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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

You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results. I had a tattoo where the implant incision would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

Breast Augmentation – What an Amazing Doctor !

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results.

I had a tattoo where the implant insission would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

The day of my surgery Dr. Shortt and his team made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you again !

Dr. Shortt has a great eye and is a creative visionary

Everyone reacts differently to a diagnosis / treatment of breast cancer. For me, after the mastectomy, I no longer felt whole. I decided reconstructive surgery was the answer which was very intense – but no regrets. The results were good but I still felt a little mismatched. My surgeon referred me to Dr. Shortt. Like so many others on this site, I felt like he knew exactly what I was looking for and how to get there. Dr. Shortt has a great eye and is a creative visionary that can determine what need to be done, coupled with the skill to do it. What really differentiates him from the rest though, is his empathy and understanding. You don’t often find doctors who are good at combining the science with compassion. This was a surprising and greatly appreciated aspect of my care. I am 4 weeks post op now and I have to say the results are spectacular. I feel like the sisters have been reunited and I am whole again. If you have had reconstructive surgery and feel you need a little more finessing, take my advice and make it happen. You will be glad you did. I would highly recommend Dr. Shortt to my closest friends and family and to anyone looking for cosmetic improvements.

Thank you again,

Susan

Amazing plastic surgeon

Amazing plastic surgeon who was initially referred to me by another plastic surgeon. From my first consultation, Dr Shortt immediately knew what surgical procedures were the best option for my situation. No hesitation in diagnosis and recommended plan of action. I’m a breast cancer survivor and I thought a breast reconstruction was a lost cause for me due to my extension radiation treatments and consequential skin damage. Dr Shortt was very methodical and professional throughout the entire 18 month process. Before each surgery, I witnessed assertiveness and confidence with a sure hand mapping my body with his sharpie pen. He made me feel at ease with his good sense of humour and music.
My breast cancer journey is at long last over and I am quite happy with the final results. I feel rejuvenated and have gained my confidence back. I am so glad that I didn’t hesitate with my initial decision to go forward with the breast reconstruction. Thank you so much Dr. Shortt.

Nicest doctor ever

Dr. Shortt made my experience so wonderful and easy, he listened to all my concerns and was so helpful with everything. I had small implants put in to correct my tuberous breast and didn’t want too much of a visible change in size, he did exactly that and was so helpful throughout the whole process and made things very easy. I can’t thank I’m enough!

Amazing Experience with Dr. Shortt

I had an amazing experience with Dr. Shortt and his staff. I am so thankful to have had such a skilled surgeon and I am extremely happy with the results and I am glad I went through with the procedure/ chose Dr. Shortt as my surgeon. When I went for my pre-op check-up with my GP he asked who my surgeon was and when I told him it was Dr. Shortt he said that Dr. Shortt is a very good surgeon/ “one of the best.” The consultation process was excellent, I had more questions than the average patient. I asked specific questions about the procedure and the techniques that he uses for the surgery and he was more than happy to answer all my questions and let me know that I could come back for further consultations if I had more questions etc.

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt. I recently had laser surgery on my face and am very pleased with the results. Dr. Shortt was patient, understanding and answered all my questions during our consultation. I later had some concerns about the surgery and Dr. Shortt listened to them and modified the procedure for me. I felt completely confident in his skill, expertise and professionalism and am very glad I went ahead with the surgery.

Feel and look better than ever before.


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