A breast reconstruction, after a mastectomy, can improve the quality of your life as well as your self-image. Unfortunately not all breast cancer patients are aware of the options available to them when it comes to breast reconstruction surgery.
If you have had a mastectomy, either due to breast cancer or a congenital or developmental abnormality, you have several options on how your breasts can be reconstructed. The overall intention of breast reconstruction is to create a breast and nipple that closely resembles your natural breast in shape, size, and position. If you are healthy and age is not a factor, you may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction. However, if you have health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, or you are a smoker, you may be advised to wait to have your breast reconstructed. It’s best to discuss your medical condition with Dr. Glasberg so he can help with a solution.
You have several options for the reconstruction of your breast and the method that is used will depend on the amount of tissue on your chest wall to cover or hold a breast implant.
This method of breast reconstruction involves inserting a breast implant in the chest wall after the skin has been stretched by a balloon expander that has been placed beneath the skin and chest muscle. Over time, your skin will create a pocket for the implant. The final step is to create a nipple and areola.
If there is not enough tissue remaining after the mastectomy to expand, this method uses skin, fat, and muscle from other parts of your body to create a flap that is attached to the chest. Implants may or may not be used during this procedure but the nipple and areola are constructed in a separate procedure.
Your breast reconstruction can be immediately after your mastectomy or after your mastectomy incisions have healed and you have completed your breast cancer therapy. You may decide that your reconstruction should include surgery on your other breast so they will both match in size and shape.
Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy requires the skill and compassion of a board-certified plastic surgeon. The first step in deciding to undergo a breast reconstruction procedure includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 717-8550.
Body contouring procedures sculpt your body into a slimmer and more defined shape by removing the excess fat and excess skin that have been resistant to diet and exercise. If you have had weight loss surgery or experienced a major weight loss, body contouring can be great follow-up treatment. Body contouring procedures target the areas such as your stomach, thighs, arms, neck, and more so you can enjoy the after-effects of your weight loss.
There are several body contouring procedures that are surgical and non-surgical. The surgical procedures will emphasize the natural shape and physique of your body and give you the most dramatic results. Your proportions will be balanced and you will have an overall toned appearance.
Before you begin, it is important that you have achieved and maintained your weight loss goals and are committed to a dedicated active and healthy lifestyle in order to preserve the results of the body contouring procedures.
Dr. Glasberg will have an in-depth discussion with you to discuss the different body contouring procedures and develop a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve the goals for your body. Depending on your goals, a body contouring procedure can involve several different plastic surgery procedures that can sometimes seem similar to the procedures found in a Mommy Makeover.
Body contouring procedures may include:
In most cases, you may need to undergo several different procedures before your body contouring is considered to be complete.
Body contouring procedures have many benefits for the patient, and it requires the skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon. The first step in deciding to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Scot Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 717-8550.