Breast Reconstruction

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, many women have found that one of the most important parts of the recovery process is restoring their breasts following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Breast reconstruction patients in Chicago can benefit from the skills, experience, and compassion of Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno, who understand how crucial this procedure is to a woman’s physical and emotional well-being.

If you live in or around Chicago and need information about breast reconstruction, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Breast Revision Surgery
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Restoring & Reconstructing

Breast reconstruction is more complex than cosmetic breast enhancement surgeries. At their Chicago practice, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use a number of different techniques to make each patient’s journey as smooth as possible. During reconstruction, they can:

  • Restore breasts that have been removed during a single or double mastectomy
  • Repair breasts that have been affected by a lumpectomy
  • Correct the position of nipples or construct new nipples if they have been removed
  • Bring the breasts into balance if only 1 breast has been affected by cancer treatment

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno, board-certified plastic surgeons, understand that for each patient, the choice to have reconstruction is very personal. The decision involves many factors, including the patient’s physical concerns, cancer treatment protocol, time for recovery, risk factors, and expectations. They use their extensive experience and knowledge to help patients choose the path that is best for them.

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno

Why Choose Dr. Mustoe & Dr. Sinno

Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have developed several innovations that contribute to a better rhinoplasty procedure and result, characterized by:

  • Predictable, natural-looking outcomes
  • Use of local anesthesia with sedation
  • Shortened, more comfortable recovery
  • Minimal bruising
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Advanced Breast Reconstruction Techniques

Our surgeons offer a range of different surgical options for breast reconstruction patients, and each procedure is highly customized. They coordinate their surgical plan with other members of each patient’s cancer treatment team in order to reach a beautiful final result with utmost safety and comfort. Here are some of the options they provide:

Reconstruction With Breast Implants

About three-quarters of our patients choose breast reconstruction with implants, often needed to restore significant amounts of volume after a mastectomy. Our surgeons offer breast implants in both silicone gel, which feel more natural, and saline, which are easier to replace and do not need to be monitored for leaking. In order to create space for the breast implant within a patient’s natural tissue, Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno first uses tissue expanders. These expanders are smaller than a breast implant and are filled gradually with a saline solution, giving the body time to grow a pocket large enough to accommodate an implant. Then, after a period of several weeks of expansion, the surgeon places a long-term breast implant during another procedure.

Flap Reconstruction

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno also offer 2 kinds of flap reconstruction, in which a section of tissue is taken from another site on the patient’s body to reconstruct the breast mound. In a latissimus flap reconstruction, tissue from the shoulder area is used. They usually also include a small breast implant when using this technique. In a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominal muscle) flap reconstruction, tissue from the lower abdomen is used. This technique often requires a longer surgery and recovery period than the latissimus method, but it offers the best aesthetic outcome.

Delayed Reconstruction

Most patients want to have their reconstruction immediately after their mastectomy, and this is usually possible. In some cases, though, cancer treatment could harm the surgical results, so delayed reconstruction is a better course of action. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno can use the same techniques with implants or flaps as in other cases, but the procedure takes place after radiation or other cancer treatment is complete.

Fat Grafting

Our surgeons sometimes use fat grafting to enhance a patient’s aesthetic results. This involves taking fat cells from another area in a patient’s body, usually around the abdomen, hips, or thighs, and transferring them to the breasts. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno can strategically and precisely place small amounts of fat to create smooth, appealing breast contours.

Improved Recovery & Results

Breast reconstruction patients can trust in our surgeons’ vast experience and credentials in breast surgery when it comes to their recovery. Dr. Mustoe has done research work in wound healing, allowing him and Dr. Sinno to perform a range of surgical procedures with less injury, which makes patients’ recovery quicker and more comfortable. Patients receive detailed instructions covering information on medications and incision care.

Most patients have a surgical drain after their reconstruction procedure that will be removed after about a week. Flap reconstruction requires a longer recovery than reconstruction with implants because it affects multiple areas of the body. Patients can return to light activity gradually over the course of several weeks. Some patients may require follow-up procedures for nipple reconstruction or pigmenting. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno discuss these options in detail during consultations to create an organized surgical plan that gets patients on a smooth road to physical and emotional recovery.