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Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Surgery – Morristown, NJ*

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The plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey specialize in breast reconstruction for women. Our surgeons are experienced in the latest plastic surgery procedures available to reconstruct a beautiful and natural breast after a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction is one of the most rewarding procedures our surgeons perform, and each patient is treated with the utmost sensitivity and care. A surgeon will perform a complete consultation to help patient s understand which options are best for them.

Things to Consider

At The Peer Group for Plastic Surgery, our surgeons and staff know that a breast cancer diagnosis brings a whirlwind of emotions. Every breast reconstruction consultation is a private, unrushed appointment during which the patient will have plenty of time to learn about their surgical options. The surgeon reviews the patient’s medical history and the specifics of their diagnosis to help plan a reconstruction process that works around the patient’s treatment.

Surgical Technique

There are several plastic surgery methods to rebuild the breast. Whichever method is chosen, the procedure must be carefully tailored to meet the patient’s needs. Breast Expansion, or “staged” reconstruction and the DIEP flap are some of the most commonly used procedures.

Breast Expansion

Breast tissue expansion (also called Staged Breast Reconstruction) uses a temporary expandable implant that the reconstructive plastic surgeon places beneath the muscle and skin at the time of the mastectomy. Over a period of a month or two after surgery, the breast expander is made incrementally larger by injections of saline in the plastic surgeon’s office. After the breast is fully expanded, the expander is replaced with a permanent breast implant.

Flap Reconstruction

The DIEP flap technique is the most advanced method of breast reconstruction available today. A DIEP flap breast reconstruction utilizes abdominal skin and fat to recreate one or both breasts while preserving the core abdominal muscles. Due to the nature of the DIEP flap procedure, harvesting tissue from the abdomen may be done only once. Therefore, it’s important to that patients decide whether to reconstruct a single or both breasts at the time of the initial procedure. This technique is generally not recommended for women who have had a previous abdominoplasty, patients who are morbidly obese, or patients with serious medical problems who are not good candidates for a more prolonged operation. During a DIEP flap procedure, the surgeon carefully works around the major arteries and other structures of the abdomen so that only the skin, fat, and vessels are transferred to the chest. This approach leaves the entire abdominal muscle in place for an easier recuperation. These transplanted vessels are then reconnected with arteries in the chest rib cage using meticulous, advanced microsurgical techniques. In most cases, the DIEP flap procedure eliminates the need for tissue expanders and breast implants. Patients are highly satisfied with their results, which look and feel natural. Since the surgery only uses tissue, fat, and skin gathered from the abdomen,to create a breast. The lower abdominal donor site scar is very similar to the scar of tummy tuck surgery. Although the DIEP flap procedure does create a long horizontal scar, our surgeons typically make it as low on the abdomen as possible to ensure it can be concealed beneath clothing and swimwear.

Recovery & Results

Recovery time after breast reconstruction is dictated by the choice of procedure. In cases of expander-staged, breast reconstruction patients return home the day after the surgery, following a brief follow-up appointment the morning after the surgery. More complicated procedures such as the DIEP flap, may require a longer hospital stay. During most of these operations, the surgeon may place a drainage tube to reduce swelling and discomfort, which the patient will learn to use until it is removed. Patients usually feel some soreness for up to 2 weeks, but this discomfort can be managed with prescribed medication. During this time, it’s important for the patient to take it easy and rest. Most patients take more than a month to fully recover.

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Recovery Time  
4-6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hours
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Breast Reconstruction FAQs

When to Have Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a process which may involve multiple procedures over a period of time. It is rarely a single stage, one and done procedure. Breast reconstruction patients may be advised to have either an immediate or delayed breast reconstruction. Immediate breast reconstruction is actually performed at the same time as a mastectomy and is recommended for the majority of patents. This comes with several distinct advantages, but it’s not suitable for everyone, particularly for those undergoing certain cancer treatments. Patients may undergo delayed reconstruction at any point after their mastectomy. Our plastic surgeons work with the patient’s oncologist and other members of their medical team to devise a schedule for the paient’s breast reconstruction based around the cancer treatment.

Nipple & Areola Reconstruction

Nipple and areola reconstruction is an important element of the breast reconstruction process and often the final detail in helping the patients feel normal once again. Often, nipple reconstruction requires a minor additional surgery, while areola reconstruction is completed with medical tattooing.

Risk of Cancer?

Breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of the breast cancer returning, also known as a recurrence. Similarly, the surgery does not increase the risk of developing a different kind of cancer. Instead, the patient’s risk of recurrence depends on other factors, such as the stage of the disease when diagnosed, personal physiology, and the biology of the tumor.

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