Many breast cancer patients require radiation after the surgery. This injures the skin of the breast. This can cause the skin to become very thick or very thin this can cause the breast tissue to become quite firm. This changes the nature of the skin after it has been radiated by causing what is called radiation arteritis. This narrows the blood supply and the blood vessels to the skin of the radiated area. Because of this radiated skin does not heal as well. It takes longer to heal and sometimes incisions tend to come apart also it is more likely to have infection. The radiated skin can be operated on however but must be very carefully taken care of after the surgery. The patient must understand that the risks of operating on the skin that has been radiated are higher for both surgical dehiscence, the incision coming apart, and for infection. Generally, Dr. Jacobsen requires brassiere wear 24 hours a day and extends the length of antibiotics. Oftentimes requires persistence to operate on a radiated breast to have an adequate reconstruction sometimes the patient and Dr. Jacobsen must enter an understanding knowing that there will be expected complications and if we persist and stick together we will overcome them and we will be able to reconstruct the radiated breast.
20 years ago, radiated breasts were always associated burned and leather like skin but now more modern techniques leave the skin less injured by the radiation and safer to reconstruct. At times now, it is difficult to tell that one side has been radiated rather than the other side. However, although you may not feel and see the temperatures now with margin radiation the effect on the healing is still quite present and does not get better with time. The radiated breast tissue will always be at higher risk for surgical dehiscence or falling apart of the wound and infection.
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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Dr J and his staff are committed to providing you with exceptional and compassionate care. On behalf of our entire team, we invite you to request a consultation to talk to Dr J about your goals, expectations and aspirations. We can’t wait to find out how our 20-plus years of experience in cosmetic and functional plastic surgery can help change your life, and make you a happier, healthier person.
Dr. William Jacobsen
2400 East Arizona
Biltmore Circle, Ste 2450
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Our Procedures & Treatments
Dr J considers every surgery an opportunity to express his vision with his patients, and believes in natural, beautiful results that leave you feeling confident and beautiful, but most importantly, feeling like yourself. From extremely rare and complex surgical cases, to cosmetic surgery, Dr J has the experience, compassion and understanding to help you achieve your surgical goals.