Orange County Breast Reconstruction
The goal of breast reconstruction is to recreate symmetric natural-appearing breasts while preserving patient safety and quality of life. Dramatic improvements in the art and science of breast reconstruction have transformed the experience of breast cancer surgery for many women. A few years ago, breast reconstruction was not offered to patients at the time of their mastectomies. Patients were told to have their mastectomy first and seek reconstruction months later. Studies have shown that a patient whose breast reconstruction begins immediately during in the cancer operation fares better psychologically than a woman who waits several months.
If you are thinking about having reconstructive surgery, the best time to see a plastic surgeon is before your mastectomy. This allows early communication between your surgical team to customize your mastectomy, which leads to the best cosmetic results. Your plastic surgeon must be experienced in breast reconstruction. Dr. Alice Police and Dr. Ashton Kaidi, MD., FACS, have done about 1,000 of these procedures together.
The key to a good aesthetic outcome is preserving important anatomical landmarks. All aspect of the mastectomy, including surgical markings, are discussed and approached with both a cancer cure and optimal aesthetic outcome in mind. Very few teams are as dedicated to achieving this perfect balance. Their proactive multidisciplinary approach has transformed breast reconstruction process into an art and patients see excellent results.
Collaboration between the radiologist, the breast cancer surgeon and a plastic surgeon is vital to knowing which surgery is appropriate and to accomplish it with skill. Dr. Yvette Price and her preoperative imaging are crucial factors in choosing the surgery that is right for you. Dr. Police and Dr. Ashton Kaidi, our preferred plastic surgeon, ensure that you have the most cosmetically acceptable surgery that also cures your cancer.
Prophylactic surgery to remove breast tissue in high-risk patients is becoming more common due to improvements in genetic testing and risk assessment. We have a risk-assessment program and offer genetic testing and counseling in the office. Our physicians work together to assess your risk and are ready to evaluate you for prophylactic surgery if necessary. Here are some actual patients after prophylactic surgery.