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Breast Reconstruction: What is a Tissue Expander, and Why Do Doctors Use Them?

Every mastectomy case is unique. Some women have breast implants inserted as a concluding aspect of the mastectomy. For immediate reconstruction to be possible, the patient must have enough tissue remaining to cover implants placed over or under the chest muscle. When a large amount of skin and tissue is removed during a mastectomy, reconstruction […]

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Truth Talk about Breast Reconstruction

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 264,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2021. Breast reconstruction is an aspect of breast cancer treatment that is associated with an improved quality of life. In addition to reconstruction after necessary mastectomy, surgeons are now finding that some women elect to have a […]

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Chest Masculinization Surgery and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Female-to-male (FTM) and female-to-nonbinary (FTN) chest reconstruction surgery represent an important step toward living more comfortably in one’s authentic gender identity. This reconstructive procedure removes a significant amount of breast tissue from the chest, but not all of it. A small amount does remain in the chest wall after surgery. Here, we discuss how that […]

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Breast Implant Removal: What You Should Know

The choice to have breast augmentation is momentous. When a woman chooses to enhance her shape with breast implants, she often believes “this is it.” She intends to live by this decision for many years. Seeing that breast implant removal is a relatively common plastic surgery performed today, we know this to be an inaccurate […]

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Let’s Talk about Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction represents finality for women who have walked a difficult path. As the rebuilding phase of breast cancer treatment, reconstruction surgery can be healing, transformative, and empowering. However, some women may miss out on these emotional benefits due to a lack of accurate information about what breast reconstruction is and what it can do. […]

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Is a Nipple Tattoo the New Beginning You Want?

Nipple reconstruction is typically not a primary aspect of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. When a nipple-sparing mastectomy is not possible, women have several options they can consider. In recent years, nipple tattooing has become a popular choice. What is nipple tattooing? Traditional nipple tattoos had been performed by medical aestheticians as well as by some […]

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Breast Reconstruction: Why, How, and Whom

A breast cancer diagnosis brings with it quite a few details to understand. A woman has much more to cope with than her specific diagnosis. To preserve health, it is necessary to decide quickly how she wishes to address your situation. Treatment itself is often quite physically and emotionally taxing. Then, if part of the […]

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Nipple Reconstruction: The Final Step in Restoring Natural-Looking Breasts

Breast cancer is only succeeded by skin cancer in women. The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 265,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. In 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgery reported over 106,000 breast reconstruction procedures. Breast reconstruction can be a pivotal step in achieving significant psychosocial benefits for a […]

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Breast Reconstruction: The Matter of Size

In recent years, mastectomy has become an integral aspect of breast cancer treatment. For women who undergo the removal of natural breast tissue, reconstruction is often a step toward gaining a sense of closure to their disease management. Reinstating breast shape and size can be an exciting endeavor that renews hope for brighter tomorrows. We […]

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If You Are In Need Of Breast Reconstruction, We Can Help

Breasts are a prominent feature on a woman’s body. Every woman dreams of a pair of round, full, and perky breasts. The shape of the breasts can be very important when it comes to a woman’s appearance and her confidence. Women who suffer from breast cancer must undergo a mastectomy or lumpectomy procedure to remove […]

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IDEAL Implant – Feels like silicone, safe like saline

At NSPS, we strive to stay at the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In doing so, we continually look for ways to improve and provide the best patient experience. This philosophy brought about the idea of writing this blog about the new IDEAL implant. The idea of the IDEAL implant was actually first […]

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The Breast Cancer Journey: Treating the Whole Patient

When patients embark on breast reconstruction, it can often be an overwhelming process. There are oftentimes many steps involved in the breast reconstruction process, so we, as providers, tend to become very close with our patients as they progress throughout their journey. This is something I love about my job, as I feel I am […]

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Will my breast reduction be covered by insurance?

When you work in the field of surgery, people always want to ask you questions.  More specifically, they want to ask you questions about plastic surgery.  This phenomenon prompted this month’s blog discussion.  I recently was visiting a friend and she brought up the discussion of breast reduction {I didn’t know we were that close […]

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Resources You’ve Always Wanted, But Didn’t Know It

Recently, an email came into my inbox from a group of librarians putting together an educational website.  It’s unfortunate that I somewhat disregarded it for almost a week (I get many “spam” emails related to business), but I finally got to it, and what a gem! Despite the fact that most resources are usually put […]

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The Creation of The Chicago Breast Center

Each year I’ve worked at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery (NSPS), I’ve learned more. As a clinician, it is obvious to me that my continued involvement and growth has helped me learn how to better support our patients, not only in clinical decision making, but also in understanding the needs of our patients outside the […]

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Nipple Reconstruction Options

Nipple Reconstruction Options If nipple reconstruction is the next step in your breast reconstruction, congratulations, you are near the end of your journey! Nipple reconstruction is done at the end of the breast reconstruction once the patient is satisfied with the architecture (size, shape, symmetry) of the breast. The nipple reconstruction is a simple last […]

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3D Nipple Tattoos and Breast Reconstruction

3D Nipple Tattoos In our practice, anyone undergoing tattoo for nipple-areola pigmentation receives a 3D tattoo. The term “3D tattoo” is used to describe a tattoo that uses color to create the illusion of three dimensions. Through the use of color, the tattoo will create the effect of a projecting nipple. Texturizing is also performed […]

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Tissue Expansion Process

Today we are going to talk specifically about the tissue expander process.  Many patients ask me about the expansion process at their first postoperative visit after the mastectomy surgery.  Some questions patients ask:  When does the expansion process begin?  How is the expansion process done?  How many expansions will I need?  How many expansions is […]

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What is the difference between an SIEA, DIEP, and Muscle Sparing Free TRAM?

Many patients present to our office interested in pursuing breast reconstruction with tissue from their abdomen.  Although this is a much more involved surgery with longer surgery time, longer hospital stay, and longer recovery, it does offer many benefits.  Reconstruction of the breasts with tissue from the abdomen does tend to appear and feel the […]

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