Breast Reconstruction in Portland

At Portland Plastic Surgery Group, our board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeons dedicate a large part of their practice to breast reconstruction following mastectomy, and they’re honored to be a part of the journey toward recovery for breast cancer survivors. With reliable information, honest advice, moral support and surgical skill, our surgeons will be your partners throughout the breast reconstruction process.

You deserve to know the facts in order to make the choice that’s right for you. To learn more about your options regarding breast reconstruction, please request a consultation online or call our office at (503) 292-9200.

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Before & After Breast Reconstruction Case 121 View #1 View in Portland, OR
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Pictured is a lovely 67-year-old woman who was dignosed with right breast cancer. She underwent bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate placemant of tissue expanders. The surgeon performed bilateral breast reconstruction as well as bilateral fat grafting to each breast.  Read More
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Case #48

This is a 61 year old woman who had a mastectomy and reconstruction in 2009. Unfortunately, she did require radiation of the right chest wall, which had significant long-term effects on her right breast, leaving the right breast implant contracted and sitting too high with no projection. The surgeon performed a capsulectomy and replaced the rig1 Read More
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Case #111

Pictured is a 28-year-old female who expressed concerns regarding genetic predisposition to breast cancer. She underwent bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy with tissue expanders prior to placement of breast implants. 
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Case #45

This is a 63 year old female who had a breast reduction with lumpectomy. The surgeon worked along side the oncologist to remove a mass from the patient’s right breast, then performed a breast reduction to give her breasts a symmetrical appearance. Read More
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Case #47

This is a lovely 41 year old female who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had previously undergone a double mastectomy and had bilateral tissue expanders placed. The surgeon then performed a second surgery to replace the tissue expanders in both breasts with saline breast implants. Read More
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Case #44

This is a 56 year old woman who had acquired absence of her right breast after breast cancer. She had an initial surgery to remove the cancer and place a tissue expander. She had a secondary surgery for removal of the tissue expander with placement of a permanent implant, as well as left breast augmentation to make breasts symmetrical Read More
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Case #46

Pictured is a 40 year old female with a strong family history of breast cancer. She decided after several biopsies to have nipple sparing mastectomies with placement of tissue expanders prior to placement of her actual breast implants. 
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Pictured is a 51 year old female who was diagnosed with left breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy. She presented with complaints of breast asymmetry. She had breast reconstruction via breast reduction during which the plastic surgeon removed skin and tissue from both of her breasts. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Your Breast Reconstruction

After undergoing a mastectomy, women may feel that their missing breast is a constant reminder of their battle with breast cancer. They may also feel self-conscious and less feminine. Breast reconstruction can be a step toward emotional recovery, helping you feel whole and healthy again. During your consultation with one of our surgeons, you will discuss aspects of your breast reconstruction surgery including:

  • Method of Reconstruction. Our surgeons perform several methods of breast reconstruction. While implant-based reconstruction is the most common, they also perform flap methods which take tissue from various areas of the body and use it to rebuild the breast mound. There are advantages and benefits to each method, so talking with your surgeon is the best way to help decide which will give you optimal results.
  • Timing. Depending on several factors, women can either decide to have breast reconstruction performed at the time of their mastectomy or they can delay the procedure and have it at a later point in time. Your medical team will advise you about the timing given your case history.
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction. Because the nipple and areola are typically removed during a mastectomy, a new nipple and areola will need to be created. After healing from the surgery to reconstruct the breast mound is complete, the nipple and areola can be reconstructed using methods such as tattooing or autologous nipple reconstruction, which uses the patient’s own skin and fat to reconstruct the nipple.
Doctors of Portland Plastic Surgery Group

Four Providers, One Goal

Combining artistry with the science of medicine, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Shannon O'Brien, Dr. H. Daniel Zegzula and Dr. Austin Hayes serve women and men in Portland.

*Dr. Zegzula and Dr. O'Brien are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons

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Procedure & Recovery

Breast reconstruction with implants can be performed in a single stage or in 2 stages. During a one-stage reconstruction, an implant is inserted without the use of a tissue expander. During 2-stage reconstruction, a tissue expander must be used to expand the tissue and make room for the implant. If a tissue expander is used, the placement of the implant usually occurs several months later. Your surgeon will help you determine if a tissue expander will be necessary.

Once a pocket is created, an implant will be placed. This implant is the same type that is used for breast augmentation and can be either silicone or saline, round or teardrop in shape, and placed above or below the chest muscle. Each of our surgeons has the experience necessary to guide you in your choice of implant – he or she will discuss your options for implant size, shape, fill material and placement. Subsequent procedures may be necessary to reconstruct the nipple and areola.

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Recovery after implant reconstruction varies depending on several factors. Because each individual’s recovery is different, it’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions after surgery. This will increase the likelihood for a full and speedy recovery.

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