The second part of the surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon to rebuild the breast or breasts – a surgery called breast reconstruction. Typically, breast reconstruction takes place during (known as immediate reconstruction) or soon after mastectomy, and in some cases, lumpectomy. Breast reconstruction also can be done many months after (known as delayed reconstruction) mastectomy or lumpectomy. During reconstruction, a plastic surgeon creates a breast shape using a silicone gel prosthesis, or a flap of tissue from another place on your body (generally the tummy), or both.
There are some misconceptions associated with breast cancer reconstructive which we can address;
- Misconception #1: Breast reconstruction increases the risk of the cancer recurring or makes a recurrence harder to detect
- Misconception #2: I'll have to wait months after the mastectomy and have another surgery for reconstruction
- Misconception #3: Implants will be uncomfortable and look unnatural
- Misconception #4: I can't have reconstruction if I've had or will need radiation or chemotherapy.
- Misconception #5: Any plastic surgeon can perform breast reconstruction.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right procedure for cancer removal, and breast reconstruction. A multidisciplinary team approach is advised. A "multidisciplinary team" approach brings together a range of specialists who contribute differing skills to the planning of a patient’s treatment and ongoing management. This ensures that all relevant aspects of a patient’s needs will be considered.