Women are at an increased risk for breast cancer as they get older. There are also other factors such as genetics, family history and certain lifestyle habits that could increase a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. Women who have inherited the genetic mutation that greatly increases their risk for breast cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) may choose to get a prophylactic mastectomy, which removes both breasts to reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by 90 percent.
We know how challenging this time can be and making a decision about whether or not to get a prophylactic mastectomy can be overwhelming for women who are at a high-risk for developing breast cancer. Whether you’ve already undergone a prophylactic mastectomy or you are considering it, it’s important to know that you can turn to our surgical team here at Constructive Plastic Surgery for reconstructive surgery after your mastectomy.
Reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy can provide you with artificial implants that will look and feel similar to real breast tissue. Patients may choose to get reconstructive surgery during or not long after their mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be performed with either an implant or with the woman’s own tissue (known as an autologous or “flap” reconstruction).
Breast reconstruction with implants offers a fast and easy approach to restoring your breasts after a mastectomy. While some surgeons still place artificial implants under the pectoral muscles, here in our office we believe that it’s far safer and more comfortable to place gel implants over the muscle, to prevent persistent and long-term chest tightness and pain that can often affect women who get implants placed under the pectoral muscle.
We also offer the highest-quality gel implants, which are softer and more pliable then saline implants, and boast a more realistic and natural shape than traditional silicone implants can. Here at Constructive Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of different breast reconstruction techniques to meet your needs and to give you the natural-looking breasts you want after undergoing a mastectomy.