Procedures

Breast Reconstruction New York

For most mastectomy patients, the physical loss of a breast is a severe emotional loss as well. A loss of self-esteem. A loss of femininity. A loss of self. A constant reminder.

Breast reconstruction strives to replace not just the breast, but these other losses as well. There are many different approaches that vary according to the type of mastectomy that was performed, and to the condition of the breast skin.

In some cases, reconstruction can be achieved through a simple implant or prosthesis alone. In other instances, there is not enough skin to accommodate an implant, and a "flap" of donor tissue must be brought into the area. This flap contains skin, muscle, and the blood vessels needed to nourish it. These flaps are usually taken from the back, or the abdomen and are "tunneled" to their new location where they will provide adequate skin covering for an implant. In some flap procedures, an implant may not be necessary.

Another technique involves placement of a balloon-like device called a tissue expander, which is placed beneath the chest muscle and gradually filled with saline to stretch the overlying skin until it is able to accommodate an implant. Additional surgery is often needed to reconstruct the nipple and areola.

These reconstructive procedures are usually performed in the hospital under general anesthesia and may require a few days of hospitalization. Most of our breast reconstruction surgeries are done at our New York plastic surgery center, but if it more convenient for you, you can choose our Connecticut plastic surgery office for your consultation and aftercare.

Post-operative discomfort is well managed by medications, and most patients are up and about within one week. Although some scarring is an inevitable part of this procedure, every effort is made to make scars as inconspicuous as possible.

The newly created breast will not be an exact duplicate of the previous breast nor will it have the same exact contour as the other breast. But the results provide a great improvement and yield considerable emotional and psychological benefits — welcome comfort after the difficulties associated with mastectomy.

If you are looking for more information about breast reconstruction in the New York area, Dr. Erlich at Profiles & Contours invites you to request a consultation or call 212.861.4100 today to schedule your appointment. You can meet with us at our Connecticut plastic surgery center or in New York City to discuss your surgical expectations and breast reconstruction questions.

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