Beverly Hills Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Explore Your Options with a Skilled Beverly Hills Breast Surgeon
Studies have shown that many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not aware of their reconstructive options. In fact, according to some sources, as many as 7 out of 10 breast cancer patients have a lack of information about reconstructive surgery.
At Simply Breasts, we believe it is important for every woman facing a breast cancer diagnosis to be informed of her reconstructive options. Though it is an elective procedure, reconstructive surgery can play a crucial role in the healing process and create a sense of feeling “whole” again—in a physical and emotional sense. It is common for women to experience a profound improvement in their self-confidence after reconstruction. Our Beverly Hills breast surgeons perform reconstructive surgery using the most modern techniques for beautiful and natural-looking results.*
Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery Options
Advances in breast reconstruction technique and technology offer women plenty of options to achieve closure and enjoy a restored sense of femininity. When performed by a skilled reconstructive surgeon, the reconstructed breast mound will look very natural.*
You may choose to reconstruct your breasts with implants alone, fat or tissue from another area of your body or a combination of both approaches. All of these options will provide a breast of normal shape, size and appearance. Our surgeons will work with you to select the best approach based on your personal preferences, medical history, and other factors unique to your case.
Some women decide to have breast reconstruction performed at the same time as their mastectomy, while others delay surgery until they have healed from mastectomy and recovered from any additional cancer treatments. There is no right or wrong timeline.
You should make your decision based on your personal comfort level and the advice of your other doctors. You can rest assured that you will never miss an opportunity for reconstruction. If you don’t feel quite ready right after cancer surgery, you can always choose to have your breasts reconstructed in the future. Our breast surgeons strive to create beautiful, natural-looking breasts regardless of the level of correction needed or the length of time you need in between procedures. We will coordinate with the rest of your medical team to ensure a smooth surgical experience.
Breast Reconstruction with Implants
We can reconstruct one or both breasts using saline implants or silicone gel breast implants, which look and feel very similar to natural breasts.*
First, we will use a device called a tissue expander to help develop an implant pocket and prepare the skin before the final implant is placed. Over time, the tissue expander is slowly filled through an internal valve. A second procedure is then performed to replace the tissue expander with the implant.
Breast Reconstruction with a Flap
If mastectomy has left insufficient tissue on the chest wall to cover and support an implant, our surgeons can use a flap of muscle, fat, and skin from another area of the body such as in the abdomen, thighs or back to reconstruct the breast. This flap may be completely detached and then formed into a breast mound on the chest or it may remain attached to its original blood supply and tunneled up through the chest wall.
Breast Reconstruction with Fat Transfer
Our surgeons can take surplus fat from another area of your body via liposuction, purify it and then inject it into the breasts to add shape and volume. Fat transfer may be used on its own or to supplement the placement of an implant or flap.
Breast Reduction & Lift
In the case of a single mastectomy, our plastic surgeons can perform a breast reduction or lift on your other breast to ensure an even size and placement with the reconstructed breast.
Most mastectomy procedures will remove the nipple. We can reconstruct the nipple and areola at the same time as breast reconstruction or during a separate procedure. Tattooing techniques are also helpful in creating a natural-looking pigment.
For more information on your breast reconstruction options, schedule a free initial consultation at (310) 278-0000!
Recovering from Breast Reconstruction Surgery
You will receive a complete list of post-operative instructions to follow during your recovery from breast reconstruction. We will advise how to care for your breasts, medications to take to prevent infection, and when to return to our office for a follow-up.
What to expect after Breast Reconstruction Surgery:
- During the first few days, post-operative bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common. Ice packs and over-the-counter oral pain medication can help to relieve discomfort. Our breast surgeons can also prescribe something stronger if needed.
- You should rest your body as much as possible as it heals. Refrain from any strenuous movement and avoid lifting your arms above your chest. There is no rush to return to work or exercise, especially where your health and well-being are concerned.
- Our doctors will follow up with you after surgery to monitor your healing progress, remove any sutures, and let you know when to return to work, exercise, and other normal activities.
- You will notice a difference in your appearance immediately, and results will continue to improve for several months. If your treatment plan requires multiple surgeries, it may be longer before you see your final results.
Breast reconstruction may require a brief period of adjustment after a challenging journey. Our team is dedicated to supporting you in every sense as you move forward with your life after cancer.
To learn more about your breast reconstruction options, please schedule an appointment to meet with our team. Call (310) 278-0000 or request a consultation online today.
*Results from surgical or non-surgical procedures will vary from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.
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