Options for breast reconstruction of a lumpectomy defect, or partial mastectomy, are available and can involve using one’s own tissue or an implant in certain cases. Radiation does affect how skin heals and so be sure to ask your plastic surgeon about potential options!
between a nipple creation following implant surgery versus after using your own tissue? I think that there may be a difference, and it is important to ask your breast reconstructive surgeon about this point if you decide to proceed with nipple-areolar reconstruction following mastectomy surgery and breast reconstruction.
Either in lieu of a formal nipple areolar reconstruction or in terms of augmenting a reconstructed nipple, tattoo artists can add effects such as various shades and darker ‘shadow’ areas next to a nipple tattoo to cause the effect of a ‘3-dimensional’ tattoo. It is certainly a thought, though may not be covered by all […]
It is known that a traditional TRAM flap (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap) reconstruction and DIEP flap (deep inferior perforator flap) reconstruction differ. By definition, a TRAM flap divides the rectus (6-pack) muscle on one or both sides during the process of transferring the tissue up to the chest area for breast reconstruction while a […]
It appears that rates of cancer survival after treatment may be changing…..Take at look at this recent story: http://bit.ly/1koY9S2
Last week a longstanding patient of mine made a financial donation to our ongoing research efforts for patients – it was a very kind and generous gesture and much appreciated!
Patients will sometimes ask, “Am I able to remove implants after reconstruction and replace them with my own abdominal tissue, or have a DIEP flap reconstruction?” I would say depending on the patient’s medical history and prior surgical history, most of the time this is an option. There are several reasons that patients have regarding […]
I saw one of my breast reconstruction patients who was recovering from her surgery earlier in the week today; it is not so fun being in the hospital, let alone around the holidays… Patients are amazing – she is doing great, and hopefully home soon… Happy Thanksgiving!
Among other events, Sheryl Crow had a headline event at the annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting 2 weeks ago! This event also highlighted the aspect of breast reconstruction following treatment of breast cancer.
A few decades ago, using one’s own abdominal/tummy skin and fat for breast reconstruction was first described using a TRAM flap (transverse rectus myocutaneous flap) which involved the entire 6-pack muscle on one side (typically) being moved to the chest area for a one sided breast reconstruction. Over time, using own’s own fat/skin has evolved […]