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The DIEP flap breast reconstruction is an excellent option for those patients that desire to use their own tissue to reconstruct their breasts following a mastectomy. The incision across the abdomen resembles an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) incision. However, the breast incision pattern will vary from patient to patient. Most often the biggest determining factor is if the patient has had prior radiation to the chest and the degree of radiation damage. Typically, the more severe the radiation damage is there is a higher likelihood of having a larger skin paddle (abdominal skin) exposed. The most common breast incision patterns with DIEP flap breast reconstruction are a “buried” flap (the entire abdominal tissue is under the mastectomy skin), mastopexy (breast lift)… Continue Reading

A mastectomy or breast cancer diagnosis can be traumatic for both the patient and their loved ones. Fortunately, for many people they have the opportunity to reconstruct their breasts. There are several options for breast reconstruction, but we will be focusing on DIEP flap breast reconstruction at this time. DIEP stands for ‘deep inferior epigastric perforator’, which describes the blood vessels used to keep the flap/tissue alive when it is transferred from the abdomen to the breast. The lower abdomen tissue is obtained via an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) incision and the tissue is transferred to the breast/chest to reconstruct the breast. It is similar to its predecessor the TRAM flap, however the DIEP flap preserves the abdominal muscles allowing for… Continue Reading

Gynecomastia is a benign medical condition of enlarged glandular tissue of the male breast. There are a variety of factors that can lead to this condition, but the most commonly it is an unknown cause. A surgery can be performed to excise (remove) the glandular tissue through a half circle incision along the areola edge. This incision will disguise well along the areola when the scar fully matures. After the excision of this tissue it will not come back. However, if one gains excessive weight the fat cells of the breast/chest may increase in size. If this occurs, the fat cells may be removed via liposuction, which can be combined with traditional gynecomastia surgery if desired. In conclusion, the excision… Continue Reading

Gynecomastia is the presence of enlarged breast tissue/glands in males. This is a benign condition, which could be cause by a variety of factors including: medication side effects, puberty, steroids, or idiopathic in nature (meaning it occurred for an unknown reason). Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure to remove (excise) this glandular tissue to reduce the outward appearance of breast tissue with males. Depending of the amount of glandular tissue and fat a patient has, this procedure could either be done in an outpatient surgical setting if liposuction is required or in our office. The vast majority of the men that have gynecomastia can have the procedure in our office under local anesthesia. If done in the office, you will… Continue Reading

The board-certified surgeons of Florida Plastic Surgery Group answer common questions about how breastfeeding can be affected by breast augmentation and pregnancy’s effects on tummy tuck surgery. Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group say many women who come to their practice seeking options to renew their appearance often have questions about the potential effects that procedures may have on a future pregnancy (or vice-versa). They note that two of the most popular procedures at the practice, breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery, are of particular concern to individuals who are planning on continuing to build their families. Some of the most common questions about the relationship between those plastic surgery options and pregnancy involve… Continue Reading

Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift surgery, is an elective outpatient surgery to remove the excess skin and fat along the arms. There are several reasons why a patient may present for a brachioplasty, most commonly it is secondary to weight loss or genetic predisposition. Excellent candidates for this type of surgery are those with excess or redundant skin that sags below the arms and those medically safe to undergo elective surgery. Excess or redundant skin is most commonly seen in people that have lost weight, or the natural process of aging has left them with sagging skin and poor skin elasticity. Often this excess skin prevents individuals from wearing the types of clothes they desire, or they have… Continue Reading

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Surgeons with Florida Plastic Surgery Group talk about when to consider body contouring after weight loss and how treatment can help patients improve areas affected by loose, inelastic skin. Jacksonville, FL – Traditional diet and exercise and options such as bariatric surgery have helped many people lose significant amounts of weight and make positive changes in their lives on a variety of levels. With that in mind, some individuals find that dramatic weight loss leads to a frustrating side effect: loose, sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits appearing in a range of body areas. Drs. Ankit Desai, Michael Fallucco, and Joseph Parks with Florida Plastic Surgery Group say, while this can be very disheartening for those who have already accomplished… Continue Reading

Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift surgery, is an elective outpatient surgery to remove excess skin and fat along the arms. There are several reasons a patient may present for a brachioplasty, most commonly it is secondary to weight loss or genetic predisposition. As with any surgery, there will be a scar and due to the location the scar it may be visible to others depending on the clothing you choose to wear. The incision for a brachioplasty will be from the elbow to the axilla (armpit) or extend into the armpit if there is excess tissue that needs to be removed. An advantage of extending the incision into the axilla, also called L-brachioplasty, is it offers a better… Continue Reading