Breast reconstruction surgery is performed to restore one of both of the breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry, and size in women who have experienced trauma to the breasts, who suffer from congenital disorders that have resulted in a malformation of the breasts, or who have had breast tissue surgically removed in a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer treatment. Regardless of the underlying reason for the procedure, I believe that breast reconstruction ultimately helps to restore a sense of normalcy and wholeness to these women and helps them to regain a sense of control over their lives. This is why I have always considered breast reconstruction to be one of the most important procedures that a plastic surgeon can perform.
In the 1980’s, I worked closely with Atlanta Plastic Surgery co-founder Dr. Carl R. Hartrampf in the early development of the revolutionary TRAM flap technique for breast reconstruction and in the more than thirty years since then I have gained extensive experience performing and perfecting a variety of breast reconstruction techniques, including:
- Traditional TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
- Free TRAM Breast Reconstruction
- DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reconstruction with Tissue Expanders and Breast Implants
- Breast Reconstruction using other methods such as the thigh flap, SIEA flap, and hip flap (or Rubens) techniques
I have also done ground-breaking work in oncoplastic breast surgery, where the most advanced cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are used in conjunction with oncologic surgical techniques to preserve the appearance of the breasts after a lumpectomy or even to spare the nipple-areola region during a mastectomy.