Recovering after breast cancer and radiation.

Recovering after breast cancer and radiation.

Dr. Jacobsen's compassion and understanding for survivors of breast cancer has formed a major part of his expertise in the area, including recovery options for those who suffer from skin issues related to radiation. Contact us today to learn more.

Breast Surgery After Radiation

Radiation can have long lasting impacts on the skin. Sometimes causing the skin to become very thick or very thin. In the case of breast tissue, radiation can cause the breast tissue to become quite firm, changing the nature of the underly tissue and skin. Also known as radiation arteritis. Radiation narrows the blood supply and the blood vessels to the skin of the radiated area. In turn the skin takes longer to heal and becomes more prone to infection. Requiring more post-op care. The risks of operating on the skin that has been radiated are higher for both surgical dehiscences (the incision coming apart) and for infection. Generally, for cases of radiation Dr. Jacobsen requires the wear of a brassiere for 24 hours a day and extends the length of prescribed antibiotics. Lessening the chances for infection and allowing greater time for healing. Going into surgery the patient and the doctor must enter an understanding that there will, or might be, some expected complications.

20 years ago, radiation was much more harsh and the impacts were more noticeable. Now, at times, it is even difficult to tell which side has been radiated on. More modern techniques have left the skin less injured, less rough and safer for reconstruction. Although you may not feel or see differences from radiation, their effects on the healing are quite present and persistent through time. Leaving the patient higher risk for complications. Dr. Jacobsen is very experienced dealing with higher risk patients and is here to comfort and take care of any needs or concerns you may have.

Contact Us Today For A Breast Surgery Consultation

Our ultimate goal is to heal.

Dr. J and his staff look forward to understanding the details of your unique case, desires and aspirations, and to providing you with realistic, safe and attainable results that leave you looking beautiful, and truly feeling like yourself. Take the first step toward your healing or rejuvenating procedure with Dr. J by filling out our contact form to request a consultation, or to inquire about any of the services we offer. We look forward to treating you!
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I had a great experience during my consultation with Dr. J and his staff. They made me feel super comfortable as soon as I walked in even though I was a nervous wreck. Everyone was so sweet, nice and very knowledgeable. What I wanted done Dr. J surprised me with his answer. Which is why I will be scheduling an appointment for a breast augmentation soon with him. Also, I hate talking on the phone so I am able to contact them by text or email with any questions or concerns I have, and with my busy schedule it works out for both parties. I will have to edit this review with the results of my procedure and recovery process. As for a consultation experience, I have no complaints.
  • Amanda Lewis

    Amanda Lewis