If you are considering breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, you want to choose a doctor who has the skill, experience, and compassion to guide you through the next stage of your healing. At the 10019 plastic surgery office of Dr. Lloyd Hoffman you will find that person. He completed his general surgery training at Cornell/New York Hospital and went on to fellowships in plastic surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery at the Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York University. Dr. Hoffman has been recognized nationally and internationally for his surgical skills, published works and his teaching abilities. While his accolades are impressive and numerous, Dr. Hoffman remains completely focused on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and devotes himself entirely to patient care.
Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease has become quite advanced with today’s surgical procedures. This 10065 plastic surgeon is often able to create a breast that is similar in form and appearance to that of the natural breast. A consultation will provide you with information on the many available options for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction restores a natural, symmetrical appearance to the bosom, maintains body proportion, allows clothes to fit better, and most important of all, boosts self-confidence for women who have lost one or both breasts to mastectomy or who lack breasts due to a congenital or developmental abnormality. Reconstructive surgeons strive to create a new breast and nipple that resemble the woman’s natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size and position. Women whose cancer seems to have been eradicated with mastectomy are the best candidates for breast reconstruction. Those with health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure and those who smoke are advised to wait. Others prefer to postpone surgery as they come to terms with having cancer, consider the extent of the procedure, or explore alternatives.
The reconstruction itself consists of multiple operations, the first of which involves creation of the breast mound and is performed during or after mastectomy in a hospital under general anesthesia. Later surgeries, if necessary, may be done in the hospital or an outpatient facility, with either general or local anesthesia. There are several ways to reconstruct the breast, both with and without implants; your breast surgeon and 10019 plastic surgery office will work together with you in deciding which is the best for you. We understand that this is a difficult decision coming at an emotional time. We are here to offer sound medical advice in a warm, accepting environment. We will work with you, at your own pace, to help you arrive at a decision that is right for you.