After undergoing a mastectomy, many women find themselves in need of breast reconstruction surgery to restore the proportion and overall shape of their breasts. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. For women who are uncomfortable with the idea of using breast implants, an autologous breast reconstruction can be performed using your body’s own natural tissue.
During this type of procedure, your skin, fat, and sometimes muscle are all transferred as part of a composite flap, which Dr. Desai uses to recreate your breast mound and shape. Sometimes, nipple reconstruction can be performed in the same setting, allowing your breast to be re-created in a single surgical procedure.
Another option for breast reconstruction is the use of a perforator flap. Muscle is not transferred on a perforator flap; it is merely separated to assist in transferring the necessary blood vessels to your chest, which will provide the flap with a blood supply.
Depending on your personal needs, the most effective method of breast reconstruction can vary. If you live in St. Augustine or Jacksonville, Florida and have further questions about breast reconstruction surgery, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ankit Desai.