I Need a Mastectomy: What Steps Should I Take?

Jun 30, 2011

A mastectomy or lumpectomy can save your life, but the procedures can also leave you feeling insecure about your appearance.

In preparing for a mastectomy, you should consider whether you want to undergo breast reconstruction at the time of your mastectomy. Consulting with a plastic surgeon experienced in breast reconstruction can help you determine whether breast reconstruction is a good choice for you.

Depending on your individual condition, breast reconstruction may be performed immediately following your mastectomy while you are still under anesthesia. Discussing your options with a plastic surgeon during the planning stages of your mastectomy can help you set realistic expectations for breast reconstruction and help you choose the option that’s best for you.

The three main post-mastectomy breast reconstruction options are:

  • Breast reconstruction with breast implants
  • Autologous tissue reconstruction, also known as flap reconstruction, using your own skin tissue
  • A combination of tissue reconstruction and breast implants

Although breast reconstruction will not provide the same sensation and look as your natural breasts, advances in both mastectomy techniques and breast reconstruction surgery have led to less invasive procedures with more outwardly pleasing results.

If you live in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Florida, areas and would like more information about a mommy makeover, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso at Gayoso Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.

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If you’re curious about a cosmetic procedure or are ready to take the next step and invest in yourself, we’re here to help make it happen. Don’t hesitate to schedule your first consultation with us to get started.

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