Losing a breast, or even both breasts, to a mastectomy can be devastating. Breast reconstruction offers women the option of having their breasts remade using existing tissue and breast implants. New York City, Manhattan and Long Island area cosmetic surgeon Dr. Scott E. Newman has wide experience in cosmetic surgery for the breast and is also a skilled and experienced reconstructive plastic surgeon.

I had a great experience with my sub-muscular, saline breast augmentation/ breast lift by Dr. Newman. I did not know much at all about this type of surgery other than I wanted to be bigger/fuller. Dr.Newman helped me understand my body type and the procedure and implant size that would suit me best under my circumstances, which I never considered before. I ended up doing a little more than what I initially came in for, to enhance the outcome of my surgery. His suggestions are also very reasonable.Read More My breast are now perky and rounded. It looks like I am wearing a push up bra, with absolutely NOTHING underneath. I can only imagine what I will look like when It is time for me to wear an actual bra (being that it has only been a month so far after my breast augmentation/lift). Although I was flat chested, I was a B-cup and now I can say that I am probably a full C, or small D cup and still look natural. I am already back at the gym and and healing rapidly. My breast lift scars are gradually becoming much lighter and thinner, and I have not had to do any work at all to maintain them. The day after surgery I continued my day normally, even with the medication prescribed which worked very well for any pain or pressure.Also, His follow-up appointments are frequent and consistent so that he can monitor the outcome which is helpful for any concerns or questions. I have had 4 in a month and a half so far. His staff are also very happy and friendly people which I loved. I can not wait for my breast to finish healing so that I can experience my new look in every way possible.

How Breast Reconstruction Works

While not all women choose to have breast reconstruction, for those who do wish to have it, the surgery can have a profound emotional and psychological impact. To some women, the loss of a breast symbolizes a loss of womanhood, or of sexual desirability, and the ability to regain that breast through reconstructive plastic surgery is vital to them.

Depending on the type and extent of the mastectomy, breast reconstructive plastic surgery can be performed in different ways. If the reconstruction is to be performed some time after the mastectomy, the remaining tissue or the muscle beneath the breast can be prepared by placing devices that will stretch it, making room for an implant. In other cases, if there is insufficient tissue to cover an implant or if the reconstruction is performed at the same time as the mastectomy, tissue is removed from another area of the body to fill in the breast. Some women opt to have a tummy tuck with their breast reconstruction, and then tissue removed from the abdominal area can be used to fill in the breast.

Breast Appearance and Function after Breast Reconstruction

Because of the way breast reconstructive plastic surgery is performed your post-surgery breast will not look exactly the same as your pre-surgery breast did. However, Dr. Newman works to ensure satisfactory and aesthetically pleasing results so that you will be happy with the results of your breast reconstructive surgery. Some women even find that their post-surgery breasts are higher and firmer than they were before due to the use of breast implants.

If you have undergone a mastectomy, all the original breast tissue will be gone, which means normal breast functionality will be impossible. In some cases, the original nipple and areola are preserved for reattachment in reconstruction, especially if reconstructive plastic surgery is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. In other cases, this part of the breast is reconstructed from other tissue. Although the nipple and areola can be reconstructed, they will not have the appropriate nerve connections, and so will lack sensitivity.

Since breast reconstructive plastic surgery is such a sensitive and often difficult subject for women, Dr. Newman will take extra care to discuss your goals and expectations thoroughly during your initial breast reconstruction consultation. During your consultation, be sure to ask any questions you might have to be sure you have a good understanding of the procedure and what to expect.

For more information about breast reconstruction, please contact New York City area reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Scott E. Newman to schedule a free initial consultation.

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