Options after lumpectomy?

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Question from Stella Bella: I had a lumpectomy and a re-excision lumpectomy that left me with a pulled-in, nasty scar and a nipple that faces to the side. What can be done to get me back to a somewhat normal look?
Answers - Carolyn Chang The options for lumpectomy radiation patients where the aesthetic result is not optimal are somewhat limited. You would need to be evaluated by someone qualified to use breast implants. One option potentially could be an augmentation; however, that has a very high failure right in the face of radiation. Another option, if the breast is extremely deformed, is to actually complete the mastectomy and do a formal reconstruction with autologous tissue--a flap, in other words.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

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