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October 3, 2023

Breast Cancer Awareness: The Role of Plastic Surgeons in Restoring Wholeness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness, honoring survivors, and offering support to those battling one of the most prevalent and deeply impactful diseases of our time.  

As for the role of plastic surgeons, they can help individuals who have faced the difficult journey of cancer by providing plastic surgery. They have expertise in breast reconstruction and cosmetic procedures to restore the appearance of the breast that can help patients regain their confidence and feel their best after a challenging experience.  

Having a Plastic Surgeon from Beginning 

Breast reconstruction can be something a patient can look forward to during a trying time. Talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon right away provides the opportunity to start a dialogue about your breast reconstruction goals.  

Breast reconstruction typically happens over two phases with expanders placed in conjunction with the mastectomy and implants placed at a later date. In some cases, with early-stage cancer and if deemed healthy enough, one may have the option for mastectomy reconstruction with implants to avoid multiple surgeries and to lessen the shock of losing an important part of the body. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will recommend the best option for you. Either way, it can be extremely beneficial to have a plastic surgeon involved in the planning process right away. 

 

Common Cosmetic Procedures for Breast Cancer Patients  

After a mastectomy, double-mastectomy, or lumpectomy, a breast cancer survivor may feel like they have lost a part of themselves. This is where plastic surgery comes into play, offering a range of common cosmetic procedures that can help breast cancer patients restore their physical appearance and emotional well-being. 

  • Breast Reconstruction 

One of the most transformative cosmetic procedures for breast cancer patients is breast reconstruction surgery. With breast reconstruction, it’s possible to recover some of what you now feel is missing. Breast reconstruction can help restore one or both of your breasts, helping with size, symmetry, and appearance.  

The surgeons of Illume Cosmetic Surgery has a close relationship with the ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Breast Center that has lasted over 2 decades with hundreds of cases performed. Plastic surgeons work closely with patients to choose the best method based on their individual needs and preferences.\ 

  • Scar Revisions 

Surgical scars from breast cancer treatments can serve as constant reminders of the challenges faced. Plastic surgeons offer scar revision procedures to minimize the appearance of these scars. Techniques such as laser therapy, dermabrasion, and surgical scar revision help patients feel more comfortable in their own skin and less self-conscious about their past battles. 

Beyond the Operating Table  

The work of plastic surgeons in the lives of breast cancer patients goes far beyond the operating room. They become pillars of support in the emotional and psychological healing of their patients. Plastic surgeons, through their empathy and expertise, help patients rebuild not just their physical appearance but also their self-confidence and mental well-being. 

If you need more information on our breast reconstructive surgeries or have questions, you can talk with one of our physicians or assistants to learn more.

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