October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breastcancerBreast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, with one in eight women being diagnosed with it in their lifetime. It is estimated that over 220, 000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 will die. While it is rare in men, an estimated 2,150 men with be diagnosed and approximately 410 will die each year (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts). In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to feature The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center. They specialize in breast reconstruction, an option many choose after treatment or mastectomy.

The award-winning surgeons of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center comprise the largest private plastic surgery practice in New Jersey and a location in Manhattan. They have been trained at top institutions and are renowned for their technical expertise as well as their empathy and compassion for patients. The specialists at this practice have experience with the most cutting-edge advances in the field of breast reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction is the recreation of a woman’s breast through surgery, either with an implant or her body’s own tissue. This procedure can be done immediately following mastectomy or delayed until the patient is medically and/or psychologically ready. There are many different surgical options available, but these plastic and reconstructive surgeons offer personalized advice and compassionate treatment.

They offer all forms of autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction means reconstruction using tissue – skin, fat and sometimes muscle – from another place on the body. Among the offerings is the DIEP flap, the latest in microsurgical techniques. The name DIEP comes from deep inferior epigastric artery, the blood supply to the abdominal skin and fat. In this procedure, skin and fat are moved from the abdomen to the chest to create a breast. In addition, implant-based breast reconstruction is also available from the physicians of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center. All methods of breast reconstruction can be used alone or in combination with other procedures. Following breast reconstruction, nipple/areola reconstruction can also be done. Tattooing is offered in conjunction with or instead of nipple/areola reconstruction.

“We are proud to have assembled an expert staff to perform breast reconstruction. Our physicians have the best possible training and wide experience in the microsurgical techniques that are required for today’s innovative procedures.” – Dr. Andrew Elkwood

“My years of performing this surgery have given me the insights into what it means for women who have undergone the devastation of cancer and subsequent mastectomy surgery. It is enormously gratifying to see the psychological and emotional result of what breast reconstruction can provide.” – Dr. Michael Rose

“The option for breast reconstruction is every woman’s right. It is my privilege to provide women with this life-affirming surgery, and to do so with sensitivity and compassion.” – Dr. Matthew Kaufman

“Our goal as plastic reconstructive surgeons is always to give you back what was taken away with your breast cancer diagnosis, to make you feel whole again, and to support you through the entire process.” – Dr. Tushar Patel
The Plastic Surgery Center is located in Manhattan and many New Jersey counties.
Their New York office can be located at 111 East 59th St, New York, NY 10022 (212) 421-6725

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