Breast Reconstruction Inland Empire
Breast Reconstruction Surgery has improved dramatically over the past few years. Thanks to Federal law, breast reconstruction after cancer is now a right and must be covered by all insurance companies. Women seeking breast reconstruction surgery after cancer have more options than ever before to regain natural looking breasts. Dr. Wali has studied and trained in several plastic surgery techniques that allow him to restore breasts to their near normal shape, size and appearance following a mastectomy. Dr. Wali and his team at Plastic Surgery SoCal understand the sensitivity surrounding post mastectomy body image. They will guide you through your consultation, help you achieve your surgical goals and restore your confidence. During your consultation with Dr. Wali he will discuss all options for surgery and together you will decide how and when to best proceed. Surgical options will depend on the type of deformity present after breast cancer surgery and whether or not radiation therapy was used. Breast implant surgery is a great option for women who have had a small portion of their breast removed without radiation therapy. A history of radiation therapy makes breast augmentation a complicated option for women considering breast augmentation because the radiation increases the chance of the implant becoming hard. In cases in which radiation exists Dr. Wali would suggest reconstructing the breast with your own tissue. During reconstructive Surgery Dr. Wali’s main focus is to construct natural and symmetric breast, so attention is not only paid to the affected breast but equal attention is paid to the breast opposite the mastectomy. Dr. Wali may suggest a breast reduction or breast lift of the unaffected breast to create a more symmetric appearance for both breasts.
Breast Removal Info
For those who have had entire breasts or both breasts removed for cancer options for reconstruction would include implants of tissue taken from areas around the body. Dr. Wali will spend as much time as it takes for you to fully understand your choices and feel comfortable with each decision. If you have any questions about Dr. Wali’s techniques for reconstructive breast surgery using implants or fat grafting we strongly encourage you to schedule a consultation with our office. If you have any questions about your options for breast reconstruction or would like to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wali please feel free to call our Inland Empire office at 909-624-4440.
Dr. Wali’s techniques for breast reconstruction will vary according to each patient’s individual preference and need. Dr. Wali will help you decide which option is best for you during consultation and pre-surgery meetings. If you are having a breast implant reconstruction, saline or silicone implants will be inserted through a scar than already exists from your previous surgery. If necessary, a tissue expander will be used to stretch the breast skin to the appropriate breast size before the implant is inserted. To achieve the best symmetry between the affected and non-affected breast Dr. Wali may choose to perform a breast lift to the opposite unaffected breast. For patients choosing breast reconstruction using their own tissue, skin and fat from your back, tummy, thighs or buttocks will be transferred to the breast. Each donor sit has their advantages and disadvantages unique to each patient. Dr. Wali will discuss the pros and cons of each are area during consultation and help you choose the best site for fat transfer.
Our staff will be in contact with you during your recovery to assure that you are comfortable and that your healing process is smooth. You should be able to enjoy regular food after surgery, but start slow. You are encouraged to walk around with some assistance in order to slowly increase your level of daily activity. Dr. Wali will see you the day following your surgery to review the results and to fully instruct you on your day to day recovery. Our staff will be available to answer any questions and will stay in regular contact. Your sutures will be removed in 5-7 days and you should expect your swelling to decrease every week. By weeks 6-8 you should see about an 80% decrease in swelling. It will take about 6 months for swelling to go down in order to view the final results of surgery. After the breasts have matured from surgery to the point where they are no longer swollen Dr. Wali will evaluate your other reconstruction options including nipple reconstruction and fine tuning of the breast shape for symmetry.