Rebuild Your Breasts with Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.
Breast reconstruction aims to recreate the shape and appearance of the breasts after a mastectomy procedure in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area. This can be accomplished through a few different ways, and Dr. Angelchik can determine the best options for you during a consultation before or after your mastectomy procedure. Many women with congenital breast deformities can also benefit from breast reconstruction techniques.
Candidates for breast reconstruction should be in overall good health and able to undergo a surgical procedure in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area, if needed. It’s important to discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Angelchik during your consultation so that the right techniques and results can be chosen for you. Dr. Angelchik can also give you the best idea of what to expect from your procedure and afterwards, including scarring, appearance, and feel.
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There are two techniques used to perform breast reconstruction with breast implants:
Tissue Expander Technique
Tissue expanders are devices used to expand the breast skin and chest muscle to create a space for your breast implant. The tissue expander will be placed in your breast region and gradually filled with saline solution in order to slowly stretch the tissue in the region. Once a breast-shaped pocket has been created, the tissue expander will be removed, and your implant will be inserted. This is a two-stage process that will take several months to complete.
Acellular Collagen Matrix Technique
Dr. Angelchik can also use acellular collagen matrix in conjunction with tissue expanders to provide more enhanced results for women who have small breasts. Acellular collagen matrix is a processed collagen filler material that has had all cellular matter removed. This material can be stitched to the sides of your breast muscle or along the inframammary fold to provide additional space in the breast-shaped pocket that will hold your implant. It can also help cover the implant beyond the boundaries of the pectoralis major in women with small breasts.
Tissue Flap Techniques
Dr. Angelchik can also perform breast reconstruction using a tissue flap procedure. This technique involves surgically grafting a section of skin, fat, and muscle from one region of your body to your breast region. Generally, this tissue is taken from your:
- Upper back
- Upper hip
Dr. Angelchik can either move the tissue flap with the blood supply attached, or he can remove the tissue flap completely and reattach it using a microsurgical technique. This second method requires a longer operating time since your blood supply must be surgically reattached.
Tissue flap procedures require a longer hospital stay and a longer recovery time than implant methods of breast reconstruction. It will also result in additional scarring since you will have scars in the area the tissue flap was taken as well as in the breast region. However, this technique offers you the benefit of being able to replace tissue in the breast region.
Dr. Angelchik can give you the best idea of what to expect during your breast reconstruction procedure. In some cases, this procedure can be performed during the same surgical session as your mastectomy, so it’s important to discuss your surgical plan during a consultation. Breast reconstruction is performed at an accredited surgical facility and may include implants chosen during your consultation with Dr. Angelchik.
Your breast reconstruction recovery will depend highly on your unique procedure, and Dr. Angelchik will ensure that you have care steps to follow after your surgery. You can expect some pain and swelling, which can be managed with prescribed medications. You’ll be asked to wear a supportive surgical bra to aid blood flow and reduce stress on your new implants, if needed. Most patients require one or two weeks off of work or school, although this can be longer if you have a more physically-demanding job or a more extensive reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction can be a life-changing procedure for breast cancer patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area. To begin discussing your options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik, a top breast surgeon in the Glendale area.
Does insurance cover breast reconstruction?
Most insurance companies and plans cover breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. It should be covered whether it is done soon after the surgery or years later. Check with your insurance plan to see what is covered.
Is it necessary to wear a bra after breast reconstruction?
Immediately after breast reconstruction, you will be fitted with a surgical bra. This bra should be worn for up to 3 weeks as directed by Dr. Angelchik.
Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.