Save Your Breast

A Kinder, Gentler, More Beautiful Approach To Breast Reconstruction

The Importance of Ensuring Quality Care in Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction–either in conjunction with or following breast cancer treatment– can be a challenging time. For many women, breast reconstruction is a critical step in moving on from their illness from an emotional perspective as well addressing concerns over physical appearance.

When breast cancer patients are provided with high-caliber, coordinated care throughout their diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction, research indicates they can have an optimal experience with better breast reconstruction results.

A Comprehensive Approach

Taking a comprehensive approach to breast cancer treatment typically means involving a surgical oncologist and a plastic or reconstructive surgeon, along with other medical professionals who function together as a team in a coordinated effort to holistically address medical and cosmetic issues.

Many of my breast reconstruction patients believe that a lumpectomy or mastectomy would leave their breasts permanently indented or deformed. However, the patient, surgeon, and oncologist can work together to determine the best approach for reconstruction with an eye toward beautiful cosmetic results while maintaining an emphasis on health.

Women who undergo a mastectomy can choose to have immediate or delayed reconstruction. In the case of a lumpectomy, oncology surgeon and reconstructive breast surgeon can work together to preserve the breast whenever possible without compromising on aggressive cancer removal.

Connecting cancer treatment with the reconstruction process ensures that women are given the best and most recent information and options available. The goal is to provide patients with a thorough cancer removal without sacrificing high quality cosmetic results.

The Value of Oncoplastic Surgery

Oncoplastic surgery is a modern approach to cancer treatment in which the cancer removal and breast reconstruction occur simultaneously in a procedure performed by a single oncoplastic surgeon. This conservative technique involves preserving as much natural breast tissue as possible while still excising the tumor fully for minimal risk of cancer recurrence. By first excising the tumor from the breast, I can then reshape the remaining breast tissue in a way that restores organic breast contours, along with preserving the nipple, whenever possible, for natural-looking results.

In my practice, I explain the benefits of oncoplastic surgery to women who are good candidates for the procedure, so they understand that both their health and appearance can remain top priorities. Oncoplastic reconstruction techniques can provide women with the option to keep their existing breasts, often bypassing the need for implants entirely. Oncoplastic surgery can also negate the need for weeks of radiation treatments (normally required after a lumpectomy) with an immediate, single dose radiation treatment given at the same time as the oncoplastic procedure.

The Benefits of Coordinating Treatments

Whether patients are undergoing a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or oncoplastic surgery, coordinating care from an oncologist, reconstructive or plastic surgeon, and a team of cancer treatment specialists can help ensure that the end results are optimal from both a health and a cosmetic perspective.

One of the main benefits of coordinated breast cancer and reconstruction treatments is that all parties—patient and doctors alike—gain a more comprehensive understanding of the medical and cosmetic needs at hand, while patients also may feel less anxiety surrounding their treatment(s) when doctors are working together. With access to committed care in every aspect of their treatment, patients can focus on their recovery, results and on moving forward.

Dr. Nirav Savalia

PIONEER & FOREMOST EXPERT ON ONCOPLASTIC BREAST SURGERY

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.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

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."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying

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Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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