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.
"Feelin like a million bucks!! Thank you Dr. Ahmed for making this whole experience just so rewarding and wonderful! I LOVE how I look both in and out of clothes. You’ve changed my life! A mommy of 4 ( one set of twins) can look this goooood, I still can’t believe it!"- E.W. / Google / Sep 12, 2021
"From spongebob to kardashian is how I can best describe what Dr. Ahmed did for my body! No joke!! Just Wish I had done this a long time ago!! Dr. Ahmed can see what a patients body has the potential to look like, even when the patient can’t. That’s what my friend told me who also went to him! And it’s true!! Thanks Doc for the the smile that never leaves my face!"- T.L. / Google / Sep 08, 2021
"Just wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Ahmed for how bomb I look and feel! Didn’t think it was possible to be this shape and size!! He is the veryyy best out there!! Top it all off Dr. Ahmed is humble and just a really nice guy!"- S. / Healthgrades / Sep 07, 2021
"Gave me a successful hand surgery, and made time for me immediately , took a little while to show up but did a super fast easy operation"- M.S. / Yelp / Aug 26, 2021
"I had my surgery with Dr. Ahmed 1 month ago. I could’ve written this review a day after I was so happy with what he did! I had a tummy tuck and lipo on my neck/arms and thighs. I haven’t worked out a day yet and I look so toned. My tummy isn’t flat it’s concave! ! It wasn’t even like this when I was an athlete in my teens! I have been singing Dr. Ahmed’s praises to everyone! "- A. / Healthgrades / Aug 24, 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.