Many women who have undergone a mastectomy or breast removal procedure are candidates for breast reconstruction surgery. Breast reconstruction surgery can help mastectomy patients renew their sense of femininity, while recreating both the size and shape of the natural breast. Dr. J. Gregory Kjar has performed hundreds of breast reconstruction surgeries in his 25 years serving the Salt Lake City / Ogden, Utah area. If you are interested in breast reconstruction surgery, contact our Bountiful plastic surgery office and schedule a consultation with our skilled and caring cosmetic team.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose breast cancer can be eliminated through mastectomy. Patients may choose to undergo breast reconstruction immediately after the natural breast is removed. This represents a more complicated procedure and may require up to six weeks of recovery time. Women who have high blood pressure, are obese, or smoke may be advised to delay surgery. To find out if you are a candidate, contact Dr. Kjar’s Salt Lake City, Utah-area office and arrange a breast reconstruction evaluation.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy can be performed by a number of techniques. Reconstruction using breast implants is the most common procedure. A tissue expander is inserted, gradually filled, and eventually replaced with a full, permanent saline or silicone breast implant.
After thoroughly evaluating your health, Dr. Kjar will explain which breast reconstruction options are most appropriate for your individual case. Our entire staff welcomes any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Kjar will weigh your age, health, anatomy, tissues, and goals in determining the breast reconstruction option that is best for you.
An alternative approach to implant reconstruction involves creation of a skin flap using tissue taken from other parts of the body, such as the back, abdomen, or buttocks. Contact our Salt Lake City, Utah office for more information about flap or implant breast reconstruction.
There are several available options for nipple reconstruction. For reconstruction of the areola, skin is often taken from other parts of the body, and then tattooed once healing is complete to match the color of the natural areola. The tattoo procedure is painless.
Breast Reconstruction Risks
Although complications are rare, patients should be fully aware of the risks associated with breast reconstruction surgery. Possible risks and complications include:
- ruptured implants
- capsular contracture
- temporary soreness
- temporary swelling and bruising
- altered sensitivity
Dr. Kjar has achieved outstanding results, but patients should be aware that the desired outcome is improvement, not perfection. To ensure that breast reconstruction is successful and to minimize the risk of complications, it is important to follow Dr. Kjar’s instructions for pre and post-operative care.
Contact Dr. Kjar – Salt Lake City, Utah-area Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast removal surgery is stressful and traumatic. Dr. Kjar works hand-in-hand with his breast reconstruction patients, helping restore not only the size and shape of breasts but also their overall sense of wholeness and femininity. Contact our Salt Lake City, Utah-area plastic surgery office for a breast reconstruction consultation to learn more about this option. Visit our before and after gallery to view a comprehensive collection of photos from a small sample of our many satisfied patients. We provide safe and effective breast reconstruction treatment and are committed to the highest standard of patient care.