Breast Reconstruction in Biloxi, MS
Dr. Miller and Apogee Plastic Surgery offer breast reconstruction procedures to the residents of Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, and Ocean Springs, and the surrounding Mississippi communities.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
When a woman loses all or part of her breast to injury or illness, breast reconstruction offers the chance to get her full feminine shape back. Cancer and other causes can threaten your breasts and your life, requiring a mastectomy (removal of the breast) or a lumpectomy (removal of part of the breast). The aim of breast reconstruction is to restore your body’s appearance by creating soft, natural-looking breasts.
Dr. John H. Miller is highly skilled in breast reconstruction, offering his board-certified services to patients across the Gulf Coast area. Apogee Plastic Surgery is known to women of Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, and Ocean Springs as a place where they can count on warm, experienced care.
How Is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
Dr. Miller will give you a physical exam, during which he will take measurements and photographs for your medical record. He will then guide you toward the breast reconstruction technique that suits you best.
Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages. You can have the operation at the same time as a mastectomy or lumpectomy, or you can delay it until you are recovered from all of your cancer treatments.
Breast reconstruction usually requires general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and can take one to six hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. Several methods can be used to form a new breast:
- Flap techniques take muscle, fat, and skin from another part of your body to create or cover the breast mound. These breast reconstruction methods are used when there is not enough tissue left on the chest wall to cover and support a breast implant. There are various flap techniques that use muscle, fat, skin, and tissue, typically from the abdomen or back.
- Tissue expansion involves the placement of an expander that stretches healthy skin to create coverage for a breast implant. With the help of an internal valve, the device is slowly filled up over a four- to six-month period.
- A breast implant made of saline or silicone may be an addition or an alternative to flap techniques. Breast reconstruction with an implant alone usually requires tissue expansion.
The final step of breast reconstruction involves the reconstruction of the nipple and areola. These are created through grafting or other specialized techniques.
If you have been considering any of these body procedures, then contact Dr. Miller today. By working with Apogee Plastic Surgery, you will be taking your first step toward a better appearance and increased confidence. We are dedicated to helping the residents of our community and welcome patients from near and far, including Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, and Ocean Springs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Pretty much every woman who has undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy can qualify for breast reconstruction. To be an ideal candidate, you must be in good health, aside from the cancer or other illness that took your breast. For example, obesity and heart disease are usually restrictions when it comes to reconstruction of your breast. You also must have realistic expectations of the procedure. Although breast reconstruction can significantly improve your figure, your new breast will not look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.
Every breast reconstruction is different, so the best way to determine what would work for you is to talk with Dr. Miller. He has a reputation for truly listening to his patients, which is why women choose him to be their cosmetic surgeon.
What Post-Operative Breast Reconstruction Care Can I Expect?
During your recovery period, the staff at Apogee Plastic Surgery will make sure you are comfortable and healing properly. You will be required to wear an elastic bandage or support bra for several weeks to reduce swelling and support the reconstructed breast. We will schedule a series of follow-up appointments to remove your stitches and dressings and check on your progress. It is normal to feel soreness for about two weeks after a breast reconstruction. Most patients are able to return to work in a few weeks.
You can rest easy knowing that Dr. Miller will give you specific and individual advice and attention. You will be supported and cared for from the beginning to the end of the process, as well as fully satisfied with the results of your breast reconstruction.
What Are the Typical Results of Breast Reconstruction?
Many breast reconstruction patients say the procedure improved their quality of life and made their appearance look and feel whole. Over time, patients have noticed the return of some of their breast sensation. As for the scar lines, they will never completely disappear, but they usually fade after a while.
If you are considering breast reconstruction, then research the procedure extensively, so you know what to expect. When you meet with Dr. Miller, he will encourage you to voice any concerns you may have and openly discuss what you anticipate from the surgery. He will also show you some breast reconstruction before and after photos to help you visualize what can be attained with the operation.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Biloxi?
Your breast reconstruction is a very personalized procedure. Therefore, Dr. Miller’s staff will be happy to discuss breast reconstruction prices with you on an individual basis.
Apogee Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.
Dr. John H. Miller offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including: Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, MS. Contact Dr. John H. Miller’s office today to schedule your Breast Reconstruction Consultation!