Dr. MyChi Le, a distinguished plastic surgeon, began her illustrious career with a biochemistry degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, advancing to earn her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her dedication to plastic surgery took her back to Mizzou, where she completed her residency, honing her expertise in a wide array of surgical techniques.
Passionate about the transformative power of plastic surgery, Dr. Le excels in procedures that restore confidence and enhance well-being. “My practice allows me to make significant changes in a person’s life. In a single day, I might reconstruct a patient’s nose following cancer removal, and then provide a mommy makeover, including breast implants or lifts and abdominoplasty, to a mother seeking to reclaim her self-image,” Dr. Le explains. Her skills extend to breast reconstructions, reductions, eyelid rejuvenations, and hand surgeries, including carpal tunnel and trigger finger treatments. Dr. Le also specializes in non-surgical enhancements like Botox and filler injections for facial rejuvenation, underscoring her comprehensive approach to beauty and health.
A proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Le brings over eight years of experience from her previous practice at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri. As a Kansas City native, she is thrilled to serve the community in Overland Park and Kansas City, bringing her expertise closer to home.
When not in the clinic or operating room, Dr. Le cherishes time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for ballroom dancing, snow skiing, karaoke, and is an enthusiastic Kansas City Chiefs fan, embodying a vibrant spirit that complements her professional dedication.
A facelift, medically termed rhytidectomy, can enhance facial harmony and foster a more youthful appearance. The aging process, environmental factors, stress, and fluctuations in weight can collectively impact facial features, causing a descent and deflation effect. This misalignment between the structural support—our bones—and the positioning of fat and skin results in a sagging appearance, contributing to an older look. Facelift surgery involves the removal of excess skin and, in some cases, the restoration of lost volume, aiming to reinstate facial balance.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Determining the most appropriate facelift type for you is a collaborative effort with your plastic surgeon, who may also suggest complementary procedures like a brow lift or eyelid surgery to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. While the majority of facelift patients fall within the age range of 40s to 60s, age is not a limiting factor for the procedure.
For all elective surgeries, it is recommended that patients:
Acknowledge potential adverse effects, including pain, cost, recovery time, and scarring.
Maintain good physical and emotional health, as surgery imposes physical trauma requiring robust healing.
Establish support systems at home and work.
Refrain from smoking, as nicotine can impede the healing process.
What to Expect During a Facelift Consultation?
The process commences with a consultation involving your plastic surgeon and staff. You will discuss your medical history, encompassing past surgeries, current medications, drug allergies, and tobacco use.
Before the consultation, reflect on your facial features, noting three that you appreciate and three that you find unfavorable. Bringing photographs from the past 10 to 15 years aids in determining the most suitable facelift approach. Current photos will be taken during this visit.
Toward the conclusion of the consultation, you'll receive a cost estimate covering surgery, hospital fees, anesthesia, and related procedures.
How Is the Surgery Conducted?
Facelift surgery occurs in an accredited facility with full anesthesia overseen by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Blood pressure is closely monitored during surgery to minimize postoperative bleeding risks.
Before the procedure, your plastic surgeon marks the planned incisions and reviews consultation photographs. Medications are administered to reduce swelling and anxiety. Incisions are typically made in the hairline at the temples, in front of the ear, or within the ear canal, extending behind the ear to the back of the hairline. An additional incision under the chin allows access to neck and jawline muscles.
Any supplemental procedures, such as eyelid surgeries or fat grafting, are performed after the facelift. The overall surgical duration typically ranges between three and six hours, contingent on the procedures. Post-surgery, a loose dressing, and a light compressive bandage are applied.
Approximately an hour in the recovery room precedes your release to go home, followed by a next-day follow-up appointment in the office.
I'm Interested in an Facelift
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Carpal Tunnel Release
If you’ve been struggling with pain, inflammation, and impeded range of movement caused by carpal tunnel, you’ve probably tried a variety of solutions to improve symptoms. From pain medications to physical therapy, there are numerous non-surgical treatments available for carpal tunnel. Unfortunately, these solutions aren’t always effective. When less invasive options aren’t working, it’s time to discuss carpal tunnel release surgery. At Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners, our trusted cosmetic surgeons provide advanced surgical treatments, including carpal tunnel release.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Release?
Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain, tension, and weakness in the hand and wrist that occurs due to pressure on the median nerve that runs through the wrist and hand. It may also be referred to as nerve or carpal tunnel decompression. The median nerve and tendons work together to flex the hand and curl the fingers. This structure that controls hand movement runs through the wrist within the carpal tunnel, which is very narrow. This makes it common for swelling or inflammation in this passage to pinch the median nerve, which causes pain and limits movement. During a procedure, the surgeon will cut through the carpal ligament to increase the space in the carpal tunnel by essentially ‘opening up the roof of the tunnel’.
What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to moving forward with surgery if less invasive treatments are ineffective, including:
Relieving pain and pressure in the wrist and hand
Restoring most if not the full range of wrist movement
Preventing further damage to the nerves and other structures
Recovery After Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel release is one of the easiest and least invasive procedures offered by our experienced plastic/hand surgeons. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home immediately after your procedure. There’s no need for an overnight hospital stay. Your surgeon will provide instructions for at-home care immediately following treatment. Your hand and wrist will likely be placed in a soft wrap for at least 2-3 days with restricted activities for 2-3 weeks. You’ll need to keep the incision (sutured area) clean and dry until the follow-up appointment with your surgeon who will evaluate your healing progress. For the weeks and months following carpal tunnel release surgery, you should perform a range of exercises and may be referred for a hand therapy program to develop and strengthen the muscles if needed.
What Are the Risks Associated?
Any surgery, even the safest and least invasive, will have risks, and carpal tunnel release surgery is no different. Before you move forward with any surgical procedure, you should talk through all of your treatment options with a skilled hand surgeon. Those who are struggling with carpal tunnel should try less invasive treatment options, and surgery is typically only recommended if these solutions aren’t effective.
While a plastic surgeon will do their utmost to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure, some risks associated with carpal tunnel surgery include:
Allergic response to medications, bandaging, or anesthesia
Bleeding heavily immediately after surgery or for a prolonged period during healing
Injury to internal structures like blood vessels, nerves, or muscles
Numbness or loss of sensation that may be temporary or permanent
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a rare usually short-term condition causing swelling and discomfort
I'm Interested in a Carpal Tunnel Release Procedure
If you are seeking more details or wish to take the next step towards a Carpal Tunnel Release procedure, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our expert team is readily available to provide you with comprehensive information and guide you through the process of scheduling a consultation. We understand that your decision is important, and we are here to address any additional questions or concerns you may have. Your well-being and comfort are our top priorities, and we are committed to ensuring that you embark on your journey towards relief and improved hand function with confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today to start the path toward a more comfortable and pain-free life.
Mohs Defect Reconstruction
Mohs surgery is one of the leading skin cancer treatment options. This innovative surgical technique allows surgeons to remove cancer cells while minimizing the impact on surrounding, healthy tissue. Even though this procedure is conservative compared to traditional surgical excisions, there will still be a loss of healthy tissues. Mohs surgery may leave marks, indentations, scars, and deep pits in the skin that are unsightly, especially when skin cancer is removed from the face. In these cases, Mohs defect reconstruction surgery may be recommended to restore the lost tissue and improve appearance. On this page, you can learn more about what Mohs defect reconstruction is and what to expect from this procedure. If you want more information or you’re interested in getting started with this surgical treatment, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners is here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to ask any questions you may have or schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgeons.
What Is Mohs Defect Reconstruction?
Mohs micrographic surgery is typically performed by a dermatologist as part of skin cancer treatment. The surgery involves removing thin layers of the cancer lesion and small amounts of surrounding tissue. As each layer is removed, it’s carefully examined under a microscope. The process is repeated until there are no cancer cells present in the layer of removed tissue. Compared to traditional surgical skin cancer removal, this process does help to retain healthy tissue, but defects may still be present. In this situation, a patient can work with a plastic surgeon to help close the wound or hole that is left after the Mohs procedure. Many patients opt to have Mohs defect reconstruction performed immediately after their skin cancer removal with the dermatologist, while other Mohs defects may benefit from closure with a facial plastic surgeon. Most commonly, the Mohs repair with facial plastic surgery would be performed 1-2 days after the Mohs procedure. Consult with your Mohs micrographic surgery provider to determine the best course of action for your particular case.
Depending on the results of the Mohs surgery, a variety of reconstructive surgical techniques may be utilized. Considerations before reconstruction planning include the size and location of the surgical defect and scar visibility. In some cases, a skin graft, using tissue from another location, is performed to replace the lost structure. In other situations, a skin flap, which uses adjacent tissue to cover the defect, may be recommended. For those whose Mohs surgery defect goes deeper, a cartilage graft may also be needed to fully restore structure. Other procedures may be recommended depending on the patient’s specific needs.
Benefits of Mohs Defect Reconstruction
The main benefit of Mohs defect reconstruction is clear – the restoration of a patient’s appearance following surgery. For those patients whose skin cancer is removed from the face, Mohs defect reconstruction may be especially beneficial. Repairing Mohs defects can also improve confidence and help patients move forward following skin cancer treatment.
Recovery After Mohs Defect Reconstruction
Immediately following your Mohs defect reconstruction surgery, you may notice some swelling and pain. This is a normal part of the healing process. For the first week, change bandages and dressings regularly and keep the area clean as instructed by the surgeon. For most people, over-the-counter pain medications are adequate to manage discomfort, but prescription pain medications may be prescribed as needed. Within a week, any stitches will be removed, and swelling and discomfort typically begin to diminish as well. Most people can return to work around this time, and they can gradually add more activity as tolerated over the next two to three weeks.
Every person heals differently, so the amount of time it takes to recover will vary. After your procedure, your surgeon should provide a healing and aftercare plan to guide you through the process. Following all instructions is essential to ensure you make a full recovery with minimal discomfort.
Risks Associated with Mohs Defect Reconstruction
Any surgery comes with some risks, but Mohs defect reconstruction surgery, when performed by a qualified professional, has significantly low risk.
While Mohs defect reconstruction is considered a safe procedure, some risks and concerns patients should be aware of before getting started include:
Poor wound healing – skin grafts and other repairs can be rejected by the body, or the site may not heal well in general.
Infection – look for skin that is warm to the touch around the surgical site, fever, nausea, chills, and other common signs of infection.
Excessive bleeding – if the surgical site continues to bleed after the first few days, contact your surgeon.
Numbness – loss of sensation in the treatment area is common during healing and can be permanent.
What is a Thigh Lift?
A Thigh Lift is a cosmetic procedure that targets and eliminates excess skin and stubborn fat from the inner thigh region, resulting in a remarkable enhancement of firmness and tightness. In addition, what sets this procedure apart is its adaptability. The length and placement of incisions are meticulously tailored to align with the unique needs and aspirations of each patient, ensuring that individual goals are met with the utmost precision and personalization. If you're considering a Thigh Lift and desire to achieve smoother, more sculpted thighs, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our experienced team is here to provide comprehensive information and guide you toward a journey of confidence and rejuvenation. Your path to toned and contoured thighs begins with us.
Am I A Suitable Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?
An ideal candidate for a thigh lift adheres to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, aiming to be within 20% of their ideal body weight while maintaining physical and emotional well-being.
What To Expect During the Consultation?
The initial phase involves a consultation at our office. In this meeting, you will engage with your plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history. Standing before a full-length mirror, you'll articulate your goals, enabling your plastic surgeon to meticulously plan your procedure. If you opt to proceed with the surgery, a preoperative appointment will be scheduled to provide prescriptions, arrange follow-up visits, review surgical consent, and capture photographs for your medical record. Note, patients must refrain from tobacco use for at least two months before the surgery.
How Is the Surgery Conducted?
Thigh lift surgery takes place with the patient under full anesthesia in an accredited operating facility. The duration of the surgery typically ranges between two and three hours, contingent on the extent of skin removal.
I’m Interested in a Thigh Lift Procedure
If you're eager to learn more about the transformative possibilities of a Thigh Lift procedure, we invite you to reach out to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today. Our experienced team is readily available to provide you with comprehensive information and to assist you in scheduling a consultation. We understand that your decision to explore this cosmetic procedure is a significant one, and we are here to address any additional questions or concerns you may have. Your well-being, comfort, and satisfaction are our utmost priorities. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the toned and sculpted thighs you desire with confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today to embark on your journey towards a more confident and contoured you.
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger finger occurs when a finger gets stuck in a bent position. Not only does it lead to limited motion and weakness in the fingers, but it can also cause significant pain. This condition develops when the tendon becomes stuck within its protective covering, and it’s unable to release. In most cases, medical professionals will try non-surgical treatments first before referring patients to a plastic/hand surgeon for trigger finger release surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about surgical options for trigger finger release, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule a consultation.
What Is Trigger Finger Release?
If you’re experiencing pain or an impeded range of movement in one finger,trigger finger release surgerymay be your best option. The tendons that move fingers have a protective covering that surrounds them, but when the covering becomes inflamed or irritated, the tendon may not be able to glide through smoothly, causing it to become stuck. Trigger release surgery makes the opening that the tendon passes through wider.
Benefits of Trigger Finger Release
For those struggling with the negative effects of trigger finger, release surgery offers numerous benefits, including:
Relieved pain and discomfort
Restored range of finger motion
Reduced swelling and inflammation
Less pressure during finger movement
Recovery After Trigger Finger Release
Trigger finger release is a day surgery. The entire process is completed in the surgeon’s office either under local anesthesia (numbing) alone or with mild sedatives to calm and relax the patient. After treatment, recovery takes just a few weeks. You’ll need to rest the treated hand and especially limit the use of the released finger for 2-3 weeks. You should follow aftercare instructions carefully to keep the surgical site clean and promote healing. They may also recommend topical and/or oral medications to prevent infection. Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications should be used to manage discomfort during healing.
Risks Associated with Trigger Finger Release
Surgery for trigger finger release is relatively safe and minimally invasive, but there are always risks associated with any surgical procedure. This surgery is performed by making a relatively small incision, which minimizes the risks associated with other surgical procedures. The entire surgery is completed in one short visit, so there’s no need for an overnight stay or general anesthesia, which further reduces surgical risks.
You should always take time to consult with a knowledgeableplastic/hand surgeonbefore committing to any surgical treatment. They can walk you through all of your treatment options, answer your questions, and help you prepare for what to expect during surgery.
A skilled surgeon will mitigate many of the risks associated with trigger finger release, but there are still some potential risks associated with trigger finger release, including:
Allergic response to bandaging, medications, numbing, and other surgical materials
Stiffness or limited range of movement
Loss of sensation that may be temporary or permanent
Tendon becoming mispositioned
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a rare usually short-term condition causing swelling and discomfort
Breast augmentation surgery is a relatively common form of plastic surgery that delivers numerous benefits for those who choose to move forward with this procedure. It’s important to have all the facts before making the final decision to move forward with any plastic surgery procedure. On this page, you can learn some of the basic details about breast augmentation, but to truly understand the procedure and your treatment options, you should work with a skilled plastic surgeon like one of the professionals at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners. During a consultation visit, a plastic surgeon can fully explain your options and develop a personalized breast augmentation plan.
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
You may have heard people refer to breast augmentation as a “boob job,” or your surgeon may have called it an augmentation mammoplasty. By its clinical or common name, the procedure offers the same outcomes. It utilizes implants or fat transfers to increase the size of breasts. It may be desired to increase chest size for those who have naturally smaller breasts, restore volume following childbirth or weight loss, or improve the shape and symmetry of the breasts. While breast augmentation can improve the size and shape of breasts and help to get a slightly lifted look, it does not lift more significant drooping or sagging breasts. For this, your surgeon will need to perform a breast lift, which may be recommended in conjunction with the breast augmentation procedure.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
There are numerous benefits associated with breast augmentation surgery, including:
Improving the fullness and volume of curves
Increasing the height and projection of breasts
Creating better symmetry between breasts
Creating better overall body symmetry between the chest, waist, and hips
Delivering a more youthful appearance
Improving self-image and sense of femininity
Restoring lost fullness after weight loss, pregnancy, or mastectomy
Allowing for better clothing fit
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Following breast augmentation, your surgeon will place bandages to protect and support the chest as it heals. This helps to minimize swelling and promote comfort throughout the healing process. Once you have been bandaged and fully recovered from the anesthesia, you will be released to return home. Your surgeon will walk you through at-home care steps and provide you with the necessary guidance to ensure you heal fully and with minimal discomfort. You may receive prescriptions for pain, antibiotics, and/or topical ointments, and other care items to support healing. Your surgeon will also schedule a follow-up appointment to check your healing progress, starting immediately the day after your surgery. You will need to wear a support garment day and night to prevent tugging or putting excess strain on the surgical site. Rest is the most important element of healing post-procedure. Make sure to get plenty of sleep and avoid lifting heavy items, exercising, or performing other strenuous activities until your plastic surgeon releases you for these activities.
Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery
Choosing to move forward with breast augmentation, like any cosmetic surgery procedure, does come with risks. Before you schedule elective procedures, take time to talk with your plastic surgeon, ask any questions you have, discuss concerns, and ensure you fully understand all the risks associated with your specific procedure. Your medical history and the specifics of your procedure will impact the outcomes and risks associated with your surgery. Because surgery always involves some level of risk, you will need to sign consent forms prior to treatment, so it’s important to talk through all of this with your surgeon.
Every person will respond to surgery differently, but some risks commonly associated with breast augmentation include:
Adverse response to local and general anesthesia. This is relatively common and can usually be mitigated or immediately addressed during the procedure. However, some patients do have extreme adverse responses to anesthesia. Report any past adverse anesthesia response to your surgeon.
Some bleeding around the incisions is common for the first few days after the procedure. If bleeding persists or becomes heavy, it may indicate a more serious concern. Please contact your surgeon or visit an emergency department right away.
Changes in sensation and sensitivity are very common, especially around the nipples. For some, this is temporary, but for others, it is a permanent change.
The abnormal accumulation of fluid, called seroma, is a common complication following cosmetic surgery procedures. In most cases, the fluid is resorbed during the healing process. However, there are some situations where additional intervention is needed to drain away excess fluid.
Light bruising at the injection site is common during healing, but more severe bruises, called hematomas, occur when blood pools beneath the skin can be indicative of a more serious concern.
Irregular, tight, or painful scar tissue formation. Your surgeon will do their utmost to ensure scarring is minimized, but some scarring will occur following surgery. If you have noticeable or painful scar formation, there are steps you can take to address these concerns. Discuss any issues with scar formation with your surgeon.
Issues with the implant. Leakage, ruptures, incorrect positioning, wrinkling over the implant, and other concerns are rare, but they may happen. If you have concerns, contact your surgeon right away. You may need a revision surgery to correct these irregularities.
Infection is a risk with any surgery. If you notice signs of infection, reach out to your surgeon as soon as possible.
Severe or persisting pain. Immediately following and for the first few weeks after surgery, you may notice some pain and discomfort. However, if pain persists or gets worse, contact your surgeon.
There is a group of rare cancers that may develop as a result of breast augmentation surgery. While the occurrence of these forms of cancer is rare, it’s important to understand the risk before moving forward with treatment.
Age, weight changes, giving birth, hormone shifts, and a variety of other situations may lead to a need for breast lift surgery. This cosmetic surgery option helps many women gain a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence and leaves them feeling more like themselves. If you’ve been considering a breast lift, your first step should be to research, so you know exactly what to expect from this procedure and its results. Reading the basic details on this page is a great start. If you feel that a breast lift is the right procedure for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule a consultation visit. During your consultation, one of our skilled plastic surgeons will discuss your goals, desired results, and potential treatment options.
What Is Breast Lift Surgery?
The clinical term for abreast liftis mastopexy. This plastic surgery treatment lifts and tightens the breasts. The procedure involves removing excess skin. Then, breast tissues are tightened and reshaped. In addition to giving the breasts a firmer, more lifted appearance, a breast lift can also be recommended to reduce the size of enlarged areolas. Breast sagging and skin laxity around the breasts can occur over time for numerous reasons from genetic predisposition and pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding to weight loss and the simple effects of gravity. If your breasts don’t sit as high as they used to, a breast lift can help you restore that more youthful appearance. However, a breast lift will not change the size or shape of your breasts dramatically. If you’re looking to increase the size of your breasts, an augmentation procedure will be recommended, which may be performed in conjunction with a breast lift. If you would like to reduce the size of your breasts, a reduction may be recommended in conjunction with the breast lift surgery.
Benefits of Breast Lift
Some of the reasons why women choose to move forward with breast lift surgery include:
Rejuvenation – Most younger women’s breasts sit naturally higher. Over years of gravity, movement, childbirth, fluctuations in weight, hormonal shifts, and other changes, the breasts will begin to sag. A breast lift provides a rejuvenating effect.
Improved Self-Confidence – Sagging breasts can make people feel self-conscious or unattractive in and out of clothes. A breast lift can restore a greater sense of confidence.
Allow Clothing to Fit Better – when breasts are lifted, clothes will hang and fit better against the body.
Recovery After Breast Lift
Following your breast lift surgery, the plastic surgeon applies bandages, compression garments, and other dressing as needed to protect and support the body as it heals. A bandage or support garment should be worn at all times throughout healing to minimize swelling and reduce movement that can increase discomfort. Your surgeon will provide specific aftercare instructions, including oral and topical medications to relieve pain and prevent infection. Additionally, they will set a date for you to return for a follow-up visit to gauge your progress.
Risks Associated with Breast Lift Surgery
Like most other surgical procedures, there is a risk of adverse response to anesthesia (both general and localized). Most anesthesia responses are mild and can be addressed during the procedure. However, some people do have more serious complications, which is why it’s important to make your surgeon aware of any past negative experiences you’ve had with anesthesia. Infection is another risk often associated with surgery. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions carefully will decrease the risk of infection. Finally, scarring is a common risk factor associated with surgery. While the cosmetic surgeon will do their utmost to conceal incisions within the natural lines of the body, some scarring may occur. If scar tissue is irregular, painful, or otherwise unwanted, there are additional treatments that may be pursued to improve the appearance.
In addition to these very common risks associated with surgical procedures, there are also some potential risks specific to breast lifts, including:
Bleeding and hematoma (severe bruising where blood pools beneath the skin)
Asymmetry and other irregularities that may necessitate a revision surgery
Loss or change in sensitivity or sensation either permanent or temporary
Blood clots and cardio-pulmonary concerns
Accumulation of fluid beneath the skin (seroma)
Breast Reconstruction After Breast Cancer
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is likely one of the most difficult things a woman can experience. Going through the treatments, including lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy, can leave them feeling like they’re not even themselves anymore. Breast reconstruction can offer an option to restore your pre-cancer appearance and boost confidence. However, like any surgery, it’s important to completely understand and explore treatment options before committing to a surgical intervention. On this page, we’ll review the basic details of breast reconstruction surgery, but it’s important to talk through this procedure with a professional. When you’re ready to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule a consultation.
What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Following a mastectomy or lumpectomy related to breast cancer,breast reconstruction surgeryoffers the opportunity to rebuild the lost structure. Breast reconstruction can be accomplished using implants, tissue from other parts of the body, or a combination of the two. Breast reconstruction may be started right away after a mastectomy or it can be delayed until after the mastectomy or lumpectomy site has healed and additional cancer treatments are completed. In addition to restoring the removed shape and breast structure, reconstruction may include repairing or re-creating the nipple and areola. If only one breast was impacted by cancer, breast reconstruction surgery may be performed on the unaffected breast to restore symmetry, if desired.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
The decision to move forward with breast reconstruction is very personal, but some of the benefits that lead people to move forward with breast reconstruction include:
Eliminate the need for breast forms and devices – These devices restore the lost structure, but they require a lot of work to keep in place and don’t feel natural.
Renewed symmetry – The proportions and balance of the chest can be uneven after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Breast reconstruction can improve this balance and symmetry.
Restored self-confidence – The loss of breast tissue can leave many women feeling self-conscious and restoring that tissue can make a real difference in their confidence.
Better fitting clothes – Following mastectomy or lumpectomy, clothing may not fit well, leading women to feel uncomfortable in their clothes. Reconstruction will help to restore the breasts to as close to the natural shape and structure as possible.
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction
Following breast reconstruction, your plastic surgeon will walk you through how to care for your surgical site. Follow all instructions precisely to ensure that wounds heal quickly. You’ll also get medication to help with the pain. Rest is one of the most important factors for healing. When we rest, our bodies are able to heal, so plan to take some time off work and get plenty of sleep every day.
Risks Associated with Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Like other surgeries, breast reconstruction can lead to concerns during or after treatment, including:
Adverse response to anesthesia
Loss of sensitivity (temporary or permanent)
Seroma (fluid buildup below the surgical site)
Hematoma (blood buildup below the surgical site)
Surgical site necrosis (reconstructed or grafted tissue failure)
Hardening of implant
The choice to move forward with any cosmetic or medically indicated surgery procedure deserves adequate time and consideration to ensure the right decision is reached. Breast reduction surgery can be an especially difficult choice. There are numerous factors, both aesthetic and medical, that should be taken into consideration before moving forward with breast reduction. You can explore some of the basic information on this page or reach out to the team at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – a division of U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule a surgery consultation visit with one of our skilled plastic surgeons.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that removes excess tissue from the breasts. This may mean surgically removing some of the fatty tissue and skin as well as reshaping the remaining structure. A breast reduction procedure may be beneficial in a range of situations, but it is often recommended when the size of breasts causes physical discomfort.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Some of the many benefits that lead people to choose breast reduction include:
Improved quality of life by reducing back pain, allowing for more comfortable exercise and movement, and increasing energy.
Easier to shop for clothes and find clothing that fits well. This includes the ability to find bras that fit comfortably.
Alleviate skin irritation on and under the breasts caused by rubbing and sweat.
Increase self-confidence by allowing women to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.
Recovery After Breast Reduction
After a breast reduction procedure, your surgeon will bandage incisions and wrap the breasts to provide necessary support and reduce swelling. Once you are fully recovered from the anesthesia, you’ll be sent home with detailed aftercare instructions. These instructions will include recommendations for cleaning and daily care, prescription and over-the-counter medications as needed, and any other steps you should take during the healing process. One of the most important things you can do during healing is to get plenty of rest. That means sleeping at least eight hours each night, but it also means just taking it easy. You shouldn’t be exercising, picking up heavy items, or performing other strenuous activities until your plastic surgeon gives you the green light.
Risks Associated with Breast Reduction Surgery
While your plastic surgeon will do their utmost to ensure safety before, during, and after a breast reduction, there are always risks involved with surgery. It’s important to understand the potential risks before you move forward. Pain, bruising, and long healing times (usually several months) are all to be expected with advanced procedures like breast reduction. Any discomfort should gradually decrease over the several weeks or months of healing. If pain increases or becomes unmanageable, it’s important to reach out to your surgeon. The same is true if the surgical site doesn’t seem to be healing within a reasonable time. Scar formation is another common risk associated with all surgeries. Your plastic surgeon will work to conceal surgical incisions within the body’s natural lines, but there will still be a sign of surgery left behind. However, there are treatment options to further reduce the appearance of scar tissue.
In addition to these common surgical risks, some risks specific to breast reduction include:
Decreased sensation in the nipples that can be temporary but may be permanent
Difficulty or inability to breastfeed can occur for some
Pregnancy and fluctuations in weight can impact the results of breast reduction surgery
Asymmetry or irregularities in appearance leading to a need for revision surgery
Allergic or adverse response to surgical materials (tape sutures, injections, etc.)
Adverse response to anesthesia
Blood clots and cardio-pulmonary issues
Nerve, muscle, or blood vessel damage
Hardening or excessive firmness of breast tissue
Bleeding from incisions or blood pooling beneath the skin (hematoma)
Accumulating fluid beneath the skin (seroma)
I'm Interested in a Breast Reduction
If you're interested in learning more about the Breast Reduction procedure or would like to take the first step towards enhancing your well-being, don't hesitate to reach out to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today. Our dedicated team is readily available to provide you with comprehensive information and to assist you in scheduling a consultation. We understand that this decision is a significant one, and we are here to address any additional questions or concerns you may have, ensuring that you embark on your transformative journey with confidence and peace of mind. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities, and we look forward to assisting you in achieving your desired goals.
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