If you’ve chosen to have a mastectomy or lumpectomy, you also have the choice to undergo breast reconstruction surgery in Phoenix. The choice to have breast reconstruction surgery is entirely personal and doesn’t have to be made right away. It is, however, important to understand all of your options before making a decision.
Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as a mastectomy or months – to years – after a mastectomy. Immediate reconstruction has become more and more popular, however, it entirely depends on if you have any surgical risk factors (such as smoking or overweight) and if you’ll need any treatments after surgery.
Every woman is different, therefore, speaking with a plastic surgeon is the only way you will fully understand what works best for you and your body.
Methods of Breast Reconstruction in Phoenix
The goal of breast reconstruction is to rebuild the shape of the breast to near normal shape, symmetry, and appearance. This can require multiple procedures to accomplish.
There are typically two methods of breast reconstruction surgery, implant-based and flap reconstruction. In some cases, you may have a combination of both. Implant reconstruction relies on a breast implant to rebuild the breast mound, whereas flap reconstruction uses the patient’s tissue from other parts of the body to form the new breast mound.
A few factors determine which will be best for you including:
- Your body type
- The type of mastectomy you had
- Your method of cancer treatment
Breast implants are silicone sacs filled with either silicone or saline. Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Silicone-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel, also known as silicone gel. Some women say silicone gel implants feel more like natural breasts, however, they pose more of a risk if they leak.
Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Complications can occur after surgery to where you may need to have them replaced, or simply if your breasts’ size changes over time. Patients who have chosen silicone gel implants are required to have an MRI every three years to check for ruptures.
There is no right reconstruction method. There are pros and cons to each. You’ll hear me say multiple times that the best thing you can do is talk to a plastic surgeon about what’s truly best for you and your body.
Flap reconstruction uses your body’s excess skin, fat, and sometimes muscle if you do have excess. This can be transferred from your back, thighs, tummy, and buttocks. This excess skin, fat, and muscle will be used to form a fairly natural-looking breast.
There are various types of procedures for flap reconstruction. Typically, women who are very thin are not candidates for this procedure.
To learn more about flap reconstruction for your breast, read this comprehensive article from mayoclinic.org
While many women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery, many women choose to not have additional surgery. Many women choose to not deal with prosthetics, special bras, or adhesives either. Many women choose to live flat.
Women choose to not have reconstruction surgery for a number of reasons including
- Health Issues
- The need to quickly resume daily activities
- Concerns about the cost if you don’t have insurance coverage
Again, the choice to have reconstruction (or not) is very personal. There’s no right way to approach what you do after a mastectomy. What’s important is that you do what’s best for you, your preferences, and your healing.
For support on ‘going flat’ visit BreastFree.
The final, and optional, phase of breast reconstruction is nipple reconstruction. This procedure gives the breast a more natural look.
The nipple can be recreated by using skin from the reconstructed breast itself or created by grafting skin from the groin area. Additionally, women who can’t or choose not to have surgery can have a 3-dimensional tattoo designed to look like a nipple and areola.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Phoenix
If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, start (or continue) your journey with Dr. Finkel in a one-on-one consultation. Here is where you will be able to gain perspective from the best female plastic surgeon in Phoenix and have all your questions answered.
Read more about Dr. Rimma Finkel below!
From Consult to Confident
When you make the decision to get breast reconstruction surgery, the decision doesn’t come lightly. Often times those looking into reconstructive surgery have just had a mastectomy, or are about to get one and are choosing to get the reconstructive surgery immediately after. Both immediate and delayed reconstruction are ways in which women can avoid the body image and self-esteem issues that often follow a mastectomy.
No matter what you choose, Dr. Finkel is the surgeon to call for breast reconstruction surgery Phoenix. Her goal is to help all of her patients get their confidence back and enjoy their bodies again. When you find out that you have to get a mastectomy, your emotions naturally take over; let Dr. Finkel put your mind at ease knowing that if or when you choose to get breast reconstruction surgery, you will be in the best hands with a trained surgeon. You don’t have to feel self-conscious after a mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery in Phoenix is available for you!
No matter what kind of plastic surgery procedure you are receiving, it will always begin with a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Finkel. She will evaluate your wants and needs to better understand your goals for breast reconstruction surgery in Phoenix. The one-on-one consultation with your surgeon is mandatory for any procedure. During your consultation, your surgeon will take that opportunity to not only understand what your needs are but also help educate you on your various options, prep, and recovery, before fully committing to breast reconstruction surgery Phoenix.
Each of the breast reconstruction procedures performed in Phoenix is designed to make you feel great, look better, and regain your confidence. Dr. Finkel will assist you throughout the entire process, promising to help you achieve your end goal. Whatever your reasons for your breast reconstruction surgery, the office staff guarantees a wonderful, relaxed experience from start to finish.
Different Types of Reconstruction Plastic Surgery + Procedures
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Breast Augmentation
- Body Lift
- Mommy Makeover
- Medial Thigh Lift
- Lateral Thigh Lift
- Belt Lipectomy
- Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)
- Brow Lifts
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Body Contouring
A Welcome Message from Dr. Finkel, Breast Reconstruction Expert in Phoenix
Confidence is at the center of how we present ourselves to the world; how we carry ourselves says so much about who we are. We often don’t realize how much our personal confidence can emotionally affect our day-to-day lives. The outward appearance can hold us back from living our life to the fullest or catapult us into new dreams and courage to face our fears.
That is the beauty of what I do for my patients each and every day. I truly enjoy seeing the positive change in my patients’ emotional well-being after they have undergone surgery. I want to help you find your lost confidence. My specialties include reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, cosmetic surgery of the face and body, body contouring, and other types of reconstructive surgery.
For patients seeking non-surgical options, I also offer injectables including Botox, Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm, to give you that extra boost and feeling of youthfulness.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Phoenix
When picking out the right plastic surgeon for your breast reconstruction surgery, trust is one of the first things you should feel and look for. As one of the only female physicians in the greater Phoenix area, Dr. Finkel offers a unique view for her patients. The office environment is purposefully relaxed and worry-free to put each patient at ease while making an extremely important decision.
Most importantly your safety and comfort will always be her first priority. Dr. Finkel invites you to come in for a consultation for your breast reconstruction surgery Phoenix, or any other aesthetic procedure, today. Don’t let yourself be held back from your full potential any longer; she is excited to help you gain your confidence back!
Dr. Finkel’s Medical Background
Dr. Rimma Finkel, MD is a Plastic Surgeon serving the entire Phoenix metro area. She also has offices in Gilbert, Chandler, and Phoenix, and often travels to the Banner in Glendale as well. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Finkel trained in General Surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center until 2006 and then trained in Plastic Surgery at the University of Louisville. Upon completion of these programs in 2008, Dr. Finkel started her own private practice.
Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Phoenix
Dr. Finkel is double board-certified in Gilbert Plastic Surgery. She also has multiple professional memberships to back this up. Her professional memberships include:
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Board of Plastic Surgery
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