When the subject of plastic surgery around the breast area comes up, most people think of implants. While that is one of the most common types of surgery for that area, it’s not the only type of procedure that’s done regularly. The two most popular types plastic surgeons perform often are breast augmentations and breast reconstructions. What’s the difference?
Understand the Differences
The differences between the two types of procedures are simple. It all lies in the breast tissue itself. An augmentation relies on the natural tissues of the breast. In this case, the patient has enough breast tissue to protect the implant. In contrast, in breast reconstruction, there may not be any breast tissue at all. With a breast reconstruction surgery, existing fat and skin can be used to create a breast that looks and feels natural. If there is no tissue left with an augmentation, a prosthesis may be used to recreate the breast.
Augmentations are often used for purely cosmetic purposes. Reconstructions are used most commonly in cases of breast cancer. Reconstructions can be done when patients have undergone a single or double mastectomy.
A Caring, Experienced Physician
Dr. Ashpole understands both the physical and emotional considerations when it comes to breast reconstruction. While beating breast cancer is definitely something to celebrate, it’s important to be careful. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ashpole will ask you questions regarding your current health and lifestyle, as well as the goals you hope to achieve with the procedure. The most important goal is to keep you healthy through the process.
Dr. Ashpole is an honest doctor. After a full evaluation, he will let you know what options are best for you, your health and your goals. He is realistic and won’t support any expectations that are unattainable. He will also tell you if you are not an optimal candidate for reconstructive surgery. He understands you may already be emotionally drained from your fight against cancer. You may even be afraid of hearing a new cancer diagnosis down the line. Dr. Ashpole won’t exasperate a situation that’s already highly stressful.
Schedule Your Consultation
As you can see, this is not a procedure to be taken lightly. That goes without saying, especially to a cancer survivor. If you are looking for a doctor that is empathetic and doesn’t consider you another stream of income, Dr. Bradley Ashpole is the premier choice in the Hoffman Estates area. There are several before and after photos available, both here on this website and in the office. We recommend a consultation to help you make the most reasonable and safe solution. It does not lock you into the procedure.
Dr. Ashpole understands deciding to have breast reconstruction is a major decision that can’t be made without the proper consideration. There is a lot of preparation to be done. There are also many things to keep in mind when it comes to recovery. If you call the office today, you won’t have to worry about going through the process alone.