BREAST RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
Increased awareness about the importance of early detection, in conjunction with advances in breast cancer treatment, and the availability of more effective screening options, have all contributed to an increase in breast cancer survival rates over the past decade. Statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that there are approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States at the present time, many of whom have undergone radiation therapy, mastectomy, or double mastectomy at some point during their breast cancer treatment.
For these patients, and for individuals who suffer from genetic breast defects, or have sustained an injury to one or both breasts, breast reconstruction surgery can serve as an effective way to recreate breasts that have an authentic feel and appearance. Reconstructive breast surgery offers a number of benefits, including, but not limited to:
- Can help patients achieve a sense of closure after their battle with cancer
- Creates a more balanced chest appearance when a bra or swimsuit is worn
- Enables the permanent restoration of the patient’s natural breast shape
- Eliminates the need for an external prosthesis (a form that fits inside the bra to simulate the look of a natural breast)
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BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PROCEDURE
At Muse Plastic Surgery, located in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Wright A. Jones and Dr. Sabine Lovell have a special interest in cutting edge breast reconstruction techniques that are designed to facilitate the recreation of natural-looking breasts. Our plastic surgeons customize their treatment approach to reflect your medical history, surgical goals, and aesthetic preferences, and will work in close collaboration with your surgical oncology team, in order to ensure that your breast reconstruction is in alignment with your primary cancer treatment plan.
Patients who have elected to undergo breast reconstruction will have the option of an immediate reconstruction, which is performed at the same time as the mastectomy, or a delayed reconstruction, which will be performed months after the mastectomy. Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell will assess your physical health and confer with your oncology team to determine whether an immediate or delayed reconstruction is the appropriate choice.
Our plastic surgeons have experience performing a variety of breast reconstruction methods, including advanced flap procedures such as the transverse myocutaneous gracilis (TMG) and the deep inferio epigastric perforator (DIEP). Reconstructive flap techniques are an appropriate choice for patients whose mastectomy or radiation therapy has not left enough breast tissue to support a breast implant. During a flap procedure, the patient’s own skin, fat and muscle (often harvested from the buttocks or abdomen) is repositioned to create and/or cover the breast mound, and, if desired by the patient, a new breast implant is inserted. The nipple and areola (dark area around the nipple) can also be reconstructed per the patient’s request.
BREAST RECONSTRUCTION RECOVERY
Following your breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell will wrap your incisions with gauze or bandages, and will insert a temporary drain under the skin to remove excess blood or fluid. You will be given a support bra to wear that will help to minimize swelling and to support the newly reconstructed breast. The exact length of your post-surgical recovery period will depend upon the surgical techniques utilized during your procedure, as well as your body’s unique capacity to heal itself; however, our plastic surgeons will take all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard your health, minimize your discomfort, and shorten your recovery time, allowing you to return to your normal daily activities as expeditiously as possible.
CONTACT MUSE PLASTIC SURGERY
At Muse Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell focus not on changing the core aesthetic components of their patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help them become the absolute best that they can be. Our plastic surgeons believe in the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to explain all of your breast reconstruction options and procedural details so that you feel completely comfortable about your surgery.
If you would like additional information about breast reconstruction surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the Muse Plastic Surgery office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell.