RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BREAST
Reconstructive breast surgery is performed to create natural, authentic-looking breasts for patients who have had a mastectomy (or double mastectomy) after breast cancer treatment, or who suffer from a disfiguring genetic condition necessitating reconstructive breast surgery. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed in conjunction with the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction), or after the mastectomy (delayed reconstruction).
Because of the complex nature of reconstructive breast surgery, breast reconstruction should only be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen. Dr. Katzen is a skillful, compassionate plastic surgeon, who specializes in reconstructive breast surgery. In his private practice, located in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Katzen has vast levels of experience working with post-mastectomy patients, and forms collaborative partnerships with his patients’ oncology teams in order to ensure that their reconstructive surgery is safe, successful, and in alignment with the primary cancer treatment plan.
Dr. Katzen takes pride in staying up to date with the latest advances in reconstructive breast surgery, and is proficient in a number of cutting edge techniques, including, but not limited to, grafting procedures to surgically recreate the nipple, tissue expansion procedures, the deep inferio epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap technique, and the transverse and myocutaneous gracilis (TMG) flap technique. After assessing your anatomy, clinical situation, personal preferences, and overall health, Dr. Katzen will select the technique for your surgery that will produce the most beautifully natural-looking results.
Reconstructive breast surgery details and recovery times vary from patient to patient, and are dependent upon the exact nature and scope of each patient’s specific treatment plan; however, Dr. Katzen treats every patient with absolute respect and dignity, and employs highly innovative surgical equipment and techniques in order to minimize his patients’ discomfort, maximize their safety, reduce their recovery time, and allow them to return to their busy schedules as expeditiously as possible.
Recently, there has been an increased awareness of breast cancer awareness and surveillance. With increased surveillance, more and more are women are found to have breast cancer. Despite medical advances, many women still require mastectomies for breast cancer treatment. After a mastectomy, many women experience increased body awareness and self-consciousness. While the battle with breast cancer may be over, many breast cancer survivors may feel like a new battle of self- awareness and appearance has just started. Fortunately, with the advanced procedures of today, there is a revolution in breast cancer reconstruction. Often, breast reconstruction can significantly improve your physique and body image after a mastectomy.
Dr. Timothy Katzen specializes in breast cancer reconstruction surgery and has great experience working with mastectomy patients. Dr. Katzen is passionate in his pursuit of knowledge and education. Dr. Katzen takes pride in utilizing the latest technological developments and surgical trends in the fields of cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. He and his medical staff ensure that each patient is well informed and educated about their desired goals and treatments. Dr. Katzen will customize each surgical treatment plan to best accommodate each patient’s needs. Whether you are scheduled for a mastectomy or need revision after your breast reconstruction, please contact Dr. Katzen today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you.
What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
For patients who have undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery is performed to create natural looking breasts. Often, breast reconstruction surgery can restore the look and feel of the breast following a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer treatment.
What Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery Are There?
1) Breast implants: a sterile implant is inserted to recreate the shape of the breast. The implants are filled with either saline or silicone
2) Fat transfer: fat is taken from one area, like the abdomen, and transferred to the breast
3) Natural tissue flaps: skin, fat, and muscle are rotated or transferred from part of your body to your breast. The most common areas are from the stomach and back. Some of these procedures include the TRAM and DIEP flaps.
4) A combination of above procedures: for most patients, combination surgery is usually the case
Based on your lifestyle, body shape, and anatomy, Dr. Katzen and his medical staff will help you determine which option may best correspond with your goals. Natural tissue flaps can grant a more natural appearance in the reconstructive process. However, while the results may look and feel more natural, using skin, fat, and muscle from your body is a more surgically invasive process and may result in longer recovery time. Breast implants are a minimally invasive surgery that can result in less downtime for recovery. To find out which breast reconstructive procedure may be right for you, contact Dr. Katzen today and schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you.
What Are Some Benefits To Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
1) Restores proportion and balance to a woman’s body
2) Restores self-confidence and erases insecurities that arose after a mastectomy
3) There are several methods to choose from, giving you options on how to restore your look and self-esteem
4) Grants life-long results
Life following a mastectomy can be challenging both physically and emotionally. Breast cancer reconstruction surgery may be the change you need to feel more like you again. Contact Dr. Katzen today to schedule a consultation appointment and see if breast cancer reconstruction surgery may be right for you.
Dr. Katzen’s practice is built on the foundational principle of surgical customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your surgical goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your breast reconstruction experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your breast surgery procedural details and options. If you would like additional information about breast reconstruction surgery, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.