Women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer must not only cope with the cancer itself and its treatment; they may also struggle to preserve their feminine identities. Quite often, treatment for breast cancer involves a lumpectomy, which refers to removal of some tissues, or a mastectomy, which refers to removal of the breast. For these women, reconstructive surgery is often an option. Breast reconstruction surgery allows cancer survivors to feel a renewed sense of self-confidence and preserve their self-identities. If you’re considering a lumpectomy or mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction, here’s what you can expect from the cosmetic surgery.
Your first step in preparing for surgery is a comprehensive consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, who will also coordinate with your breast cancer surgeon to develop a treatment plan that suits you. Your cosmetic surgeon will likely ask you about your goals for the reconstruction and evaluate your general health. Tell the surgeon about your other medical conditions and any medications or supplements you’re taking. Discuss any previous surgeries you have had and whether you have any allergies. Ask the cosmetic surgeon any questions you have, such as whether you can undergo reconstructive surgery immediately following your mastectomy.
There are a few different techniques that may be used. If you’re having a lumpectomy, the cosmetic surgeon may use local tissue management techniques to fill the void left by the removal of tissues. If you’re having a mastectomy, the surgeon may use a few different techniques to reconstruct your breasts with implants. Or, you may benefit from flap reconstruction, which refers to the use of various tissues to recreate the breast without implants.
You may recover in the hospital for a period of time before returning home. Expect to get plenty of rest for the next few weeks. Follow all instructions from your surgeon, such as wearing a special bra and taking medications.
Oncologists in the Bay Area frequently refer breast cancer patients to Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD for a breast reconstruction consultation. Dr. Persons works closely with a team of local care providers and surgeons who treat breast cancer. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please contact Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (925) 297-4614.
Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those who wish to renew and refresh their appearance. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm can make you appear younger and more relaxed by instantly and safely filling in wrinkles. To learn whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, consult a cosmetic surgeon. Tell the cosmetic surgeon about your goals for your appearance and keep reading to learn more about Juvederm fillers.
How It Works
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in your skin. It’s responsible for keeping your skin looking youthful, healthy, and hydrated. Over the years, however, your skin gradually loses some HA due to the aging process and exposure to sunlight. As HA is lost and the structure of your skin breaks down, you begin to develop wrinkles and folds. Cosmetic surgeons often recommend dermal fillers such as Juvederm to literally fill in these lines. Juvederm is a smooth gel that contains HA to fill in vertical lines, smile lines, and marionette lines around your lip and nose area. The smooth consistency of the gel allows the substance to blend in easily with the surrounding area for results that look completely natural.
What You Can Expect
During your consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to be specific when discussing your goals for your appearance. Tell the surgeon about any medical conditions you have—including allergies—and medications you are taking. After you’re determined to be a good candidate for Juvederm, the cosmetic surgeon will gently inject the dermal filler into the target areas and massage your skin. The entire procedure typically takes about 15 minutes and the results can last for up to a year.
Many cosmetic surgery patients in the Bay Area choose Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD for their procedures because of her dedication to exceptional patient care and devotion to community service. If you would like to learn whether dermal fillers are a good choice for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Persons of Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. Please reach our friendly cosmetic surgery office at (925) 297-4614 and ask us about our other procedures, including liposuction, breast augmentation, and reconstructive surgery.
Having a breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy gives many women a renewed feeling of being whole. Cosmetic surgeons often note that their patients report improved self-image and increased confidence while doing activities. For example, wearing a prosthesis rather than undergoing reconstructive surgery may prohibit women from wearing certain clothes or doing certain activities.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, cosmetic surgeons have been tracking rates of patient satisfaction after breast reconstruction surgery. They have found that patient satisfaction rates remain quite high years afterward for those who have undergone reconstruction with their own tissues. However, deciding which technique to use is a matter of a woman’s own personal preferences and needs.
Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD is a cosmetic surgeon who is passionate about giving women the opportunity to regain their self-image through reconstructive surgery. For more information, contact Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (925) 297-4614 or view our range of services online.
Truly an Angel...Dr. Persons is a very compassionate person. Her knowledge and skills are beyond compare. Her kind spirit and personality flows out into her work. She performed breast reconstruction for my best friend Linda...with what she was going through...she made her feel comfortable and confident from the beginning to end. Truly, truly one...