The loss of a breast, usually due to mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery, can be traumatic, causing a woman to feel self-conscious about her appearance. At our cosmetic surgery practice in Rochester, near Buffalo and Syracuse, each plastic surgeon at our practice is adept at using the latest techniques and technology to help a woman restore her appearance and self-confidence. With advanced breast reconstruction technology, we can construct a breast that is very similar in appearance to a natural breast.
Breast reconstruction is a complex operation, with many different options to consider. At your consultation at our offices, conveniently located in Rochester, near Buffalo and Syracuse, your plastic surgeon will help you explore which options best suit your particular circumstances.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester offers a variety of breast reconstruction procedures to our patients in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse area. A plastic surgeon at our practice will help you decide which of the following would be best suited to your needs:
- Breast implants are essentially flexible silicone shells filled either with “saline,” a salt-water solution, or with silicone. Currently, due to safety concerns, only saline-filled implants are approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Breast implants are usually combined with skin expansion or flap surgery to reconstruct a breast.
- Skin expansion, which provides a pocket of skin for a breast implant, can be performed at our locations in Rochester, near Buffalo and Syracuse. Your plastic surgeon will surgically implant a balloon expander underneath the skin and muscle of your chest. Over the course of several weeks to several months, your plastic surgeon will slowly fill the balloon with a salt-water solution. Once an appropriately sized pocket of skin is created, an operation will be performed to remove the balloon and replace it with a breast implant. The process is finally completed by another procedure that reconstructs the nipple and the areola.
- Flap reconstruction is an alternative to breast reconstruction procedures using skin expansion and a breast implant. The breast is reconstructed using a skin flap made of tissue from other areas of the body. A skin flap is frequently taken from the back, abdomen, or buttocks. There are a number of ways a plastic surgeon can reconstruct a breast using a skin flap. In one method, the flap is tunneled beneath skin to the location where the breast is being reconstructed, remaining attached to its original site. The fat, skin, and muscle of the flap are often enough to create the entire breast mound, though the plastic surgeon may elect to add an implant, if necessary. In another method of flap reconstruction surgery, tissue is entirely separated from its initial location, usually on the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and is then re-attached to blood vessels at its new site.
- Medical tattooing can be used to aid in the coloring of a reconstructed nipple and areola.
- Follow-up procedures are often necessary after a breast reconstruction operation. Breast reconstruction operations are frequently complex, involving a progression of procedures that are performed over a period of time, though the first operation is usually the longest and most involved. Follow-up surgery may be necessary at our location in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse area so your plastic surgeon can, for example, replace a balloon expander with a breast implant or reconstruct the nipple.
Contact our board-certified plastic surgeons serving Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse if you have questions about breast reconstruction or would like to schedule a consultation.