The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a breast that looks natural in clothing following removal of a breast due to cancer or other disease. Breast reconstruction can be done immediately following a mastectomy or at a later date. It can improve a woman's appearance, quality of life and boost her self-confidence.
A personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will be one of the first steps in considering breast reconstruction. A surgeon will evaluate a patient's physical and emotional health and discuss goals of the breast reconstruction.
There are many options available for breast reconstruction. Your anatomy, your surgeon's preferences and the outcome you desire for the procedure will help determine the best method for you.
Choosing a plastic surgeon
One of the most important factors in the success of breast reconstruction is in the choice of a plastic surgeon. This is significant because there are some physicians who perform cosmetic surgery who have had no formal surgical training at all. Find out if the surgeon you are considering is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Surgeons with this certification have completed a minimum of five years of surgical training, with at least two years specifically in plastic surgery.
Also, ask about the surgeon's hospital privileges and previous breast surgery experience. Even though you may have your surgery at your doctor's office or at a surgery center, it's significant to know that a hospital review committee evaluates a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures, before granting the surgeon privileges.
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