This topic is very personal to Dr. Nazarian as her mother passed away from breast cancer when Dr. Nazarian was 16 years old. All patients have the right to breast reconstruction and Dr. Nazarian would be honored to help reconstruct your breast (and your life!).
Types of Breast Reconstruction
There are many options for breast reconstruction. They are typically categorized into two: implant-based and autologous (using your own tissue) reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Purely implant based – Not recommended for those who have undergone radiation therapy
a. Using a tissue expander under the pectoralis muscle to create space for a permanent implant. This is the most common way of performing implant based reconstruction.
b. Placing an implant immediately after mastectomy. This surgery is typically done in women with small breasts who would like to remain small. Those with pre-existing, sub-pectoral (under the chest muscle) breast implants are also candidates as their chest muscle has already been expanded. This surgery lasts 1.5-2 hours per breast and can be outpatient based or performed with a one-night hospital stay.
A combination of implant and autologous tissue
a. For patients who have a need for extra skin (usually to match the unaffected breast), a tissue expander or implant can be used with a pedicled latissimus myocutaneous flap. What that means is that the latissimus muscle and overlying skin and fatty tissue is kept connected with its blood supply under the armpit and swung forwards to give the breast more volume and healthy skin with a good blood supply to improve wound healing conditions. This type of surgery is recommended in patients with radiation therapy. This surgery takes 3-4 hours and typically requires a 2 day hospital stay.
Autologous breast reconstruction: While there are many places to take tissue from to reconstruct the breast, the most common area is the abdominal skin and fat with or without the rectus abdominus muscle (that’s the six-pack muscle).
a. Pedicled flap – the rectus muscle, overlying skin and fat are kept connected to the superior blood supply and swung superiorly to bring volume and skin to the reconstructed breast. This surgery lasts 4 hours and requires a 2-3 day hospital stay.
b. Free flap – the abdominal fat and skin, with or without the rectus muscle, are disconnected from their blood supply. A window is made in the chest wall by removing part of the 3rd rib to allow for anastomosis between the vessels of the flap and those running underneath the ribs close to the sternum. This surgery typically lasts 8 hours and requires at least 5 days in the hospital.
For more information on breast reconstruction or to find out if it’s the right procedure for you, call Nazarian Plastic Surgery at (310) 659-0500 or Request a Consultation ». Our Beverly Hills location is conveniently located near major roads and freeways, so it’s easy to find our office.
A board certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the University of Southern California faculty, Dr. Nazarian is the founder of Nazarian Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Known for her warmth and ability to put patients at ease, she helps patients explore available options to achieve their aesthetic goals.
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Alexa brings to Nazarian Plastic Surgery broad experience in the aesthetics and med spa industries. She has 26 years of industry knowledge, the last eleven of which have been in medical aesthetics. Her vast understanding in aesthetics, has enabled her to create an ideal, balanced skincare philosophy.
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