The joy and relief of surviving breast cancer may be tinged by a sense of loss after a mastectomy, double-mastectomy, or lumpectomy. If you have lost a breast or breasts through breast cancer surgery, a breast reconstruction in Los Angeles can improve your self-confidence and help to ease your recovery, so that you can look (and begin to feel) like yourself again.
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The surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery have helped many Southern California women improve their appearance with plastic surgery. They provide a safe and supportive atmosphere so that patients feel comfortable speaking openly about their concerns and goals. To learn more about breast reconstruction, you can request your appointment online and learn how you can receive a private consultation with one of our surgeons.
Choosing Breast Reconstruction
When breasts are removed through surgery, some breast cancer survivors from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills feel that breast reconstruction will help them to feel physically and emotionally “whole” again. If you are interested in breast reconstruction, you may want to consider beginning the reconstruction process at the same time as your mastectomy or, if your breast has already been surgically removed, you may begin the reconstruction process during what is called a “delayed” reconstruction.
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Visualize the results that can be achieved from your procedure with computer simulations from the VECTRA 3D imaging system. This advanced technology can help you and your surgeon to determine the best approach for creating the results you want.
Approaches to Breast Reconstruction
Your anatomy is unique, so the surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. There are several different ways in which your breast reconstruction can be accomplished:
- Flap techniques.
These procedures (such as TRAM flap, DIEP flap, SGAP flap, and latissiumus dorsi flap) use muscle, fat and skin from other parts of your body such as your abdomen, buttock, or back to recreate a breast mound. The donor tissue is often tunneled to the mastectomy site and remains attached to its original blood supply. In many cases, a flap technique may be combined with a breast implant.
- Tissue expansion.
Patients who choose tissue expansion should expect a lengthy process that involves several office visits over an extended period of time. An expander will be placed underneath the skin and will be filled gradually to stretch the skin, making room for an implant. This procedure, although time consuming, can have the advantage of quicker and easier recovery when compared to flap procedures.
- Breast implants.
A breast implant (either saline or silicone) can be used to create the breast mound. This is often combined with flap techniques or tissue expansion.
Our surgeons have a thorough understanding of the anatomy and aesthetics of the female figure, gained through many years of plastic surgery experience. They have the skill and artistic eye to make your breast reconstruction a true success – giving you a result that looks and feels like your own natural breast.