In most cases, women facing breast cancer surgery will have several breast reconstruction options. Understanding these options before surgery is very important in deciding on a surgical approach in concert with your cancer care team. I encourage you to investigate your options and get a second opinion or even third opinion so that you can make an informed choice about your care.
While Dr. Savalia specializes in breast-sparing oncoplastic breast reconstruction, he understands that every woman’s situation is unique and requires a personalized approach. He will meet with you individually to discuss your options and help choose the right procedure for your breast reconstruction. Oncoplasty, which focuses on breast conservation and saving your natural breast tissue, is not always the right choice for every woman. In some cases, a mastectomy-based reconstruction may be the better and safer option.
The following breast reconstruction procedures are performed after a woman has had a mastectomy – either immediately after surgery or later as a delayed reconstruction. With a mastectomy, the affected breast or breasts will be partially or fully removed for the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Savalia then performs the reconstructive procedure to restore a natural and balanced appearance of the breasts.
We invite you to please read on about each of the different mastectomy-based procedures; however, we truly understand how intimidating this can often feel. When you feel ready, Dr. Savalia would love to discuss your breast reconstruction options with you to determine the best approach for renewing your body and self-confidence.
The direct to implant (DTI) breast reconstruction procedure provides women with a way to wake up from their surgery without ever missing their breasts.
The tissue expander approach for breast reconstruction is performed as a staged procedure to stretch the breast skin and tissue for placement of a permanent breast implant.
As a final step to complete their reconstruction, many of my patients who have had their nipple removed as part of the reconstructive surgery will have nipple reconstruction as a secondary procedure.
Many factors are involved in the timing of your breast reconstruction, including the stage, size, and location of your tumor, your overall medical condition, the need for radiation following surgery, and your personal preference.
Flap surgery is a type of breast reconstruction that takes a flap of skin and tissue from one area of your body for use in creating a new breast following mastectomy.
Fat grafting is the process of taking donor fat cells from an area of excess on the body and using them to enhance the shape or increase volume of another. When used for breast reconstruction, fat grafting can help to restore a woman’s breast, achieving a very natural look and feel.
Women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer may choose to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy to remove both breasts and greatly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and you are researching the best possible breast reconstruction options, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us online or call (949) 759-0980 for more information and to learn why you should travel to Southern California for expert breast cancer care from an experienced cancer care team.
It’s worth traveling for better breast cancer care. Dr. Savalia is a nationally recognized speaker on oncoplastic techniques, and he can help you achieve a more satisfying result.
If you have questions about breast reconstruction, my staff and I are happy to help. By working with a team of Southern California's most experienced breast reconstruction surgeons, radiologists, and nurses, we are able to provide women with the best possible options for one of the most life-changing and rewarding surgeries. Please contact us online or call (949) 759-0980 for more information.
Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.
Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.
"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."