How Breast Reconstruction Surgery Has Evolved To Improve Cosmetic Outcomes
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jim Namnoum shares insight on the evolution of breast surgery and how breast reconstruction surgery has advanced –plastic surgeons can now perform surgery without creating a debilitating injury in order to cure a patient of breast cancer. Breast reconstruction includes a variety of surgical procedures performed to restore the form and shape of the breast, following mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery.
“If we look 100 years back in time , breast surgery has evolved from terribly disfiguring operations into aesthetic procedures. ,As surgeons, we have recognized that we can cure cancer without taking out all the skin, muscles, and soft tissues of the breast and the lymph nodes under the arms,” explains Dr. Namnoum.
Plastic surgeons can now remove breast tissue safely, without impairing the nipple, cure the patient of breast cancer, and create a beautiful breast, some times better than the patient’s original breast. It is important for the emotional recovery of the patient, notes Dr. Namnoum.
“This is the new paradigm in breast reconstructive surgery. It involves better devices, better planning, more conscientiousness on the surgeon’s part to only remove breast tissue that is needed, close collaborative relationship with surgical oncologists, and good conversations with the patients,” he notes. “All the little tricks of the trade that we used for a complicated aesthetic breast surgery, we apply now to breast reconstruction surgery, and the end point is beauty.”
Discussing your cancer surgery with a plastic surgeon before undergoing mastectomy is crucial, because the proposed cancer removal surgery may significantly affect the choices and the results of any type of breast reconstruction. For more information on breast reconstruction visit procedure page.