BREAST - Reconstruction

The Doctor of UBA plastic surgery understand that the loss of a breast to breast cancer can be an unpleasant and difficult event in a woman's life. Many types of procedures are now available to women in UBA for breast reconstruction after a complete or partial mastectomy. Current techniques of breast reconstruction may help improve your self-confidence and self-image, thus improving your quality of life. Careful patient evaluation is necessary to choose the "right" procedure for each individual patient.

Our plastic surgeons understand that every case is different and strive to give you exceptional personal care. We have extensive experience with this procedure, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform a number of reconstructive breast surgeries in our fully accredited facility.

Before Choosing Breast Reconstruction

There are many different types of breast reconstruction procedures available. The best procedure for you depends on the type of surgery you've had on your breasts, characteristics of your breast cancer including its location and size, and your personal preferences about each of the different procedures.

You should decide about reconstruction only after getting complete information about all alternatives. Your doctor will review information with you about your mastectomy or partial breast removal and discuss the options available for breast reconstruction. After the initial examination, he or she will recommend the most suitable option for your breast reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Breast reconstruction restores components of your breast that were lost during mastectomy. Our surgeons use a number of reconstructive techniques following mastectomy. You may be a candidate for all reconstructive options, depending on your health, body type and your personal choice. A breast reconstruction consultation with our plastic surgeons is highly personalized and our staff takes extra care to help you make an informed decision. Reconstructive procedures may involve use of breast implants, your own natural body tissue or a combination of both. Body tissues used for breast reconstruction, known as "flaps," may come from either your back muscle (latissimus dorsi flap) or from your abdomen (TRAM flap or DIEP flap). The TRAM or DIEP flap uses excess tissue from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the entire breast, simultaneously improving both areas. In patients who opt for partial mastectomy and who also have large, heavy breasts, we may perform simultaneous breast reduction surgery as a means of immediate reconstruction. This is called an oncoplastic breast reduction.

After reconstructing the breast mound, the tissue is allowed to "settle" to its final shape and position. Then, the best location for the nipple is determined and nipple-areola reconstruction is completed. Nipple-areola reconstruction is usually performed as a day surgery or outpatient procedure 4 to 6 months after the mound reconstruction. Your doctor will discuss the options and techniques for nipple-areola reconstruction during your consultation after determining available options.