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Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Surgery After Total or Partial Mastectomy

Our board certified plastic surgeons specialize in breast reconstruction surgery to help restore a woman's appearance after total or partial breast mastectomy. In addition to helping restore a woman’s appearance, breast reconstruction can benefit women emotionally as well.  Many women find that breast reconstruction is an important final step in the healing process during their battle with breast cancer.  By offering compassionate care and detailed options, Doctor Cooper and Doctor Sattler can help you determine which method of breast reconstruction is right for you. Contact Us Today for Your Free Consultation!

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Breast Reconstruction Surgery Techniques

Breast Tissue expander / Breast Implants

One of the most common methods for breast reconstruction is through the use of tissue expanders followed by the placement of implants, either silicone or saline.  Depending on the amount and quality of skin and soft tissue left behind after a mastectomy, tissue expanders may be placed at the time of mastectomy or in a delayed fashion, months to years later.  The tissue expander is placed to help expand your remaining skin to allow the subsequent placement of the correct sized implant to help restore your lost breast shape and volume. 

Doctor Cooper and Doctor Sattler fill the tissue expander at weekly office visits by instilling saline directly into the tissue expander. This typically takes one to two months to complete. After the filling of the expander is completed, the tissue expanders will stay in place for another couple months to allow the breast pocket to mature.  During a second operation the tissue expander is removed and a silicone or saline implant is placed.

Autologous Breast Reconstruction

Some women may not be candidates for tissue expansion due to their anatomy or the quality of their remaining skin and soft tissue due to radiation therapy.  Additionally, some women would rather have a breast constructed from their own soft tissues rather than have implants placed.  For these women, autologous (using your own body) reconstruction may be an appropriate option. 

T.R.A.M. (transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous) Flap

The TRAM flap procedure involves using muscle, fat, and skin from your abdomen to recreate a breast.  A low abdominal incision is made and a portion of your abdominal musculature and soft tissues are transferred to your chest wall in order to create a new breast.  Additionally, the TRAM flap technique is sometimes utilized to reconstruct a partial mastectomy defect. 

Latissimus Dorsi Flap

The latissimus dorsi flap technique involves transferring a portion of your back muscle, skin, and fat in order to recreate a breast. Often times, in order to add more volume, a tissue expander is placed as well. Additionally, the latissimus flap may be used to help reconstruct partial mastectomy defects.


Nipple and Areolar Reconstruction

The creation of a nipple and areola is the final component of your breast reconstruction.  Using your own breast skin and soft tissue, Doctor Cooper and Doctor Sattler will use local skin flaps to recreate a nipple.  This operation is performed in an office procedure room using a local anesthetic.  Once the nipple reconstruction has had ample time to heal, tattooing may be performed in order to give your nipple and areolar skin a more natural appearance.   

Before and After Breast Reconstruction Photos

Before and after photos on this website are of actual patients who have given permission for their photos to be published. Individual results may vary. No guarantee or prediction of outcome is implied.

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