October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual campaign to increase awareness about the disease. According to the NBCF, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is vital to stay knowledgeable and vigilant about your self-examinations and mammograms. This will give you peace of mind and also allow for early detection in the case that you do develop the disease. For more information about early detection, you can visit the NBCF website.

For women that receive the diagnosis, a mastectomy, partial mastectomy or lumpectomy can stop the progression of cancer and often save lives. While it is a life-saving procedure, it can drastically alter your self-image and may, unfortunately, cause you to feel less feminine, resulting in a lack of self-confidence. It is with this in mind that Congress passed the Federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, requiring insurance to pay for breast reconstruction following cancer removal.

For survivors looking to restore their previous feminine figure, breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can recreate the shape and appearance of natural breasts. Depending on the size of the tumor removed and other unique factors of the patient’s anatomy, we may recommend one of two options for Atlanta breast reconstruction procedures:
  • Tissue expansion – in which a silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin and gradually filled with a sterile saltwater solution ultimately creating room for a breast implant.
  • Tissue flap surgery – in which muscles, fat, and skin are removed from your back, abdomen or lower tummy and used to build a new breast.

In some cases, a breast implant is used. In other cases, your own fat and tissue can create a new breast mound.

If you or someone you know may be interested in breast reconstruction surgery, please call us at (404) 257-9888 to schedule a free consultation.