Dr. Ali Heidari typically performs breast reconstruction for patients who have lost one or both breasts due to aggressive breast cancer treatments. Depending on the health condition and desires of each patient, the procedure can be performed either in conjunction with mastectomy (breast removal surgery) or at a later date when the breast tissues have healed. While immediate breast reconstruction provides psychological benefits, this procedure is not appropriate for all patients. In order to determine which surgical approach is the best for each patient, Dr. Heidari conducts thorough pre-surgical consultations.
Dr. Heidari can accomplish this through the use of breast implants and skin expansion or flap reconstruction techniques. The procedure can be performed immediately after the breast removal, or mastectomy. A woman can awaken from surgery with the mastectomy and reconstruction completed, so she does not have to experience being without a breast or breasts.
Besides breast cancer, there are other reasons a women may need breast reconstruction. In some cases, chest wall deformities can cause severe breast deformities such as a lack of development of chest muscles or/and breast tissue. Dr. Heidari uses the most recent advances in expanders and specialty implants to reconstruct the female breast in these cases.
Breast reconstructive surgery is often performed in stages. There are many different procedure options available. Therefore, it is important for a patient to discuss her options with Dr. Heidari during a personalized consultation.
Not only can the procedure help improve appearance; it has helped many women improve their quality of life and regain a sense of femininity.