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Breast Reconstruction FAQs

Breast reconstruction can be overwhelming, especially when you are first starting to look into your options. To help you get informed, we have the top five most frequently asked questions about breast reconstruction. With these breast reconstruction FAQ, you can head into your consultation up-to-snuff on all things reconstruction. Additionally, you can direct any other questions about your procedure to our office at (713) 791-0700.

 

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is the general term we use to describe the techniques utilized to rebuild the breasts. Our surgeons are experienced in both implant-based breast reconstruction and reconstruction that uses a patient’s own fat and tissue. Both techniques are effective at rebuilding the breasts after mastectomy, trauma or a growth defect.

Why Would Someone Undergo Breast Reconstruction?

The surgery helps women gain control of their lives, helping them build confidence, improve their self-esteem and bring proportion and feminine contour to their bodies. This reconstructive plastic surgery is especially beneficial to women who have had their breasts removed for medical reasons, experienced trauma or have developed breast abnormality during its development stage.

How Is Breast Reconstruction Performed With Implants?

For those with enough breast skin, who are nonsmokers and otherwise healthy, our surgeons can perform breast-surgery with implants using conventional techniques. This procedure is very similar to a breast augmentation. These include both silicone and saline implants, which aim to mimic the natural look and feel of breasts.

How is Reconstruction Done Without Implants?

Depending on the patient, other popular techniques we consider are the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap, profunda artery perforator (PAP) flap, staged fat grafting, and superior/inferior fluteal artery (GAP) flap. Our talented surgeons use a patient’s initial consult, medical history, and desired aesthetic goals to determine a reconstruction treatment plan that is best for them.

What Do Flap Procedures Entail? 

During a flap procedure, our surgeons harvest fat from different parts of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen, thighs or buttocks, and insert the purified (via centrifuge) grafted fat into the breasts. This allows our surgeons to mimic the natural feel of the breasts. Additionally, we do not remove any muscle during flap procedures, ensuring the muscle integrity of the donor site every time. For more information about breast reconstruction FAQ, or to schedule a consultation with one of our talented plastic surgeons, call 713-791-0700 or email [email protected].