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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. Schedule time to meet with one of our board-certified surgeons at Marina Plastic surgery in Los Angeles to discuss your specific needs and determine the best approach for breast reconstruction for you.

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

When breasts are removed through surgery, some breast cancer survivors from Los Angeles feel that breast reconstruction will help them to feel physically and emotionally “whole” again. If you are interested in breast reconstruction Los Angeles patients 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.

Types of Breast Reconstruction

Your anatomy is unique, so the Los Angeles breast reconstruction 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 latissimus 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.

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What are the benefits of Breast Reconstruction?

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. The surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery have helped many Los Angeles breast reconstruction patients 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.

Am I a good candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

In order to qualify for breast reconstruction, you must first demonstrate that you have successfully managed the emotional and physical challenges brought on by your diagnosis and treatment. You don't suffer from any other diseases or ailments that could slow your recovery. Regarding your breasts and overall self-esteem, you have a constructive approach and reasonable objectives. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss all of your options to guide you through the reconstruction process.

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Your Breast Reconstruction Procedure

After a mastectomy, this cosmetic approach reshapes and enhances the appearance of your breasts by employing an implant or a flap procedure. The two phases of your reconstruction are as follows:

Phase One

Before your implants are inserted, the first stage begins with a tissue expander being temporarily inserted into a breast pocket. This is an outpatient procedure that takes one to two hours. Every two weeks, the expander's port system is injected with a little amount of saline to enlarge your breasts to the size specified in your treatment plan and prepare them for your eventual implant.

Second Phase

The tissue expander is removed in the second stage, after which silicone or saline implants are inserted into the breast pocket. Again, this is an outpatient operation that takes one to two hours.

Direct-to-implant Reconstructive Surgery: Unilateral or Bilateral

The Unilateral or Bilateral Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction is an additional alternative for some patients. Implants may be inserted directly into your breasts during your mastectomy, skipping the tissue expander stage. Instead, your surgeon can immediately restore the size and form of your breasts by inserting a silicone or saline breast implant. The disadvantage of this strategy is that you can only have breasts that are the same size as they were before your surgery. A tissue expander is a required step if you want to enlarge your breasts.

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Breast Reconstruction Recovery

Your downtime will vary based on your chosen type of reconstruction. You might experience discomfort, edema, and moderate bruising during your recovery process. For optimal results in four to six weeks, it is vital to allow adequate time for recovery and rest. Be sure to ask for help when you need it. Your doctor will provide postoperative care instructions and prescribe medication for any discomfort.

Schedule your Los Angeles Breast Reconstruction consultation at Marina Plastic Surgery today

Breast Reconstruction Surgery at Marina Plastic Surgery enhances the appearance of your breasts through the use of implants or the diep flap technique. Determine the next step after learning more about our surgical techniques and meeting our board-certified surgeons. Schedule your Los Angeles Breast Reconstruction consultation today.

Breast ReconstructionFrequently Asked Questions

Breast reconstruction carries a low risk of life-threatening consequences for pre-screened individuals. However, selecting a skilled Los Angeles plastic surgeon, like the board-certified plastic surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery, is the most important action you can take to protect your safety and health.

Implant malposition, wound breakdowns, capsular contracture, implant rejection, long-term nerve damage, seroma, hematoma, blood clots, uncontrolled bleeding, infection, poor anesthetic reaction, and revision surgery are a few potential risks and problems.

Breast reconstruction surgery in the United States typically costs $15,250. Because this is a highly customized operation, your overall price could be significantly higher or lower than the average.

Insurance coverage may be available for breast reconstruction. Consult your insurance carrier for coverage and participating providers. Marina Plastic Surgery does not accept insurance, for your convenience we do offer financing alternatives.


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