Top Breast Reconstruction Surgeon
Dr. Ali is one of Oakland County’s top breast reconstruction surgeons. He understands that as a breast cancer survivor you have been through a lot – and that reconstructing your breasts can dramatically improve your self esteem, confidence and quality of life.
Advances in the treatment of breast cancer have enabled surgeons to remove the cancer while preserving some or all of the breast, and it’s sensitivity. These procedures are far less invasive than a radical mastectomy, which was formerly the most common procedure. But, despite these advances, there are still a significant number of women who undergo a partial or complete mastectomy. In these cases, reconstructive breast surgery is necessary.
The good news is that top Oakland County breast reconstruction surgeon Dr. Ali can restore your breasts’ appearance – making them natural, symmetrical, and the perfect size and shape you desire. Call today for a consultation, and learn how breast reconstruction surgery can help make you feel beautiful again, inside and out!
The Breast Reconstruction Process
Breast reconstruction may involve multiple stages, to restore the breast’s beautiful appearance. Different options for breast reconstruction may include using breast implants, flap surgery, and a combination of both (or other) techniques.
Selection of the appropriate procedure depends upon your medical history, physical characteristics, lifestyle, and desired results. In some cases, breast reconstruction can even be an opportunity for women to achieve larger, fuller, and firmer breasts than they had prior to surgery. Reconstruction can be performed either at the same time as s mastectomy – or can be delayed for a few months.
During the first phase of implant reconstruction, a tissue expander is typically inserted under the chest muscle. The device is then gradually filled with saline during the subsequent office visits. This gradual process gently stretches the muscle, and helps create a pocket for the permanent implant. Once the desired size is achieved the expander is left in place for 6 to 8 weeks. During a second operation the tissue expander is then replaced with a permanent breast implant.
However, in properly selected patients, it is now possible sometimes possible to insert the implant during the first stage thus eliminating the expansion phase.
In the experienced hands of Dr. Ali – Oakland County’s top breast reconstruction surgeon – your breasts will be beautifully restored. Call today for a consultation, and learn how breast reconstruction surgery can help make you feel beautiful again, inside and out.
Selection of a Breast Reconstruction Implant
Both saline and silicone breast implants are available. Silicone implants are generally preferred, because of their natural and soft texture. Typically, a few weeks after the breast implant, nipple reconstruction is performed. This may be followed by realistic tattooing of the areola. Both of these procedures can typically be performed in Dr. Ali’s office.
New advances have been made in implant reconstruction which has tremendously reduced the time between the first and second stage. This is mainly due to a new product called AlloDerm, which can be used to cover the lower part of the implant that is not covered by muscle. In properly selected patients, it is now possible even possible to insert the implant during the first stage thus eliminating the expansion phase.
Approaches to Breast Reconstruction Surgery
While many patients choose implants, there are some patients who prefer to use their own tissue for breast reconstruction. In those patients, the TRAM flap is a very good option. In this procedure skin and fat from the lower part of abdomen is used to reconstruct the breast. In order to keep these tissues alive it is necessary to sacrifice part of the abdominal muscle which supplies blood to these tissues. This procedure requires longer operation time, longer hospital stay and recovery.
Not every patient is a candidate for TRAM flap surgery. The main determining factors are the medical history and physical attributes of the patient. With newer microsurgical techniques it is now possible to move these tissues to the chest without sacrificing any part of the abdominal muscle. In some centers, by utilizing microsurgical techniques fat is harvested from the buttock region and transferred to the chest for breast reconstruction.
Another option for breast reconstruction is LD flap which stands for latissimus dorsi muscle flap. In this procedure the muscle from the back of chest is transferred to the front and an implant is inserted to complete the breast reconstruction.
Oakland County’s Top Breast Reconstruction Surgeon
Top surgeon Dr. Ali has provided breast reconstruction and breast implant surgery for thousands of patients across Oakland County and the greater Detroit area, including: Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Rochester Hills, Troy, Farmington Hills, and Clarkston. Read what Doctor Ali’s breast reconstruction patients are saying about their experience.
Restore your breasts, and feel beautiful inside and out, with breast reconstruction surgery.
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