If you or someone you know has undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy, Dr. Villanustre wants you to know there are many benefits to breast reconstruction. He believes for many women it can be an important step in the healing process. To guide you through this experience, Dr. Villanustre and the staff at Reflections will work with you and listen to you to develop an understanding of what you are hoping to accomplish with your surgery. Dr. Villanustre will discus your options and explain the breast reconstruction techniques that he believes will work best for you.
Your breast reconstruction procedure can be done at the same time as your mastectomy. You may choose to wait until you heal from the mastectomy and other elements of your cancer treatments. This is a very personal decision that we recommend you discuss with your cancer specialist and Dr. Villanustre as you consider your options.
Breast Reconstruction Techniques
- Implant-Based Reconstruction: Perhaps you are a good candidate for implant-based reconstruction. With this technique, you will have a tissue expander placed under your skin or breast tissue to prepare your body for the surgery. The tissue expander, like a small balloon, is then gradually filled with saline over the course of several weeks. By then, your skin and remaining breast tissue will have been stretched, creating room for your silicone or saline implant.
- Flap Surgery Reconstruction: Dr. Villanustre also performs flap surgeries, which move your own tissue from one part of your body to the breast site. Techniques such as DIEP flap and TRAM flap use tissue from the lower abdomen, while the latissimus dorsi flap technique uses tissue from the upper back.
Results: Your breast shape will gradually emerge as the swelling resolves resolve as during your healing period.
To find out if this procedure is right for you, call 727.210.8899 today and schedule your consultation with Nicolas Villanustre, MD.