Breast Reconstruction Before & After Photos

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Case Number: 15


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This 48 year-old woman had previously undergone a completion left mastectomy 6 months prior for recurrence of a breast carcinoma, and was now finished with her chemotherapy.  Her mastectomy scar had healed well, but her right breast remained in a 38D cup range, and she was completely asymmetric (as expected), so she came to us to discuss her options for (delayed) left breast reconstruction.

After her physical examination and a discussion of her options, during which time she stated that she was not interested in the use of an implant if possible, it was apparent that she was an excellent candidate for and favored the idea of “autogenous” or own tissue reconstruction.  Specifically, I recommended at TRAM rotation flap, utilizing the lower abdominal skin and soft tissue (that is otherwise discarded during an abdominoplasty), but leaving it attached to the underlying rectus muscle to provide blood supply.  The tissue is then tunneled into the chest wall defect, and thereafter shaped it to resemble a breast mound as best possible.

This indeed was performed as an inpatient, after which the patient stayed in the hospital for several days for monitoring.  She did quite well, and (as planned) later had a balancing mastopexy on the right side as an outpatient, as well as nipple-areolar reconstruction (using free grafts) on the left as a final step to her breast reconstruction.  She was extremely pleased with her ultimate result (photos are from 11+ months following her initial procedure).

If you have been informed that you need a mastectomy, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible to discuss your options for breast reconstruction in Chicago, so that, ideally, an immediate reconstruction can be coordinated to begin at the time of your mastectomy.  Alternatively, if you have already had a mastectomy for cancer, or are simply too overwhelmed to make such a decision upon receiving news of your diagnosis, the reconstruction can be performed in delayed fashion, as shown.  Either way, all of us here at Lake Forest Plastic Surgery are dedicated to helping you through this challenging period in your life, and to make you feel as whole again as possible.”

Patient Age: 48
Cup Size Before: D
Cup Size After: C

If you like the results you see here, request a consultation to learn more about how this procedure can help you achieve your ideal appearance. We encourage you to print your favorite photos and bring them with you during your consultation to help communicate your goals and expectations.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and results may not occur for all patients. These photos are of an actual patient of our practice who has provided consent to display their pictures online.