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What is Oncoplastic Reconstruction?

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Beverly Hills

During oncoplastic breast reconstruction with a mastectomy, breast cancer is removed, and the breasts are immediately reduced or lifted in the same session. In cases of a lumpectomy, the surgeon will address asymmetry, rotating breast tissue to fill in the defect while lifting the remaining tissue to establish balance and harmony. The benefits of this type of surgery are that both procedures can be performed in a single operation, and the surgery can be performed before radiation. Dr. Zampell can deliver some of the highest-quality and life-changing corrective breast reconstruction Beverly Hills offers. 

Depending on the circumstances, Dr. Zampell will pursue one of the following techniques to effect a positive outcome:

Breast reduction—if deemed oncologically safe by your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon, your lumpectomy can be performed as part of a breast reduction, to lift, reduce and reshape the breast after the breast tumor is removed.  If you have already undergone a lumpectomy that has affected only one breast, the other breast can be reduced in size to create symmetry.

Breast lift—this procedure is excellent for women who are unsure about altering the size of their breasts; traditional breast lift can be accompanied by nipple relocation to create more excellent symmetry

Flap surgery—if one or both breasts have become deformed during a lumpectomy, a local flap such as a TDAP or ICAP flap can be performed to use local tissue and to reconstruct the appearance of the bust; a free flap such as DIEP or PAP flap can be used for more extensive defects.

What are the Benefits of Corrective Breast Reconstruction in Beverly Hills?

  • In cases when the tumor is larger than ordinary, oncoplastic reconstruction allows for a greater amount of remaining tissue to be utilized
  • Breast symmetry is improved
  • A single surgery cuts down recovery time as well as costs
  • Surgery can be completed before radiation so wound healing concerns are reduced
  • A breast reduction can be a secondary benefit of oncoplastic reconstruction
  • Can help prevent distortions related to lumpectomy and exacerbated by radiation
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Before & After

Recovery From Breast Cancer Reconstruction in Beverly Hills

Recovery times will vary based on the extent of the reconstruction performed. Bruising will abate within a few days, and most of your swelling will dissipate within a few weeks. Scars fade over time, but Dr. Zampell carefully conceals inconspicuous scars. Your total recovery time from your oncoplastic reconstruction in Beverly Hills will last between four and six weeks.

Who is a Good Candidate for Oncoplastic Reconstruction?

Typically, patients with smaller tumors or larger breasts who will not mind a breast reduction make good candidates for oncoplastic surgery. Dr. Zampell will perform a physical evaluation as a component of your consultation, during which she will create a roadmap for your surgery and explain your options in depth so you are thoroughly informed and empowered.

Breast Reconstruction Recovery Tips

After your breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Zampell will provide you with thorough instructions for getting through the recovery process. Following her advice will be extremely important for healing properly and avoiding complications. Beyond that, there are also several things you can do to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly and quickly as possible:

  • Plan for a friend or family member to assist you for the first few days
  • Take good care of your surgical drains
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a nutritious diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Wear your surgical support bra
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks
  • Maintain a positive mindset
  • Don’t expect too much too quickly
  • Start taking light walks as soon as you feel up to it
  • Contact Dr. Zampell immediately if you encounter any complications

Why choose Dr. Zampell for breast reconstruction after mastectomy?

Dr. Zampell is a veteran of multifaceted breast reconstruction techniques, having honed her skill in association with Dr. Robert Allen, who is among the most trusted and pioneering breast reconstruction surgeons worldwide. She completed an elite fellowship in microsurgery at the University of California Los Angeles and continues to refine her skills to be of maximum service to her community.

Dr. Zampell graduated with honors from Ohio State University College of Medicine, after which she completed a demanding plastic surgery residency at the New York University Medical Center. Dr. Zampell is best known for her elegant, customized results and for providing a safe, compassionate, professional practice environment for all facing health challenges and cosmetic obstacles.

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