Spectrum Plastic Surgery

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Breast Reconstruction

When a woman undergoes mastectomy surgery to remove breast cancer, she loses breast tissue, altering the appearance of the chest. Breast reconstruction is a procedure used to restore the shape and appearance of a woman’s breasts following mastectomy surgery.

Choosing whether or not to get a breast reconstructed is a difficult decision. Women who have lost a breast due to breast cancer often do not feel like themselves without it, and this can lead to self-consciousness and depression. In such cases, breast reconstruction is the best option to get back the original shape of their breast and restore confidence.

There are two types of breast reconstruction available: flap reconstruction and implant reconstruction. The technique used for a patient’s surgery will depend on the exact case and the patient’s needs and goals.

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Finding out more about breast reconstruction is one of the most important steps of the process. Contact our office by calling (480) 948-8400 and make an appointment to meet with our surgeons, who will discuss the procedure with you in greater depth.

 

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Flap Reconstruction

Flap reconstruction is a type of breast reconstruction that involves transplanting tissue from a different part of the patient’s body to the breast area. Usually, the tissues of the back, thighs, or buttocks are used for this process. The donor tissue is typically cut off from the original site and a new blood supply is connected. Sometimes, the original blood supply is instead retained by tunneling the blood vessels under the skin.

A muscle flap called latissimus dorsi is most commonly used for autologous reconstruction. It is found on the back and is a large flat muscle. It can be easily transplanted to the breast area without significant loss in function and with the existing blood supply. In order to avoid dehiscence or necrosis at the donor site, a layer of fat has to be retained while extracting the tissue.

Flap Reconstruction
Implant Reconstruction

Implant Reconstruction

Implant-based reconstruction is the most widely used method of breast reconstruction. In this method, a breast implant is placed in order to restore volume to the breast. Silicone implants are most commonly used for this purpose, and they are placed below the pectoralis major muscle in the chest area.

A similar process involves placing a tissue expander in the sub-pectoral pocket, i.e. the chest area. Over time, saline solution is injected into the expander. This expands the tissue until it is stretched to the appropriate size to accommodate a permanent breast implant. At this time, the expander is removed and the implant is inserted.

Nipple Reconstruction

A nipple prosthesis is used to reconstruct a nipple and areola. If only one breast has to be reconstructed, then the areola tissue can be harvested from the other breast. If this is not possible, a small flap is raised on the reconstructed breast to act as the areola. Then a circular incision is made in order to reshape the area. The desired color of the areola can be achieved by getting it cosmetically tattooed the same color of the existing areola.

Nipple Reconstruction

Recovering from Breast Reconstruction

Following the breast reconstruction procedure, the patient will need to experience a period of healing and recovery. The exact nature of this will depend on the surgical techniques used in the procedure. As part of your consultation, our surgeons will tell you more about what you will need to do during recovery.

Patients should avoid physically taxing activities and must take time off from work and their daily chores. A supportive post-surgical garment should be worn in order to support the healing tissues and help control swelling.

 

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