Breast Reconstruction Procedures
Breast reconstruction is the final step in the process of becoming whole again following a breast cancer diagnosis. Advances in today’s surgical technology allow for superior end results when considered as part of the breast cancer treatment plan from the beginning. At the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, we treat each patient individually, focusing on the quality of care and providing a beautiful final result for each patient. Below please find an overview of some of the highly advanced surgical procedures that our surgical team has pioneered and perfected.
DIEP Breast Reconstruction
DIEP breast reconstruction (deep inferior epigastric perforator flap) is an advanced microsurgical technique that is used to rebuild the breast lost to mastectomy. Excess living fat from below the belly button is transplanted to the chest to give back volume and shape. This approach to breast reconstruction is gentler than and preferred over older breast reconstruction techniques known as TRAM and Latissimus flaps.
Apex FlapCM Breast Reconstruction
The APEX FlapCM breast reconstruction is a highly sophisticated microsurgical technique that is used to rebuild the breast lost to mastectomy. Excess living fat from below the belly button is transplanted to the chest to restore volume and shape. This technique is an advancement over the DIEP procedure and has very specific indications and benefits.
Stacked FlapSM Breast Reconstruction
Pioneered at our Center in 2007, the Stacked FlapSM breast reconstruction procedure provides a solution for thin women who need reconstruction of a single breast. The Stacked FlapSM allows excess living fat to be transplanted from the tummy for recreation of a new breast after mastectomy. The fat is collected from the donor site much like a tummy tuck procedure. In women with less fat to give, the Stacked FlapSM allows layering, or “stacking” the available amount of fat for more size and projection in the new breast.
SGAP Breast Reconstruction
Our Center pioneered bilateral Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator (SGAP) breast reconstruction in 2005. The SGAP procedure is an advanced microsurgical technique that is used to rebuild the breast lost to mastectomy. Living fat is transplanted to the chest from unwanted excess from the upper hip region to give back volume and shape in the newly reconstructed breast while imparting a “butt lift” in the donor site. The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery is more experienced than any other facility in the world for this technique and the Center’s surgeons have lectured extensively around the world on its application.
BODY LIFT Flap® Breast Reconstruction
Pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in 2012, the BODY LIFT Flap® breast reconstruction procedure provides a solution for rebuilding the breasts with natural living fat when a dole mastectomy is performed in a thin woman. Similar to the Stacked FlapSM, the BODY LIFT Flap
Hybrid Breast Reconstruction
Hybrid Breast Reconstruction, sometimes referred to as “Composite Breast Reconstruction”, provides a solution for rebuilding the breasts with natural living fat combined in a single stage with supplemental breast implants. The Hybrid Breast Reconstruction technique gives added size and projection to the new breasts when a single donor site tissue transplant is not enough. In women with less body fat, adding a small breast implant beneath the living fat transfer can provide the surgical equivalent of a breast augmentation after mastectomy.
Botched Breast Reconstruction
Women who have experienced a failed or “botched” breast reconstruction in the past are often delighted to find out that our experience and expertise can help. Creative artistry and sophisticated microsurgical procedures allow the surgeons at our Center to correct or dramatically improve even the most disappointing outcomes. It is no longer necessary to live with chronic pain or disfigurement from previous procedures.
Lumpectomy is commonly recommended for early stage breast cancer. This approach can be appealing to women battling breast cancer as it represents an opportunity to minimize surgery and preserve the affected breast. For a lumpectomy to be effective, it requires a series of radiation treatments following the surgery. Lumpectomy/Radiation treatment plans are often referred to as “breast conservation therapy.” However, it is not uncommon for a lumpectomy, particularly after associated radiation, to leave the breast smaller, distorted, or even overtly deformed. This is particularly true for women with smaller breasts.
Implant Breast Reconstruction
Implant Breast Reconstruction provides a solution for restoration of volume and shape with silicone or saline filled breast implants. The implant is inserted at the time of mastectomy and is placed beneath the pectoral muscle. It is supported by a “sling” or “internal bra” made up of collagen sheeting known as “dermal matrix”. The material is composed of “collagen” much like that used to inject into the face and lips for cosmetic enhancement.
Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) is a surgical advancement for women undergoing removal of the breast due to breast cancer or as a preventative measure known as risk reduction surgery. Through a small incision, all of the breast glandular tissue is removed from beneath the overlying skin and nipple. The full breast skin envelope and nipple are left completely intact.
When Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (“NSM”) isn’t an option or breast reconstruction takes place at a time after mastectomy (“delayed reconstruction”), the newly reconstructed breast may be completed with a recreation of the nipple as the finishing touch.
Pioneered by our surgeons at the Center For Restorative Breast Surgery in 2016, “4D NippleSM Reconstruction” is a method that may be used to add the ultimate realism to finish the breast reconstruction with artistic elegance. By combining delicate reconstructive design and dimensional pigment application, the “4D Nipple” completes the restoration of beauty and wholeness.