Breast Reconstruction New Orleans
The breast is the universal symbol of femininity. Losing a breast to cancer is a threat to a woman’s life and identity. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy can be achieved through several reconstructive plastic surgery techniques to restore your breast to a more normal shape, appearance, and size.
- What is involved in breast reconstruction surgery?
- What are tissue expanders?
- What is TRAM Flap breast reconstruction?
- What is the recovery time for breast reconstruction surgery?
- What breast reconstruction results can I expect?
About Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction after mastectomy includes reconstructing a natural-looking breast mound and nipple to help women feel more confident and comfortable after their breast cancer treatment. Depending on your unique needs and goals, Dr. Moses will discuss with you the breast reconstruction options for you.
Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with a tissue expander and implant requires a staged approach. Dr. Moses will use a tissue expander as a temporary device placed on the chest wall, deep to the pectoralis major muscle. Dr. Moses may place the tissue expander at the same procedure your mastectomy, or later, called a delayed procedure. The expander is designed to create a space to where the permanent breast implant will go. Tissue expanders are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction following Mastectomy
A TRAM flap breast reconstruction procedure with Dr. Moses relies on using your own tissues, taken from your abdomen, to build a new breast. TRAM stands for Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous flap. Dr. Moses will use the rectus abdominus muscle to carry the lower abdominal skin and fat up to the chest wall. This is exactly the extra skin and fat that would be removed for a tummy tuck. He will then create a breast using this tissue. In order to transfer the flap to the chest, the muscle is tunneled under the upper abdominal skin. The advantage of using your own skin is natural-appearing breast reconstruction, made from your body’s own living tissue. The TRAM flap can be used for reconstructing one or both breasts. If you are undergoing unilateral reconstruction, the TRAM flap can potentially offer better symmetry with the remaining breast than using an implant.
What is the recovery time for breast reconstruction surgery?
Following your breast reconstruction, minimal bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you will wear a surgical support bra. These offer gentle compression of the surgical area and should minimize swelling while supporting the reconstructed breast. Dr. Moses may insert a thin drain tube under the skin to suction excess blood or fluid. This tube will be removed within a few days. He may recommend that you use a pain pump and/or prescribe medication to reduce your post-surgical pain.
Healing will continue for several weeks. Localized swelling should decrease. Over time, your reconstructed breast shape should improve. Most breast reconstructions involve multiple stages including the eventual nipple and areolar reconstruction.
What breast reconstruction results can I expect?
Dr. Moses is a board certified plastic surgeon who knows the importance of feeling confident of your appearance and of maintaining your femininity. Once you have survived the traumatic ordeal of cancer, you deserve to enjoy your victory without feeling deformed or maimed. The process of reconstruction helps you put cancer behind you and allows you to move on.