BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

Serving Patients in Jacksonville, Florida

Welcome to the Desai Center of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, where we are dedicated to providing quaity personalized care for all of our patients in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Orange Park, and St. Augustibe. Our practice philosophy revolves around creating individualized surgical options for patients desiring breast reconstruction. Dr. Desai is a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in all aspects of breast reconstruction. His interest in helping women extends beyond our practice, as he volunteers with a number of organizations including the Susan G. Komen foundation.

At Desai Plastic Surgery, we work closely with a number of different general surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to provide coordinate comprehensive care for our patients. In addition, we encourage many of our patients to benefit from local organizations that provide support for breast cancer survivors. Whether you desire to have immediate reconstruction or have completed your breast cancer treatment, we will work to restore that which has been lost and to improve your quality of life.

There are four components that need to be reconstructed after a mastectomy for breast cancer.

  1. Skin Envelope
  2. Breast gland
  3. Nipple
  4. Areola

One type of breast reconstruction can restore several of the above components in one surgery, while other options need several stages to complete your breast reconstruction. Dr. Desai will discuss all of your options with you. You can find a comparison of the options below as well as learn more about each throughout our website or to learn about other procedure you can visit our main website at http://plasticsurgeryjacksonville.com

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION COMPARISON CHART

 

Tissue Expansion and Breast Implant

Latissimus Flap and Breast Implant

TRAM Flap (Abdominal Tissue)

Free Tissue Transfer (Abdomen, Buttocks or Thigh)

Initial Surgery

Moderate

Involved

Highly Involved

Highly Involved

Secondary Surgery

Needed if Tissue Expander is not the final implant

Needed for nipple and areola reconstruction

Possible for revisions

May be needed for nipple and areola reconstruction

Possible for revisions

May be needed for nipple and areola reconstruction

Possible for revisions

May be needed for nipple and areola reconstruction

Hospitalization

Commonly 1-2 days

Commonly 2-3 days

Commonly 3-4 or more days

Commonly 3-4 or more days

Scars

No additional scars

Scar located on the upper back

Scar located on the abdomen

Scar located on the abdomen, buttock or thigh

Shape and Feel

No ptosis (sagging)
Firm, little motion
No change with weight fluctuation

Moderate to natural ptosis (sagging)
Less firm, more motion
Little change with weight fluctuation

Natural ptosis (sagging)
Soft, Normal motion
Symmetric change with weight fluctuation

Natural ptosis (sagging)
Soft, Normal motion
Symmetric change with weight fluctuation

Opposite Breast

Surgery often required to achieve optimal symmetry

Surgery for symmetry more optional

Surgery for symmetry almost always optional

Surgery for symmetry almost always optional

Impact of Radiation

Significant

Moderate

Varies

Varies

Secondary Gain

Flexibility with breast size in bilateral cases

None

Flatter abdomen similar to a tummy tuck

Flatter abdomen, buttock or thigh depending on donor tissue site

Average Back to Work Time

2 weeks

4 weeks

6-8 weeks

6-8 weeks

 

Contact Us

Desai Center of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
14540 Old St. Augustine Road Suite #2391 | Jacksonville, Florida 32258
(904)262-DESAI (3372)

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