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The Newest Breast Reconstruction Techniques

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Page Updated on May 31, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

The Newest Breast Reconstruction Techniques

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to rebuild your breast after a surgical treatment for breast cancer. While surgery of any kind is rarely the first alternative, the most effective treatment option for breast cancer sometimes is a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. A mastectomy involves removing your whole breast to stop the spread of cancer. In a lumpectomy, a surgeon removes only the portion of your breast to excise the cancer from the healthy tissues.

Unfortunately, both procedures leave you scarred. To restore your feminine profile and your self-image as a woman, a board certified plastic surgeon offers a number of ways to reconstruct your breast so that it resembles your original breast, even if it can’t replace it. Advances in cosmetic breast surgery have refined the breast reconstruction procedure.

The procedure has a life-changing effect for breast cancer survivors. Your reconstructed breast improves your body appearance and boosts your self-confidence. The surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey and New York City rely on the latest advancements to deliver the best results. Discover the newest breast reconstruction techniques available.

What Is a Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy with Implants?

This procedure highlights the benefits of consulting with a plastic surgeon before your mastectomy or lumpectomy cancer surgery. Normally, mastectomy surgery removes your entire breast. This newest procedure, a nipple-sparing mastectomy, allows your cancer surgeon and your cosmetic surgeon to cooperate. The goals include:

  • A successful surgery rids you of cancer. Your health is always the first priority.
  • The cancer surgery doesn’t touch the nerves and blood supply to the nipple, so it will retain its sensitivity.
  • Your cancer surgeon maintains as much of your breast’s skin as possible.
  • Your plastic surgeon performs an immediate breast reconstruction to rebuild your breast, using implants to create the size and shape of your breast.

Most mastectomy patients forever lose their breast and nipple. Even when the breast is reconstructed, the nipple is merely for show. With this new procedure, your nipple is preserved, as long as the cancer hasn’t touched it.

What’s a Pre-Pectoral Breast Reconstruction?

One of the newest breast reconstruction techniques is called a pre-pectoral reconstruction. It refers to placing a breast implant over your chest muscle instead of under it, which is the more traditional placement technique. Since it’s a minimally invasive option, the procedure overcomes challenges associated with traditional breast surgery, leading to:

  • Less pain
  • A faster recovery
  • Less scarring

After your mastectomy, your NYC or NJ plastic surgeon places the implant directly on top of your pectoral chest muscle. These muscles, therefore, remain intact, as there’s no cutting or lifting. As a result, you enjoy faster healing and recovery. In most cases, your doctor holds the implant in place with acellular dermal matrix (ADM) or a biologic mesh.

The procedure also reduces the risk of the visual deformities associated with traditional breast reconstruction, and you get more natural-looking breasts. The best candidates for this over-the-muscle method are women who are having breast reconstruction for the first time or who had problems with implants in the past.

What Does the Perforator Flap Procedure Involve?

Perforator flap breast reconstruction is one of the most advanced breast surgeries. Only a board certified plastic surgeon with advanced training or experience in microsurgery can handle this procedure. The surgery uses skin and fat from your abdomen to recreate your breast, but leaves the muscle undisturbed.

Using your own tissue achieves a more natural breast mound that heals faster. You can even combine this muscle-sparing type of flap surgery with a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedures. The advantage of the perforator flap technique is being able to use your own tissue without affecting your abdominal strength while getting the desired cosmetic results. This type of breast reconstruction technique comes in several varieties, including:

  • DIEP flap, which stands for deep inferior epigastric perforator
  • SIEA flap or superficial inferior epigastric perforator
  • Stacked DIEP flap
  • DIEP with vascular lymph node transfer flap
  • Superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap
  • Inferior gluteal artery perforator (IGAP) flap
  • Thoracodorsal artery perforator (TAP) flap

It takes a top plastic surgeon, like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery to successfully complete this procedure because the transplanted skin and fat needs to be reconnected to the blood supply in your chest. Your experienced NJ or NY plastic surgery team performs advanced surgeries using cutting-edge technology, including:

What Are the Benefits of the Newest Breast Reconstruction Procedures?

Common advantages of these new breast reconstruction techniques include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Minimally invasive procedures for faster healing
  • Less scarring
  • Your abdominal muscle strength remains intact, so you don’t have problems walking or sitting afterward
  • Less pain after your surgery
  • A more natural breast appearance

If you must have a mastectomy or lumpectomy, consider one of the latest breast reconstruction procedures. The surgery team at Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons has experience with these techniques.

What’s the Best Breast Reconstruction Procedure for Me?

Every woman has expectations when contemplating breast reconstruction. Your plastic surgeon creates a customized plan only after a consultation. The factors that determine which type of breast reconstruction is best for you include:

  • Your overall health
  • Your child-bearing goals
  • Your breast enhancement goals
  • Your body shape and size
  • The size and location of your breast cancer
  • The outlook of your breasts after the mastectomy
  • Whether you want immediate vs. delayed breast reconstruction
  • Your desired recovery time
  • The amount of tissue available for reconstruction
  • The need for further cancer treatment after the mastectomy
  • Size of your remaining breast
  • Insurance coverage and cost of enhancing the unaffected breast

For the best results from your breast reconstruction, schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon before your cancer surgery. Otherwise, your choices become limited. When you visit Rowe Plastic Surgery, your surgeon guides you through every stage, helping you understand your options.

According to health reports, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the U.S. Most women opt for a mastectomy to prevent the spread of cancer. These advanced breast reconstruction procedures improve the quality of your life after your cancer diagnosis. Contact the surgery team at Rowe Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation. The practice has offices in Manhattan, Plainview and Water Mill, NY, as well as in Montclair and Red Bank, NJ.

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