Modern Options in Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Published August 24, 2014

Modern Options in Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery today

Are you interested in breast reconstruction surgery? Thousands of women in Australia unfortunately get diagnosed with breast cancer every year. It is a tragic and difficult situation to say the least but fortunately there are options for women who have undergone mastectomy to surgically reconstruct the breasts. Breast surgery has vastly improved over the years providing much better treatment and results for women in need of reconstructive breast surgery because of breast cancer, breast injury or even breast revision surgery.

Now let’s consider breast cancer in particular – women now days can benefit from modern techniques in reconstructive breast surgery that removes only the afflicted part of the breast. Such methods are collectively known as selective mastectomy, lumpectomy or conservative breast surgery. In some cases, a surgeon may require that the entire breast be removed during mastectomy. Nevertheless, patients can certainly still benefit from breast reconstruction surgery to restore the shape and appearance of their breasts.

More about breast reconstructive breast surgery

If you’re planning to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, it is always best to consult with a reputable breast surgeon particularly before undergoing a mastectomy. You can have your breast surgeon work with your mastectomy surgeon and plan the operation with the results in mind. The breast reconstruction cost can be fairly significant and can be a lot higher than most other types of breast surgery operations. You can discuss financing options with your surgeon.

Why consider breast reconstruction?

Women can decide to undergo breast reconstruction surgery for many reasons outside mastectomy and breast cancer:

  • To achieve a more symmetrical shape
  • Correction of breast deformity
  • Significant trauma or breast injury

As an invasive surgical procedure, breast reconstruction surgery is not without its risks and possible complications. In many cases, women often find satisfaction with the results of the operation, especially when performed by an accomplished and reputable breast surgeon. Of course, there are exceptions, and disappointments often stem from not having realistic expectations out of the procedure.

Make sure that you undergo a thorough consultation with an experienced reconstructive breast surgeon – Dr Tavakoli can help you with that. Call us on 1300 368 107 to book a consultation. When it comes to reconstructive breast surgery options, there are certainly a handful of options that you and your surgeon can consider and talk about with regards to planning your results. The process may involve multiple procedures which explain the typically much higher cost. Take the time to think things over and truly prepare yourself for breast reconstruction surgery so that you may benefit from what the procedure has to offer!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.