Thousands of women face difficult breast cancer treatments every year in South Texas. When a woman undergoes surgery for breast cancer, she can expect to experience the removal of some or all of her breast tissue.
Too often, women find that the need for breast reconstruction after mastectomy is one of the most demoralizing and difficult parts of breast cancer treatment. San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald is sensitive to this and knows that breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a critical part of the healing process. Today, there are advanced techniques for restoration after mastectomy that can help women replace and restore what was lost.
While each breast reconstruction is different, they are generally done in one of two ways. Each way depends on your body’s natural anatomy as well as the amount of tissue removed during your mastectomy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Bindewald will review each option thoroughly, and his expert insurance team will help you navigate your plan. The two primary breast reconstruction options are as follows:
Breast Reconstruction with Implants
This procedure is much like a Breast Augmentation. Dr. Bindewald uses silicone or saline implants to replace the breast tissue that was excised during the mastectomy.
Breast Reconstruction with Tissue Expanders
After a mastectomy, if the remaining tissue is unable to hold a breast implant. Dr. Bindewald will use a tissue expander to gradually create a pocket large enough for an implant. Once the tissue has expanded, an implant can then be inserted.
As an important consideration for women, years of medical research and clinical trials have shown that breast reconstruction does not affect the recurrence of cancer in the breasts in any way. Additionally, in the rare case that cancer does recur in the breasts, the implants from reconstructive surgery will not interfere with treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Breast reconstruction not only requires a technique of precision and expert surgical knowledge, it also requires sensitivity and care that cannot be compared to any other procedure. With more than 15 years of experience, San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald is a caring expert who can put you at ease every step of the way.
Dr. Bindewald and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with the extraordinary care they deserve. This is especially true when it comes to individuals who are in need of reconstructive surgery. If you have undergone or need to undergo a mastectomy, please contact our team at 844-DR-MATTB (844.376.2882). We are here to help.