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Breast Reconstruction in Houston Texas

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast Reconstruction is surgery to restore the breasts to their natural shape after mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformity.

Why do you want Breast Reconstruction in Houston, Texas?

Breast Reconstruction is a reconstructive procedure that rebuilds the breasts by restoring skin, breast tissue and the removed nipple. It is usually performed on women who have undergone breast cancer treatment. Breast Reconstruction involves the use of implants to restore fullness and shape to the breast. Tissue expanders taken from other parts of the body of a candidate for breast reconstruction may also be used.

Breast Reconstruction options generally falls into two categories, implant-based reconstruction or Flap reconstruction.

Implant-based Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction surgery using breast implants utilizes silicone devises filled with silicone or saline to recreate the natural shape of the breast. Candidates for breast reconstruction can choose their desired size.

Flap Reconstruction

Sometimes a mastectomy or radiation therapy will leave insufficient tissue on the chest wall to cover and support a breast implant. In such cases, Breast Reconstruction typically requires either a Flap reconstruction technique or tissue expanders.

A flap procedure, also known as autologous tissue reconstruction, uses tissue from other parts of your body, such as your abdomen, back, thighs or buttocks to rebuild breast shape. Tissue flaps generally look and behave more naturally than breast implants. For example, their size and appearance may fluctuate with weight gain or weight loss. While breast implants may need to be replaced or are risk of rupture, this is not a concern with tissue flaps.

The most common Flap procedures are TRAM flap procedures, transverse rectus abdominis muscle, and DIEP flap procedures, deep inferior epigastric perforators–both use tissue from the abdomen to reconstruct the shape and volume of the breasts.

What procedures are often performed along with Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction typically involves multiple procedures performed in stages, and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date. A patient considering breast reconstruction may choose to pursue flap and implant reconstruction together.

What do you want from Breast Reconstruction?

The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery want to work with you to achieve your specific goals.

What can you expect at your initial consultation at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas?

If you are interested in Breast Reconstruction in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with our reconstructive surgeons–Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm or Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, Dr. Andry, Dr. Courtney or Dr. Wijay will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy and measurements
  • Discuss recommendations regarding surgical or nonsurgical techniques that may help you achieve your goals
  • If surgery is the right option for you, Dr. Andry, Dr. Courtney or Dr. Wijay will discuss details of the surgical procedures that are offered and which approach is right for you
  • Preoperative photographs will be taken and the surgical plan will be analyzed for you with use of your photographs
  • The risks and benefits of surgery will be thoroughly outlined for you
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from both our physicians and staff regarding [procedure] and any other surgical or nonsurgical procedures you may be interested in
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding the procedure including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after Breast Reconstruction

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What can you expect the day of your Breast Reconstruction procedure?

The day of your surgery, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm, or Dr. Nandi Wijay will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. They will make preoperative markings and will perform extensive checks and attention to detail ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our operative team.

During the procedure, our doctors pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically, and will be able to talk with the physician one-on-one after the procedure is completed.

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What can you expect for recovery after Breast Reconstruction?

You will likely have a surgical garment with surgical dressings in place. It is normal to have some drainage on these dressings after surgery. Depending on the type of procedure, you may also have some drain tubes in place. In general, flaps require more surgery and a longer recovery than breast implant procedures. Your recovery will depend on the type of procedure performed by your surgeon at The Oaks Plastic Surgery. You will be given a scar care kit and detailed instructions regarding scar management.

The Oaks Plastic Surgery is your home for high-end, high-quality, luxury plastic surgery care in Houston, Texas

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