About Reconstructive Surgery
Our double-board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Asaf Yalif, is here to listen to your concerns and goals for breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Whether you schedule your breast reconstruction for right after your surgery, or if you have been living with scars left behind from cancer treatment for quite some time, we are here to help you envision and attain your new breasts.
For most women, losing one or both of their breasts is a traumatic event, and with the help of Dr. Yalif, that emotional pain can be lessened with breast reconstructive surgery. With advanced medical technology and surgical techniques, a healthy breast appearance can be recreated through breast reconstruction, which can include other enhancements, such as cosmetic tattooing of the areola, breast implants, or skin tightening procedures. At Y Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel like you again, inside and out.
With compassion and respect for every patient, our practice offers breast reconstruction procedures to:
- Breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy
- Women who are scheduled to receive aggressive treatment for breast cancer (the removal of one or both breasts)
- Women who have experienced a traumatic injury or have birth defects in the chest area
Breast Reconstruction Reviews
"I had complications due to breast cancer and from my very first meeting with Dr. Yalif he informed me of my options and what could but may not happen. Even when I knew he was busy and pressed for time he was patient, understanding, and gave me his full attention. His staff reflects his leadership style and he is a remarkable doctor."- C.C. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2017
What to Expect
There are numerous ways to reconstruct the breasts following cancer or trauma. The first stage in the reconstruction process generally involves the placement of a tissue expander, which is inserted within the breast pocket. This expander is used to stretch the skin over a period of time to make room for an implant or fat transfer. From this stage, several techniques may be considered:
Latissimus Flap Technique
A process that involves transferring tissue from the latissimus dorsi muscle and skin to the breast from an area on the back, and is one of the most common reconstructive surgeries for the chest. The latissimus dorsi muscle is the largest in the body, which makes it a great option for these types of reconstructive procedures.
Tram Flap Technique
The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous) flap technique is a reconstruction surgery that is performed in two stages. Tissue, muscle, fat, and skin are taken from the lower abdomen and are used to reshape the chest wall, using as much tissue and fat as needed to produce the desired contour. This is an approach for patients who desire an autologous approach, and wish to not have implants.
DIEP flap is a method very similar to the TRAM procedure, but it is performed using a microsurgery approach. It is a preferred method because the recovery time is shortened and the abdominal muscles and fascia are not sacrificed.
In this common procedure, the chest is reconstructed through the placement of implants. An expander is surgically inserted into the chest, and saline is then injected into it about every two to three weeks. Once the appropriate size has been achieved, the expander will be replaced with either a silicone or saline implant
Determining Which Procedure Is Right For You
Whenever it is possible, the general surgeon and plastic surgeon work together to provide immediate cosmetic results once the breast has been removed or greatly reduced. If this is not possible, breast reconstructive surgery can be performed at a later date while the patient recovers and wears prosthetics in the place of the breast. During the reconstruction process, it is common to need a nipple reconstruction. This may be a separate surgery from the breast reconstruction. Also, the patient may choose to have additional enhancement surgeries to add symmetry, fullness, or skin tightening for natural looking results.
If the Stage I, II, or III breast cancer patient still needs chemotherapy after the mastectomy and plans to have breast implants, they should talk to the plastic surgeon about scheduling the surgeries around the chemo schedule. The patient should not lose hope that the cancer will control what can and cannot be done with plastic surgery.
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Trust our Skilled Surgeon
Contact our friendly patient coordinator about scheduling a consultation with Dr. Yalif to discuss plans for breast reconstruction. These procedures can turn this emotional and painful prognosis around with the careful, skillful talent of a board-certified reconstructive surgeon. Call (678) 783-8024 to schedule an appointment today at one of our conveniently located offices in Alpharetta, Woodstock, or Roswell, or contact us online.