Breast Reconstruction Procedures
Here at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, our reconstructive surgeons are specialty-trained and experienced in every major breast reconstruction procedure that is available. Our doctors have attended some of the most respected medical institutions in the world, including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and have helped women from across the globe rebuild their breasts with results that look natural and beautiful. The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG have performed more than 10,000 breast reconstruction surgeries, and are known as some of the most skilled and experienced in the field. Our emphasis at LIPSG is a collaborative approach to each patient’s care, not only including the patient in developing the surgical treatment plan, but the radiologists, oncologists, primary care physicians and any other surgeons involved as well, because our ultimate goal is the best course of action and most successful care possible.
During an initial consultation with one of our plastic surgeons here at the Breast Reconstruction Surgery Center at LIPSG, our doctors will meet with our patients to discuss all aspects of the procedures. Our LIPSG plastic surgeon will go over the details of preparation, treatment, and recovery. The goal of this initial meeting is to begin a partnership with our patients, surgeons, and the entire LIPSG medical team and reach an understanding and instill the utmost confidence in each patient as we provide support every step of the way.
Over the last several decades, breast reconstruction procedures have undergone a remarkable evolution. Building upon years of medical and surgical innovation, reconstruction of the breasts has become ever more advanced, with a variety of effective procedures designed to treat women of all ages, sizes, and body types. Compiled below are links to more information regarding the many types of breast reconstruction surgery the doctors and staff of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group perform. We understand the psychological and physical effects that the loss of one or both breasts can cause, and we are here to help our patients in the days ahead. We are committed to providing all of the information necessary to make the most informed decisions possible before taking this important next step.
Please contact LIPSG to schedule a breast reconstruction surgery consultation at our Long Island and Manhattan, New York-area practice.
TRAM Flap breast reconstruction surgery is one of the most commonly performed techniques. The procedure involves taking skin and muscle from the abdomen and relocating it to the breast area. The donor tissue is then connected to the chest and reshaped to form a new breast. TRAM Flap reconstruction also gives our patients the added benefit of a tummy tuck in addition to the rebuilding of the breasts.
The advanced DIEP Flap technique recreates a new breast by taking tissue from the abdominal region and moving it to the area of the breast. The donor skin is attached to the chest microsurgically, reconnecting blood vessels to create a blood supply for the new breast. The donor tissue is shaped into the new breast, and the skin of the abdomen is then re-draped and tightened in a procedure much like a tummy tuck, Unlike TRAM Flap reconstruction, DIEP Flap surgery spares muscle in the abdomen.
Latissimus Dorsi Flap
The Latissimus Dorsi Flap technique has been a proven breast reconstruction technique for more than three decades. This procedure takes skin and muscle from the back and moves it around to the chest area. Latissimus Dorsi Flap surgery is an effective alternative for women who do not have enough tissue in the stomach for a TRAM Flap or DIEP Flap breast reconstruction.
S-GAP / SIEA / TUG Flap Reconstruction
The S-GAP flap breast reconstruction technique takes donor skin from the buttock region and relocates it to the chest to form a new breast. The SIEA flap procedure involves taking skin from the abdominal area and using it to create a new breast mound. The TUG Flap procedure is beneficial for patients without enough skin in the abdomen in that it takes skin and muscle from the inner thigh and moves it to the chest area to form the new breast.
Tissue Expansion Breast Reconstruction
Tissue expansion is a commonly performed reconstructive technique that has proven very effective at recreating the appearance of the breasts after mastectomy. The procedure involves the insertion of a silicone balloon under the remaining breast skin. The balloon acts as an expander, gradually being inflated over a series of treatment sessions, thereby expanding the skin to create a new breast mound, or a pocket for a breast implant.
Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction
After mastectomy, some patients may have enough skin in the breast area to accommodate a breast implant without the need for tissue expansion. Here at LIPSG, we offer a full range of breast implants, including both saline and silicone, which can be used in breast reconstruction procedures for a full, natural-looking appearance.
Nipple reconstruction is the final step in the full breast reconstruction process. There are a variety of ways in which recreation of the nipple can be accomplished. The most common techniques for nipple reconstruction involve the use of donor skin from the other breast (or another area of the body in cases of double mastectomy) to create a new nipple.
With nipple tattooing, techniques very similar to traditional tattooing are utilized to recreate the appearance of the nipple and areola (the dark-pigmented area around the nipple) in a simple procedure that requires no general anesthesia.
Ready for a Consultation?
Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons here at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group will be happy to meet with each patient one-on-one to answer any questions. We want to help our patients through this next step in their lives by determining the best reconstructive procedure for each individual case. Please contact LIPSG to schedule a consultation.