If you are considering Breast Reconstruction, Dr. Bond can help
Women who have a portion or an entire breast removed to treat breast cancer may elect to undergo breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is usually performed at the time of the woman’s mastectomy or lumpectomy or can be done afterwards. A breast reconstruction can be performed with implants or using a woman’s own tissue. Dr. Sheila Bond will discuss your breast reconstruction options. Our patient’s overall health and well-being is taken into consideration at all times.
Breast reconstruction patients at The Body and Face Cosmetic and Plastic Specialists NJ often state that having a breast reconstruction procedure enables them to “feel whole again”.
How Is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
The procedure enables the creation of a natural appearing breast. The type of reconstructive procedure chosen depends on the desires of the patient and her body shape. All of the procedures require several stages. The reconstruction may be performed immediately following the mastectomy or may be delayed until after the patient has healed and/ or recovered from additional cancer treatments.
What Type Of Breast Reconstruction Techniques Are Used?
Tissue Expansion Technique – Implants
Dr. Sheila Bond advises her patients that a common technique uses tissue expansion, a two-stage process in which a breast shaped silicone rubber balloon-like tissue expander is inserted under the skin and chest muscle. Saline is gradually injected into the tissue expander to fill it over a period of weeks or months. This process allows the skin on the chest to be stretched over the expander to create a breast mound, after which time a breast implant can be permanently placed, replacing the temporary expander.
TRAM Flap Technique
The TRAM flap technique uses the abdominal tissue as a flap. This technique is the most common breast reconstruction procedure using the patient’s own tissue. The rectus abdominus muscle and a portion of lower abdominal skin are repositioned to the chest wall to reconstruct a breast mound. The muscle flap maintains its own blood supply and helps nourish the tissue that is transferred to the chest wall region. Flaps may also, in some cases, be taken from the back or buttock.
DIEP Flap Technique
The DIEP flap technique is a free flap technique where blood vessels of the flap are disconnected at the abdomen (in this case). The fat and skin without muscle are repositioned on the chest and connected to the blood supply of the chest. The abdominal flap is called the deep inferior epigastric flap named for the blood supply used. These flaps may also, in some cases, be taken from the back and buttock.
An implant can be inserted under the mound to create additional projection. Dr. Sheila Bond will discuss, in great detail, the pros and cons of each procedure before making the final decision. Once the breast mound is created, the final procedure is the formation of the nipple in which an areola is tattooed onto the reconstructed breast to best match the opposite breast.
Nipple reconstruction is done after the breast reconstruction surgery. It is typically an office procedure involving tattooing, or skin grafts.
The reconstructed breast will have a normal appearance and often youthful shape. Dr. Sheila Bond will often perform surgery to reduce, enlarge or lift the opposite breast to make the breasts symmetric.
What Is The Recovery Process?
For tissue expander/implant breast reconstruction patients, you typically stay overnight in the hospital. Drains are placed and removed a week or two after the surgery. TRAM flap and free flap (DIEP flap) patients typically go home several days after surgery. Drains are placed and removed a week or two after surgery. Dr. Bond will discuss your activity limitations and when you can return to work or normal activities.
Schedule Your Consultation For A Rejuvenated You!
Please call our office to discuss your breast reconstruction options. Our goal is not only to create a new breast, but to restore the woman’s self-image and quality of life. Dr. Sheila Bond and her cosmetic professionals at The Body and Face Cosmetic and Plastic Specialists NJ who can advise you if you are a candidate for breast reconstruction. Call (973) 509-0007 for your confidential consultation.
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