Breast Reconstruction for Draper, UT
If you are considering breast reconstruction because of mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital defects, contact NuVista Plastic Surgery in Draper, UT. The most common reason for breast reconstruction surgery is a mastectomy, due to breast cancer. Recovering from breast cancer is already extremely emotional and personal, so when you’re ready for breast reconstruction, Dr. J. Dayne Petersen at NuVista Plastic Surgery can help. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Petersen worked as a faculty member teaching plastic surgery, has a specialty in craniofacial surgery as well as extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. When you choose NuVista Plastic Surgery in Draper, UT, you know you’re in good hands.
What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure, or a series of surgical procedures, that rebuilds your breasts after they’ve been removed. Having breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy or other medical issues is an extremely personal decision. Many women choose to have breast reconstruction to help them feel like their previous, healthy self. Breast reconstruction surgery usually includes multiple procedures and can start at the time of mastectomy or after treatments have been completed, depending on the type of mastectomy, any necessary future cancer treatments and body type.
At NuVista Plastic Surgery in Draper, UT, Dr. Petersen performs the 3 main types of breast reconstruction:
Reconstruction with an Implant: Implant reconstruction uses either a saline or silicone implant to help restore the shape and volume of the breast. If you’ve had a skin-sparing mastectomy and the remaining breast tissue isn’t too heavy or droopy, an implant can be immediately inserted to help restore volume and shape. If necessary, an acellular dermal matrix (ADM), which is a surgical piece of mesh, can be used to help hold the implant in place. If more healing time is necessary, a tissue expander can be inserted behind the chest muscle. Once the incisions have healed, small amounts of saline are used to inflate the expander, helping the skin to stretch slowly. An implant will be inserted when the tissue expander is removed.
Autologous (Flap Reconstruction): Autologous breast reconstruction uses your own tissue, including skin, fat, and sometimes muscle, to rebuild your breasts. This type of surgery is most common after the patient has healed from any cancer-related procedures or if the patient has received radiation therapy. Flap reconstruction has a longer surgery and recovery time.
Contact NuVista Plastic Surgery about Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast reconstruction is a very personal and emotional decision. When you need a plastic surgeon who is not only an expert in breast reconstruction surgery but also with an understanding and empathetic bedside manner, contact NuVista Plastic Surgery and schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Dayne Petersen. His before-and-after photos can be found on our website. Contact us at 801-261-5791.