Understanding Breast Reconstruction Candidacy

Women who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy may choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery to restore the shape and size of the breasts. Dr. Ravi Tandon offers this procedure at our New Orleans, LA, practice. Dr. Tandon has a true passion for patients' rights. In fact, he was personally involved in the recent passing of a state law which requires hospitals to inform breast cancer patients of all of their reconstruction options. Here, he discusses breast reconstruction candidacy so women can be well-informed about their treatment choices.

General Requirements

First and foremost, breast reconstruction is an incredibly personal decision. It should only be pursued to fulfill your own aesthetic desires, not to satisfy a partner or fit anyone else’s ideal image. At Tandon Plastic Surgery, we understand the sensitivity surrounding this treatment. That is why our team takes time with each patient, to fully understand their personal concerns and cosmetic goals.

First and foremost, breast reconstruction is an incredibly personal decision. It should only be pursued to fulfill your own aesthetic desires.

Many women consider breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. This treatment may be right for you if you:

  • Have realistic goals and a positive outlook for restoring your figure
  • Are able to cope well with your diagnosis and associated treatments
  • Are free from any health conditions that could hinder healing or make surgery a risk

There are two primary types of breast reconstruction surgery: natural breast reconstruction and reconstruction with breast implants. 

Candidacy for Natural Breast Reconstruction

Some women are eligible for natural breast reconstruction. This technique uses tissue from another part of the body to rebuild the breast and achieve the desired shape and size. Many women choose natural breast reconstruction because this procedure offers the most lifelike feel and appearance. To qualify for this treatment, you will need to have adequate tissue to donate, whether it is from your buttocks, thighs, or abdomen. Dr. Tandon only uses the most advanced muscle-sparing techniques, such as DIEP flap, for optimal results. 

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Eligible patients will need to be free from any health conditions which could slow the healing process.

Candidacy for Breast Implants

If you do not qualify for natural breast reconstruction, you may opt for breast implants. This procedure is often recommended for women who do not have enough excess fat to perform a natural reconstruction. This treatment is also suitable for women who:

  • Would like to minimize scarring on multiple areas of the body
  • Do not necessitate radiation therapy to the chest
  • Are willing to change the shape and size of their healthy breast to achieve optimal balance and symmetry

During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Tandon will perform a full assessment and review your case in detail. Once all relevant information has been gathered, he can help you determine which breast reconstruction technique is right for you.

Contact Tandon Plastic Surgery Today

If you are looking to enhance or rebuild the breasts after a mastectomy, breast reconstruction can help you achieve the desired results and improve your overall self-confidence. To learn more about this procedure, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or give us a call at (504) 455-1000.

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Ravi Tandon, M.D.

Dr. Ravi Tandon is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons who is highly skilled and has trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques. He is affiliated with various plastic surgery organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are exploring breast reconstruction during, immediately after, or long after your mastectomy, our compassionate team can help. To learn more about your options, request a consultation online or call our practice at (504) 455-1000.

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