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Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Atlanta, GA (Snellville)

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Breast reconstruction is a very personal choice. The decision to undergo breast reconstruction depends on each individual’s case, medical condition, general health, lifestyle, and emotional state. If a woman proceeds, the creation of a new breast can dramatically improve her self-image, self-confidence, and quality of life. Due to advancements in plastic surgery, breast reconstruction can achieve a relatively natural-looking breast, but it is important to know that the reconstructed breast may not look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, is a breast reconstruction surgeon and has performed countless reconstructive surgeries. He strives to create the most natural result, allowing his patients to look and feel their best.

Reasons for Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery is performed on breasts that have either been removed due to breast cancer (mastectomy), or have been injured as the result of a traumatic event. In addition, some women are born with birth defects that can lead to obvious flaws within the breasts, including tubular breasts or breasts that are significantly misshapen. Breast reconstruction surgery restores the look and feel of breasts for a natural appearance.

Types of Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be accomplished by:

  • The creation of an autologous tissue flap, which is created using the patient’s own skin and tissue
  • The insertion of a tissue expander under the skin to help make room for a breast implant (silicone or saline)
  • A combination of the two

A tissue flap involves moving a section of skin, fat, and muscle from one area of the body to another. The section of tissue may be taken from areas such as the abdomen or upper back. Tissue moved from the abdomen usually does not require an implant aid in breast shape while tissue moved from the upper back usually requires an implant. The tissue expander is a balloon-like implant device that is inserted, unfilled with sterile saline, at the time of surgery. Over time during office visits, sterile saline fluid is added and the tissues over the expander begin to stretch, similar to the gradual expansion of a woman’s abdomen during pregnancy. The tissue expander creates a new breast-shaped pocket for a breast implant. Tissue expansion typically takes 3 months. After the expansion period is concluded, the tissue expander is removed and a silicone or saline implant is placed.

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Recovery Time  
4-6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-3 Hours
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Additional Surgeries

During the reconstruction process, nipple reconstruction is usually performed as a separate procedure after the initial reconstruction surgery is complete. There are several options to consider; nipple tattooing is a popular option today that looks real and natural. In addition, whether or not breast implants are used, patients will probably undergo additional surgeries to improve symmetry and appearance. If only one breast is involved and reconstructed, then in a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast.  This will improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.?It is important to remember that visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.

Expected Cost

The cost for breast reconstruction surgery varies depending on the extent of injury and restoration. While most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, breast reconstruction as part of cancer treatment is usually covered. Our billing and insurance coordinator will work to define the costs and confirm benefits that may apply.

Reclaim Your Breasts Today

Breast reconstruction surgery, for many women, is a final step in treatment. It can significantly improve a woman’s breast appearance, as well as her confidence and self-esteem. A diagnosis of breast cancer, or a traumatic event, does not mean that a woman will never have beautiful breasts again. If you are a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery, we encourage you to call our Snellville plastic surgery office to learn what your options are. Dr. Stephenson is a compassionate surgeon with years of experience in the reconstruction process.

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