correct scars, uneven breasts, poorly positioned implants and hardening around the surgical site.

Q: Who should contact the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence?

A: Patients who are undergoing mastectomy for therapeutic or preventative reasons and anyone with questions about breast cancer surgery or reconstruction should feel free to contact the Breast Center for a consultation.

Contact Our Breast Reconstruction Experts

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a serious one, and it’s crucial that women understand all the available options. With training from top medical schools, our breast surgeons at the Center are leading experts in their fields. If you have questions about breast cancer surgery or the different methods of reconstruction, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation by calling (888) 316-4167.

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