Things To Look For When Choosing A Breast Reconstruction And Implant Surgeon

By Peter Henderson, MD

Selecting a surgeon for breast augmentation may be challenging and time-consuming. You should investigate the facility, the qualifications and expertise of the surgeon, and the physician’s prior work because there are so many factors to consider.

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Board Certification

Board certification should be one of your top priorities. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certifies surgeons who have completed at least six years of recognized surgical training, including a plastic surgery residency. Additionally necessary for ABPS certification are thorough written and oral tests in plastic surgery.

Bedside Manners Matter

Your surgeon should pay attention to your preferences and recommend operations ideal for your health and your body, whether you have breast implants, a breast lift, or a breast reduction. A warning sign is if a surgeon tries to upsell you or pressures you into having a surgery that you are unsure of or uncomfortable with. You should have a positive, secure, and comfortable feeling about your surgeon. Make sure you’re satisfied with the relationship you’re developing as you go since they will be by your side from the consultation through your recovery—including follow-up appointments.

Read those Reviews

Patients may evaluate and rank surgeons in most medical facilities based on their prior experiences. Before your consultation, spend some time reading evaluations of the surgeons you are considering. Although your experience could differ from another reviewer’s, these suggestions can often point you in the right direction.

Doctor holding 2 different kinds of implants

Procedure Types

There are several breast augmentation procedures, some of which your surgeon may be more experienced with than others. The plastic surgeons on the University of Utah Health team collaborate to send patients to the right doctor for each surgery.

The most crucial factor is how you feel about the physician you chose, even if there are many variables to consider while you’re studying and choosing a surgeon for your forthcoming breast augmentation treatment. At the end of the day, you’re getting surgery, so you need to feel confident and at ease. The best surgeon for you should be possible based on the above information.

The majority of women will have a variety of breast reconstruction choices.

The type of breast reconstruction for which you are a candidate will be significantly influenced by the surgery required to eliminate your breast cancer. However, it’s crucial to be aware of your alternatives and that you’re not making your decision alone.

A reconstructive surgeon can contour your breast after a lumpectomy, eliminating the tumour and just a tiny amount of healthy breast tissue so that the area where the breast tumor was removed appears normal.

A reconstructive surgeon can rebuild your breast using either an implant or your own tissue if you require a mastectomy, which involves the removal of your whole breast. Each option has its own unique advantages.

Diagram showing breast reconstruction with implants

Breast Implant

Breast implants are utilized to reconstruct and reshape your breasts. This approach shortens your recuperation time by a few weeks. Still, research indicates that many women will require implant replacement after around 15 years.

Flap Procedure

The flap treatment rebuilds your breast using your tissue, often taken from your tummy. This method of breast reconstruction is more intricate and specialized. Still, it produces a breast that feels and looks more natural and is durable.

You can get breast reconstruction soon after surgery or up to a few years afterwards.

Most women can choose to have breast reconstruction right away after breast cancer surgery. But you have the option to put off rebuilding.

The ability to conduct a nipple-sparing mastectomy, which allows us to preserve your natural breast skin and nipple, is one of the critical benefits of having reconstruction done right away, according to Dr Ellsworth. Your breasts will seem more natural after reconstruction as a result of this.

Dr Ellsworth still has good news whether you put off your reconstruction or maybe you were never given a choice as part of your therapy.

Breast reconstruction can be considered at any time, according to Dr Ellsworth. The outcomes of choosing an immediate breast reconstruction are more aesthetically pleasing. Still, a lady can always change her mind and choose to have an implant or flap treatment instead.

If radiation is required following breast cancer surgery, you still have alternatives.

A woman may get radiation as part of her post-surgery breast cancer treatment. Still, this radiation might harm an implant or the tissue you used to reconstruct your breast.

But even if you require this kind of therapy, you are still free to choose immediate breast reconstruction to guarantee that your breasts will seem more natural when your cancer treatment is complete. “We can still do a mastectomy while sparing your skin and, in certain cases, your nipple for ladies who might require postoperative radiotherapy. But instead of finishing your reconstruction right away, we utilize a device known as a tissue expander to keep your breast in the right position until we can finish it after your radiation treatment.” And this is simply one manner in which our breast reconstruction professionals give more alternatives to more women than ever before.

Peter Henderson

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