Dr. Lacerna specializes in the reconstruction of a breast that has been partially removed (lumpectomy) or completely removed (mastectomy) for cancer treatment or other disease, and she considers that to be one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.
New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
The Best Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, seems to have been eliminated by mastectomy, although most mastectomy patients are medically appropriate for breast reconstruction in Sarasota. Still, there are legitimate reasons to wait. Some women are not comfortable weighing all the breast reconstruction options while they’re struggling to cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer. Others simply don’t want to have any more breast reconstruction surgery beyond what is required to eliminate the cancer.
Some patients may be advised by Dr. Lacerna or their oncologists to wait, particularly while finishing radiation or chemotherapy. Women with other health conditions, such as obesity, heart and lung problems, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking, may also be advised to wait.
Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and is an experienced face and body contouring surgeon who has helped many men and women enhance their appearance and self-confidence through surgical and non-surgical treatments. For more information in how we can help you achieve the look you have always desired email or call us for a consult.