What is Breast Reconstruction?
Reconstruction surgery for the breasts is typically performed to restore the chest to a normal appearance in shape and size after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. It can also be performed to repair the chest if it has been damaged by trauma or a birth defect. Advanced techniques and tools in breast reconstruction surgery make it possible for you to feel whole again and attain natural-looking breasts. This surgery can include several procedures and can even be done at the same time as breast cancer treatment if necessary. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler is here to help you create a personalized treatment plan and work with you to help you restore your appearance and confidence at Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Ridgeland, MS office today.
What Can I Expect from Breast Reconstruction?
There are also many factors that Dr. Steckler reviews when choosing the best technique for your breast reconstruction, like cancer diagnosis, when the reconstruction is performed, whether you will use natural tissue or implants, and if nipple reconstruction or nipple-sparing is a part of the treatment plan. The most frequent techniques we use are:
- TRAM Flap: Uses muscle, fat, and skin from your abdomen to build the breast.
- DIEP Flap: A DIEP Flap removes skin, fat, and blood vessels from the lower abdominal area to create the breast mound, then uses microsurgery to re-attach the blood vessels to the chest wall.
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap: Uses muscle, fat, and skin from your back to the breast(s) through a surgically created tunnel so it stays attached to the donor location, which keeps the original blood supply intact.
- PAP Flap: The profunda artery perforator (PAP) uses skin, fat, and muscle tissue from your inner thigh to reconstruct your breast(s).
- LTP Flap: If there isn't enough muscle, fat, and skin that can be taken from the abdominal area, the LTP flap technique may be used, which uses tissue from the outer thigh.
- Composite Flap: Combines flaps from different areas of your body for breast reconstruction.
Your breast reconstruction surgery will be performed in several stages. During some phases (like the flap creation, inserting an expander, or placing implants), general anesthesia is often used. Some patients will need to stay overnight, but this is dependent on the current treatment phase. When the last stage is completed in the breast reconstruction process, you should wear a supportive bra and you may be prescribed medication by Dr. Steckler to control bleeding, discomfort, and swelling. Over time, the breast(s) will look normal so you can feel more confident.
Reclaim Your Self-Confidence After Breast Cancer
While the breast reconstruction process can take time, it is considered one of the most worthwhile surgeries for our patients at Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery. It may help decrease the physical and emotional impact of a mastectomy while also allowing you to restore your self-confidence and figure. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have had trauma to the chest, or have a congenital defect that affects the look of your breasts, we invite you to call our Ridgeland, MS office and make an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler.