The most common reason for breast reconstruction is a woman’s desire to rebuild the breasts after a mastectomy. Additional reasons for breast reconstruction include an injury or trauma, illness or congenital defect.
In the aftermath of breast cancer, Dr. Parker has helped many women to regain a sense of dignity and pride in their appearance by creating breasts that both look and feel highly natural. Research has shown that breast reconstruction often has a positive impact, both emotionally and mentally, on the breast cancer survivor, providing a sense of closure as well as hope.
Dr. Parker can begin your breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy, or he can delay the reconstruction for a later date. It’s important that you discuss reconstruction with your mastectomy surgeon so he or she can use the proper techniques. Note that breast reconstruction is an option whether you have a full mastectomy or just a partial one.
Dr. Parker can perform breast reconstruction either with implants, or through the fat transfer process. With fat transfer, fat is taken from a donor area where it is unwanted (such as the thighs, belly or hips), it is purified and sterilized, and then is injected into the breasts to build volume naturally.
Dr. Parker will help you to determine the best method for reconstruction during your confidential consultation in Las Vegas.
Dr. Parker will use either saline or silicone implants placed under the pec muscles. If the skin is too tight, Dr. Parker will need to use a tissue expander first in order to create the proper capsule to house the implant. The next step will be for Dr. Parker to reconstruct the nipples, and finally apply an areola tattoo, creating the most authentic-looking breasts possible.
In some cases, he may also apply an acellular dermal matrix made of human cells to create a scaffolding on which the implants can rest. Fat transfer may be used to create more natural-looking edges around the reconstructed breasts.
During this approach with breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Parker will use the patient’s own fat, tissue and muscle to create a flap that resembles the breast mound. Tissue is taken from the thighs, back, belly or buttocks to create the flaps, and the blood vessels are reconnected within the chest to ensure blood flow to the new breast mounds.
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