Women undergoing a mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer can face many emotional and physical hurdles throughout their journey. Many breast cancer patients struggle with the thought of losing their breasts because they feel that they are losing a part of their femininity. Dr. Wilson believes that breast reconstruction can help women regain confidence and comfort with their bodies following mastectomy surgery. The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore your natural breast appearance and create a beautiful silhouette. Dr. Wilson strives to make your breasts look beautiful both in and out of clothing after reconstruction.
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While you can undergo breast reconstruction at any time following your mastectomy, Dr. Wilson recommends having surgery performed immediately following your mastectomy in most patients. The sooner after your mastectomy, the less scar tissue there is to work through. It is also emotionally beneficial for women to undergo the procedure soon. Some women struggle to accept their appearance without breasts, and undergoing breast reconstruction in a timely manner can provide a smoother transition between your pre-mastectomy body and your post-mastectomy body. Talk to your oncologist and Dr. Wilson to determine the best time for your reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction is performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and safety.
If you are choosing to use implants, you can decide between saline and silicone implants. Many women choose silicone implants because they better simulate the natural look and feel of breast tissue. Dr. Wilson will help you determine your best implant option during your consultation.
Dr. Wilson provides each patient with a thorough and detailed consultation. Together, you and he will discuss the best way to restore the appearance of your breasts. Dr. Wilson will work to answer all of your questions to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable throughout the entire process. It is best to come in for your breast reconstruction consultation as soon as possible so it can be included in your quality care throughout your breast cancer treatment.