Thinking about breast reconstruction is often very challenging for women who are already dealing with the uncertainty of cancer diagnosis and treatment. But with the right planning and expectations, reconstruction can be one of the more positive aspects of a breast cancer treatment plan.
A positive breast reconstruction experience begins with the right surgeon. Your cancer doctor may refer you to one or more reconstructive surgeons, and you are free to do your own research as well. Reconstructive breast surgery is often a technically complex surgery, as there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure optimum results. Finding a plastic surgeon with the skill set to match is a must.
The changes that occur in the breast due to cancer treatments, including the development of scar tissue, combine to make reconstructive breast surgery a significant challenge. For this reason, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations about the outcome of your reconstruction. For example, in most cases there will be some noticeable cosmetic differences between the breasts. Significant improvement in appearance and self-confidence is the goal of reconstruction, not perfection.
I often work with cancer surgeons to combine the oncology surgery with immediate breast reconstruction. This combined surgical approach removes the cancerous tissue while taking steps to rebuild the breast at the same time. Patients also benefit from a shorter recovery period as well as having a single procedure rather than several staged procedures.
By considering their reconstructive options carefully, many women can achieve a satisfying breast reconstruction outcome that helps them move on from their cancer diagnosis.
Many of my breast augmentation patients have questions about how to select the perfect size for their breast implants. Keeping in mind that implants are sized by volume, not cup size, it’s sometimes difficult for women to determine the size that will work best for them.
Fortunately, new advances in 3D imaging allow me to walk you through various possibilities, so you can see what different implant sizes could look like on your own body frame. 3D imaging improves the conversations I have with breast augmentation patients about breast implant sizing and provides added peace of mind ahead of surgery.
Vectra 3D Imaging
During an imaging consultation prior to your surgery:
- You’ll have three-dimensional pictures of your body taken using the Vectra imaging device.
- We can review these images on a computer monitor.
- I can adjust the images and perform a virtual “try on” of various sizes and profiles of breast implants.
By showing you how various volumes will suit your own frame, we remove a great deal of uncertainty about selecting the ideal size. It’s even possible to compare two different sizes beside each other or overlay images to judge what you prefer.
An Experienced Surgeon
More than sizers, before-and-after images of other patients, or even 3D imaging, the knowledge and perspective of an experienced breast augmentation surgeon can be invaluable when selecting your implant size. A skilled surgeon will be able to provide a recommended implant size based on a review of your existing anatomy and the goals you share.
A natural, non-surgical look is one of my primary objectives for any procedure I perform. If you’re hoping to get the most beautiful results from a liposuction procedure, consider these four tips for achieving a natural look.
1. Ensure You’re a Good Candidate The best candidates for liposuction are already at a healthy weight, lead a fairly active lifestyle, and are hoping to target specific problem areas, not achieve overall weight loss. If you’ve done the hard work required to eat right and stay in shape, but still have a few lingering trouble spots, lipo can help you achieve beautifully proportioned, natural-looking contours.
2. Have Realistic Expectations Because the results of your liposuction procedure depend on factors such as your skin’s elasticity, it’s important to have realistic expectations about its potential. I’ll meet with you prior to your appointment to assess your candidacy for the procedure and answer specific questions regarding the look we can hope to achieve. This way, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect, which in turn leads to greater satisfaction with your results.
3. Choose an Experienced Surgeon
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive liposuction experience is the best way to ensure a good outcome. Complications such as lumpiness, depressions, and irregular contouring are less likely if a surgeon has been performing liposuction for many years.
4. Continue Practicing Healthy Habits
While liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treatment area, maintaining your results long-term requires you to stay on top of your diet and exercise routines. You can still gain weight in other areas after lipo, so keep up the healthy habits to preserve your slim new contours for many years to come.
There’s a lot of debate about the ideal placement of breast implants, but there’s no one final answer. Each patient has different needs, and implant placement is an individual decision made in consultation with your surgeon. Although submuscular placement seems