Dr. Harness explains what a woman's breasts should look like after a double mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Well, double mastectomy without immediate reconstruction, I feel strongly about this that the skin should be down flat. I have seen mastectomies where the surgeon is just getting the breast tissue out of there and leaving all sorts of skin. It’s kind of ugly and wrinkled on the chest wall. You can’t fit a prosthesis in the bra properly. It’s a mess, frankly.
My strong view is that if you are not having reconstruction, you want the skin down flat on the chest wall so that a prosthesis can be used should you choose to use one.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.