Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that creates a natural-looking breast mound after a woman has undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Women have several options in breast reconstruction in Seattle, including the placement of implants or natural tissue transfer to restore breast volume. Each breast reconstruction is custom-tailored to match the wishes and needs of the individual.
Why choose Flugstad Plastic Surgery for breast reconstruction?
Dr. Nicholas Flugstad is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and fellowship-trained in aesthetic surgery. Widely recognized as being among the top plastic surgeons practicing in the Seattle area, he has extensive experience with the most advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is known for surgical excellence and for his compassionate approach to patient care, and for producing very natural-looking results.
At Flugstad Plastic Surgery in Bellevue we are sensitive to the stress to the body caused by mastectomy and lumpectomy procedures, and we will work closely with your oncologist/surgeon to with the goal of a reconstructive surgery that provides a safe and aesthetically-pleasing outcome.
Are you a candidate for breast reconstruction?
If you have had a mastectomy or are scheduled to have a mastectomy, you are probably a candidate for breast reconstruction in Bellevue. In some cases, the reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy. Other patients may need to wait until their cancer care is complete prior to reconstruction.
If you have had a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy) or are scheduled for a lumpectomy, you might also be a candidate for a partial breast reconstruction with the goal of restoring the breast to a normal, symmetrical appearance. We will work with you to develop the best course of action in your case.
What breast reconstruction procedure is right for me?
Your Seattle breast reconstruction is customized to match your individual needs, performed while you are under general anesthesia. Partial breast reconstruction may be performed as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, a hospital stay is required, but this decision is made on a case-by-case basis. Our team at Flugstad Plastic Surgery will develop a surgical plan that will safely and effectively meet your vision for restoring your breasts, and we are proud to assist you on your journey to better health and renewed confidence.
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Breast reconstruction techniques for women facing mastectomy or lumpectomy
If you have experienced a mastectomy or lumpectomy procedure, there are several options for you to consider for your breast reconstruction procedure. Options can include:
- Implant-based reconstruction with tissue expansion and second stage exchange to a silicone gel implant;
- Living tissue breast reconstruction with free tissue transfer from the abdomen;
- Oncoplastic reconstruction for partial breast reconstruction; and
- Fat transfer to the breasts for partial breast reconstruction.
Oncoplastic reconstruction is the process of combining cancer surgery with plastic surgery, often used in partial breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a lumpectomy as opposed to a full mastectomy.
- This procedure repositions breast tissue to restore proper shape to any areas where depressions or defects were left after a lumpectomy.
Fat transfer to the breasts
Fat transfer to the breasts for partial breast reconstruction involves the use of liposuction to harvest fat from an area of the body with an excess, such as the abdomen. This procedure may be appropriate for women who have undergone a lumpectomy.
For some patients, a combination of oncoplastic reconstruction and fat transfer may achieve the best aesthetic result.
In this procedure:
- the harvested fat is purified and then injected into the area of the breast affected by surgery.
- In the case of lump removal, the fat is injected to restore lost volume.
- Since the fat comes from your own body, there is no chance of the body rejecting or reacting to the fat transfer.
- Fat transfer is often used as a touch up procedure in both implant based breast reconstruction and living tissue breast reconstruction.
What is involved in breast reconstruction recovery?
The hoped-for result for all breast reconstruction surgery to return to a normal look after losing a breast due to cancer treatment. The recovery after breast reconstruction varies, based upon the patient and the type of procedure.
For those who are receiving a partial breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy, recovery is typically quite easy and fast. For those having more than one surgery after a mastectomy, recovery will require more time and patience.
You can expect some swelling, bruising, tightness, and soreness. You may need to wear a surgical bra for a period of time. Your team at Flugstad Plastic Surgery will, of course, follow your recovery carefully to make sure that you are healing properly and that you are satisfied with the aesthetic outcome. We will also provide you with full aftercare instructions, as well as pain medication to manage any post-surgical discomfort.