Women who have had a breast removed or have breasts that are not the same size often feel disproportionate or insecure about their bodies. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our breast reconstruction surgery creates breasts that look and feel natural, restoring symmetry to your body.
Contact us today at our Atlanta and Marietta locations to schedule a consultation and learn if breast reconstruction surgery is right for you.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Women who have had a mastectomy, or the surgical removal of a breast, due to illness benefit greatly from having breast reconstruction either at the same time as the removal or afterward. Reconstruction is also often possible in cases where only part of the breast is removed.
The goal of our breast reconstruction surgery is to rebuild a breast that not only looks natural but also matches the other breast. There are three different types of breast reconstruction – implant-based, tissue flap, and DIEP flap.
This is the most common technique for breast reconstruction. An expander is used to comfortably stretch and grow breast tissue until it is a sufficient size and shape to support an implant. Nipple reconstruction is optional, and the other breast can also be lifted and modified for improved symmetry.
Tissue Flap Reconstruction
A more natural approach to reconstruction, this technique transfers tissue from the abdomen, back or buttock to the breast in order to either avoid an implant or to replace damaged tissues. Although tissue flap reconstruction involves more prominent scarring and increased healing time, it has been suggested that this method creates a breast and looks and feels more natural.
DIEP Flap Reconstruction
Deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction is the newest type of procedure. This technique removes fat and skin from the abdominal area and transfers it to the breast, resulting in not only an improved breast but also a trimmer stomach. This procedure is more extensive and requires a microscope.
In addition to choosing your preferred method of reconstruction, it is also completely up to you whether you would also like the nipples and areolas reconstructed as well. Adding these natural touches involves a separate surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
During your consultation, your health history will be reviewed and an examination will be performed. Your cosmetic expectations and goals will be discussed, and a treatment plan will be created to accommodate the surgical options chosen by you and the surgeon. Most women who have undergone a single or double mastectomy, or women who have two different sized breasts, qualify for breast reconstruction. It will be determined during your first visit whether this surgery is right for you.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how breast reconstruction can help you.