Breast reconstruction Torrance, CA is often the final step towards physical and emotional healing for women who have overcome breast cancer. Breast reconstruction is a complex process performed to restore the natural size, shape and position of your breast.
As both a cosmetic and reconstructive expert, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sherif Khattab offers his reconstruction patients the best of both worlds. If you’re considering breast reconstruction, Dr. Khattab would be happy to explain the process in detail during a one-on-one consultation.
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, or you’ve already undergone a mastectomy, then you’re likely a good candidate for breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately following a mastectomy or at a later date, depending on your specific needs and preferences.
Not all women decide to undergo reconstruction, however, many women feel that the scars left following a life-altering mastectomy are a constant reminder of their experience with breast cancer. Breast reconstruction often provides a sense of closure and signifies a new chapter in one’s life.
The consultation: In order to determine if you are good candidate for surgery, you will need to be honest and upfront about every aspect of your health. Your consultation will include a physical examination, as well as an in-depth discussion of your medical history and cosmetic goals. Factors such as your current health status, stage and type of cancer and ongoing treatments will help Dr. Khattab determine if breast reconstruction is right for you.
Surgery: Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. There are two main types of breast reconstruction: autologous (flap) reconstruction and breast implant reconstruction. Dr. Khattab will help you determine which technique is right for you during the consultation process. General anesthesia or intravenous sedation will be administered prior to your procedure. Each method of breast reconstruction may involve multiple surgeries before optimal results are achieved.
Recovery: Breast reconstruction may involve one or more overnight stays at the hospital immediately following surgery. Dr. Khattab will provide you with a special surgical bra that will need to be worn day and night during the first few weeks of recovery. He will also provide you with oral pain medication and antibiotics to minimize pain and the risk of infection. Most women are capable of resuming work within a month of surgery. Physical exercise should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.
Results: Many women find the final results of breast reconstruction to be both physically and psychologically rewarding. Breast reconstruction can repair damage and restore a natural look to your breasts, but it’s important to maintain realistic expectations. You should anticipate significant improvements, but not perfection. Dr. Khattab will discuss the limitations of breast reconstruction during your consultation.
If you’re ready to learn more about breast reconstruction, call 310-325-2100 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Khattab. Beyond Beautiful is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 102, in Torrance, CA. Since 1988, we have been providing excellent care to patients from nearby Torrance, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, and beyond.