Breasts sculpted from living tissue have a natural look and feel that typically can't be achieved using breast implants.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) November 08, 2011
Breast reconstruction is not a cosmetic procedure… it replaces something that nature provided but cancer took away. Breast reconstruction makes a woman feel “whole” again both physically and emotionally after breast cancer.
Breast reconstruction can be performed at any time… either at the same time as the mastectomy, or any time (even years) later. There are several reconstructive options ranging from breast implants to using the patient’s own tissue. Tissue (or “flap”) procedures recreate a “natural”, warm, soft breast and are associated with fewer complications than breast implants long term.
PRMA Plastic Surgery recently performed its 4,000th tissue flap breast reconstruction making it one of the most experienced breast reconstruction centers in the world. PRMA specializes in advanced breast reconstructive techniques, with particular expertise in advanced tissue flaps, like the DIEP flap procedure.
"Increasingly, women facing mastectomy are opting for reconstruction using their own tissue. Breasts sculpted from living tissue have a natural look and feel that typically can't be achieved using breast implants. Of all the tissue reconstructive options, many women prefer to use their own tummy skin and fat if they can, especially since we can offer procedures like the DIEP flap that save the underlying abdominal muscles completely. These procedures combine “natural” breast reconstruction with the benefits of a tummy tuck. Since the abdominal muscles are saved, most women can now also return to all their pre-cancer activities after reconstruction,” says Dr Chrysopoulo.
The DIEP flap uses the excess lower abdominal skin and fat but unlike older reconstructive techniques like the TRAM flap, the DIEP leaves all the abdominal muscles in place. Patients experience less pain after surgery because of this, enjoy a faster recovery and maintain their abdominal strength long-term. Women also enjoy the added benefit of an improved abdominal contour (flatter tummy) just like a “tummy tuck”. The risk of abdominal complications like bulging and hernia is also very small, much smaller than with the TRAM flap because the abdominal muscles are preserved.
The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today and is the preferred method of reconstruction performed at PRMA. Patients are routinely welcomed from across and outside the US. PRMA is In-Network for most US insurance plans.
PRMA Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX, specializes in advanced breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissue. Procedures offered include the DIEP flap, SIEA flap, GAP flap, and TUG flap. Patients are routinely welcomed from across and outside the US. Call toll free on (800) 692-5565 or visit http://www.PRMA-enhance.com for more information. Connect with other breast cancer reconstruction patients at http://www.facebook.com/PRMAplasticsurgery