After a lumpectomy has been performed, patients can be left with an asymmetrical bust. Oftentimes, this provides an opportunity to not only restore but improve. At the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, we’re excited to offer our patients a number of procedures that can improve their sense of breast symmetry, allowing for breast reconstruction to provide improvements not only on the breast that had cancer but in the other breast as well.
Breast Augmentation for Increased Symmetry
In some cases, breast reconstruction can result in a degree of asymmetry between the patient’s two breasts. Sometimes this is the result of only one breast being reconstructed, perhaps after radiation therapy has caused the breast pocket to be incompatible with implant-based reconstruction. In other cases, the reconstructed breast can subtly change due to gravity and natural changes to your tissue. After a lumpectomy (which is often accompanied by radiation), one breast is smaller than the other and has a different shape. No matter what the cause may be, Dr. Srinivasa and the team at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction can provide Breast Augmentation for an improved sense of symmetry and optimal breast aesthetics.
If you’re interested in learning more about what the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction can do for you, our talented team members are here to help. Simply reach out and set up your consultation, and begin your journey to total wellness today.
When Should I Consider Breast Augmentation for Asymmetry?
Breast cancer surgery and the reconstruction journey will be different for every patient. Your breast reconstruction will include a number of variables that will influence the technique that ultimately proves to be best for your body type and reconstructive goals.
Dr. Srinivasa will help you explore your options and will likely recommend breast augmentation to you if:
- You had reconstruction performed on a single breast, which resulted in some asymmetry between the two.
- You would like to increase your bust size with a combination of hybrid and implant-based augmentation.
- Your breasts have shifted or changed in size and shape over time following either an autologous or implant-based reconstruction, or in the setting of a lumpectomy.
What Are My Breast Augmentation Options?
Many patients come to the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction convinced for one reason or another that autologous breast reconstruction is not an option for them. Patients are frequently under the impression that their body composition prevents them from being an ideal candidate for autologous reconstruction, but Dr. Srinivasa has never let this stop her. She’ll find an appropriate donor site using one of the many flap-based reconstruction procedures available at the IABR, and can even perform a “freestyle” flap if a patient lacks enough fat and tissue in one of the more traditional donor sites. Implants can be used to further augment the bust, helping you enjoy the symmetrical curves you deserve, so you can put your illness behind you and truly move on with your life.
Sometimes, an implant in the other breast is warranted for improved aesthetics and symmetry. Breast reconstruction at IABR is customized to each patient, taking into account goals, fears, and cancer history. Breast augmentation is an option for many patients desiring a larger bust.
The IABR: Helping You Move Forward with Confidence
The Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction was created to serve as a bridge between the life you lived before your illness and the one you’ll enjoy after it. For many of our patients, breast reconstruction marks the final step in their journey to true recovery, and we’re proud to be such an integral part of it.
We offer a wide range of both autologous and implant-based breast reconstruction options, and we’ll help you learn everything there is to know about the procedure that will most effectively unite you with the results of your dreams. When you’re ready to begin the final steps on your journey, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.