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Dr. Scott Imahara, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2900 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Scott Imahara is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Imahara's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of plastic surgery procedures, hand surgery procedures, and reconstructive surgery. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Imahara attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Problems, Facelift, Ear Problems, Surgical Procedures, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suzanne M Kerley, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Kerley specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Kerley is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Kerley is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marie Eleanor Pletsch, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
223 Mount Hermon Road; Suite A
Scotts Valley, CA
 

Dr. Marie Pletsch is a specialist in plastic surgery. She works in Scotts Valley, CA and Monterey, CA. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pletsch graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall P Nacamuli, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 310
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Randall Nacamuli works as a plastic surgeon in Santa Cruz, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Nacamuli is affiliated with Dominican Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.

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