RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. While defeating cancer can give people a second chance at life, that does not always mean life will resume to what it was before the cancer diagnosis. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel and Dr. Steven J. Montante of Richmond Aesthetic Surgery recognize that cancer takes an intense physical and emotional toll on women. This is why they are so proud to help restore what women may have lost through breast cancer treatment.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Zemmel and Dr. Montante are doing their part to inform women of breast reconstruction options following cancer treatment. The surgeons explain that any patient who has undergone a full or partial removal of the breast, such as a lumpectomy, mastectomy, or breast conservation therapy, is eligible for reconstruction. At their Richmond plastic surgery practice, women have three main options for restoring lost breast tissue:

  • Breast implants
  • One's own tissue for transfer
  • Implants with a tissue transfer

Additionally, the team offers nipple and areola reconstruction to help make the breasts look as natural as possible. The experienced surgeons work closely with each patient to determine their aesthetic goals and individual needs. From this information, Dr. Zemmel and Dr. Montante are able to recommend the most beneficial reconstruction options available.

The surgeons are honored to work with the strong women who have overcome breast cancer. They describe breast reconstruction as one of the most gratifying procedures they perform at the practice. While their main focus is to provide beautiful, natural-looking breasts, Dr. Zemmel and Dr. Montante are proud to help restore women's sense of femininity and confidence.

About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS

Dr. Zemmel earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, graduating with honors, and he continued to the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he completed his medical degree. Dr. Zemmel then studied in a General Surgery internship at the Department of Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, where he later trained in a General Surgery residency. For his second and final residency, Dr. Zemmel studied Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Zemmel is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Physicians' Fellowship for Medicine in Israel, and the American Burn Association. He is available for interview upon request.

About Steven J. Montante, MD

Dr. Montante graduated from the University of Scranton with his undergraduate degree and then proceeded to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for his medical education. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Montante completed his surgical training at the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University, entering the Plastic Surgery Residence Program soon after beginning. He is board certified in plastic surgery and performs a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Montante is available for interview upon request.

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