About Oncoplastic Surgery
Patients who undergo a lumpectomy are often left with misshapen and deformed breasts where the lump was removed. The Woodlands and Houston, TX plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. S. Benjamin Albright is able to perform a lumpectomy reconstruction using oncoplastic surgical techniques. This operation typically takes place in conjunction with the lumpectomy, where Dr. Albright will rearrange and reshape the breast tissue and skin to create a fuller, more natural-looking shape. The nipple and areola can also be repositioned to match the new shape and present a uniformed look. Generally, both breasts will need to be altered in order for them to look symmetrical. Sometimes autologous fat grafting and injections can be used to fill out places that have become depressed or sunken in. At Albright Plastic Surgery, you will get the chance to discuss your procedure with Dr. Albright and determine the proper treatment method based on your needs.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction Ideal Candidates
If you are in need of a lumpectomy and are desiring to undergo a reconstructive operation, then an oncoplastic surgery may be right for you if:
- You have deformities, depressions, or other breast irregularities
- You are not in need of a full breast reconstruction
- You have no objections to reshaping both breasts for a uniformed appearance
"Over the course of six months, I had three surgeries performed by Dr. Albright. A unilateral breast reconstruction with a tissue expander, a DIEP-Flap bilateral breast reconstruction, and a nipple reconstruction and liposuction for fat grafting/transfer. Today, my breasts are the same size as the ones I lost due to cancer, except now they are full and firm. My nipples are well defined and in proportion to my areola and breast size. My abdomen looks completely flat, with no excess skin, no stretch marks, and a well re-positioned belly button. I have no visible scars on my breast, and the scar on my abdomen is thin, flat and almost unnoticeable.Dr. Albright is a gifted reconstructive surgeon with unparalleled surgical skills. He listens, counsels, and never promises what you he won’t be able to deliver. He exudes professionalism, kindness, and humbleness and so does his staff.By the grace and mercy of God I am alive and cancer free. By the hands of Dr. Albright, I am brand new."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 27, 2020
"My mother and I have been going to Dr Albright for years. He is kind, compassionate, takes all the time you need, a perfectionist-which is exactly what we want, and most importantly, does the most amazing work. I have been to several top profile in Houston and Dr Albrights “refreshers” and work are always that too, perfect!!!He has a wonderful warm team, all fun to be with while also so knowledgeable. I beyond recommend him. His assistants and PA are warm and welcoming. The front desk is warm and know you. Its an A+, 10 star experience. You can TRUST him and his work. 100 PERCENT!!!! Highest recommendation I can give!!"- L.T. / Healthgrades / Feb 29, 2020
"Katie PA and Dr. Albright are an amazing team. Always making me me feel comfortable about sensitive topics of conversation during my consultation and delivering impeccable results. Blessed to have found these two."- T.L. / Google / Feb 26, 2020
"Dr. Albright has a kind, personable bedside manner and his staff are wonderful. He listened to my wants, concerns and needs and help me to make the best decision for me. He even took an extra hour answering all my questions to eliminate any fears I had. I couldn't be happier with the results and I highly recommend him to all my friends."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 18, 2020
"Dr. Allbright is an intelligent, caring, and fantastic doctor! He genuinely listens to your concerns and he is very willing to work with you and whatever your needs are. I have heard a few people say that Dr. Allbright is young, So they are concerned with his skill level. My comment to that, Dr. Allbright was trained in the best technology possible and he is super amazing in his abilities. I would prefer Dr. Allbright to have me in surgery for 13 hours rather than someone that is twice his age. My results have been completely amazing and although my original reason to see him was because of a diagnosis of breast cancer, he has truly helped to enhance my life and has made the best of a bad situation. His entire staff is extremely knowledgeable and they are so very caring. Anytime I called with a question, One of his staff got with me very quickly. I cannot rave enough about this amazing person. He truly treats you as an individual and not at all as just another client. He actually remembers things from your last visit. He is one of a kind!!!"- J.L. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
What to Expect with Lumpectomy Reconstruction
Your oncoplastic reconstruction surgery will take place at the same time as the lumpectomy procedure. After the tumor has been removed, Dr. Albright will then go in and re-contour the breast tissue, as well as reposition the nipple and areola to ensure that it is centered properly. He will work closely as needed with the general surgeon to spare as much of the original breast tissue as possible. The other breast will most likely need to be reshaped, reduced, or lifted to create a uniformed bustline that's symmetrical. Sometimes autologous fat grafting can also be used during this procedure to add more volume to the breast if the necessary amount of tissue cannot be preserved.
Lumpectomy Reconstruction Recovery
An oncoplastic lumpectomy reconstruction can sometimes be performed as an outpatient procedure, or it may require you to stay overnight in the hospital. Once released with your aftercare instructions, it will usually take around two weeks before you can return back to work and normal social activities. Strenuous activities such as exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
Lumpectomy Reconstruction A Uniformed Bustline
If you want your bustline to maintain its previous uniformity and aesthetic appeal after receiving your lumpectomy, then we invite you to consider having an oncoplastic reconstructive surgery at the same time. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon can take special care to reshape your breasts and preserve their symmetry. Give our office a call today to learn more.