In addition to reconstruction and repair of conditions resulting from trauma or disease, USMD plastic surgeons specialize in a variety of cosmetic procedures, including body contouring and breast reconstruction.
Most women who have had a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction, where a plastic surgeon rebuilds the breast shape as well as the nipple and areola, if desired.
- Implant Procedures – Generally you have the option of either a saline-filled implant or silicone gel-filled implant. There are other types of implants filled with different materials, but these are available only in clinical trials.
- Tissue Expansion – A balloon-like device is used to create a space in which a breast implant is placed to recreate breast volume.
- Flap Reconstruction – The plastic surgeon may use tissue from elsewhere on your body, such as the abdomen or back, to reconstruct the breast shape.
- Nipple and Areola Reconstruction – This is an optional, separate procedure that is done after the reconstructed breast has had time to heal. The tissue to create the nipple can be taken from the reconstructed breast or elsewhere on the body, and tattooing recreates the areola, or dark skin around the nipple.