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Breast Reconstruction

If you have lost a breast due to a mastectomy or lumpectomy and you are considering breast reconstruction surgery in New Jersey, our surgeon, Dr. Christopher Godek, can help you restore your natural curves using a variety of advanced breast reconstruction techniques. We understand that losing a breast can have traumatic effects on a woman’s self-image and, consequently, her self-confidence. With this procedure, our doctor hopes to aid in improving your overall self-esteem.

The Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Breast reconstruction is an involved process that takes a number of months to fully complete. The first breast reconstruction surgery is usually the longest and most complex, and a number of follow-ups are necessary throughout the reconstructive process.

Though this is a long process, the results are often well worth the wait. After a breast reconstruction procedure at our New Jersey practice, you will have achieved the figure and breast contour you were seeking to restore. Additionally, our supportive staff and comfortable accommodations will ensure that your breast reconstruction procedure is as effortless and anxiety-free as possible.

I had my first augmentation 2 yrs ago and absolutely loved the result and my overall experience with both Dr Godek and his staff. In March of 2016 I was Dx. With Breast cancer and had both my breasts removed at the age of 48 in April, but not before consulting with a great Surgen and Dr. Godek whom I think is the best plastic surgeon around, in July I had my first reconstruction surgery and Dec 19th my second….. I can not thank Dr. Godek and his staff enough for giving me back the confidence I thought I had lost to cancer…. I’m cancer free and have beautiful boobs again…. love you guys�

Cheryl Sidney

December 28, 2016

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Methods of Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction procedures can involve a variety of methods. The following is a list of the most commonly-utilized techniques:

Using Tissue from the Patient’s Own Body

A section of fat, muscle, and skin can be taken from another part of the patient’s body (back, buttocks, or lower abdomen) to transfer to the chest. It will then be formed into a breast shape, providing a natural-looking and satisfactory replacement.

Using Breast Implants

A silicone or saline breast implant can also be used to replace the missing breast. This technique will also typically involve utilizing allograft skin to line and reinforce the implant pocket. 

Staged Breast Reconstruction

In some cases, patients may need to undergo “staged” breast reconstruction for optimal results. Staged breast reconstruction typically involves the placement of a tissue expander before a permanent silicone or saline breast implant can be placed.

A tissue expander is a temporary breast implant that is placed after mastectomy. The patient then will undergo weekly or bi-weekly “expansion” sessions in the office, which involves adding saline to the expander through a small needle and port on the expander. This process slowly stretches the skin and tissue over and around the expander, eventually creating a “pocket” that will accommodate a permanent breast implant.

Staged reconstruction is usually performed when extenuating circumstances—such as a history of radiation to the chest wall, tobacco use, underlying immunosuppression, etc.—cause concern for proper healing.

At your consultation, our doctor will explain the various methods of breast reconstruction that will work with your cancer treatment. He will work with you to determine which technique will best suit your needs.

Contact our Practice

If you would like more information about breast reconstruction and the options you should consider, contact the Personal Enhancement Center. We look forward to hearing from you.

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