Ideally, a breast reconstruction patient should be in otherwise good general health. As with any surgical procedure, patients who are non-smokers tend to have the best outcomes. Patients should have realistic expectations about what reconstructive surgery can and cannot accomplish.
It is important to remember that breast reconstruction rebuilds a woman’s breast but results vary widely.
- There will always be some type of asymmetry
- The reconstructed breast may not have normal sensation
- You may have visible scars on your breasts and other parts of your body
- You may require secondary procedures
- There may be weakness or tightness in the donor area
During your appointment, your physician will review the surgical plan from your breast surgeon and medical plan from your oncologist. Based on this information and your body they will explain the best type of breast reconstruction specifically for you. In the end, you make the final decision, guided by our years of experience in this field.