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Breast Reconstruction Gainesville, Florida

Breast reconstruction surgery is often performed following a mastectomy, the surgical removal of a woman’s breast due to cancer. This reconstructive procedure is used to restore the curves and feminine figure of a woman following a mastectomy. There are a number of surgical options that can be used to ensure a natural and effective breast reconstruction and restoration of the nipple. During your visit to our Gainesville, Florida practice, we will be able to determine which breast reconstruction method would best fit your unique needs.

TRAM Flap Method

The TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Muscle) flap method of breast reconstruction involves the use of a patient’s own skin, muscle tissue, and fat to create a breast mound. This tissue is taken from the abdominal area and is then transferred to replace the missing breast tissue. Because of the transfer of abdominal tissue, this method results in a tighter abdomen and a horizontal abdominal scar. Subsequent visits and surgical treatments will be required to ensure the breast mound looks natural and to restore the nipple and areola.

Latissimus Dorsi Flap Method

The latissimus dorsi flap method of breast reconstruction involves the use of a patient’s own skin, muscle, and fat to create a breast mound. This tissue is usually taken from the upper, outer area of the back and is then transferred to replace the missing breast tissue usually in combination with placement of a breast implant or tissue expander. Subsequent visits and surgical treatments will be required to ensure the breast mound looks natural, to replace a tissue expander with a permanent breast implant and to restore the nipple and areola.

Tissue Expansion Method

The tissue expansion method of breast reconstruction is a two-step process. The first step involves the use of a tissue expander that is placed beneath the chest muscles. A special saline solution is injected into the tissue expander in order to cause the skin in the breast area to expand. The tissue expander will be filled over the course of several weeks or months to ensure a gradual expansion. Once the skin has sufficiently expanded, the second step involves the placement of a permanent breast implant to restore the shape and appearance of the breast. Subsequent visits and surgical treatments will be required to restore the nipple and areola.

We will be able to provide patients with in-depth post-surgical instructions for breast reconstruction surgery at our Gainesville, Florida practice. The recovery periods and restrictions on activity will vary from patient to patient depending on the breast reconstruction method used and other factors.

For more information on breast reconstruction surgery, contact our Gainesville, Florida practice today.

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Novel Coronavirus Update

 
To Our Patients:
 
As you have probably heard, on Friday Governor DeSantis issued executive order 20-72 mandating that all elective surgery be halted for the foreseeable future, and that, where possible, all “non-essential” businesses shut down to allow workers to remain home, with the goal of limiting the spread of the novel Coronavirus. As healthcare is an essential sector, Gaines Plastic Surgery will remain open to provide essential services to you and our other patients.
 
What we’re doing:
 
• Staying in touch with you by answering phones, texts, and emails to reschedule appointments
• Being here for you by providing on-site and virtual appointments for surgical patients
• Converting on-site consultations to virtual consultations.
 
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What we’re not doing:
 
• Elective surgery
• Non-surgical (medspa) services
If you have any questions, please reach out. If all of us follow these precautions, we’ll hopefully be seeing you in person sooner rather than later. In the meantime, stay safe.
 

 
Gregory Gaines, MD and the Gaines Plastic Surgery Staff