TRAM Flap Reconstruction
For this type of breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Newman will transplant excess skin, muscle, and fat from the lower abdominal area to the breast site. The abdominal area will be stitched closed, leaving a horizontal scar. (As such, tram flap reconstruction also allows the abdomen to be simultaneously tightened, similar to an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.) The excess tissue taken from the abdomen forms the new breast. As TRAM flap breast reconstruction is a major surgical procedure, several days of hospitalization are required.
Latissimus Flap Reconstruction
Latissimus flap breast reconstruction involves the creation of a flap on the patient’s back. Dr. Newman will rotate the latissimus dorsi muscle forward, along with excess fat and skin, and position it at the breast site. At this point, a breast implant will be placed under the flap, and the back and breast will be stitched closed. The latissimus flap breast reconstruction is considered major surgery and generally requires several days of hospitalization.
For implant reconstruction, an expander will be placed below the chest muscles and will be periodically injected with saline. These injections will take place over several weeks, in which time the overlying skin will expand. Dr. Newman will then remove the expander and replace it with a breast implant.
Breast Reconstruction Recovery
Some discomfort is usually experienced while the breast heals after the breast reconstruction procedure, though this can be alleviated with medication. Patients who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery generally feel much more comfortable within about two weeks, and normal daily activities can typically be resumed within four to six weeks.
Dr. Newman and his staff at The Aesthetic Surgery Center are committed to restoring your body and your emotional well-being. With compassion, professionalism and expertise, Dr. Newman is dedicated to giving you breasts that look and feel as natural as possible.