Breast Surgery Procedures Austin
Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast. Frequently, reconstruction is possible immediately following breast removal (mastectomy), so the patient wakes up with a breast mound already in place, having been spared the experience of seeing herself with no breast at all.
Recent advances in surgical techniques have made it possible to reconstruct a breast mound using only the excess skin and fat from the lower belly, without needing to cut any of the important abdominal muscles. The Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap allows for a natural breast reconstruction using your own tissues, without the need for implants and without the need to cut your rectus muscle. And because the abdominal muscles are not sacrificed as they are in a TRAM flap, the post-operative pain is less and the recovery time is quicker.
The Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP)
Because the DIEP is a more complex operation, extra operative time is required. However, the recovery time and amount of post-op pain are reduced, leading to shorter hospital stays and quicker return to activities and work. There are very few surgeons who are capable of performing this reconstruction and The Dr.’s at the Breast and Body Center of Austin is proud to be one of the pioneers in this new technique.
Candidates for breast reconstruction
Most mastectomy patients are medically appropriate for reconstruction, many at the same time that the breast is removed. The best candidates, however, are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, seems to have been eliminated by mastectomy.
Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery procedure designed to give women larger, more symmetrical breasts or to reconstruct damaged breasts. First, an incision is made under the arm, around the nipple, or below the breast. Next, a saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implant is carefully inserted beneath breast tissue or pectoral muscles. The incisions are then stitched closed. Breast augmentation takes one and one-half to three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient is usually required to return to our office for a follow-up visit the morning after surgery. Breasts normally heal within a month to six weeks.
Often, pregnancy or nursing stretches breast skin, causing breasts to sag or become pendulous. Excessive weight gain or loss or the natural aging process can also take its toll. But there is no reason for a woman to hide behind a droopy bust line. Breast lift, or mastopexy, can take years off a woman’s body by creating a firmer, and tighter bust line and more voluminous breasts.
During breast lift surgery The Dr.’s at the Breast and Body Center of Austin trims away excess tissue and skin, and remaining tissue and skin are tightened and lifted. In some cases, the areola is reduced in size, making it more proportionate to the reshaped breasts. Breast lift, which is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, is not permanent; gravity, age, and additional pregnancies can affect results over time, but effects are still very satisfying for the vast majority of patients.
Breast reduction should be considered by women with too-large, uncomfortable breasts, bra strap indentations on shoulders, back and neck pain, ill-fitting clothes, irritated skin, and general discomfort are an unfortunate reality. For women who desire lighter, firmer, more proportionate, breasts, breast reduction is an excellent option.
During breast reduction cosmetic surgery, an incision is made under the breast, under the arm, or around the nipple, and excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin is removed. Breast reduction can also be performed to reduce the size of the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple). Breast tissue may be reshaped to ensure that the breasts are in proportion with the woman’s body. Breasts typically heal within several weeks after breast reduction cosmetic surgery, and results are considered permanent.