BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Post-Mastectomy Surgery) – Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ

OVERVIEW

At Elite Plastic Surgery, it is our goal to help women feel whole again with breast reconstruction surgery. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Rozbeh Torabi, and Dr. Radbeh Torabi can restore the breasts back to a more normal shape, appearance, and size following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, skin alterations from radiation treatment, uneven breasts since birth, ruptured breast implants, or a trauma to the breast tissues. By applying the latest advancements in medical technology, Dr. Razbeh Torabi and Dr. Radbeh Torabi can complete a partial or complete rebuilding of the breast(s) using synthetic implants, your own fat, muscle, and tissue, or a combination of these techniques.

Every patient is different, so results and surgical techniques may vary from patient to patient. Our team of compassionate nurses alongside our highly-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons can help restore, not only your breast tissue, but also the self-esteem, sensuality, and quality of life you had before. We hope that women, who have had their breasts removed for any reason, can feel physically and mentally rewarded after the restoration of their breasts at our practice. We would love to sit down with you and discuss all of your options for breast reconstruction at our Phoenix office.

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TYPES OF BREAST RECONSTRUCTIONS

    • BREAST RECONSTRUCTION – Restore and reconstruct your breasts back to their natural shape and symmetry with breast reconstruction after having a removal surgery.
    • DCIA Flap SurgeryDIEP FLAP (TUMMY TUCK FLAP) – Breast reconstruction surgery technique that uses the skin and fat of the “love handles.” 
    • DIEP FLAP (TUMMY TUCK FLAP) – Recovery Time ( 4 – 6 Weeks). At ARBC, we provide reconstructive breast surgeries using your own tissues with DIEP flaps to restore your appearance after breast cancer surgery.
    • PAP FLAP (Medial Thigh Flap)DIEP FLAP (TUMMY TUCK FLAP) – Recovery Time ( 4 – 6 Weeks). Our plastic surgeons can reconstruct your breast with tissue taken from the inner thigh with PAP (profunda artery perforator) surgery.
    • LTP FLAP (Lateral Thigh Flap) – Recovery Time ( 4 – 6 Weeks). When not enough tissue can be taken from the abdomen for a reconstruction, our plastic surgeons can use the outer thigh fat to do a LTP surgery.
    • COMPOSITE STACKED FLAP – Recovery Time ( 4 – 6 Weeks). A composite stacked flap surgery combines a patient’s own tissue, collected from several donor sites to reconstruct the breast.
    • ONCOPLASTIC RECONTRUCTION – Recovery Time ( 1 – 2 Weeks). When only a section of the breast is removed because of cancer, we perform oncoplastic lumpectomy reconstruction while saving healthy breast tissue.
  • DIRECT – TO – IMPLANT – Recovery Time ( 3 – 4 Weeks ). With a direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, you can have this procedure in tandem with the mastectomy.
  • CORRECTIVE RECONTRUCTION – Recovery Time ( 1 – 6 Weeks ). Patients, who have had breast reconstruction after cancer, may opt to have a corrective reconstruction after the first surgery to amend the breasts.
  • POLAND SYNDROME RECONSTRUCTION – Recovery Time ( 1 – 6 Weeks ). Poland Syndrome is a rare but treatable birth defect our plastic surgeons can correct with reconstructive techniques to reconstruct the chest.
  • HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER RECONSTRUCTION – Recovery Time ( 1 – 6 Weeks ). We offer reconstructive services to women with risks for hereditary breast cancer, who may have a mastectomy to reduce the chances of breast cancer.
  • SECOND STAGE SURGERY – Recovery Time ( 1 – 2 Weeks ). Second stage surgery allows our talented plastic surgeons to fine tune the first reconstruction, and create natural looking results.
  • NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION – At ARBC, we provide nipple reconstruction and cosmetic 3D and 2D tattooing for our patients who had mastectomies where the nipple could not be saved.
  • POST-MASTECTOMY LYMPHEDEMA – We offer breast reconstruction patients post-mastectomy lymphedema alleviation surgery to help with the pain and swelling of this chronic condition.

DO I QUALIFY?

Breast reconstruction surgery is common to restore one or both breasts after:

  • A mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other breast cancer treatment
  • A traumatic injury that damaged the breast tissue
  • Congenital (birth) defects, such as a missing breast
  • Extreme weight loss

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGICAL TECHNIQUES

The most common breast reconstruction techniques practiced at Elite Plastic Surgery are:

  • Transferring skin, muscle, and fat tissue from other areas to the breast
  • A combination of implant and natural tissue enhancements

Flap reconstruction

Following a mastectomy, the skin and fat are taken from another part of the body and used to create a breast mound. The tissue can be taken from the back, buttocks, and thigh, but is more commonly taken from the abdomen. Depending on the flap used, the tissue can either be transferred with its own blood flow or small blood vessels will need to be reconnected by the plastic surgeon under a microscope to reestablish blood flow to the flap.

Implant-based reconstruction

Following a mastectomy, the plastic surgeon will either insert a gel implant (one-stage reconstruction), or a temporary tissue expander (two-stage reconstruction) into a pocket formed under the muscle and remaining skin on the chest wall. In two-stage reconstruction, saline solution is gradually inserted into the tissue expander to stretch the muscle and skin. Once the pocket has reached the desired size, the expander is left in place for 2 – 3 months. Then, the expander is removed and replaced with a silicone gel implant.

You may also need nipple reconstruction, breast augmentation, a breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of these surgeries to enhance symmetry and provide the best aesthetic results. If only one breast is being reconstructed, the surgeon will try to match the reconstructed breast to your natural breast.

RECOVERY AND HEALING

Many breast reconstruction patients experience a dull ache for a couple of days after surgery, so your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain killers and muscle relaxers as needed for the discomfort. It is also a requirement for breast reconstruction patients to wear a supportive bra day and night. The recovery time for breast surgery is 2 – 4 weeks with some patients experiencing breast tenderness even longer. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a 6-week period, but light activity can begin as early as 4 weeks. Follow all of the aftercare instructions provided by our team. Drs. Torabi will discuss with you any specific risks or complications prior to your specific procedure. Wound breakdown and infection can be a problem especially in tobacco users, or if aftercare and follow up treatments are not adhered to properly.

DOES INSURANCE COVER MY BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?

The Women’s Health and Cancer Act (WHCA) was signed into federal law in 1998 and requires that health insurance companies cover breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer. For more information on this law and breast cancer, please visit www.cancer.org.

SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION TODAY!

While women do not need to have their breasts restored after cancer treatments or an accident, breast reconstruction surgery may help your physical and emotional recovery. Please contact Elite Plastic Surgery in Phoenix to schedule your consultation and learn about your breast reconstruction options.

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