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.
If you’re still looking for the perfect Father’s Day present, be sure to take advantage of a special offer from Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. From now through June 30th, 2013 you can purchase an hour massage for $45 or a 1.5 hour massage for $65. Why not give dad the gift of relaxation this Father’s Day?
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Many women cite the studied health benefits and reported emotional bond they feel it creates between mother and child as the reason they chose to breastfeed. Others opt for formula because they feel breastfeeding will change the appearance of their breasts. Earlier this month the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that women with breast implants are increasingly concerned that their augmented breasts would change shape after breastfeeding.
A study surveyed 160 mothers who had breast implants. Eighty-six percent of the mothers chose not to breastfeed because they didn’t want their breasts to look bad, and 13% of the mothers in the study who did breastfeed their babies were concerned their breast shape would change because of breastfeeding. Although more research is necessary, doctors say breastfeeding should not be blamed for breast sagging in women with (or without) breast implants after pregnancy. Instead, they say breast sagging is more evident after each pregnancy whether or not the mother breastfeeds.
Therefore, whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, breast-fed or bottle-fed, you may notice increased sagging with each pregnancy. However, something can be done to correct the appearance of deflated, sagging breasts. If you’ve already had a breast enhancement and decide you’d like further refinement after the birth of a child, breast revision surgery is an option.
During breast revision surgery, Dr. David Whiteman removes the original breast implants, and depending on the patient’s desires, he can excise tissue and lift the breast to a more natural location or insert new breast implants for added volume. Mothers who do not have breast implants, but are bothered by sagging breasts after pregnancy can benefit from a breast lift procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without a breast implant to produce fuller breasts depending on the patient’s wishes.
Unfortunately less perky breasts are not the only complaint many women have about their bodies following pregnancy. It’s not always easy to get back to that pre-baby appearance, but mommy makeover surgery can help. Usually comprised of a breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), along with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, a mommy makeover procedure is custom-tailored to the mother’s specific needs. Aside from mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Whiteman maintains a focus on Health and Wellness at his Duluth plastic surgery practice and offers helpful exercise tips and healthy recipes to promote the long-term health of his patients (and their children)!