Breast Reconstruction in Atlanta, GA
Rebuilding one or both breasts after a mastectomy can help make a breast cancer patient feel “whole again.” Breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence offers several types of reconstructive procedures to the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta and nearby cities. She works closely with her patients’ oncologists to design a treatment plan. If you are facing a breast cancer diagnosis and would like to explore reconstructive surgery, we encourage you to speak to Dr. Lawrence about your best options.
What to Expect During a Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is usually a multiple-stage process, spread over several surgeries. With the support of your oncology team, breast reconstruction can start at the same time as mastectomy, or be delayed until you have recovered from the mastectomy or any additional cancer treatments.
About Tissue Expanders
Tissue expanders are placed beneath the chest wall muscle and skin after mastectomy. Every few weeks they are injected with saline solution to expand and stretch your tissue. Then, once it has sufficiently stretched, the expanders are removed and replaced with permanent implants. The nipples and areolas may be reconstructed during a second procedure using local tissue flaps, skin grafts and tattooing.
What is Flap Surgery/Reconstruction?
Many women choose to rebuild their breast using the flap reconstruction technique. With this procedure Dr. Lawrence creates a tissue flap using skin, fat and muscle from another area of your body (e.g., the abdomen, back, thigh, buttocks or waist). The flap is attached to the breast area to form the breast mound, or to create a pocket for an implant. The advantage to flap surgery is that it is a single stage breast reconstruction. You can wake up from your mastectomy with a fully reconstructed breast, as opposed to undergoing several stages of reconstructive surgery.
The latissimus dorsi flap surgery uses skin, muscle and fat from your back; the flap is tunneled through the body to the breast and remains attached to its donor site to leave the original blood supply intact.
A TRAM flap rebuilds the breast using fat, muscle and skin from your abdomen. The flap may be detached from its original blood supply and formed into a breast mound, or it may be tunneled up through the chest wall.
Contact Us for More Information About Breast Reconstruction
If you are a former or prospective mastectomy patient and would like to explore your options for breast reconstruction, plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence is happy to speak with you during a personal consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Our office proudly serves individuals living in Atlanta, Alpharetta and surrounding neighborhoods.