At Plastic Surgeons of Akron breast reconstruction is a delicate technique that is intended to help patients who have undergone or are planning to undergo a mastectomy to remove cancerous tissue. When combined with breast implants, patients can restore the lost tissue on their chest and regain the shape and size of their bust before treatment.
Akron breast surgeon Dr. Pedersen has expertise in a vast array of reconstructive procedures and specialized options including DIEP Flap which is the most advanced type of Breast Reconstruction that utilizes your own tissue. Dr. Pedersen also specializes in breast implants that can be inserted both above or below the muscle. He is also an expert utilizing “AFG” or Autologous Fat Grafting which involves reshaping your breast with your tissues following a reconstructive operation. Dr. Pedersen performs all reconstructive procedures at the same time as your mastectomy to avoid the need for multiple surgeries.
Autologous fat grafting, similar to (but not to be confused with) autologous tissue reconstruction, uses donor fat from another area of the body, such as the stomach or thighs, and harvests it to help enhance the breasts during reconstruction. Autologous fat grafting has a lower risk of complications and can help to deliver a natural shape, similar to your original size. It only offers a cup size increase, and there is a chance some of the fat may reabsorb into the body. Patients who wish to skip implants or larger incisions may find this a more comfortable procedure.
DIEP Flap stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap. This surgery uses tissue from the abdomen, but unlike the traditional TRAM method, no muscle is taken. This offers some unique benefits, including a lower risk of losing muscle function or developing a hernia. Patients also recover faster and have a more natural-looking final result.
Dr. John C. Pedersen is an expert surgeon, specializing in breast surgery and body contouring procedures. His two decades of experience in the field help him offer patients the most delicate approach to breast reconstruction procedures available.
Dr. Pedersen is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who helps lead our facility in Akron. Our staff is here to guide you through the breast reconstruction process and provide compassionate, expert care along the way. We strive to provide you with the best breast reconstruction Akron has to offer.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Reconstruction?
Breast implant reconstruction may not be ideal for everyone. Some patients may find other options more ideal for their needs. Talking to Dr. Pedersen can help you understand your options and what implant reconstruction means. If you are interested in restoring the lost tissue in your breast and reconstructing the shape and size to closely match your natural breasts, implants may be an excellent solution for you. Your post-operative needs, including chemotherapy or other treatments, should be carefully discussed with your doctor and surgeon before deciding which treatment is best for you.
Are Implants Permanent?
Many people are familiar with breast implants. They are an excellent option for women seeking enhancements to the natural shape or size of their bust. The procedure is intended to be a long-lasting solution, but implants are not permanent and should be exchanged or removed after around 10 years, depending on your unique details. Additionally, the results of your breast implant surgery and reconstruction can vary over time as your body experiences changes in hormones or weight. Talking to Dr. Pedersen can help you get a better understanding of the procedure and what you can expect with breast implant placement.
Will Insurance Cover My Treatment?
When going through cancer treatments and planning breast reconstruction, the last thing patients should have to worry about is paying to look and feel like themselves again. With most breast implant reconstruction treatments, insurance should cover most or all of the procedure. During your consultation at our facility in Akron, you can discuss our financing solutions and insurance options. You can also confirm with your insurance company whether these procedures are covered ahead of time.
What Other Options Do I Have?
There are options patients have when considering breast reconstruction. For many women, this can help to regain their sense of sense and wholeness and restore any lost tissue, volume, or shape after a mastectomy. Patients can opt for a delayed or immediate reconstruction surgery, with delayed options allowing for some time between the mastectomy and follow-up surgery. You can discuss the differences between flap surgery, fat grafting, and implant reconstruction with Dr. Pedersen to help understand which is the best choice for you.
What are the Benefits of Breast Implant Reconstruction?
Beating breast cancer is an amazing victory that often comes with many struggles, including the difficulty of deciding on undergoing a mastectomy or tissue removal surgery. One of the benefits of breast implant reconstruction surgery is the results it offers to patients who have lost one or both of their breasts. Despite the amazing victory, some patients may still feel incomplete or self-conscious, and breast implants can help them regain their sense of self and normal appearance.
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