48489.jpegIf you've previously had breast reconstruction surgery and are unhappy with the results, you're not alone. Whether it's due to asymmetry, scarring, or a lack of natural-looking results, this can be a difficult situation to deal with, both physically and emotionally.  It’s important to know that you have more options.

At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we understand the unique challenges of breast reconstruction, and we're here to help. Whether you previously had an implant-based reconstruction or a flap reconstruction,our experienced surgeons can work with you toaddress your concerns and help you achieve the natural-looking results you desire.

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Navigating the decision to undergo corrective surgery can be overwhelming, but with enough information, support, and guidance, it can also be empowering. Our team is here to provide you with all of the resources you need to make an informed decision about your next steps.

The Challenges of Implant Reconstruction

It's common for women to choose breast implants after or as part of their breast cancer treatment. While implant reconstruction can provide immediate results, it also comes with its own set of challenges.

  • Implant Malposition: Malposition is the misalignment and displacement of the breast implant. This can cause asymmetry and an unnatural appearance.
  • Rippling: Rippling occurs when the edges of the implant are visible through the skin, giving an uneven or rippled appearance to the breast.
  • Capsular Contracture: This complication occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant, causing discomfort and distortion of the breast shape. If radiation therapy has to be performed before or after the initial mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the risk of capsular contracture is increased.
  • Implant Rupture: Implants can rupture due to a number of reasons, such as damage from surgery or natural wear and tear. When this happens, it can lead to a deflated or uneven appearance of the breast.

These challenges can not only affect the look of the reconstructed breast, causing self-consciousness or dissatisfaction, but they can also lead to physical discomfort and pain. Around 30%  of our patients have experienced failed implant reconstruction, and we're proud to say that we've helped them achieve successful corrective surgery.

Our Approach to Breast Reconstruction

At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we believe that every woman's body and her experience are unique. That's why we focus on patient-specific, natural breast reconstruction. We understand the importance of feeling whole again, and we work hard to help you feel like yourself.

Rather than using synthetic implants, we employ muscle sparing flap reconstruction techniques using the patient's own tissue for reconstruction. This can help your body feel more like it did before surgery, with a more natural look and feel, and it can also lower the chances of complications, like those seen with implants, leading to less discomfort in the long run.

We also know how important it is for the breast to look complete, which is why we recommend nipple reconstruction followed by 3D nipple tattooing. This technique can create a natural-looking nipple without additional surgery. It's all about making sure you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, every step of the way.

Innovative Techniques Explained

When it comes to the different types of breast reconstruction, flap reconstruction stands out as a natural, long-term solution. We offer several flap reconstruction options, including:

  • DIEP Flap: The DIEP, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap, involves using skin and fat from the abdomen, but importantly, not the abdominal muscle, which is left intact and strong. The DIEP flap procedure connects the blood vessels from the abdomen to those in your chest to form new breast tissue. This technique is often preferred because it uses abdominal tissue, which can give similar results to a 'tummy tuck.'
  • GAP Flap: The GAP, or Gluteal Artery Perforator flap, uses skin and fat from the buttocks area. This method is typically used by those who want to avoid using abdominal tissue or don't have enough abdominal tissue for reconstruction.
  • PAP Flap: The PAP, or Profunda Artery Perforator flap, takes tissue from the thigh, specifically the area under the buttock. Like the GAP, this method is used when enough abdominal tissue is not available or preferred.

Our skilled surgeons will work with you to determine the best flap reconstruction option for your unique needs and preferences.

The Power of Choice

If you're unhappy with your current breast reconstruction results, it's essential to know that you have options. At  The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we're dedicated to helping women feel comfortable, confident, and whole again after their breast cancer journey. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team, where we can discuss your concerns and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about corrective surgery.

Together, we can work towards achieving results that not only look natural but also feel like you. With the right support, resources, and expertise, we believe that you can feel confident and empowered in your breast reconstruction journey.

Ready to take the next step in your reconstruction journey? The  Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction is ready to guide you through the process.  Schedule your appointment online today  and get started with South Carolina's top breast reconstruction specialists!

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