Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction
Breast cancer has become increasingly prevalent in our society and many breast cancer patients will require the removal of an affected breast. In the past, many women were not offered breast reconstruction or did not have access to a plastic surgeon that could perform breast reconstruction surgery.
Our surgeons at Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida are experts in all forms of breast reconstruction. We perform implant based and autogenous (your own body tissues) reconstructions. Our physicians possess specialized training in microsurgical techniques such as free tissue transfers including: DIEP, SIEA, TUG, SGAP, and IGAP flaps. Many plastic surgeons do not offer these techniques for their patients. Patients from throughout the country have been referred to our center because of our vast experience with all forms of breast reconstruction.
Many times breast reconstruction can be performed immediately at the time of mastectomy and in conjunction with the surgical oncologist. In other situations the procedure has to be delayed and performed at a later date. There are multiple factors that determine whether your breast reconstruction can be performed immediately at the time of your breast cancer surgery. At your visit, we will determine the best plan for you.
Currently, the most common procedure for breast cancer involves only a partial mastectomy, breast conservation therapy (BCT). Our surgeons have expertise in oncoplastic techniques for breast reconstruction when only a portion of the breast is removed. This allows our plastic surgeons to restore the breast shape and contour. We work closely and coordinate care with your other breast cancer specialists. This enables us to provide you with a highly individualized approach to your care and helps us provide the best reconstructive option for you. Many patients are candidates for several types of breast reconstruction. This is a complex decision that requires extensive discussion with your plastic surgeon. Our surgeons will sit down with you and provide you with a compassionate and comprehensive evaluation. Come in to meet with one of our plastic surgeons today to discuss your treatment options.
Breast Reconstruction for Congenital Deformities
Modern surgical procedures and technology make it possible to reconstruct natural looking breasts. At Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida, in addition to performing breast reconstruction for breast cancer, we are able to create new breasts for a number of reasons.
Women who have congenital breast deformities, like tuberous breast (long, tube or cone like breasts), can benefit greatly from breast reconstruction surgery. Asymmetrical breasts can be reshaped to help women feel more comfortable with the appearance of their breasts. Reconstructed and reshaped breasts can instill a sense of self confidence that may have been lacking before.
Breast reconstruction can be performed with or without implants, depending on the wishes of the patient. The procedure may involve repositioning the breast with the use of an implantable mesh to support breast tissue from sagging. The same mesh can be used to support an implant if is one used. The procedure often involves using tissue from other parts of the body. Tissues from the hips, buttocks, thighs and abdomen are all good matches for this procedure. We also offer the muscle sparring, latissimus dorsi flap procedure which uses a portion of the back muscle. Each approach can be used to achieve different results. Your plastic surgeon will explain all of your choices and help you make an educated decision.