This is a female in her 40s who was diagnosed with left breast cancer. She had average sized breasts and desired breast conservation instead of a mastectomy. She understood that a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy alone could lead to an indentation in the breast and could cause the nipple to be pulled downward and outward after radiation therapy. The surgical plan was to perform oncoplastic surgery, a new type of reconstruction that uses the surrounding breast tissue in order to fill in the defect after the lumpectomy. This would be performed at the same time that the breast surgeon removes the cancer. Both breasts would be lifted and reduced slightly in order to keep them symmetric.
Her surgery went very well and she had negative surgical margins after the cancer was removed. She healed nicely and went on to receive radiation therapy to the left breast. The photo seen below was taken over 6 months after finishing radiation treatment. There is good size and shape match between the breasts and there is no indentation or tethering of the nipple. Both breasts are lifted and the nipples now face forward instead of pointing downward. The scars have faded and are hardly visible. Most importantly, she is still cancer free and doing well!
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer and are interested in breast conservation and oncoplastic breast reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali today. Dr. Jandali performs a high volume of oncoplastic breast reconstruction and has one of the largest series of cases in the country. Dr. Jandali performs oncoplastic breast surgery at Bridgeport. Norwalk, and St. Vincent's Hospitals. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment. We look forward to caring for you.