Breast Reconstruction NJ

Breast reconstruction is a type of plastic surgery designed to rebuild the breast shape after part or the entirety of a woman’s breasts has been removed during cancer treatment. Plastic surgeons perform this cosmetic treatment to help women who have been through the scourge of cancer feel whole again and cope better post-treatment. Many women who undergo this transformative treatment often benefit from increased self-esteem, restored sexuality, and the ability to engage in sports and wear normal clothing without the need for external prosthetics.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting American women. One in every eight women in the United States is affected by this debilitating disease during their lifetime. While there’s no ‘natural’ cure for this illness yet, most treatments focus on shrinking, removal, or slowing down the growth of tumors. A multi-disciplinary team that includes oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, geneticists may be involved in your treatment. The New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center works with your doctors to help you feel whole with increased confidence and higher quality of life following your lumpectomy or mastectomy.

Our surgeons understand that a cancer diagnosis and treatment is hard enough to deal with. We treat our breast reconstruction patients with care and take the time to answer all their questions and learn more about their experience and expectations. We will create an individualized treatment plan and go above and beyond to achieve the result you hope for. At New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, we take great pride in being excellence-focused professionals who are committed to results and patient safety.

Breast Reconstruction Procedures in New Jersey

Plastic surgeons have two reconstructive techniques that they can use to help breast cancer survivors feel whole and confident post-treatment.

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TDAP FLAP

This technique uses fat, skin, and associated blood supply harvested from the upper back region to recontour the breast(s)

TRAM Flap

This is a more dated technique that is no longer used at the New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center. Fat, skin and abdominal muscle are translocated from the tummy to the chest. Microsurgery is used to reattach donor blood vessels to the recipient site. 

Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple Reconstruction and 3D Nipple Tattoo’s are often done after the reconstruction as the final “icing on the cake” to make the breast look complete.
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DIEP FLAP

Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) uses skin and fat from the abdomen. Sometimes referred to as the Tummy Tuck flap

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LATISSIMUS DORSI

This breast cosmetic surgery entails tunneling muscle, skin, fat, and blood vessels from the upper back region to the front of the chest. This technique is commonly used in conjunction with breast implants to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
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HYBRID STACKED

The hybrid stacked flap consists of stacking various flaps and sometimes an implant to get the desired breast size.

TUG Flap

The TUG Flap (Transverse Upper Gracilis Flap) uses tissue from the inner thigh for reconstructive breast surgery

PAP FLAP

PAP Flap – Profunda Artery Perforator Flap utilizes skin and fat from the back of the thigh(s) to reconstruct thee new breast(s)

REVISION RECONSRUCTION

Sometimes Revision Reconstruction in necessary to alleviate discomfort or for aesthetic appearances.

GAP FLAP

A GAP Flap (Gluteal Artery Perforator) extracts donor tissue from the buttocks and uses it to complete the reconstruction. This technique may be an option for women who do not have enough donor tissue in the abdominal area.

IMPLANT REMOVAL

Breast Implant Removal or an En Bloc Capsulectomy may be desired for women who experience breast implant illness or need new implants for any reason.

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Timing of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

If you have had or are preparing for a mastectomy in New Jersey, you probably are dealing with a lot and have uncountable questions running in your mind. Physical appearance may be at the bottom of your priorities.
Breast cancer treatment is a difficult treatment and choices vary from one patient to the other. Some women will know ahead of time that they want to undergo reconstructive surgery immediately after the lumpectomy or mastectomy. Others may decide to have this transformation at a later date. Talking to a plastic surgeon via an in-person or virtual consultation can help you learn what options are available for you and make sense of all this.
Our surgeons acknowledge that breast reconstructive surgery is not always necessary. To start with, it may result in additional (though minimal) scarring and the new breast tissue may not feel the exact same way as the original breast tissue. However, many New Jersey women who have received this treatment experienced a boost in self-confidence by being able to wear the same clothes they are used to and maintaining the physique they have always known without the need for external prosthetics.

RECONSTRUCTION

Types of Breast Reconstruction

Plastic surgeons have two reconstructive techniques that they can use to help breast cancer survivors feel whole and confident post-treatment.

Implant Reconstruction

A tissue expander is first inserted in the breast pocket at the time of the mastectomy. This expander is then gradually inflated with saline to safely stretch the breast skin and surrounding chest wall tissue in order to create adequate space for a future breast implant. The second surgery is performed about 3-6 months after the mastectomy. Breast surgeons then remove the tissue expander and replace it with a permanent implant. Our seasoned plastic surgeons also offer a variation of this procedure known as direct-to-implant surgery. This surgical procedure skips the step of tissue expansion so that the implant is placed immediately after mastectomy. Just like with breast augmentation surgery, your reconstructive surgeon may use either saline implants or silicone implants for the reconstruction. We make a point to discuss the pros and cons of silicone and saline breast implants during an earlier consultation so patients will have made the most appropriate choice.

Autologous Reconstruction

This type of reconstruction breast surgery is also referred to as ‘flap’ reconstruction. utilizes tissue extracted from other parts of the body to recreate natural breast tissue. These restorative breast procedures are more extensive and require a longer recovery. However, they provide an excellent, natural feeling outcome for the right candidate(s).

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Post Surgical Breast Reconstruction Care

Recovery after reconstructive breast surgery will vary from one individual patient to the other based on the exact technique used. Your surgeon will provide precise after-care instructions that you should strictly adhere to in order to lower the risk of complications and ensure a pleasing aesthetic outcome after recovery. It is important that you arrange to have time off work, wear a supportive bra (without an underwire), avoid strenuous physical activities until you get the go-ahead from your surgeon. Bruising and swelling are common in the treatment area, but these typically dissipate with time.

How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in New Jersey

The cost of breast reconstruction surgery in New Jersey varies based on the technique used, the time required to complete the surgery, the anesthesiologist’s fees, and many other factors. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires all health insurance plans to cover the cost of mastectomy and any other prosthesis and reconstructive procedures.

Schedule Your NJ Breast Reconstruction Consultation

The New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center offers reconstructive breast surgery to women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer treatment. Our surgeons are highly trained and experienced in both implant and autologous breast reconstruction options. We have many years of collective experience performing cosmetic breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery, cosmetic breast augmentation, and breast lift. Our team understands the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and treats each woman with the utmost compassion, respect, and exceptional care. Get in touch with our office to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about your options.

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Post Surgical Breast Reconstruction Care

 

Recovery after reconstructive breast surgery will vary from one individual patient to the other based on the exact technique used. Your surgeon will provide precise after-care instructions that you should strictly adhere to in order to lower the risk of complications and ensure a pleasing aesthetic outcome after recovery. It is important that you arrange to have time off work, wear a supportive bra (without an underwire), avoid strenuous physical activities until you get the go-ahead from your surgeon. Bruising and swelling are common in the treatment area, but these typically dissipate with time.

How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in New Jersey

 

The cost of breast reconstruction surgery in New Jersey varies based on the technique used, the time required to complete the surgery, the anesthesiologist’s fees, and many other factors. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires all health insurance plans to cover the cost of mastectomy and any other prosthesis and reconstructive procedures.

Schedule Your NJ Breast Reconstruction Consultation

 

The New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center offers reconstructive breast surgery to women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer treatment. Our surgeons are highly trained and experienced in both implant and autologous breast reconstruction options. We have many years of collective experience performing cosmetic breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery, cosmetic breast augmentation, and breast lift. Our team understands the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and treats each woman with the utmost compassion, respect, and exceptional care. Get in touch with our office to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about your options.

Breast Reconst. FAQ

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What is the recovery time for breast reconstruction?

Recovery after breast augmentation will vary based on the technique used. Most women are able to resume normal activities within 7 – 8 weeks. It will take much longer before you can engage in physical activity. Reconstruction using breast implants typically requires a shorter recovery duration compared to autologous techniques. During the consultation process, our team will discuss a realistic recovery timeline based on your custom treatment regimen.

How long does pain last after breast reconstruction?

Pain is a common side effect following reconstructive breast procedures. However, our team at New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center will work with you to make sure that you are entirely comfortable and that any short-term pain is tolerable. Pain medications may be prescribed to help ease your recovery journey. Our surgeons however caution that this is a very emotional journey for women.

What are expanders for breast reconstruction?

Tissue expanders are placeholder implants that are inserted under the chest to create space for a future implant. The tissue expander is normally filled with salt water over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Once the desired size has been reached, the second stage of the breast reconstruction surgery will be performed using various types of breast implants. Your surgeon may use either saline or silicone breast implants based on the patient’s requirements and goals of the surgery. Our office will have helped you choose the right breast implant options. You will have to select from a variety of shapes, and implant size, along with either smooth or textured implants.