Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction in Atlanta, Georgia

Breast reconstruction surgery is performed at Southern Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia for women who have had a mastectomy, or removal of one or both breasts due to breast cancer, risk of developing breast cancer, or another disease. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as mastectomy or delayed anytime after the cancer is removed. Using modern technology, Dr. David Whiteman performs breast reconstruction to rebuild natural looking breasts.Breast Reconstruction in Atlanta, Georgia

Each reconstruction surgery is different depending on the severity of the cancer, the patient’s breasts prior to surgery, and the amount of skin available after mastectomy. During a consultation, Dr. Whiteman will examine the breast and other areas where muscle, tissue, and skin can be transferred to rebuild the breasts if a flap reconstruction method is selected. If there is not an adequate amount of tissue from the patient’s body, then a silicone or saline implant may be used. Tissue expanders may first be required to allow room for the breast implant. Expanders are balloon-like devices inserted under the skin to gradually stretch the skin. An additional breast lift or breast reduction may also be recommended to improve symmetry and appearance for both breasts. Depending on whether or not a nipple sparing mastectomy technique is used, the nipple and areola are rebuilt with cosmetic tattooing.

The ultimate goal is to replace the breast tissue, skin, and nipple-areolar complex that were removed during mastectomy and create a new breast mound that appears natural and proportional to the patient’s body. The final results of breast reconstruction can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of breast cancer and improve a woman’s confidence.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to have breast reconstruction surgery?
Breast reconstruction in Atlanta, Georgia is an elective procedure because it is never medically necessary. Women can choose to have the procedure at the same time as the mastectomy or at a later date. Some women may even choose not to have surgery after a mastectomy at all. Other women choose to undergo breast reconstruction to maintain their body image and have closure from their experience with cancer.

Will my reconstructed breast look and feel the same as my original breast?
Generally, the breast may appear flatter or more round, depending on whether it is rebuilt using harvested tissue or implants. The size and shape will never be exactly the same as the original breast, but each patient can opt for a smaller or larger size. While a reconstructed breast may mirror the appearance of the original, it will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces. Most women remain numb at the front of the breast following reconstruction.

If only one breast was affected, can I receive surgery on that one alone?
A surgeon can perform reconstruction on one breast alone (partial mastectomy). Additionally, he or she may perform a breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation for the opposite breast to improve the symmetry, size and position of the breasts.

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