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Before & Afters - Breast Reconstruction


This is a middle-aged lady that was diagnosed with right breast cancer.  She underwent a right mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy. Ultimately she has the left breast removed for symmetry and presented for delayed bilateral reconstruction. She underwent expander, Alloderm reconstruction.  The expanders were exchanged for permanent implants at a later date.  In the interim, she underwent an abdominoplasty and ultimately had her nipple areolar complexes tattooed.  She has gotten a very nice result from her reconstruction. The breasts are nicely shaped and symmetrical.  Her abdominal contour is much improved.  


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This lady was seen for consideration for prophylactic mastectomies.  She has multiple family members with breast cancer.  Subcutaneous mastectomies are done to diminish the risk of developing breast cancer.  They maintain the skin and the nipple areolar complex but remove the breast parenchyma from inside the breast.  This can be done through several scars.  This lady’s were done through a radial excision.  She underwent the operation to remove the breast tissue and went through a staged reconstruction with a tissue expander and Alloderm in the 1ststage.  Alloderm is a product made from human skin that acts as an internal bra to maintain the shape of the breast and keep it soft.  She underwent a series of expansions to fill the expander implant to the desired size and then had a 2ndoperation to replace the expander for a permanent implant.  We also used some fat to correct some asymmetry in the upper poles of the breasts. She is a good two sizes larger than her pre-operative size.  The nipple areolar complexes are in good position.  The breasts are soft and feel natural.  The scars are still red but are flat and soft and should continue to improve over the next year.


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This is a 48YO lady who was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer of the left breast. Preoperatively, she has large and droopy breasts.  


We treated her with bilateral mastectomies and breast reconstruction.  As you can see from her pictures, she actually looks better after she has undergone her breast reconstruction than what she looked like preoperatively.  


It is now possible to reconstruct breast cancer patients so they do not look like they have their body mutilated.


Insurance will usually pay for the reconstructive procedures.


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This is a black female who had right breast cancer and is s/p mastectomy.  Surgical margins were clear.  The lesion was quite small and found on mammogram.  There was no lymph node involvement.  The caner did not require chemotherapy or radiation.  She was seen to discuss her options for reconstruction.  We discussed her various options, both implant and autogenous type reconstructions. She was an excellent candidate for an autogenous reconstruction which we did.  The 1stoperation was the tram flap which transferred skin and fat from her lower abdomen to create a right breast mound.  She had a small amount of flap loss laterally that required a small revision.  Subsequently she had nipple areolar reconstruction on the right and a lift on the left side.  Her post op photographs are about 9 months after the final series of operations. Symmetry is good as far as size and projection of the breasts.  She has some deficit in the upper, outer pole of the reconstructed right breast that would benefit nicely from fat injections.  She also has very prominent axillary breast tissue which if excised would create a more aesthetic reconstruction.  Her breast size before surgery was a D cup and she is now a large B/small C.  


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This patient was found to have a lobular carcinoma in situ on her left breast. This showed up on a routine mammogram. She had frequent mammograms and multiple biopsies on the left side. She had a pronounced family history of breast cancer. She was given multiple options and opted for bilateral mastectomies with immediate reconstructions. Because the tumor was small and deep, it was an option to do her mastectomy as a nipple sparing mastectomy, which was done through periareolar incisions with lateral extensions. Her mastectomy was done by Dr. Scott Robbins. At the completion of the mastectomy, Strattice dermal matrix was placed to serve as an internal bra with placement of tissue expanders which were expanded over time to the appropriate volume. A second operation was carried out to replace the tissue expanders with a permanent implant, remove the breast tissue beneath the nipple areola complexes, and revise Strattice on both sides. She has gotten a very nice result. She has maintained pretty much her breast size and shape and her own nipple areola complexes. She had negative margins on all of her resections and remains cancer free to date.

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This is a patient that had prior breast implants and was found to have a tumor in the nipple areolar complex on the right breast.  She opted for bilateral mastectomies with immediate reconstruction that was done with Alloderm and tissue expanders subsequently exchanged for permanent gel implants using the Natrelle textured anatomic implant.  The implants were 655cc.  She is shown following the implant exchange operation.  She has opted not to pursue the nipple areolar reconstruction.  The shape of the breast has improved with better upper pole fullness and better projection.  The droopiness has improved.  She has a nice, feminine figure in clothing.  The nipple areolar reconstruction could be done at any time with a smaller operation or with tattooing. 


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This lady had a significant family history of breast cancer.  She had genetic testing done that demonstrated that she was a carrier of the BRCA gene which put her at a higher risk for developing breast cancer in her lifetime.  After discussing her options with her general surgeon, she opted for bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, bilateral oophorectomies, and immediate breast reconstruction.  She was an excellent candidate for the nipple sparing mastectomy which she had done.  At the same setting, she had her ovaries removed and I completed the surgery with placement of dermal matrix to form an internal bra followed by placement of tissue expanders.  She was a large B/small C preoperatively and wished to be a full C with some upper pole fullness post completion of the reconstruction.  Using tissue expanders allowed us to do that and give her a view of what she would ultimately look like.  Over the ensuing months she came to the office for fill and once we were at the volume she was happy with, we returned to the operating room and replaced the tissue expanders for permanent implants.  She is now shown in post operative photographs about 9 months out after we began this process.  She has a fuller upper pole contour, larger cup size, and has maintained good breast symmetry.  This operation allowed her to keep her own nipple areolar complex and minimize the extent of the scarring. 


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This patient had numerous family members with breast cancer, had herself numerous breast biopsies, and had genetic testing that indicated a very high risk for developing breast cancer in her lifetime. She opted for bilateral prophylactic simple mastectomies with immediate reconstruction. The mastectomies were done through a wise pattern (breast reduction) excision removing redundant skin on the breasts in addition to the underlying breast parenchyma and reconstruction with implants and biologic dermal matrix suspension internally. She subsequently had reconstruction of the nipple areolar complex, and at some point, she may opt to have some tattooing done of the nipple areolar complex. She presently is a large C/small D. The breasts are significantly better shaped than that of her preoperative appearance. Her breasts are soft and symmetry is excellent.


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This is a middle aged lady who had a left mastectomy for breast cancer about 8 years ago and wished now to begin reconstruction. She opted for an implant type reconstruction. Through a series of operations, she underwent reconstruction of the left breast with a tissue expander and Alloderm dermal replacement, nipple reconstruction, and ultimately a mastopexy on the right side for symmetry. She has gotten a nice result with soft reconstructed breasts and good symmetry in clothing. She decided not to have her areolars tattooed.


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This is a middle aged lady referred by one of our general surgeon’s for breast reconstruction following mastectomy.  She was found to have several lesions in the right breast on a routine yearly mammogram.  These were biopsied and found to be in situ and adenocarcinoma.  She was a B cup.  The lesions were intermediate and the general surgeon decided that simple mastectomies removing the nipple areolar complexes with nodal sampling would be appropriate.  We followed with immediate 1st stage reconstruction with placement of tissue expanders.  She wished to be a little larger than her B cup breasts at the time of the mastectomies.  She underwent expansion of the expanders followed by post operative chemotherapy which she completed.  We returned to the operating room and placed 475cc silicone gel implants.  She ultimately had reconstruction of the nipple areolar complexes but declined tattooing for the color.  She is a C cup.  Her breasts are soft and nicely shaped.  She is pleased with her reconstruction.


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This is a patient who had bilateral mastectomies for breast cancer.  She initially presented in my office for breast reconstruction.  She underwent reconstruction with expanders and implants.  She did well from this.  She then decided to reconstruct the nipple areolas complexes and part of that operation required skin to rebuild the areola portion of the nipple reconstruction.  She had a protuberant abdomen with excess skin and decided to do a belt lipectomy.  The skin excised from this operation was then used to reconstruct the areolas.  Shown are before and after photos.  She got a very nice result from her surgery.  She has a much improved truncal contour.  Her flanks converted from a “B” deformity to a more feminine “S” contour from her flanks onto her buttocks.  Her abdomen is more flattened and has a feminine contour.  She has gotten an excellent result from both the breasts and her contouring surgery.  She is extremely pleased.

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This is a middle aged female that was referred to me by her general surgeon for consideration for breast reconstruction.  She was found to have breast cancer in the left breast confirmed on biopsy.  MRI’s of both breasts revealed no other disease.  She wished to have breasts with more symmetry and upper pole fullness.  She wanted them larger than her present size.  She felt that her left breast was about 60cc larger than the right.  She underwent bilateral skin sparing mastectomies.  This removed the nipple areolas with the underlying breast tissue and resulted in straight line scars across the breasts.  She underwent reconstruction with expanders and Alloderm.  She did not require chemo or radiation in that the tumor was completely contained within the breast.  The margins were negative and there were no involved lymph nodes.  Over the subsequent weeks she underwent expansion of the expanders.  She was then returned to the operating room where the expanders were exchanged with permanent implants.  There was a little larger implant place on the smaller right side as compared to the left.  Several months later she had the nipple areolas reconstructed.  She opted out of any tattooing for color.  Her breasts are very nicely shaped.  She clearly has upper pole fill compared to her pre-op state.  Her breast size is about a ½ cup size larger.  The breast size is more symmetrical in both shape and size.  The breasts have remained soft and she has had no issues with them.  She has gotten a very nice result and is happy, as am I.  She is about a year out following surgery in her post operative photographs. 


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This is a middle-aged lady that had prior breast implants and was found to have breast cancer in the right breast.  The tumor was small and peripherally located away from the nipple areolar complex which facilitated a nipple sparing operation.  She underwent bilateral mastectomies with sentinel node biopsies through a lateral, radial incision with immediate direct implant reconstructions.  Her breast size is a little larger than her pre-op size and she has a little better fill in the upper poles.  The lower pole contour is more youthful than her preoperative state.  She has gotten a very nice result made possible by tumor characteristics that would allow immediate direct implant reconstruction with nipple sparing mastectomies. 


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This is an almost 30YO lady who had a sister that died previously with breast cancer.  She had genetic testing done that put her at risk of developing breast cancer at about 35%.  She opted to have both of her breasts removed to diminish her risk and have her breasts reconstructed.  She underwent bilateral nipple sparing mastectomies through a lateral, radial incision followed by expander implant reconstructions.  This allowed us to tailor her breast size to her desires and minimize some of the recovery time associated with some of the bigger operations.  She underwent placement of the expander at the time of the mastectomies followed by several months of expansion.  Subsequently, she had the expander removed and replaced with a permanent implant.  She also had operations to better define the inframammary creases on the breasts.  Her reconstruction is stable.   She is a big C/small D.  The breasts are symmetrical and the creases are sharp.  The breasts have remained soft.  Her scars are flat and soft but still a little pink and should continue to improve. 


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