Building Awareness and Education for Breast Reconstruction Options

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 16th marked BRA Day, or Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, celebrating raising awareness and education on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction options. Studies published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that less than 23 percent of women know the wide range of options available to them. As a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. David Whiteman understands the effects of breast cancer and actively educates his patients about reconstruction options to help them on their journey to healing.

Atlanta Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day 2012Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy or delayed until all cancer treatment is completed or when the patient is ready. During consultation, Dr. Whiteman examines the remaining breast tissue, skin, and muscles to determine proper treatment plans to achieve natural-looking results for each patient. A breast reconstruction treatment plan is unique to the patient’s individual situation, condition, and aesthetic goals so Dr. Whiteman ensures to discuss all options and procedural steps. Cosmetic breast procedures such as breast lift or a breast augmentation if only one breast is affected can also be performed to improve symmetry.

Depending on the amount of healthy breast tissue remaining, Dr. Whiteman may use a breast implant to restore volume and shape. If there is not enough tissue to support an implant, a tissue expander can be used to make room for an implant. Another option is flap reconstruction which includes harvesting healthy tissue, skin, muscle, and fat from another area of the body to rebuild the breast mound. The nipple and areola can also be rebuilt through cosmetic tattooing.

To further celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, Dr. Whiteman encourages you to get involved with The Sport of Giving, a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization supporting women’s cancer care and prevention with special fundraiser events. Dr. Whiteman has also founded Life After the Fight, a business listing to promote professional aspirations of breast cancer survivors.

To learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s breast reconstruction techniques, The Sport of Giving, Life After the Fight, or if you are interested in plastic surgery, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.

Breast Reconstruction Techniques at Southern Plastic Surgery

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 Atlanta GA

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.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness: Celebrate BRA Day October 17th

Atlanta Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day 2012In our last breast reconstruction blog, we discussed reconstruction options and how looking great after breast cancer shouldn’t be too much to ask. Unfortunately, many women don’t even know their options for breast reconstruction. However, on October 17th, 2012, we will celebrate National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, to encourage breast reconstruction education, awareness, and access.  BRA Day, launched first in Canada in 2011, is now nationally observed each year on the third Wednesday of October (also breast cancer awareness month).

According to the BRA Day website, as many as 7 out of 10 women do not know their breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, or breast cancer removal surgery. Dr. David Whiteman performs various types of breast reconstruction to restore a woman’s breast(s) dependent upon her specific circumstances and preferences. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as mastectomy (immediate breast reconstruction) or delayed for months or years after the cancer is removed.

If there is an adequate amount of breast tissue remaining after cancer removal, breast implants may be used to provide natural-looking volume enhancement. If there’s not enough tissue to support a breast implant, a tissue expander can be used to make room for the implant. However, Dr. Whiteman can also use techniques to create new breast(s) with the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.

Dr. Whiteman knows the importance breast reconstruction plays in the breast cancer healing journey, and he wants to help ensure women know their options. He also understands that connecting with other women going through breast cancer treatment and reconstruction can help. Therefore, he created a support group for his patients called the Buddy System. He also founded a business directory, called Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures.

For more information about breast reconstruction and other plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, visit his website. Be sure to also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for BRA Day updates and other plastic surgery news.