When a woman’s breast cancer doesn’t require a mastectomy, she may undergo breast-conserving surgery, also known as a lumpectomy. While this may seem preferable because only part of the breast is removed, the aesthetic reconstruction is not as straightforward as with a mastectomy, which can be followed by an implant.
A lumpectomy, which can range from a biopsy to a partial mastectomy, often results in a disfigured breast and, consequently, discomfort with one’s appearance.
“Although breast conservation therapies are a huge advance in the treatment of breast cancer, women are still concerned about how their breast will look after surgery,” according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Women are often left with portions of their breasts removed, and there are currently no implants that can address this unique cosmetic issue.”
In recent years, however, there have been extensive advances in post-lumpectomy aesthetic solutions. Many plastic surgeons will immediately reshape the affected breast with tissue from the same breast or elsewhere in the body.
This allows for a more natural, symmetrical outcome, as well as a more confident, cosmetically satisfied patient.
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