Breast Reconstruction Surgery

What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery can be a very powerful procedure for many women. It can be a rewarding procedure for women, both emotionally and physically, who have lost a breast due to cancer or other disheartening circumstances. Creating a new breast can dramatically improve a woman’s self-confidence, self-image and quality of life.

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 patients 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.

Click here to learn more about the types of breast reconstruction, candidates and associated cost with the procedure.

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.

Contact Us

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.

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Reconstruction of the Breasts FAQ’s

Dr. Firouz knows the importance of addressing the concerns of every patient before allowing them to undergo their procedure. Dr. Firouz always wants his patients to feel as comfortable as possible during every meeting leading up to the procedure, and encourages patients to ask any questions at any time. Listed below are common concerns relating to Beverly Hills breast reconstruction that Dr. Firouz hears often. To understand answers to additional questions about breast reconstruction surgery, schedule your initial consultation with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Firouz.

A: Patients generally begin to feel better in the first couple of weeks following their surgery. It’s very common for swelling and bruising to occur during the first month and into the second month, but patients generally return to their normal daily routines two weeks after undergoing surgery.

A: Ideally, these two surgeries are performed a couple of months apart, with breast reconstruction coming first. It’s important to allow yourself adequate time to heal before undergoing nipple reconstruction surgery to assure that the swelling, discomfort, and bruising has subsided. This will allow Dr. Firouz to achieve better results during yoru nipple reconstruction surgery.

A: That depends on several factors. The extent of reconstruction that must be done, whether or not an implant is necessary, and if you’ll also be recieving nipple reconstruction are all important price factors in determining the cost of a breast reconstruction procedure. Dr. Firouz will be able to examine your needs during an initial consultation and then give you a better idea of a price range.

A: There are always typical surgical risks involved as in any surgery. Dr. Firouz always makes sure to take the appropriate steps in caring for his clients to make sure that there are no surprises during or after your breast reconstruction.

A: Patients can expect mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising after their procedure. It’s best to make sure you receive plenty of rest in the days and weeks following your breast reconstruction surgery to make for a quicker healing period.

A: A board-certified plastic surgeon is always the best doctor to go to when you’re in need of breast reconstruction. Dr. Firouz has an years of experience providing his clients with beautiful plastic surgery results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Firouz, he’ll go over all that you need to know about the surgical process.

A: There is no “best” time to perform a breast reconstruction surgery, but it is ideal to keep a few things in mind. It’s also important to make sure that you’re in good health and aren’t recovering from any sickness or other surgery.

A: Yes, breast reconstruction is considered permanent. It is possible to have surgeries following your initial procedure if for some reason you don’t like the results or if a problem arises. Dr. Firouz always aims to give his patients the attention they need to avoid a second surgery.

A: Depending on the type of coverage that you have, your insurance may cover a portion. If you’re breast reconstruction surgery is due to an illness, it’s very likely that your insurance will cover a percentage. It’s best to check with your insurance company to obtain a definite answer.