Breast Reconstruction Surgery (After Cancer)
The decision to have breast reconstructive surgery goes far beyond what happens in surgery. Our goal is to help each patient look and feel her best, long after surgery – applying safe, highly innovative techniques to create breasts that look and feel natural.
Our surgeons have pioneered a number of techniques that preserve muscle, minimize recovery time, and reduce pain. In North Texas, many of the newest muscles-sparing procedures, including autologous tissue-based reconstruction, as well as a combination implant-autologous tissue reconstruction are only performed at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
By choosing a UT Southwestern plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction, you will have an experienced specialist committed to you and your long-term objectives. Our patients are sometimes surprised to receive calls from their plastic surgeon after hours or on weekends to personally check their progress after a procedure. We encourage women to ask any question they may have at any point before or after the reconstruction.
New & Noteworthy
"We combine a unique artistic perspective with groundbreaking surgical solutions to help us create breasts that look and feel natural."Sumeet Teotia, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery
Our plastic surgeons are key members of the breast cancer team at UT Southwestern. We partner with medical and surgical oncologists. Patients can be referred to our breast reconstruction experts by physicians practicing at facilities outside of UT Southwestern. Women who have received breast cancer treatment outside of UT Southwestern can also choose our experts to perform their reconstructive surgery.
Restoring a Natural Look and Feel
Your surgeon will talk to you about your options and help you make the best decision based on your health, future breast cancer treatments, projected recovery time, body shape, and other factors. We offer a broad spectrum of breast reconstruction options. One area in which UT Southwestern has gained distinction involves the use of flaps, where tissue is transplanted from other parts of the body to reconstruct the breast. (Basically, “flap” means any tissue with a blood supply or that is connected to a main artery and vein.)
The main types of flap procedures we perform to create a new breast include:
- Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP)
- Uses tissue from the abdomen
- Superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP)
- Uses tissue from the buttocks area
- Transverse upper gracilis (TTUG)
- Uses tissue from the thigh area
Also, if you have one breast surgically removed, we may suggest additional procedures to reshape or lift your natural breast. The goal is to match the existing breast with the reconstructed breast.
We can perform reconstruction procedures in conjunction with a mastectomy, as well as years after breast cancer treatment.
The procedures include:
- Immediate breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, which offers the advantage of preserving as much of the breast skin envelope as possible, maximizing cosmesis and retaining as much of the breasts’ own skin as possible
- Delayed reconstruction, where the final results can be very comparable to immediate reconstruction
- Surgery to revise a previous procedure
If you are undergoing breast cancer treatment, we will coordinate care with your other physicians. Breast reconstruction surgery should never delay or affect cancer treatments.
The three types of breast reconstruction include autologous tissue-based reconstruction, implant reconstruction, and a combination of autologous tissue-based and implant reconstruction.