In the United States alone, one in every eight women has experienced breast cancer at least once in their lives. This striking number doesn’t even account for men who will have breast cancer. Understanding the condition can open your mind to the options available to you.
Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumorous cells form in the breast, with the potential to spread to other areas of the body. Most often, the cancerous cells form within the milk-producing glands or the milk ducts. While less common, cancerous cells can still form in the fatty and fibrous connective tissues. Breast cancer is caused by a genetic abnormality, yet only five to 10 percent of cancers are inherited.
For patients who have experienced breast cancer, a mastectomy may be required to completely remove all cancerous cells and prevent spreading. This life saving procedure can be damaging to the confidence of many individuals. Dr. Mitts works side-by-side with breast cancer surgeons to ensure the best results for his patients. Whether one or both breasts are removed, you may opt to have reconstruction surgery completed at the same time as the mastectomy, or you may opt to have the procedure later. There is no specific timeline and the decision is yours.
Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed in various techniques based on your personal preference and health history. Some of our patients elect for flap reconstruction. Dr. Mitts uses muscle tissue from the latissimus dorsi, a long muscle that runs from the breast to the back, or abdominal muscles to create a new breast. The flap created for the transfer allows the blood supply to be maintained, increasing the chance of sensation to the new breast. Many patients prefer flap reconstruction because it creates a more natural feel and doesn’t involve any foreign objects.
Some patients opt for breast implants, which can easily be performed concurrently with mastectomy surgery to eliminate the emotional stress caused by the surgery. Patients may choose from saline or silicone breasts, depending on their personal preference. After breast reconstruction surgery is performed some patients also opt for nipple reconstruction to improve the overall look of the breast after surgery. No matter which method you prefer, the procedure will improve the shape and appearance of your breasts after a mastectomy.
If you are seeking breast cancer reconstruction surgery from board-certified plastic surgeons, look no further than Mitts Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gorgon Mitts has been providing patients with incredible results for over 20 years in the Bakersfield area. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an honor bestowed to only the most elite plastic surgeons.
In addition to his top-notch education and experience, Dr. Mitts utilizes the latest technology in his Bakersfield, California office. Most notably, Dr. Mitts offers ACell technology, which reduces scarring and the risk of infection while naturally accelerating the healing process.
If you or a loved one has questions or concerns about breast cancer reconstruction surgery, please contact our Bakersfield office. Our highly trained staff is available to address your needs and can schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitts at your convenience.