If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you know that the treatment process is a physical and emotional rollercoaster. At Oasis Plastic Surgery, we believe that every woman deserves the opportunity for breast reconstruction to improve her self-confidence and restore her quality of life. If you are considering breast reconstruction, educate yourself about the procedure with these helpful answers to four commonly asked questions:
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you are a non-smoker, cope well with diagnosis and treatment, and have no medical conditions that might impair healing, you are probably a good candidate for breast reconstruction. After your initial consultation, Dr. Geoghegan will work with you and your oncologist or breast surgeon to create a customized treatment plan to ensure your comfort throughout the process.
When Should I Have the Procedure?
You can begin to plan for breast reconstruction following your diagnosis of breast cancer. For some patients, reconstruction may be performed immediately when the breast is removed. Women with certain health conditions or who need radiation after surgery may opt for delayed reconstruction. The best course of action is to have honest conversations with your plastic surgeon and general surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations.
Are There Different Kinds of Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction can be achieved through several surgical techniques that each attempt to restore the size, shape, and appearance of the breast. Dr. Geoghegan will guide you every step of the way as you and your team decide which surgical procedures are best for your goals and your body. These techniques can include tissues from your own body or those that utilize implants. On our website there is a 3D animation of breast reconstruction which has been provided for better patent education, please take time to review this in-depth education tool to prepare you to meet Dr Geoghegan.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
Each woman’s body is different, and recovery from breast reconstruction is highly variable according to the technique and procedure. Most women may return to work within one to four weeks. More than likely you will also be asked to avoid exercise or strenuous activity for 1-4 weeks as well.
If you live in the Scottsdale area, and you have been considering breast reconstruction, call Oasis Plastic Surgery at (480) 619-5418 today. Our team will help you select the method that is best suited your body and specific goals.