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BRA Day 2014 – Is Breast Reconstruction Right For You?

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October 15, 2014 marked the forth annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. The Halton region celebrated BRA Day on October 21, 2014. Barriers to access, awareness and education are the main focus of BRA Day, with discussions and presentations by local experts, reconstructive plastic surgeons, and cancer survivors. Evening discussions included breast cancer education, genetic testing, and surgical breast reconstruction options. The Show and Tell lounge was a private setting for breast cancer patients to have a hands-on look at breast reconstruction, and the different options available, as post-breast cancer patients voluntarily showed and explained their personal breast reconstruction decisions. Prosthetic options, as well as bra support options were also on display to educate patients on the choices available. Stay tuned for BRA Day 2015.

What are the breast reconstruction options available?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure often performed to rebuild the shape, symmetry and size of the breasts after surgery from breast cancer, including lumpectomy or mastectomy.

There may be several ways to reconstruct your breast. Your surgeon will discuss the different options with you based on your own personal needs. In general, lumpectomy defects can often be corrected with a scar revision and fat transfer to the breast. For mastectomy defects, the most common option is to use your own tissue or an implant.

What is a flap?

When your own tissue is used (called a flap), there are several options to consider. However, the lower abdomen usually presents the best option for women that have had children. It provides the best natural feel and appearance to the breast. In this setting, your surgeon would perform a DIEP flap that removes the lower abdominal skin and fat, but leaves all the muscles behind. He then performs microsurgery to reconnect the flap to a blood vessel in the chest. However, not everyone is suitable for this surgery, and options from your back and thighs may also be discussed.

What is implant-based breast construction?

Implant-based breast reconstruction usually involves placement of a tissue expander, either at the time of your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or sometime after. After the expander has reached its desired size, it is then exchanged for an implant, typically one that is teardrop shaped and made of cohesive gel silicone. This is the same type of implant used in breast augmentation.

What is nipple reconstruction?

Nipple reconstruction is usually done 2-3 months after your breast mound has been created with either your own tissue or a breast augmentation implant. Some refinements to perfect the shape, symmetry and size are also done. This may include breast fat transfer. Finally, tattooing can be done to complete the cosmetic look. The tattooing is not done by Dr Shortt, however he will refer you to experts in that field should you wish.

Balancing procedures can also be done to the opposite breast. This typically includes a breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast reduction.

What to expect in a private consultation with your surgeon?

Your surgeon will meet with you during a consultation to decide on the surgical technique and timing of surgeries that is best suited for your individual needs. Together with your surgeon, you will discuss your medical history, your preferences, body shape, the shape of your other breast, cancer treatment and the stages of reconstructive surgery which may involve future surgical procedures. Your surgeon will also discuss the potential risks or complications that may be involved with your surgery.

To book a consultation with Dr Shortt, click here or telephone 905-849-4282.

For additional information breast reconstruction information, visit:

breastreconstructionprogram.com

For additional information about BRA Day, visit:

www.bra-day.com

Testimonials

Absolutely hands down the best!

Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled surgeon and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour which will keep you at ease throughout the whole process. You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making my surgical journey a great experience!

It’s Been 28 Years …

I was reviewing breast transfer procedures on real self. Dr. Shorrt had comment on a previous post. I checked out his profile/website and decided to go for a consultation. I was glad that he actually conducted the consultation. I’ve been to one where the Dr.’s assistant did the initial one. He was very easy to talk , to express your concerns. He was very knowledge. Some doctors are in rush to explain things. “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” . I felt very comfortable right away. I knew I wanted him to be my surgeon.

All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

Dr Short t was my surgeon for breast reduction, tummy tuck, bra-line back lift and panniculectomy. I was at ease upon our first meeting. I felt he genuinely was on my side and interested in my well being. Although the surgeries I have undergone have been major , the pain was surprisingly minor. I have had excellent recoveries and shockingly minimal scaring. I could not be more satisfied with having been his patient. I did some research about plastic surgery and costs were in line with others. All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

Thankful for High Standards

I had lost an excessive amount of weight. After success in living a healthier lifestyle I found that the extra skin impacted my health in other ways. Dr Short completed a Belt Lipectomy.
My experience through the consultation visits and pre and post surgery was very positive!
Dr. Shortt was detailed with my questions leaving nothing to my imagination, defining the realities I would experience throughout the process. He was specific through the preparatory work that needed to happen and made me feel connected and comfortable with the procedure.
Dr. Shortt is professional, extremely knowledgeable as a plastic surgeon, and has the ability to communicate to people with clarity during each appointment!
I have also appreciated the office environment and connections with Joanne as she answered my questions with efficiency and genuine care.
Dr. Shortt is highly skilled in what he does, and he has the character of caring and valuing as he speaks with you. Dr. Shortt wants great results for each person and sets a very high standard, in which I am grateful!
I am really happy with the whole process from start to finish and excited about the outcome of having this surgery!
Thank you Dr. Shortt!

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago.

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago. It was e third time I’d had it removed, as it kept growing back, but since Dr Shortt removed it, it hasn’t returned!

I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery.

Dr Shortt was recommended to me for my explant surgery. I was informed he was the best surgeon for the job and that I would be very happy with the results.
We met on a couple of occasions before the surgery and discussed the options of new implants, fat grafting or just an explant. He was courteous, respectful and very knowledgeable.
He respected my decision to just have the explant surgery and didn’t try to sell me on other procedures. He is all about what’s best for his patients. When I had my pre-op at the hospital, the intake nurse couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him and his skills. That solidified it for me.
I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery. It was a unique case in that the implants had completely liquified. They were done 8 years ago by another recommended surgeon in Burlington, not Dr Shortt himself. It seems they were just defective.
Dr. Shortt noted that he had never seen any implants come out in that condition. I appreciate that he is following up with the manufacturer to inform them of the situation.
if you are choosing implants, please do your research and educate yourself and if you choose to have them done, Dr. Shortt is your guy.

Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner.

Recently I had Dr Shortt remove a large lump from the back of my leg. His genuinely friendly manner immediately put me at ease.
In the hospital, he explained how the procedure was going to work, which made me feel comfortable. The actual procedure took less than 5 minutes, with no pain. I was completely relaxed, knowing I was in good hands. Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner. I’d trust him to do absolutely any surgical procedure and would feel confident that the outcome would be very successful.

Feel and look better than ever before.


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