Women decide to have breast reconstruction for many personal reasons, and here is one of the best ones: being able to live the life she wants and to live the way she wants to live it!

Unretouched photos provided by Dr Iteld's breast reconstruction patient and taken on her vacation.This is one of my patients. She had a bilateral mastectomy followed by me performing reconstructive surgery. The photos were taken of her while she was on vacation. They are unretouched and provided by the patient.

It’s important to understand that it’s not about how I did her surgery. The important message here is WHY we do breast reconstruction surgery. And, my answer is that it empowers women to live an unencumbered and unburdened life, to do what they want and feel good about it.

She looks awesome!

This patient looks and feels fantastic about herself. In her early 40s, her self-image could have been greatly altered after having had a mastectomy. Instead, she proudly shows off her swimsuit model look, enjoying herself and sharing her beautiful appearance with others.

Goal of Breast Reconstruction

The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size. Breast reconstruction gives women hope, balance and empowerment to rebuild their lives.

I believe that, all too often, medical professionals and patients focus on what techniques or procedures are being used. But, that is not what’s important. The emphasis should be on outcomes. When I see a patient in my office or get photos like these and know my patient is happy, then I know I have affected positive change. That’s what reconstruction is about.

To learn more…

Breast reconstruction is a highly personal decision. Call us at 312.757.4505 to schedule a confidential consultation or send us an email at info@driteld.com.


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Lawrence Iteld, MD