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Breast Resconstruction

in Baltimore, MD

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown offers a variety of breast reconstruction options to patients in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland. After undergoing a mastectomy due to breast cancer or a high-risk of breast cancer, you may choose to undergo breast reconstruction. For many women, breast reconstruction is an important part of the healing process, helping them feel whole again. Dr. Brown offers many breast reconstruction techniques to restore the natural appearance of your breasts.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgery can help rebuild a breast that has been fully or partially extracted.

This type of surgery is highly customized and may include techniques such as:

  •         Breast implant reconstruction
  •         Fat transfer
  •         Flap reconstruction, which involves using donor tissue from another area of the body
  •         Nipple reconstruction

The technique that is right for you will depend on your specific body type, current breast size, the quality of the skin, and goals for the procedure.

Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

For many women, the only thing more horrifying than suffering from cancer or another condition is the loss of their breast(s). These women may experience a decrease in self-esteem and develop a poor body image because of it. Breast reconstruction can give women a new outlook on life by helping them feel more whole again.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

Our surgeons work closely with your team of breast cancer physicians to determine if you are a good candidate for breast reconstruction. This ensures that breast reconstruction does not interfere with any other treatments you might be having. Breast reconstruction is often performed at the same time as a mastectomy; however, the procedure can also be performed later if the patient chooses.

How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?

Breast reconstruction can be performed using the patient’s own tissue, fat, and sometimes muscle, or, if implants are chosen, the breasts will be expended to the appropriate size, and the chosen implants can be placed in the new breast pocket. A fat transfer is typically combined with these techniques in order to create a smooth, even looking breast. During your consultation, we will examine your breasts to determine the best reconstruction method for you. Only then will we be able to discuss your procedure in greater detail.

Recovery After Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction recovery can take 1-2 weeks, depending on the technique being used. Those who undergo flap reconstruction may experience a longer recovery because there were multiple procedure sites. However, those who had breast reconstruction with implants can expect a recovery similar to traditional breast augmentation. A surgical bra should be worn during the healing process to support the newly constructed breasts, and a drain may be placed below the skin to get rid of excess fluids. Some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected, but this will continue to diminish after the first week. Your recovery will be gone over in greater detail during your consultation when your treatment plan is developed.

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Your Consultation in Baltimore, MD

If you are anxious to look and feel your best, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown today to schedule your breast reconstruction consultation. We proudly serve patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland.