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Breast Reconstruction 01
Deep inferior epigastric perforator flap DIEP. Nipple sparing mastectomy for breast cancer. While abdominal scars do exist they are similar to those of a abdominoplasty/tummy talk. Underwear Underwear or bathing suit selection can help make those difficult to see.
Breast Reconstruction 02
Followup from implant-based breast reconstruction for breast cancer risk reduction. This woman’s sister and mother had breast cancer. To reduce her own risk she underwent bilateral (double) mastectomies. Tissue expanders were placed at first and were later replaced with silicone implants. Her nipples were saved so she has a very natural appearance. She wears low-cut evening gowns and bikinis with confidence. She says that she goes for days without remembering that she has had her breast removed.
1st – pre op. 2nd – post op (note the increased symmetry). 3rd – post op in bra. 4th – post op in clothes.
Breast Reconstruction 03
One year follow up from breast reconstruction with implants for a nipple sparing mastectomy. This patient is quite happy with her results and achieved her goal of a natural appearing reconstruction with a slight increase in size. It should be noted that in some in some individuals scars are noticeable at a year and often darker scars or thicker scars are a result of genetics instead of technique.
Breast Reconstruction 04
This patient underwent breast reconstruction with a deep inferior epigastric perforator flop (Diep Flap). She had undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer and also had treated with chemotherapy. She has gone on to have nipple reconstruction, but has not yet had nipple tattooing. In addition to having had her breast reconstructed the effects of the abdominal portion of the Diep Flap plus weight loss has significantly transformed her body. One other important detail is that this patient had undergone a breast reduction prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, and those scars can be seen in the preoperative photographs.
Breast Reconstruction 05
Three month follow up from implant based breast reconstruction following bilateral nipple sparing mastectomy (double mastectomy). The implants are pre-pectoral (above the muscle) and an acellular dermal matrix was used. This patient also underwent nerve reconstruction to restore sensation to the nipple which is important for many women for intimacy and to prevent injury to the skin. This is a thin patient and the photos demonstrate some of the limitations in this patient population. On the side and three-quarters view a small amount of rippling is seen and a small crease or valley on the outer edge of the implant. While seen in heavier patients, these features are less noticeable in heavier patients because the mastectomy and adjacent skin is thicker and there is more fat to use for fat grafting to smooth away the contour irregularities. Another thing to consider is that the path of the reconstructed nerve is located on the outer edge of the breast. The need to protect the nerve limits some of the techniques used to smooth those areas. This patient is very happy and recognizes the limitations and compromises.
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