Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan and staff are located in Scottsdale, AZ offering plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as skin care treatments.

Planning Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Scottsdale

Many women must endure mastectomies to treat breast cancer or for preventive reasons. The loss of such an integral part of a woman’s anatomy can inflict feelings of lost femininity, but there is a solution available to women. Breast reconstruction is a plastic surgery procedure that rebuilds the removed breast to restore a woman’s self-confidence. If a mastectomy may be in your future, you can meet with a plastic surgeon right away.

Meeting Your Plastic Surgeon
Before beginning the treatment planning process, Dr. Geoghegan will need some basic information from you. Share your medical history, including your previous surgeries. Discuss your expectations for the surgery and share any concerns you may have. Dr. Geoghegan will explain your options for the procedure, discuss what you can expect, and disclose the potential complications that may occur.

Choosing Between Immediate or Delayed Reconstruction
The plastic surgeon can collaborate with the mastectomy team to coordinate your care. You may choose to have an immediate reconstruction, which is begun at the same time as the mastectomy. This approach can help preserve more of the skin, which may produce better results. The alternative is delayed breast reconstruction. As the term suggests, the surgery will be done at a later time. Some women may prefer delayed reconstruction because it allows them to focus solely on their cancer treatment for the time being. If your oncologist is planning radiation therapy after the mastectomy, then you will likely need to have a delayed reconstruction.

Selecting an Approach
There are different techniques that your plastic surgeon can use to help you achieve the results you want. To replace the lost breast tissue, you might have breast reconstruction with breast implants. These may be either silicone or saline implants. Discuss the benefits and risks of each type with Dr. Geoghegan. Another choice is a tissue or flap procedure, which rebuilds the breast with tissue taken from elsewhere on the body. This often produces more natural-looking results, but does require a longer recovery time.

Dr. Geoghegan is a plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who combines her superior clinical skills with a feminine touch to help women get the results they desire. If you’re considering breast reconstruction or another type of plastic surgery, you can contact Oasis Plastic Surgery at (480) 264-6428. During your consult, you’ll get all the information you need to make an informed decision.