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Options for Breast Reconstruction After Partial Mastectomy

A partial mastectomy, also known as a lumpectomy, involves the surgical removal of a portion of the breast tissue affected by cancer. This procedure is a breast-conserving surgery often recommended for early-stage breast cancer patients. 

Although a partial mastectomy aims to maintain the natural appearance of the breast, it can sometimes result in changes to breast shape. Hence, most people need breast reconstruction after partial mastectomy. 

Find out more about your options for breast reconstruction after this procedure below.

Options for Breast Reconstruction After Partial Mastectomy

One of the primary reconstruction options after a partial mastectomy is oncoplastic surgery. This approach combines cancer surgery with plastic surgery techniques. 

During the same operation as the lumpectomy, the surgeon reshapes the remaining breast tissue to fill in the area where the tumor was removed. Oncoplastic surgery can help achieve a more natural breast shape and improve symmetry between the breasts. 

Fat grafting is another effective option for breast reconstruction after a partial mastectomy. In this procedure, surgeons may harvest fat from another part of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen or thighs, through liposuction. 

The harvested fat is then purified and carefully injected into the breast to fill in the defect left by the lumpectomy. Fat grafting can provide a natural feel and appearance, but it may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired volume.

For some patients, implant-based reconstruction might be a suitable option. This method involves placing a breast implant in the area where tissue was removed. The implant can help restore breast volume and shape. 

Depending on the extent of the tissue removal, this may be done in combination with a tissue expander to gradually stretch the skin. Implant-based reconstruction is often less complex than autologous (using the patient’s own tissue) procedures. It can provide satisfactory cosmetic results.

Book Your Breast Reconstruction Appointment in Massachusetts

Choosing the right reconstruction option after a partial mastectomy is a personal decision. It can depend on various factors, including the extent of tissue removal, patient preferences, and overall health. 

Consulting with a board-certified surgeon can help you understand the available options and make an informed choice. To explore your reconstruction choices and develop a personalized treatment plan, call our North Andover office at 978-687-1151 or our Nashua office at  603-882-2103 and book an appointment with George P. Chatson, M.D.

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