Breast cancer now is an increasing disease and it affects almost one in nine women. If you or a loved one is among those affected, you probably have questions and anxiety about your journey through treatment to recovery.

Improvements have also been made in breast reconstruction. So the journey through breast cancer treatment can be walked hand in hand with the general and the plastic surgeon.  That’s where Ora clinic can help as you navigate a return to your healthy, confident self esteem.

Multiple methods and options exist for breast reconstruction, both during and after your breast cancer treatment process. In any case, you should discuss all of your options with your cancer surgeon as well as your plastic surgeon – and the two of them should collaborate to help you pick the best solution for you.

Breast reconstruction is broadly divided into two main categories, and the timing can vary based on your individual treatment plan and preference. 

Autologous reconstruction uses only the patient’s natural tissues. This method involves the transfer of tissue from another part of the body – such as the lower abdomen or back – to the breast. Those tissues are used to sculpt the breast back to its natural shape and size.

Device-based reconstruction uses a breast implant to restore the breast. This method is the most common today, and often is combined with additional techniques to even further improve cosmetic outcomes. This process usually includes a temporary device called a tissue expander, which is used to allow breast tissues to heal from surgery with less stress, while maintaining a breast pocket that can be stretched over time to accommodate the implant.

?For some women, a single-stage, “direct-to-implant” reconstruction is possible without the use of an expander. The new breast is immediately constructed with an implant in this case, though as tissues heal and adapt to the implant, revisions are sometimes necessary to reach the desired cosmetic result.

With any method for breast reconstruction, more than one surgery may be necessary to achieve the desired result. You should be candid with your surgeons about what you expect, and should be prepared for revisionary surgery to reach your goal.