DIEP Flap after Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy for Breast Cancer in The Woodlands, TX

Procedure Details

This is a nice lady in her early 60's diagnosed with right breast cancer. She was a good candidate for a nipple-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Her right breast was reconstructed with a buried DIEP flap, utilizing only the fat from the lower abdomen to replace the breast tissue volume. Approximately 8 months later, she had one small revision procedure to refine the reconstructed breast shape with fat grafting and liposculpture. She had a smooth, uneventful recovery after both surgeries. The patient was very pleased with the natural feel of her reconstructed breast and final symmetry.
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Nipple-sparing Mastectomy

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to undergo nipple-sparing or skin-sparing mastectomy.  For breast cancer patients, this decision is usually made under guidance from a breast surgical oncologist.  Whether it is safe or not will depend on cancer features and cancer location relative to the nipple position.  Other considerations are the breast size, degree of nipple ptosis (drooping), and nipple areola dimensions.  Dr. Albright often finds that nipple-sparing mastectomy techniques deliver the most natural-appearing reconstructive results; however, not every woman will be a suitable candidate for nipple salvage.  If the cancer location or other breast features require nipple removal, then nipple reconstruction and 3D nipple-areola tattooing can offer a fairly realistic and satisfactory alternative.  Dr. Albright and his team will help guide you through this decision.

Location

Houston Methodist Hospital

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