Many of us know firsthand how devastating the diagnosis of cancer is. Currently, a woman has a one in eight-lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. There are enough decisions and stresses associated with the proper and timely treatment of breast cancer without also having to decide about breast reconstruction. Many women are comfortable with a prosthetic breast to appear symmetric in clothing, while others feel that reconstruction is the obligate last step to recapture their lost sense of womanhood. If you are planning, or have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast disease and are interested in learning about your options for breast reconstruction, Dr. Song is always available to discuss the latest techniques in plastic surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Options
In recent years, breast cancer researchers have made huge advances in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction. Dr. Song has been trained in the most current and advanced techniques for reconstructing defects after breast conservation therapy or total and modified-radical mastectomy. In general, breast reconstruction is divided into two categories: alloplastic, or the use of plastic tissue expanders and breast implants, and autologous, or using tissue from elsewhere on the body. To reconstruct both the breast and nipple-areolar complex to best match the size and shape of the unaffected breast, most reconstructive plans involve a staged approach.
Dr. Song has a special interest in helping women through the breast reconstruction process and will work closely with you and your medical team to achieve a successful outcome. There are numerous methods for breast reconstruction, and Dr. Song will guide you through the decision-making process to find the right solution for you.
Take the next step
Interested in learning more about your breast reconstruction options? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (949) 701-4454. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA and the greater Orange County area.