Step Into a Peaceful, Healed Future

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis can be an overwhelming journey, often encompassing emotional concerns and insecurities about body image. At Higdon Plastic Surgery, located a short drive from Nashville in Franklin, TN, we recognize the profound impact that breast cancer treatment can have on your sense of self and well-being. Our oncoplastic reconstruction by Dr. Kye Higdon offers a pathway to healing, providing you with a renewed sense of hope and confidence in your body after undergoing mastectomy or lumpectomy. With Dr. Higdon's specialized expertise in both aesthetic breast surgery and breast oncology reconstruction, you can trust in our ability to navigate the complexities of your treatment journey with compassion and skill, ensuring a seamless transition into a brighter, healed future.

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What Is Oncoplastic Reconstruction?

Oncoplastic reconstruction combines oncologic surgery with breast plastic surgery techniques to achieve optimal oncologic and aesthetic outcomes following breast cancer treatment. This approach involves reshaping the remaining breast tissue during lumpectomy or partial mastectomy to restore a natural breast appearance while ensuring complete tumor removal. Oncoplastic techniques may include breast reduction, breast lift, or breast reconstruction using adjacent tissue. By integrating plastic surgery principles into oncologic procedures, oncoplastic reconstruction aims to preserve breast shape and symmetry, minimize scarring, and improve overall cosmetic results.

The Benefits of Oncoplastic Reconstruction

Oncoplastic breast reconstruction in the Nashville & Franklin, TN area with Dr. Kye Higdon provides numerous advantages for women undergoing breast cancer treatment, including the following:

Improved Symmetry

Oncoplastic techniques enable surgeons to achieve better symmetry between the treated and untreated breasts, enhancing overall aesthetic outcomes and restoring a balanced appearance.

Preservation of Natural Breast Tissue

By utilizing nearby healthy breast tissue, oncoplastic reconstruction can help preserve the patient's natural breast shape and contour, resulting in more natural-looking results.

Restoring Breast Shape

Oncoplastic surgery allows your plastic surgeon to reshape the breast using the local tissues, and usually involves lifting the nipple to a more aesthetic position and achieving a more pleasing breast shape while affording the breast oncology surgeon the chance to hide their resection incisions within scars that would be more inconspicuous after surgery.

Better Chance for Complete Tumor Removal

Oncoplastic surgery has been shown to allow breast cancer surgeons to have a larger margin of clear tissues, resulting in a potentially lower chance for having to return to surgery for additional tumor removal or additional treatments.

Enhanced Psychological Well-being

Restoring the breast's appearance through oncoplastic reconstruction can contribute to improved self-esteem and body image, empowering patients to regain confidence and embrace their femininity after cancer treatment.

Is Oncoplastic Reconstruction Right for Me?

Oncoplastic reconstruction is recommended for breast cancer patients who desire breast-conserving surgery while maintaining optimal aesthetic outcomes. This procedure is particularly suitable for individuals with early-stage breast cancer who are candidates for lumpectomy or partial mastectomy.

Oncoplastic patients often have some degree of breast ptosis (sagging) or macromastia (large breasts) that allow those tissues to be reduced and reshaped into a more ideal form after the tumor is removed. Patients experiencing emotional distress or dissatisfaction with breast appearance due to cancer treatment may benefit from oncoplastic reconstruction in Nashville & Franklin, TN at Higdon Plastic Surgery. It allows for preserving natural breast tissue and improves symmetry, enhancing self-confidence and well-being.

If you're considering oncoplastic reconstruction, please schedule a consultation at Higdon Plastic Surgery. An initial consultation with our practice is necessary to assess candidacy and discuss personalized treatment options. Dr. Higdon will thoroughly evaluate your anatomy, review your medical history, and consider your individual needs and preferences to provide expert guidance on the most suitable reconstruction approach.

What to Expect The Oncoplastic Reconstruction Procedure

Oncoplastic reconstruction combines oncologic surgery with plastic surgery techniques to achieve optimal oncologic and aesthetic outcomes. The procedure typically involves reshaping the remaining breast tissue to restore shape, symmetry, and contour following partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. Techniques employed may include breast reduction, breast lift, or volume displacement to achieve the desired aesthetic result while ensuring complete tumor removal and minimizing the risk of cancer recurrence.

Oncoplastic reconstruction is often performed in a single stage or as a staged procedure, depending on the extent of tissue removal and reconstruction required. The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and may take 2-4 hours, depending on the complexity of the reconstruction. Oncoplastic reconstruction offers the opportunity to preserve your natural breast appearance while undergoing cancer treatment, enhancing physical and emotional well-being at the same time. Oncoplastic surgery is usually so well-tolerated that it is performed as an outpatient procedure.

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Oncoplastic Reconstruction Recovery

After oncoplastic reconstruction surgery, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which are expected. Dr. Higdon will provide instructions on managing postoperative symptoms and may prescribe pain medications to alleviate any discomfort. Dr. Higdon uses advanced prescribing methods that he helped develop, with a multi-modal analgesia approach that minimizes the need for narcotic prescriptions for his patients after surgery.  We advise patients to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting during the initial recovery period to promote proper healing. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor progress, assess healing, and address concerns. As swelling subsides and tissues heal, you will notice gradual improvements in breast appearance and feel. Most patients can resume their normal activities after a few weeks of healing, and following Dr. Higdon's postoperative guidelines is essential for a smooth recovery process. Our team is grateful to support you through your recovery process, so please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have as you heal.

Why Choose Higdon Plastic Surgery?

Choosing Dr. Kye Higdon at Higdon Plastic Surgery for oncoplastic reconstruction in Nashville & Franklin, TN means choosing expertise, compassion, and support every step of the way. We understand the emotional rollercoaster that breast cancer and its treatment can be, impacting your self-esteem and body image. Dr. Higdon's background in aesthetic breast surgery and breast oncologic reconstruction surgery uniquely positions him to address the complexities of oncoplastic reconstruction with precision and care. Our patients find comfort in Dr. Higdon's compassionate approach and commitment to delivering natural-looking results that restore confidence and enhance well-being. If you're considering oncoplastic reconstruction, explore your options and begin your journey to restoration by scheduling a consultation with Higdon Plastic Surgery today.

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