Breast Reconstruction FAQ’s

“I am truly blessed to have a doctor so gifted by God with a brilliant mind, skillful hands, and a passionate heart for his patients – I know you have made many sacrifices for me and have been at my side when I needed you; your devotion is greatly appreciated.” – Judy

Atlanta Breast ReconstructionI fully understand the toll that breast cancer has on a woman both physically and emotionally. After undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy following a diagnosis, a breast cancer survivor can be overcome by a lack of self-confidence. For over 20 years, I have crafted my expertise in breast reconstruction and have continued to utilize various innovative surgical techniques. With a strong emphasis on restoring the breasts in the most natural way possible, I aim to ensure the best possible care and results for all of my patients. For patients who are interested in undergoing breast reconstruction, I will share a few of the top common questions patients typically ask before/after undergoing surgery:

Q: Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?
A: Breast reconstruction is an elective procedure because it is never medically necessary. Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy or delayed until all cancer treatment is completed or when the patient is ready. Some women may even choose not to have surgery after a mastectomy at all. Other women may choose to undergo breast reconstruction to maintain their body image and have a sense of closure from their experience with cancer. During a consultation, I will examine the skin, muscle, and residual breast tissue, and depending on your individual case and goals, I will create a personalized treatment plan to provide the most natural breast reconstruction outcome.

Q: How is breast reconstruction surgery performed?
A: When performing the procedure, I first examine the breast and additional areas where skin, tissue, and muscle can be repositioned to restore the breasts if a flap reconstruction method is used. If the patient doesn’t have a suitable amount of tissue, I will insert a silicone or saline implant and tissue expanders, which are balloon-like devices inserted under the skin to gradually stretch the skin, may be utilized to allow space for the breast implant. To improve symmetry and form of the breasts for patients who’ve undergone a full or partial mastectomy, a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction may also be recommended.

Q: Will my reconstructed breast look and feel the same as my original breast?
A: Usually, the breast may appear flatter or more round depending on whether it is rebuilt using harvested tissue or breast implants. When undergoing breast reconstruction, the size and shape will never be exactly the same as the original breast, but each patient can opt for a smaller or larger size. While a reconstructed breast may mirror the appearance of the original, it will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces. My overall goal is to exchange the patient’s breast tissue, skin, and the nipple-areolar that were removed during mastectomy to construct new, natural-looking breasts that fit the patient’s body accordingly.

To help raise awareness for breast cancer, I encourage 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 and Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures. To learn more about breast reconstruction at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news.

Heat Things Up this Summer with Dr. Whiteman’s June Featured Procedure

For women who want to adequately fill out their swimsuits, tank tops, or sundresses this summer, double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs various breast-related cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best, no matter what they wear! This month, Dr. Whiteman is featured in Best Self Magazine and invites patients to take the first steps towards achieving the look they desire for their breasts.

body contouring atlanta gaDuring an initial consultation, Dr. Whiteman will discuss medical history, goals for a particular breast procedure(s), including different breast enlargement techniques and implant options that showcase the most natural looking results. Dr. Whiteman offers silicone, saline, and gummy bear breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. Determining which implant is right is best done by taking measurements, and trying on various implant sizes to determine the best size and type of breast implant to be used. Breast augmentation is ideal for individuals who may feel insecure about small breasts, have lost firmness due to childbearing, or have lost a large amount of weight.

If you’re looking for a bit of a lift, Dr. Whiteman performs a breast lift, or mastopexy surgery, for patients whose breasts have changed due to the effects of aging, gravity, weight changes, or childbirth. Dr. Whiteman uses multiple techniques when performing a breast lift and it is based on the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of sagging, as well as other contributing factors. When performing the surgery, the position of the breasts are raised and firmness is increased by removing extra skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the contours of the lifted breast. For minor correction to the placement of the breasts, Dr. Whiteman also performs mini breast lift surgery as well.

By combining breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift, patients can see an increase in the volume of their breasts while a lift will provide them a more youthful placement on the body, with the most natural looking results for each unique patient. If you’re interested in a breast procedure Dr. Whiteman performs, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on FacebookTwitter and Google+.