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For women who are undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation to treat breast cancer, oncoplastic breast reconstruction is an excellent option for reconstruction of the breast mound. 

What is oncoplastic breast reconstruction?

Older methods of breast cancer treatment did not always keep aesthetics in mind. The goal was to remove the cancer and nothing else. However, for many women, restoration of the breasts is a key part of their healing process, helping them to feel like themselves again. This is where breast cancer treatment is changing and beginning to blend advanced plastic surgery techniques with surgical breast oncology. Oncoplastic surgery is a way to both treat, conserve, and reconstruct the breast.

Key benefits of oncoplastic breast reconstruction

  • Allows more tissue to be removed
  • Makes it easier to create symmetrical breasts
  • Patient only undergoes one surgery
  • Prevents complications from exposing surgical wounds to radiation

The goal of oncoplastic breast reconstruction

While overcoming breast cancer is your top priority, changes to the appearance of your breasts after treatment can have a big impact on your self-esteem. Oncoplastic breast reconstruction offers both medical and aesthetic treatment for women undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation for breast cancer. The lumpectomy creates a defect which can become worse after radiation. The oncoplastic reconstruction method allows surgeons to use the patient’s own breast tissue to re-sculpt and reshape the breast to both improve the defect from the lumpectomy and to create a more aesthetic breast — usually with a reduction.

How is oncoplastic surgery performed?

Oncoplastic breast reconstruction often begins during the lumpectomy. This is called an “immediate reconstruction”. During the procedure, both breasts may be addressed, including one that may not have cancer so that they can be made symmetrical. The goal is to re-sculpt the breasts to decrease the results of the lumpectomy, which helps many women heal — both physically and emotionally.

After the tumor and the lymph nodes are removed by your oncologist, your plastic surgeon will then perform a breast reduction or lift, removing breast tissue from the cancerous breast as well as modifying the normal breast. Techniques include a local advancement flap, a bilateral breast lift, a bilateral breast reduction, or a skin-sparing mastectomy. 

Experience matters

At Regency Specialties, we are proud to include some of the best breast reconstruction surgeons in Arizona. We cannot stress enough the importance of selecting a reconstruction team that is not only highly skilled, but also patient-centric and caring. We bring dedication, artistry, and skill to every procedure that we perform.

Regency: Breast reconstruction and oncology experts

One of our areas of expertise at Regency is reconstructive and breast oncology. If you are seeking cancer removal with the best possible cosmetic outcome, we can help. We are a patient-centric practice delivering the very best in reconstructive surgery. We keep your safety and wellbeing in mind at all times, and you will feel completely welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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