There were 232,670 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those women who elect to have mastectomies done, 42 percent will choose breast reconstruction. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act in 1998 guarantees insurance coverage for mastectomy reconstruction following a breast cancer diagnosis. While the recovery time is slightly longer than the mastectomy procedure alone, women say it’s an important decision “from an emotional standpoint.”
In recent years, many of the hang-ups people had about breast reconstruction have been assuaged. For instance, cohesive gel “gummi bear” implants hold a natural shape, rather than riding high and bouncy. Free tissue transfer implants use the patient’s abdominal tissue for a natural look without foreign substances like saline placed in the body. The NY Times reports that 64,114 silicone implants, 7,898 saline implants, and 19,000 analogous tissue implants were done in 2012.
A Michigan breast reconstruction surgery is a bright spot amid the clouds – something that makes a woman feel more confident and comfortable with her body after the invasiveness of cancer. Dr. Andrew Lofman is a board certified plastic surgeon that lends compassionate care during this difficult time and breaks down the options in a clear way to help women make a decision they are comfortable with for years to come.
Results vary widely, which is why the choice of surgeon is paramount. Yet, even with the best surgeon, it is important for patients to understand that, while natural and shapely, their breasts will never be exactly like what has been replaced. There will be permanent scars at any incision and donor sites, though they will fade from purple to white over time. For many women, the desire to “feel whole again” outweighs these minor concerns.
It typically takes a little while to get used to breast reconstruction, no matter how good the results are. Dr. Andrew Lofman is here to listen to her patients’ concerns and assist in every way possible during this period. Past patients have referred to him as friendly, professional and caring with an “excellent bedside manner.”
Women interested in mastectomy reconstruction are invited to contact Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Lofman at (248) 540-2100 to schedule a private consultation.Button Text