What should a woman do if she is diagnosed with breast cancer?
We believe that it is important to obtain a plastic surgical consultation early in the treatment planning and, because there are many techniques for breast reconstruction, it can be beneficial to obtain more than one opinion.
What is an ADM?
An acellular dermal matrix is a product with great utility in plastic surgery, particularly in soft tissue reinforcement or replacement during surgery of the breast. One of the earliest ADM’s to obtain popularity is the AlloDerm® regenerative tissue matrix from the Allergan Corporation.
What about nipple areola reconstruction?
We are pleased to offer nipple reconstruction as an outpatient procedure in our office-based surgical facility. In most cases in our practice nipple reconstruction is performed under local anesthesia without need for sedation or general anesthesia. Areolar reconstruction is performed via tattoos.
What about the other breast?
Symmetry is a goal in all breast surgery, including breast reconstruction. In many cases the opposite breast that is not involved in breast cancer is modified to better match the newly reconstructed breast. These “contralateral symmetrizing” procedures may include breast lifting (mastopexy), breast reduction and breast augmentation.
Is fat grafting used in breast reconstruction?
At Total Aesthetics, we have the capability to perform fat grafting to the breast sometimes utilizing only local anesthesia.
What are the risks of breast reconstruction?
As with all surgery there are risks associated with breast reconstruction. These risks will vary with the type of technique utilized. A full discussion of risks and potential complications is an important part of the presurgical process at Total Aesthetics.
What is the breast reconstruction recovery?
Recovery following breast reconstruction will vary depending upon the nature of the procedure performed. A discussion of the recovery process is an important part of presurgical preparation.