Rebuilding Your Bust
Dr. Greenberg performs breast reconstruction surgery at the Long Island practice serving Woodbury, Southampton and Manhattan as well as at local area hospitals.
A mastectomy, or surgical removal of one or both breasts to rid the body of cancerous growths, can be an emotionally devastating experience. While this treatment has helped millions of women overcome cancer, some mastectomy patients find that their drastically altered new figures are a constant and unwanted reminder of a dark and incredibly taxing period of their lives. Breast reconstruction surgery can help restore a woman’s bust, as well as her confidence and self-esteem, after a mastectomy. Dr. Greenberg has helped women around the world achieve the bust lines they desire. If you would like to learn more about breast reconstruction, contact our practice today.
Implant Breast Reconstruction
Direct to Implant Procedure
Tissue Expander Procedure
Breast reconstruction with tissue expanders is a multi-stage procedure that gradually expands the remaining natural breast tissue to create a pocket for the implant, eliminating the need for a flap or skin graft to cover the implant. During the first procedure, the tissue expander is placed on the chest wall and filled partially with saline. After an initial healing period, the expansion process begins by inserting more and more fluid into the device at regular intervals, often weekly.
For many patients, these appointments are coordinated with chemotherapy treatments, and take less than a minute to complete. The expanders each have a port in the front that can be easily accessed with a needle to inject the precise amount of fluid for each scheduled expansion. After expansion, patients may experience discomfort for up to 24 hours, which can be managed with Tylenol or other over-the-counter medications.
Once the expansion process is complete and a sufficient pocket has been created, the implant is placed during a second procedure. During this outpatient procedure, the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a breast implant. Patients can choose between several different implant types to pick the one that best fits their body and goals for surgery. This procedure takes about an hour to perform and usually takes place approximately a month after chemotherapy is completed.
The entire process usually takes four to six months to complete, after which patients can experience the benefits of reconstructed, natural-looking breasts with little to no reminders of cancer.
Autologous Breast Reconstruction- DIEP, FREE TRAM, Pedicled TRAM and Latissimus Dorsi Flaps
Oncoplastic Lumpectomy Reconstruction
If a patient requires a large lumpectomy that will significantly alter the shape of the breast, a reconstruction procedure will be recommended. Dr. Greenberg will treat the procedure somewhat like a breast reduction or breast lift, in that he will be removing tissue and maintaining proportion in both breasts. Once the malignancy has been removed, the breast is reshaped and the nipple aligned, Dr. Greenberg will move on to the other breast to remove a similar quantity of tissue and shape it symmetrically. Lumpectomy reconstruction allows a patient to obtain all necessary breast work in one procedure.
Learn More about Breast Reconstruction
Cancer survivors deserve to enjoy their lives to the absolute fullest. If you believe your enjoyment of life could be enhanced through breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Greenberg can provide compassionate consultation and beautiful results. To learn more about breast reconstruction, please contact our office today.