Losing your breasts to surgical breast cancer treatments may significantly impact your physical and mental health. After a mastectomy, many women feel a loss of their identity and femininity from their chest changes. Our surgeons at Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery are dedicated to the well-being of our breast reconstruction patients. We aim to rebuild breasts’ shape, size, and curves to bring back your confidence and figure.

Breast reconstruction can often be overwhelming to patients as they are in the midst of newly diagnosed breast cancer or revision of previous breast reconstruction.  Our surgeons at Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery are equipped to take on the complexities of reconstruction to help simplify your decision.  Each surgical plan is individualized to your specific cancer treatment requirements and takes into consideration your cosmetic desires. Recreating your chest contours and rebuilding your confidence with breast reconstruction could be the best choice for you after a mastectomy. Let our team help you create a specialized plan to achieve your ideal goals.

What Are The Benefits of Undergoing a Breast Reconstruction?

Beyond the obvious physical benefits of undergoing breast reconstruction, the procedure could positively impact a candidate’s mental well-being. After a mastectomy, a woman may feel she has lost her sense of femininity, resulting in a loss of confidence. Our caring surgeons at aim to restore and make whole what has been lost due to cancer, while rebuilding a woman’s self-esteem and confidence by restoring the breasts’ shape, size, and contours.

Further, breast reconstruction could resolve problems with wardrobe choices and comfort a woman faces after losing her breasts. Reconstructing the breasts will allow for a woman to feel more comfortable and confident in her clothes.  The surgery aims to balance physical proportions between the chest and other body areas for a natural yet shapely look.

A significant benefit of breast reconstruction is the highly personalized treatment approach that considers each woman’s previous surgeries and current cosmetic needs. A woman may choose a breast size different from her natural size for cosmetic chest changes during the procedure. Additionally, if you wanted a different breast shape, the surgery could achieve this desire from various implants available.

What Happens During Breast Reconstruction?

There are multiple approaches to breast reconstruction to cater to an individual’s cancer treatments and ideal surgical results. Our surgeons at Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery perform breast reconstruction through the use of implants as well as one’s own tissue tissue, known as autologous reconstruction.  We regularly perform reconstruction in the immediate setting of mastectomy or partial mastectomy, also known as lumpectomy, as well as challenging revision breast reconstruction cases following previous reconstructive operations.

Implant-based reconstruction is the most common form of breast reconstruction in the United States.  This form of reconstruction can involve single stage approaches with permanent implants, or staged approaches with the initial use of a tissue expander. We also regularly perform oncoplastic techniques that combine our surgeon’s expertise in breast plastic surgery with the expertise of our referring breast oncology surgeons’ expertise in breast conservation cancer treatment.

Additionally, our surgeons perform specific types of flap-based reconstruction for patients whose complexities of cancer care require such an approach.  This reconstruction is often needed in patients with advanced cancer or cancer that involves radiation therapy.

Our surgeons at Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery understand the complexities of breast cancer treatment — both the significant anxieties and uncertainties experienced by each individual and their family, as well as the numerous variabilities involved in proper cancer care. Our surgeons are highly involved with your overall cancer treatment and maintain strong professional relationships with our referring Breast Oncology Surgeons as well as Medical and Radiation Oncologists. This multidisciplinary, team-based approach offers each patient the very best care available.

Client Review

Made my journey through breast cancer so much easier!

Title: Made my journey through breast cancer so much easier!
N/A GBR Plastic Surgery 1817 Republic Road Virginia Beach VA 23454 (757) 496-5556

Client Description: I cannot begin to express how pleased I am with Dr. Galardi and his work. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast and decided to have reconstruction on the right breast at the same time as my lumpectomy. The tissue from the right breast revealed cancer as well when it was sent to the lab. I then had a nipple sparing bilateral mastectomy and expanders were placed. Three months after the mastectomy, the expanders were removed and implants were placed. Dr Galardi’s bedside manner is top notch and his work is superb. He is a perfectionist and it shows in his work. He is very professional and takes the time to answer all your questions and concerns. His staff is also very professional and helpful! Dr Galardi definitely helped make my journey through breast cancer so much easier! I highly recommend him! He is the best there is!

Rating: ★★★★★ 5 / 5 stars