Issaquah Plastic Surgery - Kimberly K. Lu, M.D.  

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure both for the woman who has lost a breast due to cancer and for the physician as well. The creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed. In most cases, the reconstructed breast does not have sensation, and in the cases of unilateral (one sided) mastectomy, one or more procedures may need to be performed on the opposite breast to obtain the best symmetry. Breast reconstruction is a process which may last from months to one year, therefore, a good relationship between the plastic surgeon and patient is essential. Breast reconstruction can begin at the same time as mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or may be delayed until you heal from mastectomy and recover from any additional cancer treatments (delayed reconstruction). Dr. Lu has a special interest in breast reconstruction and participates in the Overlake Hospital and Swedish Hospital Multidisciplinary Breast Conferences and will discuss your plan of care with you, your oncologist and breast cancer surgeon to jointly determine the optimal timing for your reconstruction. Multiple options for breast reconstruction exist, including reconstruction with your own tissue (TRAM or latissimus flap) or implant reconstruction. Many factors, such as general health, weight and body shape, prior surgeries or scars, planned radiation and personal preferences will influence your decision regarding type of reconstruction. Dr. Lu prefers to see you prior to your cancer surgery so that all options can be discussed with you and a coordinated plan made prior to any intervention.

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Kimberly K. Lu


Issaquah Plastic Surgery


(425) 392-8282