Women who require surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment may choose reconstruction to rebuild their breasts. Our skilled surgeons will apply their artistic skills to help you achieve beautiful, natural results.
“I feel absolutely wonderful. Everything that came before was to remove the cancer. This is the good part: putting something back, something healthy, something beautiful. This is the sigh of relief after the long fight."
What is Breast Reconstruction?
A mastectomy, lumpectomy, or congenital deformity may leave you with uneven breasts or little to no breast tissue. This can affect you far beyond the physical, hindering your self-confidence, body image, and sexuality. Breast reconstruction surgery can restore breasts, making them even, symmetrical, and beautiful. Many women feel reconstruction helps them regain physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Breast reconstruction surgery encompasses multiple steps, depending on the technique you and your skilled plastic surgeon elect. This life-changing process can begin at the time of the mastectomy or at a later date, depending on what works best for your circumstance.
Breast reconstruction plastic surgery will leave you with fuller, more feminine breasts, positively impacting your self-image. Let our Seattle plastic surgeons use their artistry to reconstruct your breasts and showcase your natural beauty.
We recognize that undergoing breast reconstruction can be both challenging and rewarding. To help women navigate this process we offer a monthly support group focused on providing emotional support and education.Breast Reconstruction Support Group
What are the Benefits?
After breast reconstruction surgery with your Seattle plastic surgeon, you can expect:
- Restoration of symmetrical breasts
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- A more balanced proportion to the body
- Feeling of normalcy
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Women who have experienced a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or have deformed breasts may all be great candidates for breast reconstruction. Ideally, a candidate:
- Is able to cope with a diagnosis and the subsequent phases of breast reconstruction
- Has a positive attitude and realistic expectations for their outcome
- Maintains a healthy weight
- Is a non-smoker
If additional chemotherapy or radiation are needed the breast reconstruction procedure can be postponed to a later date, when the patient is physically and mentally ready.
What Can I Expect from Recovery?
After your breast reconstruction, you will experience some pain. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication as needed to alleviate some of the discomfort. During surgery, your surgeon may also temporarily place surgical drains to help decrease excess fluid from the breasts. You will be encouraged to move your arms soon after surgery, but your upper body movement will be limited for a few weeks.
Bruising, soreness, and swelling are normal and will subside with time. Your plastic surgeon will closely monitor your progress with follow-up appointments, and regular activities will resume 6-8 weeks after your breast reconstruction.