The choice to have breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the shape and appearance of the breast after undergoing a mastectomy is a personal choice that comes down to each specific woman. If you decide breast reconstruction in Phoenix is right for you, Dr. Craft can help.
What is breast reconstruction?
A breast reconstruction is a surgery to rebuild the breast or breasts after a mastectomy has been performed to remove cancerous or pre-cancerous breast tissue, or to address other breast conditions. There are many reasons why women decide to undergo a breast reconstruction.
These reasons can be as simple as wanting clothing to fit properly without wearing padding, or as emotional as the desire to feel like themselves again. No matter what the reasons, they belong to the individual, and it’s important for each woman to know her options.
When is breast reconstruction performed?
Breast reconstruction can be performed during or very soon after the mastectomy. This is called “immediate reconstruction”. However, a breast reconstruction procedure can also be performed months or years after the mastectomy.
"Some women meet with a reconstructive surgeon, and they don’t really want surgery for reconstruction at this stage in their life. I want women to know that it’s okay not to have surgery. I also want women to know that it’s okay to have surgery, and that it’s not about vanity—it’s about restoring your sense of self. Being focused on that and caring about that does not take away from your cancer treatment or any part of that process of being a survivor from cancer. That’s one of the main things I like to impart to women: You have options. Women need to know every option that is available to them. This is about restoring back to where you started from, and getting you back to feeling like yourself."
- Dr. Randall Craft
Breast reconstruction options
The breast can be reconstructed with one of the following:
When implants are used, the silicone implants are placed where the natural breasts were. This may be on top of the muscle (prepectoral) or beneath the muscle (subpectoral). Dr. Craft will decide with you which option is best.
With autologous reconstruction, tissue is removed from another part of the body (such as the thigh, lower abdomen, or back) and transferred to the chest to reconstruct the breast(s).
Sometimes, a combination of both of these methods are used in order to create a more natural-looking appearance of the breast(s).
Most patients are able to return to work and regular activities six weeks after breast reconstruction surgery in Phoenix. The exact amount of time you will need depends on if you have implants, or both. The surgery has a longer recovery time than implants, but both procedures will require recovery time.
Although most patients start feeling better around the two-week mark, you can expect to feel sore before that. We will give you instructions on home care during your recovery period, and it’s very important that you follow these closely and understand how to take care of
What to expect
Patients should be aware that reconstructed breasts will not look exactly like their natural breasts, and also will not be able to feel the same sensations. However, even though this is the case, breast reconstruction remains an emotionally rewarding surgery for many women. The procedure can help a woman regain her self-confidence and feel better about herself.
Why choose ACARA?
Dr. Randall O. Craft at the Arizona Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Aesthetics (ACARA) is an experienced and gifted reconstructive surgeon. He has the understanding and the artistry to carry out transformative breast reconstruction for patients in Phoenix and beyond. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft provides patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety. To schedule a consultation, please call or contact us online.