Statistics show that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will have breast cancer in their lifetime. If you are one of these women, you are sure to have many questions and possible anxiety about the journey to recovery. While achieving and maintaining cancer-free status is undoubtedly your main priority, many women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer also have questions about breast reconstruction. Having completed his plastic surgery residency at UC Irvine Medical Center and being an affiliated faculty, Dr. John Park has performed breast reconstruction surgeries for many breast cancer patients and will help you through your journey to recovery.
– M.S., Actual Patient*
Your breast oncology team will recommend whether a mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery, also known as a lumpectomy, will be most suitable for your particular breast cancer. Dr. John Park will work closely with you and your breast surgeon to integrate breast reconstruction into your recovery process. Please note that breast reconstruction is usually a multi-stage process with two or more surgeries.
With immediate reconstruction, some patients can begin the process of breast reconstruction at the same stage as their mastectomy or lumpectomy; otherwise, reconstruction can begin some time after recovery from the mastectomy or lumpectomy.
1) The first stage of breast reconstruction is the formation of the breast mound. Usually this is done without the adding of nipples. This first stage surgery usually takes quite some time to recover from as it is the most complex of the procedures.
2) After recovery from Stage 1, Stage 2 usually comprises of a much shorter surgery to refine the shape and size of the breasts and to add nipples. After this procedure, some women elect to undergo tattooing of areolas and nipple coloring.
Breast reconstruction can be a long and emotional process and perhaps may not be the choice for everyone. It is a personal choice, and if you are considering breast reconstruction, Dr. Park will educate and discuss with your the different options and possible outcomes.
If you’re considering a breast reconstruction and live near Newport Beach, CA, please contact John Park MD Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and learn more. Call (949) 777-6883 or send an email to arrange an appointment.