Local Plastic Surgery Expert Weighs in on Breast Reconstruction Options Following a mastectomy, women have choices TAMPA, Fla. – (Oct. 16, 2013)

Many women in the fight against breast cancer face surgery to remove their tumor, whether a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. But what to do after life-saving surgery is complete to restore a positive self-image is a set of issues many are unfamiliar with. In addition to coping with the diagnosis of cancer, these women are faced with the options of surgical treatment that they fear will leave them “disfigured.”

In response, Oct. 16 has been deemed Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) day, a collaborative effort between The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, physicians and breast cancer support groups designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-surgical breast reconstruction.

Local plastic surgeon and breast reconstructive surgery specialist, Pedro M. Soler M.D., joins plastic surgeons across the country in increasing understanding for women who may wish to consider post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

“The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a breast that looks as normal as possible. A good result makes a woman look normal in clothes or a bra, and reasonably normal without clothes,” says Dr. Soler. “But the most important part is how my patient feels about herself.”

According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, studies show:

  • Less than a quarter of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.
  • 89 percent of women want to see the results of breast reconstruction surgery before undergoing cancer treatment. Yet, only 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
  • Only 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.

The breast can be reconstructed after mastectomy on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). Reconstructive options include saline or silicone breast implants, tissue expanders followed by the placement of breast implants, or even the use of the patients own tissue to reconstruct the breast (known as autologous reconstruction). Following breast reconstruction, the nipples can be reconstructed and the areola can even be tattooed on to make the breast appear more real and natural. Plastic surgeons have expanded on our breast reduction techniques to develop new options with better cosmetic results, often much like a traditional breast reduction or breast lift.

“Undergoing reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy or lumpectomy is a personal choice. But, selecting a plastic surgeon experienced in breast reconstruction is key. My patients are often surprised at the results we can achieve, including restoring their self-esteem and confidence,” says Dr. Soler. “After such an experience, looking in the mirror without clothes and loving your new look is just as important, which is precisely the reason I have added to my practice, Mr. Kyle Harvey, who has over 10 years of experience in the art of areola/nipple 3D tattooing, where he creates with elegance a very natural appearance, sort of the final touch, of their beauty.”

A patient may be a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery following a simple mastectomy, total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, subcutaneous mastectomy, or who are missing breast tissue and skin. Breast reconstruction may be accomplished using one of many techniques and Dr. Soler can make a personal recommendation for each patient.

Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility has been providing surgical services and personalized care to patients in more than 25 medical specialties since 1985. To find the facility’s list of certified plastic surgeons, visit www.tampaoutpatient.com or call 813-875-0562.

About Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility:

Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility (TOSF) is a free standing, fully licensed, state-of-the-art facility specializing in outpatient surgery. TOSF combines the latest technology and equipment with compassionate, personalized care. Their dedicated medical team supports over 125 on staff physicians in an impressive array of surgical procedures. The recently updated facility encompasses 17,500 square feet and boasts five fully equipped operating rooms, three endoscopy/colonoscopy suites, two pain management rooms, one yag procedure room, eight preoperative bays and nine recovery bays. Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility is Joint Commission Certified and maintains a high patient satisfaction and return rate.

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