More women than ever are choosing to undergo mastectomy for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer, and a large portion are electing to have reconstructive surgery as well. However, they often find that breast reconstruction after mastectomy is one of the most difficult and disappointing parts of breast cancer treatment.
For traditional breast reconstruction, plastic surgeons place expanders at the time of mastectomy to expand the chest muscle. This method takes months and requires a secondary surgery to remove the expanders and replace them with breast implants. Many women have trouble dealing with the sense of loss during this waiting period, and feel frustrated by the lack of options available.
The expert team at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence offers an innovative technique that allows women to awaken from mastectomy surgery with intact breasts, and minimal or no scarring. If you’re interested in one-stage breast reconstruction, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 316-4167 for a consultation.
One-Stage Breast Reconstruction
One-stage breast reconstruction surgery is a new option for breast cancer patients who choose to undergo a mastectomy and also desire breast reconstruction. Instead of the traditional two-step procedure, a patient can undergo a mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the same time and in a single surgery. This one-stage procedure has several benefits including eliminating the risk of multiple surgeries and the feeling of physical loss associated with a mastectomy. Patients can leave with beautiful, natural-looking breasts.
The Breast Surgery Center of Excellence is one of the few out patient surgery centers to specialize in this innovative breast reconstruction procedure for breast cancer survivors. The Breast Surgery Center performs hundreds of breast reconstruction surgeries each year, with more than half of these cases being one-stage surgeries.
One-stage reconstruction starts with a mastectomy performed through a very small incision rather than the large across-the-breast scar that used to be the norm. The breast implant is placed during the mastectomy surgery, a technique that eliminates the need for painful and prolonged tissue expander appointments. Our breast surgeons a natural collagen substance called Alloderm to create an Internal Bra to support the implant. With this method, the breast can be recreated in a more natural position than typical reconstruction, and looks good even immediately after the surgery. This technique yields a very symmetrical cosmetic result, and can produce virtually any desired breast size. The final scar is minimal or completely absent.
Choosing the right kind of mastectomy is critical, and the team at the Breast Surgery Center can help you determine the best procedure for your particular case:
- Skin-Sparing Mastectomy – For patients with BRCA+, those with DCIS or LCIS only, and for breast cancer patients with tumors not directly adjacent to skin, skin-sparing mastectomy is safe and cosmetically superior to traditional mastectomy. With skin-sparing mastectomy, only the nipple and areola skin are removed. The breast tissue is removed through the hole left by the areola. The reconstruction is then performed through the same small incision. In a later surgery, the nipple and areola are reconstructed and placed so that the incision is hidden in the areola, producing a scarless result.
- Nipple/Areola-Sparing Mastectomy – The most superior cosmetic results are obtained with the nipple/areola-sparing mastectomy. After creating an incision using the crease under the breast, the breast tissue is removed and the breast is reconstructed. Not all patients are candidates for this type of mastectomy, as the nipple and areola can contain a small amount of breast ductal tissue. This option is often chosen by women who are deciding between mastectomy and screenings, because they have high risk factors such as BRCA+ or a strong family history of breast cancer. Women who have breast cancer further away from the nipple are also good candidates. All mastectomies are performed by the Breast Center’s board-certified surgeons specializing in breast and oncological surgery.
Benefits of One-Stage Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The advantages of one-stage reconstruction include:
- Avoids multiple surgeries – lowers overall risk, decreases cost, and minimizes discomfort
- Avoids months of painful tissue expansion
- Eliminates waiting – you will wake up for mastectomy surgery with beautiful, full breasts.
- Offers same or better risk factor than traditional tissue expander technique.
Contact the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence
The expert team at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence brings its patients impeccable surgical techniques, superior cosmetic results, and an essential emphasis on individualized patient care. Our board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeons are very experienced in one-stage breast reconstructive surgery. If you want to know if you are a good candidate for this procedure, contact our Los Angeles office today for a consultation.