Dr. Craig has obtained years of training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Yale School of Medicine. She has trained with leading breast reconstruction surgeons Dr. Roger Khouri and Dr. Phillip Blondeel and joined the successful practice of Dr. Fusi, a top plastic surgeon of the region who is now retired. Her practice integrates the latest advancements in oncoplastic reconstruction for improved patient safety and aesthetic results.
Do I Need an Oncoplastic Reduction?
An oncoplastic reduction is a procedure that removes breast cancer while simultaneously performing a breast reduction. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig can perform an oncoplastic reduction to:
- Reshape the remaining healthy breast tissue after a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy.
- Reduce the size of your other breast to achieve symmetry.
- Lift the breast to provide a more youthful appearance.
- Facilitate the delivery of radiation following a lumpectomy in women with larger breasts.
Our doctors will consult with your breast cancer surgeon and form a surgical plan to ensure the best possible results. In the past, a breast cancer surgeon would simply perform a lumpectomy to remove the breast cancer leaving a cavity or defect as a result. This left many women dissatisfied with their results, in particular following radiation treatment. Today, oncoplastic reductions are used to reduce, lift, and re-shape the breast to provide a natural-appearing breast after a lumpectomy, and minimize resultant defects.
How Safe Is an Oncoplastic Reduction?
- The average age of breast cancer patients is 60, but this number drops to 51 for women seeking breast reconstruction. Many Houston patients believe that their body type and age prevent them from pursuing procedures that enhance their appearance. However, oncoplastic reduction is one of the safest options for obese women and older women who have larger breasts.
- The patient must be cleared for reconstructive surgery by their breast cancer surgeon.
While there are always possible complications such as delayed healing, infection, and bleeding, these are uncommon and can often be managed by conservative measures by Drs. Fusi and Craig during the postoperative period.
What Will Happen During Surgery?
Our doctors work with your breast surgeon to schedule an oncoplastic reduction plan that complements your cancer treatment. During the operation, your breast surgeon will remove the cancer from your breast. When this is complete, Drs. Fusi and Craig will:
- Restructure your breasts using the remaining breast tissue.
- Reduce and lift your breast.
- Close all incisions to minimize scarring and promote healing.
After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room and given time to rest. Our doctors will schedule follow-ups throughout your recovery to be sure that you are healing well.
How Will My Breasts Heal?
Because oncoplastic reduction preserves your breast tissue during reconstruction, the results will be very natural. Your breasts will be smaller in size, shape, and position. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will restore the shape and look of your natural breasts. As your breasts heal, you will notice:
- Less swelling and bruising.
- Smaller, lifted breasts.
To ensure the best possible results, our doctors may ask you to restrict certain activities and follow specific aftercare instructions following your surgery.
If you have any questions about oncoplastic reduction or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig, contact our Houston office at 713-346-9909.