Breast Reconstruction FAQ’s

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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.

What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Surgery

There are multiple factors that can influence a change in a woman’s breasts. Over time, the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially in the breasts which gradually lose their shape and firmness. To address such concerns, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is utilized in order to give the breasts a more youthful, firmer, and perkier appearance.

breast-surgery-atlanta-gaThe ideal candidate for a breast lift is an individual that suffers from sagging, pendulous breasts that lack firmness and have irregular nipple placement. I use various techniques when performing a breast lift based on the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of sagging, and other additional causes. A breast lift doesn’t address the size of the breast but instead, re-positions and reshapes the nipple and areola and removes excess stretched skin while tightening the remaining tissue. The lift restores the natural shape and proportion of the breasts to achieve aesthetically-pleasing results. Additionally, I perform a mini breast lift for patients who need a minor correction to the placement of the breasts.

Typically, breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation for individuals who want to increase the volume of their breasts while lifting them to a more youthful placement. When performing a breast augmentation procedure, I insert a breast implant to enhance the shape and size of the breast and excess skin and tissue is removed to provide a lifted appearance.

To maximize results after surgery, I recommend that my patients frequently schedule and attend follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing any complications and proper instructions to care for the areas of incision. Depending on the type of incision, upkeep, or weight fluctuation following your procedure, breast lift results can last a while, but can also be reversed if you experience a dramatic increase in weight which can cause the skin to stretch.

If you’re interested in a breast procedure or any other procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Childbearing can be a beautiful moment in a woman’s life that is unforgettable. In an instant, you can experience a gamut of emotions from joy, happiness, and unconditional love that is simply indescribable. Though producing children is one of the greatest gifts, it can also take a major toll on your body physically. I recommend a mommy makeover for women who are looking to tighten up their waistline or undergo a complete rejuvenation. Below is a list of common questions and answers about mommy makeover surgery:

Post Pregnancy Plastic SurgeryQ: Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
A: I recommend for my female patients to wait until after they are finished having children before considering mommy makeover as additional pregnancies can reverse your results. Additionally, it is important for you to be in overall good physical and mental health before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure. During your consultation, we will discuss your personal cosmetic surgery goals and what customized procedures will be performed in order to give you the look you desire.

Q: What are my different options for a mommy makeover?
A: Typically, mommy makeover is a comprehensive combination surgery incorporating both breast and body contouring procedures. If you suffer from sagging breasts or have lost volume, a breast augmentation or breast lift can be performed. To sculpt the areas on the abdomen where skin has stretched, I use tummy tuck surgery to target excess fat and skin and re-tighten weakened abdominal muscles for a firmer, more contoured outcome. Additionally, I can combine liposuction to remove stubborn isolated pockets of fat and help sculpt the midsection as well as the thighs, hips, and arms.

Q: What is the recovery time and how can I optimize my results?
A: By combining surgeries, the amount of downtime is significantly less than if you had individual procedures. Depending on the procedures performed, during your mommy makeover, each person’s recovery time will undoubtedly differ. I advise all my patients to regularly schedule follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing the risks of complications, and follow instructions that’ll help aid in your healing process following your surgery. Maintaining a healthy exercise and diet regimen will prolong your results, but if you experience a dramatic fluctuation in your weight, results can be reversed.

If you’re interested in mommy makeover surgery, or any of the other procedures I perform, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter and Google+.