What is the Difference Between Immediate and Delayed Reconstruction?

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For New Jersey women, a diagnosis of breast cancer can be anxiety provoking. And when the decision to have breast reconstruction is made, New Jersey women can feel a range of emotions as they prepare for their surgery. Dr. Comizio has worked with hundreds of breast cancer patients and offers her caring touch to women who are choosing both immediate and delayed breast reconstruction surgery.

What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery is the rebuilding of the breast after a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy, restoring wholeness and confidence to patients faced with breast cancer. New Jersey women have different goals for breast reconstruction surgery. Some want to replace the tissue they have lost to the mastectomy. Others choose to take the opportunity to enlarge their breasts to a size they had wished they had. Others choose to reduce the size of the breasts. Whichever breast reconstruction option you choose, New Jersey Dr. Comizio is here to help you every step of the way.

What is Immediate Breast Reconstruction?

Immediate breast reconstruction is when your breast reconstruction surgery takes place at the same time as your mastectomy. This can be performed in most cases. Some issues may factor into your decision to have immediate breast reconstruction, including the stage of cancer you have, your medical conditions, your personal preference, lifestyle goals and whether or not you will need additional treatment for your breast cancer, like radiation.

Immediate breast reconstruction generally boosts the confidence of breast cancer survivors, as they do not have to go for weeks, months or even years without reconstructed breast tissue. It also generally provides better cosmetic results, requires fewer surgeries (and therefore fewer surgery-related costs) and has no effect on whether or not breast cancer will reappear.

What is Delayed Breast Reconstruction?

Delayed breast reconstruction surgery is when New Jersey women wait weeks, months or even years after their mastectomy to have breast reconstruction performed. There are a variety of reasons that a woman may delay breast reconstruction surgery, such as not wanting radiation treatment to interfere with the reconstructed tissue and wanting to take time to decide on the breast reconstruction technique. It’s a very personal decision and one that New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Comizio can help you decide on by explaining all of your options to you.

What Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgeries Are There?

There are two types of breast reconstruction surgeries – implant and flap. With implant breast reconstruction surgery, a silicone or saline implant is placed in the remaining breast tissue to rebuild the breast. Women who decide to go for a fuller breast volume after a mastectomy often use this technique. There are also a variety of flap procedures, in which tissue and fat from your own body are used to rebuild your breast. Both implant and flap procedures can be performed either with immediate breast reconstruction surgery or delayed breast reconstruction surgery.

I Need to Have a Mastectomy. How Do I Start a Conversation About Breast Reconstruction?

If you’re a New Jersey woman with breast cancer who will be undergoing a mastectomy, it’s good advice for you to talk to a skilled breast reconstruction plastic surgeon like Dr. Comizio right away. Call her Morristown office today to schedule a consultation at (973) 775-9248.