Life after breast cancer affects each and every patient differently. Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman believes it’s imperative to discuss all breast reconstruction options with his patients as each case is unique and requires specific treatment plans.
Breast reconstruction surgery can be done immediately following a mastectomy or lumpectomy or at a later time after cancer has been removed when a patient is physically and emotionally ready. Dr. Whiteman uses the most advanced technology to provide his breast reconstruction patients with natural-looking results that restores their confidence. During a comprehensive in-office consultation, Dr. Whiteman will examine the breast(s), muscle, tissues, and skin around the breast to determine which reconstructive technique would best benefit the patient.
If there is enough extra tissue and skin from other areas of the body such as the back or shoulder, then Dr. Whiteman may recommend a flap reconstruction method which rebuilds the breast using the patient’s own tissue. If there is not adequate tissue for flap reconstruction, then a breast implant may be used. A tissue expander, or balloon-like device, can be inserted under the skin to allow sufficient room for placement of the implant. The nipple and areola can also be rebuilt with cosmetic tattooing.
Additional breast procedures such as breast lift or breast reduction can also be simultaneously performed during breast reconstruction to improve overall aesthetics of the breasts.
To learn more about the breast reconstruction techniques available at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news.