Undergoing breast removal surgery (such as a mastectomy) to treat breast cancer can be devastating for a woman. After you’ve been treated for breast cancer, you should feel reassured knowing that your breasts can be fully restore with breast reconstruction surgery. Breast augmentation using implants or fat transfer can be discussed during your cancer treatment or after. Frisco & Plano, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Najera, is a breast reconstruction specialist and he has restored the breasts of countless women, giving them their confidence back and self-assurance.
Dr. Najera often works with the cancer surgeon to ensure that the cancer is treated and to discuss reconstruction options. Some women choose to have their breast reconstruction surgery immediately after cancer treatment has been completed. It is also common to wait a few months after. There are pros to moving forward early and this will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Breast Reconstruction Reviews
"47 Yr Old. Breast Reconstruction After Bilateral Mastectomy. Frisco, TX - Dr. Najera is the best Dr. I have ever had. His staff is amazing and handled everything without any problems requiring me to deal with BCBSTX."- S. / RealSelf / Sep 03, 2015
"Breast Reconstruction Revision - Frisco, TX - See above"- P. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2016
"Being a 11 year breast survivor, I have had my share of surgery. Dr. Najera, I can't thank you enough for my reconstructive surgery with fat grafting. I feel whole again and my breasts look beautiful! You are a talented surgeon meeting the needs of breast cancer survivors! I will always be grateful"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jul 07, 2016
"Being an 11 year breast cancer survivor, I have had my share of surgeries. Dr. Najera, I can’t thank you enough for my reconstructive surgery with fat grafting. I feel whole again and my breasts look beautiful! You are a talented surgeon, meeting the needs of breast cancer survivors! I will always be grateful."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 07, 2016
"Breast Cancer/ Breast Reconstruction - I was referred by my breast surgeon to see Dr. Najera for the reconstruction. When I visited the office for the first time I immediately felt comfortable. Originally I was referred to another plastic surgeon and did not feel comfortable in that office. Thankfully I ended up with Dr. Najera. His staff are very courteous and professional. Needing a bilateral mastectomy was scary but they made me feel better about the whole procedure. Dr. Najera was very professional and explained everything clearly. He loves what he does and his work shows. I would absolutely refer Dr. Najera to anyone and everyone. I am very pleased with the results of my reconstruction. Thank you!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 04, 2017
Types of Reconstruction
Reconstruction With Implants
When considering breast reconstruction, implants are a common method used. When implants are being considered, the reconstruction process is usually performed in a multi-stage treatment session. This starts with a tissue expander which is placed in between the chest muscle and the skin during the mastectomy. This expander will be gradually filled with a saline solution to expand the skin and eventually replace it with an implant. In some cases the saline-filled expander is left in place instead of using an implant.
Dr. Robert Najera can perform TRAM flap breast reconstruction, which takes fat and skin from the abdomen to reconstruct the breast. Using a meticulous approach with absolute precision, Dr. Najera uses microsurgery to attach the blood supply once the tissue has been transplanted to the right spot. A muscle-sparing TRAM flap procedure for breast reconstruction can be used for some patients and involves taking much less muscle tissue. The more muscle we can leave in the abdominal area, the stronger the area will remain. The ideal candidate for breast reconstruction with the TRAM flap procedure is someone with enough abdominal tissue to recreate a breast and who has not had abdominal surgery previously.
Dr. Najera also performs DIEP reconstruction, latissimus flap, direct to implant approach and BRCA reconstruction. There are numerous techniques used today for breast restoration following cancer treatment. Each case is unique and the method used will be based on a per patient basis.
When a breast is surgically removed, the nipple and areola are not spared. To recreate this area, skin and muscle tissues are grafted and formed to look like a nipple while the areola is achieved by tattooing. This is done when the breast reconstruction has fully healed.
Immediate vs. Delayed
The choice of immediate vs. delayed reconstruction are based on various factors of health and anatomy as well as the patient's personal preference. If a patient knows she will want to restore her breasts with a reconstruction procedure, it is recommended that this process begin at the time of the mastectomy, this will eliminate the need for an additional surgery. This ultimately reduces the risk for complications.
What to Expect
It is quite common for breast reconstruction surgery to take place in various phases, especially if expanders are needed. While this process can sometimes seem frustrating for a patient, the results are so natural looking and natural feeling that patients are thrilled and feel liberated once it is all over. It is important to note that a reconstructed breast may not have the exact same feeling and sensation as the original breast did before the mastectomy. Over time, many women do find that their breast sensation returns to normal. This varies by patient.
Insurance does cover a large portion, if not all, of breast reconstruction surgery. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1997 has made it possible for many women to undergo breast reconstruction surgery without the burden of a heavy financial cost. The act supports all phases of the cancer treatment and reconstruction process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In and Out-Patient
Dr. Najera wants you to know that he is sensitive to the needs of women seeking breast reconstruction, and he will address you with a gentle demeanor and complete compassion. We invite you to call our Frisco, TX plastic surgery office today to discuss your breast reconstruction surgery with Dr. Najera.