Breast reconstruction is a complex reconstructive procedure most commonly performed following complete or partial mastectomy for breast cancer. After the trauma of cancer treatment, it represents an important part of restoring self esteem and body image.
For many of Mr Lin’s patients, it has come to symbolize the defining step in regaining what cancer has taken away.
Mr Lin will guide you through the decision making process, taking into account various factors such as breast volume, body shape, nature of your breast cancer treatment and, of course, your goals and expectations.
The advantages of using ones own tissue include:
- Best possible shape and feel in the reconstructed breast.
- A breast that moves and ages naturally.
- Avoiding all implant related problems.
Some disadvantages include longer operating time, longer hospital stay and longer recovery. Of course, additional incisions are required to harvest donor tissue.
Breast reconstruction represents a special area of expertise for Mr Lin, who has pursued fellowship training in the United Kingdom with world renowned Professor Venkat Ramakrishnan in microsurgical breast reconstruction. He is a member of the breast reconstruction team at Epworth Eastern Private Hospital, Eastern Health and Peninsula Health, and works closely with breast cancer surgeons and oncologist at these institutions.