Women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomies often face difficult decisions about breast reconstruction. The first is whether or not to undergo reconstruction; the second, if reconstruction is chosen, is what kind of reconstruction to have?
Breasts can be rebuilt using implants — either saline or silicone — or they can be rebuilt using autologous tissue, which means tissue from different parts of a woman’s body. Sometimes both techniques are used together. It’s important to find out all you can about your options, as all reconstruction procedure involves some risk.
Dr. Constance Chen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the use of innovative techniques to optimize medical and aesthetic outcomes for breast reconstruction. In the video below, Dr. Chen and several of her patients discuss their experiences and decision-making process as well as the pros and cons of reconstruction options.
For more information about Dr. Chen and her practice, visit www.constancechenmd.com.