The type of breast reconstruction technique performed primarily depends on the type of mastectomy that was performed to remove the cancerous tissue. The technique is also dependent on the timeframe in which the reconstruction will be performed from the mastectomy. While Dr. Golosow is an expert in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, she takes a special interest in serving those who are in need of a breast revision or reconstruction.
What are the Indications for Breast Reconstruction?
A breast reconstruction is indicated for women who have undergone a mastectomy that wish to have breasts recreated. While there are no medical indications for reconstruction after mastectomy; many women wish to have a reconstruction to regain a sense of normalcy, and to feel comfortable in their body once again after a drastic physical change.
Reconstruction Techniques Available
– Implants and skin expanders: Implants and skin expanders are used to create the formation of a breast or breasts by using implants to create the volume and structure and a gradual skin expander to create an adequate amount of skin to cover the implant.
– Flap graft (vascularized autologous tissue): a flap graft is pulled from either the abdomen, back or buttocks; and as the name hints, contains veins for blood flow. While this method produces a natural feeling result, it does come with substantial associated scarring at the donor site.
– Fat graft (non-vascularized lipoaspirate autologous fat): This method utilizes a fat transfer to re-build the breast using a patient’s own fat, which eliminates the risk for negative reactions to a foreign material. This method must be done on a patient who maintains enough fat in a donor site.
The best way to understand which method is best for you is scheduling an appointment with Dr. Golosow to discuss your goals. Based on your mastectomy time frame, your goals, and the state of your health, she will help you to create a treatment plan that you are comfortable with.
Why Choose Lorraine Golosow, MD for your Reconstruction
If you are in the south Florida region, and beyond, and are in need of any kind of breast reconstruction or revision, you may have heard Dr. Golosow’s name. While her resume is certainly impressive, being the first female plastic surgeon in Lee County to become certified by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; it is her incredible results that she provides her patients that inspire patients to travel far and wide to be treated by her.