Rebuild After Trauma or Surgery in Palm Desert
Breast reconstruction at Palm Desert's Cosmetic Surgery Institute can involve anything from filling in the wound left behind by a lumpectomy to creating two new breasts that take the place of the original mounds removed via bilateral mastectomy. No matter the patient's specific situation, the goal is to create breasts that are as natural looking as possible.
Some women choose to get prosthetics, while others simply live with their scars. Women who choose breast reconstruction surgery may have any of a number of motivations, including a desire to reclaim something "taken away" by disease, a wish for clothes to fit properly, wanting to correct an asymmetry, or something entirely personal. Whatever the reason, Cosmetic Surgery Institute is prepared to help.
What to Expect from the Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Since there are many situations that may prompt a woman to seek out breast reconstruction, there are many ways the actual procedure can take shape. It can be very helpful for the plastic surgeon to coordinate closely with the doctor or team handling the mastectomy or similar procedure, as the cosmetic component can be taken into account from the beginning of the treatment. Certain options are only available to certain patients. Implants, for instance, can be negatively impacted by radiation, so breast reconstruction with silicone- or saline-filled shells should not be performed on women who have future radiation therapy treatments planned.
Filling in scars or wounds can involve fat transfer augmentation, which is the injection of fat cells collected from the abdomen or elsewhere on the body. This procedure involves collecting the cells via liposuction, processing them, then adding them where needed.
Some women may have some breast tissue remaining, which can allow for the insertion of an implant to add volume, as with traditional breast augmentation. In other breast reconstruction cases, the amount of tissue may be insufficient, so the plastic surgeon must create a pocket to accept the implant, often by gradually expanding the existing tissue with a specialized device.
Also, depending on the way tissue is removed, breast reconstruction may or may not involve the creation of the appearance of a new nipple. Nipple-sparing breast reconstruction can leave the existing nipple in place in certain cases, while women who have a total mastectomy, but who want their breasts to look or feel as natural as possible, can have the surgeon build them a new nipple from tissue. This reconstruction will not be a working nipple connected to milk ducts, but it can preserve the contours of a typical breast. Tattooing can color the nipple and areola a different shade from the surrounding skin.
Cosmetic Surgery Institute
At Cosmetic Surgery Insitute of Palm Desert, we approach each patient with imagination and artistry in mind.
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and health care professionals offer the latest treatments for beauty and aesthetic enhancements in a safe, welcoming atmosphere.
For your breast reconstruction procedure, you will likely be put under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. No matter the procedure specifics, the breasts and chest area will feel sore and may be bruised or swollen in the days and weeks after the surgery. Down time for recuperation and rest is a must.
Other Breast-Related Options
Cosmetic Surgery Institute offers several breast surgery options for women, including breast reduction and breast lift. Any breast procedure can also be part of a Mommy Makeover. Talk to the team to explore what may be best for you.