Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery that helps women both mentally and physically.
Whether reconstructive surgery is needed after cancer treatment or due to severe injury, restoring the natural shape and position of the breast helps many patients on their journey of recovery.
There are a few different types of breast reconstruction surgery you can get. Here are the most popular options at Proffer Surgical.
Sometimes after a mastectomy, there isn’t enough skin or fat tissue in the treated area to reconstruct the breast. Because of this, surgeons have developed various surgical techniques to remove and utilize tissue from other parts of the body to reconstruct the shape of the natural breast. One of these techniques is the DIEP Flap.
The DIEP Flap involves moving tissue, fat and attached blood vessels from the lower abdomen up to the breast area. DIEP stands for deep inferior epigastric perforators, which is the name of the blood vessels involved with the procedure. The doctor reroutes the blood vessels from the abdomen up through the chest to the appropriate position. He then uses the skin flap to create the natural shape of the human breast.
The tissue and fat receive a healthy blood supply through this procedure, which increases the chance that the transfer will be successful.The abdomen is then closed. The result is a naturally shaped breast.
Some women have or elect to have both breasts removed. When a full mastectomy is necessary, the plastic surgeon will work with the patient, along with the oncologist, to determine the best options for reconstruction. The patient may prefer to not reconstruct. Or the patient may want to replace the damaged tissue with breast implants.
Involving a plastic surgeon early in the process offers the chance to achieve the best results.
Most mastectomies involve removal of the nipple. There are a couple of options available for reconstructing the nipple.
Tattooing the nipple and areola is one option. This method uses advanced tattooing techniques to create a 3D realistic version of a natural nipple. The only downside to this technique is that the physical protrusion of the nipple is missing.
Another option is to use a skin graft to reconstruct the nipple protrusion. Then, once the surgery has healed, 3D tattooing can bring the natural color and depth back. This option creates a more natural-looking breast.
Having atypical breasts can be detrimental to your self-confidence and body image. If you’ve lost the shape of your breasts from cancer treatment, injury or another condition, breast reconstruction can give you your confidence back.
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