Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons

October 16, 2013

Today is BRA day, the National Day devoted to Breast Reconstruction Awareness. BRA day was created to “promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction”.

While society often focuses on the augmentation side of breast enhancement plastic surgery, BRA day shines the spotlight on the other important side of breast plastic surgery: reconstruction after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast reconstruction is an understandably sensitive and private matter. Some patients opt for immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy while others prefer to wait, and still others opt out altogether. And despite the great advances in public awareness and support of breast cancer patients, the subject of reconstruction is still not widely spoken of in public. BRA day is an initiative to reach and support women facing the breast reconstruction decision.

So today’s post is dedicated to educating women on the wide variety of options we offer for breast reconstruction.

Prosthetic Reconstruction Utilizing Silicone or Saline Implants

We offer the standard of care in breast implants with the traditional round silicone options from the brands we’ve trusted for years. These implants have proven results and patient satisfaction records going back decades and remain popular among reconstruction patients. Sometimes, reconstructive efforts are multi-staged and incorporate the use of tissue expanders.

Prosthetic Reconstruction Utilizing New “Gummy Bear” Implants

All four of our plastic surgeons are board-certified. As a result, we can proudly offer our patients the latest in breast implant technology... new silicone gel implants which are only available to board-certified plastic surgeons.

These implants... known to the public as “gummy bear” implants… are made from durable, cohesive silicone gel and are the biggest breakthrough in breast implant technology in decades. What sets them apart, besides their high strength gel, is their many sizing and shaping options including “round, oval and classic” based options and “low, moderate and high” projections” to allow a more customized end result.

Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction Utilizing the New DIEP Flap Procedure

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. is one of only two regional practices to offer the very latest breast reconstruction option: DIEP Flap. This surgery recreates the breast with the woman’s own tissue offering patients a natural, non-implant alternative to breast reconstruction.

DIEP Flap, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap, takes your own tissue (generally skin and fat from the abdomen) and transfers it micro-surgically to craft a new and natural breast. In patients who are candidates for sensory nerve reconstruction, the newly-constructed breast may even have some sensation or feeling. The added bonus… often a slimmer appearance and more contoured abdominal area since the procedure mimics a “tummy tuck”.

Not all patients are candidates for DIEP flap reconstruction, but if you are interested in this cutting edge breast reconstruction option, Suffolk Plastic Surgeons can help answer your questions.

Whether you choose immediate or delayed reconstruction, with implants or natural tissue, we are here to help you make the best choice for you. Thank you for trusting us with your care.

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What questions do you have about your breast reconstruction options? If you’ve already had breast reconstruction, what was the best thing about the choice you made?

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