Double Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon

Sixty-Five Year-old Woman six weeks s/p immediate breast reconstruction

Procedure Details

This sixty-five year-old Marina del Ray woman had a palpable lump and was diagnosed with left stage I (stage one) breast cancer. She underwent a two stage immediate reconstruction, first with tissue expanders placed at the same time as the bilateral nipple-sparing subcutaneous mastectomy (performed by Dr. Heather Richardson) and then replacement with Allergan smooth round silicone high profile SRF implants and fat grafting from the abdomen and flanks. The second procedure was performed three months after the first procedure, which is typical. The pictures on the right show her six weeks postoperative. The incisions are inframammary (in the crease under the breast) and no lift was performed. With a mastectomy, the breasts lift naturally because the weight of the breast tissue is taken off the skin. It's actually one positive thing that happens with a mastectomy. This is the opposite of what happens when an implant and a lift are done for cosmetic reasons, because in that situation, weight is put on the skin. The patient actually thinks that her breasts look better after the mastectomies and reconstruction than before.


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