Breast reconstruction utilizes plastic surgery techniques as follows:
- Flap techniques that re-position a woman’s own muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound.
- Tissue expansion that stretches healthy skin to provide coverage for a breast implant.
- Surgical placement of a breast implant to create a breast mound.
- Grafting which creates a nipple and areola.
These techniques serve to restore the breasts to a desirable shape, appearance and size following mastectomy or the surgical removal of one or more breasts due to medical necessity.
Choose a Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for this Procedure
As one of the leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeons in the field, Dr. Jimmy Firouz has years of experience performing plastic reconstructive surgeries relating to the face, body, skin, and breasts. With special training in breast reconstruction and nipple reconstruction, Dr. Firouz understands the importance of carefully sculpting his patient's breasts to achieve their desired results. His office is conveniently located in Beverly Hills and is accessible to residents of Los Angeles, California. Although many of his patients travel from far away including New York and Europe to benefit from his expertise and services.
Candidates For Reconstruction Surgery
If you’re considering undergoing a breast reconstruction surgery, it is important to do so for the right reasons. Listed below are common reasons why women choose to undergo a breast reconstruction surgery.
- In general, most mastectomy patients are candidates for breast reconstruction.
- Do not have medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing.
- Individuals seeking to restoring their breast and body image in a positive and healthy way.
What Occurs during Reconstruction Surgery of the Breasts?
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. Techniques offer varying advantages and choosing the appropriate course of treatment requires careful consideration.
Flap techniques may result in a more natural feeling breast and are necessary when little tissue or muscle remains following mastectomy. Incision lines appear at both the donor and reconstruction sites and a lengthy recovery follows.
Breast implants in reconstruction surgery either require a flap technique or tissue expansion. Reconstruction with tissue expansion has an easier recovery process in comparison with the flap procedures. However, tissue expansion reconstruction is a longer surgery overall. The patient will need to come to the office multiple times over the 4 to 6 months so Dr. Firouz can fill the device through a valve to create adequate healthy tissue for the reconstruction procedure. In some cases, a second surgical procedure will be needed to replace the expander if it is not designed to serve as a permanent implant.
Before & After Photos
Dr. Firouz always makes sure his patients are completely satisfied with the results of his surgeries, especially patients undergoing breast reconstruction and nipple reconstruction. To view additional images of breast reconstruction, visit Dr. Firouz’s breast reconstruction photo gallery.
Recovery After Surgery
Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort at the donor site for flap techniques. Medication may be prescribed to control the discomfort. A support bra will be recommended around the clock during the initial healing. Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery. Be sure to attend follow-up visits as scheduled to monitor your results.
If you’re wondering if you’d make a good candidate to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, it’s best to consult Dr. Jimmy Firouz. He is a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who specializes in helping women achieve their desired look through breast reconstruction surgery. To contact Dr. Firouz today, call to schedule your initial consultation.