Symmetry after lumpectomy.
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Asymmetry after Lumpectomy with Radiation
Asymmetry after Lumpectomy and Radiation is the most common complaint we as reconstructive surgeons encounter. The causes are:
- The loss of skin following the lumpectomy
- The retraction of the deep tissues in the breast after the mass is removed
- The damage to the deep tissues caused by the radiation treatment.
With out the benefit of a photograph or examination the most common reconstructive options would be
- Bringing in non-irradiated tissue to give more healthy volume and to allow the treated breast to settle into a more anatomical position
- Re-positioning of the implant with a scar release to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing reconstruction
I hope this information has helped.
Breast Cancer Reconstruction
It is difficult to give you credible guidance without photos. Lumpectomy defects after radiation can be very distorting to the breast. It is usually not as simple as a larger implant on the breast CA side. The radiation makes the process more complicated. You would likely benefit from fat grafting to the lumpectomy defect or even partial reconstruction with your own tissue from another part of your body. I recommend you consult with a Plastic Surgeon who routinely does breast reconstruction to know your best options. Best wishes.
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