Our doctors may recommend breast reconstruction surgery after you receive a mastectomy. If your results stated that you have breast cancer, or you are at high risk for cancer cell development in the future, breast reconstruction might be the solution you are looking for.
How Does Breast Reconstruction Work?
When receiving breast reconstruction surgery, we will re-build the affected breast or breasts. Breast reconstruction procedures create a breast shape by using either an artificial implant or a flap of tissue that we take from another area in your body. It’s important to understand that while breast reconstruction will help to re-build and shape the breast, it will not restore the sensation in the breast or the nipple. Over time, though, the skin over the reconstruction will become more sensitive to the touch.
An Emotionally Rewarding Procedure
The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the appearance of the breast(s) as much as possible. However, with that in mind, it’s important for patients to be aware that their breasts will not be an exact replica of what they once were. Although there will be a difference, breast reconstruction is still very emotionally rewarding. The majority of women find this procedure to be a very important step in restoring their self-image and feeling like themselves again.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
- Will not be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Are at a healthy weight
- Do not have scarring from previous surgeries
- Do not have any kind of medical condition that may cause bleeding or infection
- Are non-smokers
- Fully understand the breast reconstruction procedure and recovery process
- Have realistic expectations for what breast reconstruction can accomplish
Develop a Treatment Plan
We understand that losing a breast can leave you feeling anxious, uncertain, and disheartened. We will sit down with you during a private consultation to discuss your goals.
During this meeting, we will develop a treatment plan that ensures that the cancerous cells are fully removed. Our staff will be here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions before or after surgery, we will be more than happy to answer them. We want you to feel confident and safe when you are with us.
Breast Reconstruction at Beautify at AMS
At Beautify at AMS, we are proud to assist patients in Chicago and the surrounding communities. Surgeries take place at our state-of-the-art, accredited, and board-certified plastic surgery center, and are performed by our plastic surgeons from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our focus is on delivering the best results possible while providing a great experience for you. To us, it’s priceless when a patient looks in the mirror and likes what they see. If you have any questions regarding breast reconstruction surgery, we encourage you to contact us today at 773-417-6480.