About Breast Reconstruction
Reconstruction surgery for the breasts is performed to give you a more natural, attractive appearance following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. It's also an option to repair a breast damaged by trauma or a birth defect. Advanced technologies in breast reconstruction surgery make it possible for you to feel fully healed and attain natural-looking breasts after they have been removed. This surgery may involve multiple procedures and different stages that may be done at the beginning of your breast cancer treatment or delayed until a later date. Board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgeon Dr. Omar Ahmed works closely with patients to create a personalized plan for breast reconstruction surgery. To find out more, contact Omar Ahmed, M.D. in Pasadena, CA.
"A million stars from start to finish!! I’ve been so scared for years to get this mommy makeover! Dr. Ahmed brings his A game every single time he walks in through the door! My body went back in time 10 years, but my mind is still trying to catch up! Honestly it’s a pleasure to go shopping, a pleasure to have my confidence restored. Dr. Ahmed is soft spoken, kind and really listens to YOUR concerns. It’s easy to tell that he is not money hungry and that your best interests are what he is concerned with! Don’t look any further if you are considering any plastic surgery. I would recommend Dr. Ahmed over any surgeon in LA! "- L.A. / Healthgrades / Apr 26, 2022
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"I’m in healthcare and chose Dr. Ahmed based on a friend’s recommendation. Dr. Ahmed is knowledgeable, professional and most importantly caring which is rare to see in physicians these days. I had 2 cosmetic procedures performed and my expectations were exceeded. "- D. / Healthgrades / Dec 02, 2021
"Highly recommend!!! From consultation to surgery day and now 3 months post op, I have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Ahmed and his staff at his Pasadena office. My procedures included a breast reduction/lift and tummy tuck! Wow! Wow! Wow is everyone’s reaction to me and that is my own reaction to my reflection in the mirror. You can trust that Dr. Ahmed will do good by you and you will get the results you want. I spoke to a few patients in the waiting room and they all felt how I did! Thank you Dr. Ahmed!"- M.B. / Google / Nov 30, 2021
"Had a broken wrist from a Gun shot womb, bullet was inside my wrist, plus was broken. He did a great job. thanks for the great work 👍 and coming to the hospital ER to to help me."- L.C. / Google / Nov 30, 2021
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a highly customized surgery. Each patient will be required to have a thorough consultative appointment with Dr. Ahmed to create their surgical plan from their needs, concerns, and available options. If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, it's crucial that you have realistic expectations for results. While Dr. Ahmed aims to give you a natural appearance, your reconstructed breast(s) may not have the same sensations, look, or feel as your original breast(s). You should get approval from your oncology team to undergo reconstruction surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Technique
There are several techniques available for breast reconstruction. There are also multiple factors that Dr. Ahmed considers when determining the technique that will produce your best results. A few of these factors include cancer diagnosis, reconstruction timing, whether you will use natural tissue or implants, and if nipple reconstruction or nipple-sparing is a part of the process. In order to rebuild the breast, there must be enough tissue to fully cover the breast mound. Flap methods accomplish this by using your own skin, muscle, and fat to build and cover the mound. The most frequent flap techniques are:
- TRAM Flap
- DIEP Flap
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap
- PAP Flap
- LTP Flap
- Composite Flap
What to Expect with Breast Reconstruction
Surgical breast reconstruction is performed in various stages. During certain phases, general anesthesia is typically used. Some patients will need to stay overnight — this is dependent on the current phase of treatment. When the last step is completed in the breast reconstruction process, you should wear a compression bra for the chest and you may be prescribed medication by Dr. Ahmed to minimize bleeding, discomfort, and swelling. Over time, the reconstructed breast(s) will appear more normal so you can feel more comfortable.
Plan Your Procedure
Reclaim Your Self-Confidence
Although the breast reconstruction process can be lengthy, it is considered one of the most worthwhile surgeries for our Pasadena, CA patients. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have had an injury to the chest, or were born with a defect that affects the shape of your breasts, we encourage you to contact our Pasadena, CA office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmed.