Breast Reconstruction from a Compassionate Surgeon

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Total and partial loss of a breast due to a mastectomy for the treatment of cancer, can take a grave toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing. Breast reconstruction, performed by Dr. Armando Davila, can restore your silhouette and your self-esteem. At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we perform breast reconstruction using both flap and implant techniques. Dr. Davila offers respectful, personalized care. Often in consultation with you breast cancer surgeon, he will meticulously determine your needs and recommend the right type of breast reconstruction. Dr. Davila is dedicated to working tirelessly to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. To learn more about breast reconstructioncontact our  practice today.*

Breast Reconstruction Techniques

Dr. Davila uses one of several different methods to rebuild your breast and match the opposite one. The right technique for you will depend on your overall health, body type, and personal preferences.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction

The deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) is a major blood vessel running behind your Rectus Abdominus Muscle. To perform DIEP flap reconstruction, Dr. Davila will fashion an adipose flap from this area, using it to create a new breast mound. Using microvascular anastomosis, he will connect blood vessels in this harvested tissue to those in your chest. DIEP flap reconstruction can yield highly natural results, and as your own tissue is used, there is no risk that your body will reject the new tissue. However, the procedure will leave abdominoplasty like scars on your stomach, and it involves a longer recovery time than other techniques. You must have enough abdominal tissue to qualify for this method.*

TRAM Flap Reconstruction

If you undergo free TRAM flap reconstruction, Dr. Davila will use your stomach muscle (transverse rectus abdominis) to recreate your breast. He may fully remove a portion of your Rectus Abdominus muscle. Then he will reattach it to the blood vessels in your breast area. In transposition flap cases, he may leave the muscle partially attached to your stomach, reducing the surgery yime. Using this technique, Dr. Hurwitz can create highly lifelike breasts. However, like the DIEP technique, it will involve a lengthy recovery and incisions on your abdomen.*

Reconstruction with Breast Implants

Breast reconstruction using implants is les complex than with flaps, which tend to look and feel more natural. Dr. Davila may start with an expander implants, often placed at the same time as your mastectomy. At routine visits, he will gradually inflate the implants. As he does, the overlying skin will be slowly stretched. When the implant is fully expanded, Dr. Davila will remove it and place your final implant. In some cases, he can also place a saline or silicone implant with no need for expansion. You must have enough remaining breast tissue to qualify for an immediate implant.

Benefits and Other Considerations

The breast reconstruction procedure will vary significantly, depending on the technique you select. No matter the specifics of your procedure, you will benefit from Dr. Davila’s personal concern, highly specialized training and surgical skill. Your breast reconstruction will take place under general anesthesia. Afterwards, you will typically spend one or more nights in the hospital. Breast reconstruction is extensive surgery, and you will need to rest for several weeks after your procedure. Dr. Davila will guide you as you return to work, exercise, and other activities.

Breast reconstruction can have enormous benefits for your appearance and quality of life. You can achieve a figure that looks more balanced and proportionate. It can also make it easier to find form-fitting clothes and swimwear. Most importantly, breast reconstruction can restore your sense of wholeness. After battling a life-threatening illness, you deserve to feel great about your body.*

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hurwitz

Dr. Davila is highly regarded for his clinical skill and attention to detail. Most importantly, his patients rely on his respectful concern. If you are considering breast reconstruction, contact our office to find out how Dr. Davila can help you achieve your treatment goals. 

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I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.* Jill's Story

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3109 Forbes Ave
Ste 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (412) 802-6100