How do I choose breast implants if I have one mastectomy and one natural breast? I would like to enlarge my natural breast
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How do I choose breast implants if I have one mastectomy and one natural breast?
Thanks for the question. This is a complicated issue. The options for implants are expansive and the ultimate choice of size, shape, texture depends on many factors including your body dimensions, the size of the other breast/reconstruction and any limiting factors. All this requires a complete examination and discussion with an experienced plastic surgeon. You might wish to obtain several opinions.
I hope this helps/
First, you will likely need to have re-expansion. I would say once you get to the volume you like, then an implant can be easily chosen for that breast. Matching the other side should then follow..
Hello and thank you for your question. The
best advice you can receive is from an in-person consultation. An experienced breast reconstructive surgeon will be able to help guide you. The size,
profile, and shape of the implant is based on your desired breast
size/shape, your chest wall measurements, and soft tissue quality.
This decision should be based on a detailed discussion with
equal input from both you and your surgeon. Make sure you
specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have
had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their
results. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are
comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified
board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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