Breast Reconstruction in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, FL
A mastectomy procedure can be a difficult and stressful time for women. At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, we offer a selection of breast reconstruction options to provide easy and safe options for patients to reconstruct their breasts after a mastectomy. If you live in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Wellington, Lake Worth or any surrounding areas of South Florida, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry, and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy, or congenital deformities. Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.
There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:
- Type of mastectomy
- Nipple sparring technique
- Skin sparring technique
- Fat transfer
- Cancer treatments
- Patient’s body type
At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, our plastic surgeons offer several options for breast reconstruction.
What is Immediate Implant Placement?
After undergoing a mastectomy procedure, patients have the option of immediately having implants placed, or to wait after their mastectomy is complete. If your doctor decides immediate implant placement is right for you, multiple surgery methods are available, such as breast symmetrizing, breast implants, and nipple reconstruction. Surgery can also be done in one or two stages, depending on the patient’s preference.
When it comes to breast reconstructive surgery, you may be faced with many difficult options. One of these options is whether to have surgery immediately following the mastectomy procedure, or to wait.
Immediate breast implant placement can help lessen psychological distress and reduce the need for multiple surgical procedures. Our reconstructive surgeons can work with you and your doctors to determine if immediate implant placement is the right choice for you depending on your health and medical condition.
What Are My Options for Immediate Implant Placement?
Should you and your doctor decide that immediate implant placement is the right decision for you, there are a few options for surgery. For instance, women with larger breasts may need a symmetrizing reduction or lift for the other breast if bilateral surgery is not needed. At your consultation, our doctors will discuss many the following options with you, including:
- Breast symmetrizing
- Breast implant
- Size of desired breasts
- Nipple reconstruction
Patients will also have the option of a one-stage or two-stage breast reconstruction. This means surgery will be completed either on the day of the mastectomy or completed in two surgeries. We are here to help you through this difficult time. If you have any questions, please contact us for a consultation.
What is Tissue Expander Placement?
During tissue expander placement, expanders are inserted into the breasts to gently stretch the skin to prepare for the placement of implants. Once the expanders are filled to the preferred level, they are swapped with implants through breast augmentation surgery.
Tissue expander breast reconstruction can be performed either immediately after a mastectomy or after mastectomy surgery is complete and healed. Even if you had a mastectomy many years ago, you may still be a candidate for breast reconstruction through the use of tissue expanders.
Having to undergo a mastectomy as part of a breast cancer treatment plan is often the source of additional trauma and devastation for women who are fighting the disease. If you have undergone a mastectomy, there are techniques that can be performed following your surgery to help restore both the shape of the breasts and your self-esteem in the process.
During this procedure, expanders are placed in the breasts to begin the process of gently, yet steadily stretching the skin to prepare for implants. Prior to placing the expanders, they are filled as much as possible. Once the incision has healed, additional expansion is performed over the course of several weeks to allow the body to heal and the skin to stretch slowly and at a more natural rate. Once the expanders are filled to the desired level, they are replaced with permanent implants through breast augmentation surgery.
For more information on tissue expander breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, contact Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly skilled at breast reconstruction and will guide you every step of the way throughout the process to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction as you restore your breast shape. We understand the sensitive nature of your situation, and we are here to help.
What is the TRAM Flap Procedure?
Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous reconstructive surgery, commonly known as a TRAM flap procedure, uses the patient’s own muscle, skin, and tissue instead of an implant to reconstruct the breasts. Tissues are commonly removed from the abdomen or buttocks, and results look very natural.
Survivors of breast cancer may struggle with the decision to use implants to reconstruct their breasts following a mastectomy. For some women, the thought of having a foreign object placed inside their body after the trauma of breast cancer and a mastectomy might be unsettling. But implants are not the only option for breast reconstruction.
If you are a survivor of breast cancer and have recently undergone a mastectomy, transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap surgery is a reconstructive option you might wish to explore. The TRAM flap procedure uses a patient’s own muscle, skin, and tissue rather than an implant. The material is most often removed from the abdomen, where most women naturally have excess skin and fat. Because the material used for reconstruction is harvested from a patient’s own body, the result is a more natural-looking breast. Not only are the results more natural-looking, but many patients take comfort in knowing that they won’t have to worry about a foreign-body reaction, nor will they experience capsular contractions that may occur with implants.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and often requires about a week of bed rest to help the body heal. It is also typically recommended that patients avoid heavy lifting or overexertion.
For more information on TRAM Flap surgery, contact Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach to schedule a complimentary consultation. During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to sit down with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss the details of the procedure and what type of outcome you can expect.
What is the Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flap Procedure?
This reconstructive surgery method involves an incision made along the latissimus dorsi, or the back muscle, to lift muscle and skin. A tunnel can then be created underneath the skin, allowing for tissues from the back muscle to be moved through the tunnel to the chest, where new breasts can be reconstructed. Small implants or tissue expanders may be used for optimal results.
When it comes to fighting breast cancer, a mastectomy can save your life, but it can also serve as a constant reminder of the disease, resulting in low self-esteem and ongoing trauma long after the cancer is gone. There are, however, options for reconstruction that can restore the shape of your breasts and your self-confidence. Latissimus dorsi muscle flap breast reconstruction is one option you may want to consider.
During this procedure, your surgeon will carefully make an incision leading from your latissimus dorsi (your back muscle) so your skin and muscle can be lifted. The way the incision is placed will allow your doctor to create a tunnel underneath the skin. The selected tissue from your latissimus dorsi will then be moved through the tunnel from your back to your chest where your new breasts will be reconstructed. Though it is possible to create a breast mound using skin and muscle from the latissimus dorsi alone, the procedure may also require the use of small implants or tissue expanders. Following your surgery, you will generally have 1-2 days in the hospital, several days of required bed rest, and strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six weeks.
To find out more about latissimus dorsi muscle flap breast reconstruction and what you can expect from the surgery, contact Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach. With offices in Jupiter, Wellington, and Palm Springs, you can choose a location that is most convenient for you to schedule your consultation. During your appointment, you will meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will be able to answer all of your questions. Throughout the process, your surgeon and our team of highly trained, caring professionals will be with you every step of the way.
Scheduling Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation
We know that deciding on breast reconstruction is a very important and personal decision, and we want to make sure you are choosing an experienced plastic surgeon. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will thoroughly go over the many options available to you. We will also discuss the breast reconstruction recovery time and the cost of the procedure. We understand that some patients are more comfortable being treated by a female surgeon, which is why Dr. Renee Gasgarth is happily available for breast reconstruction consultations and procedures upon request.
How Much Does a Breast Reconstruction Cost?
To determine the cost of your breast reconstruction, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at our practice. During your consultation, we will assess your cosmetic goals in order to pursue a treatment plan that matches your unique needs. Then, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment. At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, we offer a wide array of monthly payment options to help you reach your individual wellness, beauty, and performance goals. We accept major credit cards, and our financing plans include CareCredit® and Alphaeon® Credit.
Patients have visited our office over the last two decades because of the security and comfort of our board-certified plastic surgeons. At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, our team of male and female doctors take great pride in ensuring our patients’ safety and education for each procedure through their aesthetic journey. Contact us today if you live in or around West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Wellington, or Lake Worth.