breast reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction

Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, the surgeons at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help guide you through your reconstructive journey. Our surgeons offer the full range of the most advanced reconstructive techniques for a beautiful and balanced breast reconstruction.

We are committed to providing you with a safe and comprehensive breast restoration. We will work closely with you and your treatment team to help determine the optimal reconstructive plan to fit your individual needs. Our foremost goal is the treatment of your breast cancer, and the timing and type of reconstruction will depend upon your treatment plan. Your breast restoration plan may include using your own tissue, an implant, or a combination of both.

Our team of leading surgeons is skilled in microsurgical breast reconstruction using your own tissue to create whole and balanced breasts. This tissue may come from several sites on a woman’s body including her abdomen (DIEP Flap), back (TAP or Lat flap), buttocks (SGAP Flap) or thighs (TUG flap). We are committed to working together with each woman we have the privilege of caring for throughout her reconstructive journey.

Contact us online today to learn more about your options for enhancing your appearance with breast reconstruction. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas.

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Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

A woman’s breasts are integral to her sense of self, and a diagnosis of breast cancer is life changing. Breast reconstruction helps to restore both physical and emotional balance after the surgical treatment of breast cancer.

It is important for each woman diagnosed with breast cancer in Austin to have a consultation with a reconstructive plastic surgeon early after her diagnosis. Decisions made early in the treatment plan can affect the reconstructive results, and it is important for every woman diagnosed with breast cancer to be educated about her reconstructive options so that she can make an informed decision. The surgeons at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas have the advanced training to offer all methods of reconstruction and pride themselves on patient education.

Ideally, breast reconstruction will be performed at the same time as the mastectomy. In some cases, however, reconstruction is performed at a future date for medical or personal reasons. It is important to involve your reconstructive surgeon as early as possible to make the best plan for your health. The reconstructive surgical plan will include a balancing procedure to restore symmetry after breast reconstruction. This may include a breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction or fat grafting to the opposite breast to achieve a whole and balanced appearance.

Procedure Options

Every woman is different, and every breast reconstruction is different. Our experienced plastic surgeons will work closely with you and your treatment team to achieve a beautiful and balanced result. Breast reconstruction options include:

If a mastectomy was performed without preserving the nipple, nipple reconstruction is included as part of the breast reconstruction. This is usually performed during a separate procedure later on. Nipples are created using a patient’s own tissue, then tattooed for correct pigmentation.

For women who have developed lymphedema following breast cancer treatment, we also perform lymphedema surgery with a focus on the highly advanced Lymphovenous Bypass technique and Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer.

Recovery and Results

Most of our Texas patients experience some initial discomfort like swelling and bruising right after their breast reconstruction. If a flap reconstruction was used, discomfort will be present in the donor site as well. You’ll notice a change in the appearance of your breasts immediately. As the healing process continues over the coming weeks, your final results will be revealed.

Breast reconstruction from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas will help restore a sense of wholeness as we work together toward a beautiful and balanced result.