Breast Reconstruction in Chicago
Surgery after Breast Cancer
For many women that have lost one or both breasts to cancer, reconstruction is a crucial piece of the healing process. Recreating the normal shape, size and appearance of the breasts can help a woman feel more comfortable and secure about how she looks. The emotional rewards are significant. Dr. Robert Galiano is pleased and honored to play a role in his breast reconstruction patients’ journeys, and he is there every step of the way to help these women achieve their desired results.
See the results of my real patients who have undergone breast reconstruction in the breast reconstruction before and after gallery.
Breast Reconstruction Options
Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as mastectomy or delayed to a later date. The timing of the breast reconstruction depends on the individual patient and circumstances surrounding her case; for example, if she needs additional treatment after mastectomy, or has surgical risk factors that could complicate a longer operation, Dr. Galiano may suggest a delayed reconstructive procedure.
Enhancing the Opposite Breast
If only one breast has been reconstructed, the opposite breast may be augmented, reduced or lifted in order to match. The goal is for both breasts to be symmetrical in size, shape and position.
Type of Reconstruction
There are several ways to recreate one or both breasts, and each has pros and cons. Dr. Galiano works closely with every patient and with her medical team to design a solution that takes into account factors like the patient’s health, anatomy, body shape, lifestyle and desired results. The plan of treatment will likely include several steps, which may or may not involve a hospital stay.
Implant-based reconstruction: Dr. Galiano can reconstruct one or both breasts with the placement of saline or silicone-filled implants. This is a shorter and less extensive surgery than the alternatives. Dr. Galiano may be able to place the implants through the original mastectomy incisions to prevent additional noticeable scarring.
Modern implants are extremely durable and provide natural-looking results. Depending on the case, Dr. Galiano may use a device known as a tissue expander to gradually create room within the tissue and skin to accommodate the implant.
Flap-based reconstruction: Another way to reconstruct the breast is to use a flap of the patient’s own tissue, fat and muscle, transplanted from another area of her body. This is a longer and more extensive operation, but some women feel that their own tissue mimics the look and feel of a natural breast more closely than an implant.
During a flap-based reconstructive procedure, Dr. Galiano takes a donor flap from the patient’s body — usually the abdomen, buttock or back. The flap may stay attached to its original blood supply and be “tunneled” under the skin to the chest wall, or it may be completely detached and reattached to the breast mound.
Learn More about Breast Reconstruction
If you have lost one or both breasts to cancer (or if you have recently received a cancer diagnosis) and would like to discuss your breast reconstruction options with Dr. Galiano, please schedule a private consultation today. Call (312) 926-8204 or fill out our online contact form to make your appointment.