October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the physicians and staff of CYNTHIA GREGG MD, FACE & BODY SPECIALISTS are inspired by every person affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. Dr. Cindy Wu, our board certified and fellowship trained aesthetic breast surgeon is exceptionally experienced in helping women diagnosed with breast cancer discover their options for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.
“Breast reconstruction is a journey, and I am with you every step of the way.” – Dr. Cindy Wu
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, which means that you likely know someone who has had this diagnosis and potentially undergone breast reconstruction. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I am honored to be able to help women restore their breasts and confidence after mastectomy. From the moment a woman is diagnosed with cancer, her whole world changes. She suddenly is faced with many life-changing medical decisions – at times without all the facts, and more troubling, without adequate support. My job as a reconstructive plastic surgeon is to fully inform my patients of her reconstruction options based on her cancer stage, need for chemotherapy or radiation treatment, anatomy, aesthetic goals, work demands, and social support system after surgery. Each patient’s treatment recommendations are specific to her individual needs. I am there with you right after you receive your diagnosis, often within a week of you having seen your breast surgeon. The breast surgeon and I are on your breast cancer treatment team, along with the oncologist, radiologist, and pathologist. Together we plan your mastectomy (or lumpectomy) with implant-based reconstruction based on the timing of your chemotherapy or radiation, should you need it. With newer reconstructive technologies such as form-stable, fifth-generation, cohesive silicone implants; biological meshes; fat transfer, as well as newer techniques such as single stage, pre-pectoral (above the muscle), direct to implant reconstruction, breast reconstruction now these days gives better cosmetic results, faster recovery, and less pain compared to before. The breast reconstruction timeline from the start (mastectomy) to finish (nipple reconstruction, if desired) can take 9-12 months, and sometimes longer if additional fine-tuning is needed. As a reconstructive plastic surgeon, I am with you every step of the way. You will get to know my team and me extremely well. We are committed to your health and well-being. We are only happy when you are happy. It is a great privilege for me to see a woman through this process and help her to feel “whole” again after such a difficult experience. I am available to meet with breast cancer patients to discuss reconstruction options at any stage during their cancer treatment.