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Dr. David John Smith Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
7th Floor, Usf Plastic Surgery Division; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Smith is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in plastic surgery. His clinical interests include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University and a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Smith attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift, Burn Reconstruction, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul David Smith, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
7th Floor, Usf Plastic Surgery Division; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Paul Smith's area of specialization is plastic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, body contouring, and botox injection. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Deniz Dayicioglu, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Deniz Dayicioglu is a specialist in plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), dermabrasion, and botox injection. Dr. Dayicioglu is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Dayicioglu's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

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

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  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $5,129
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,678

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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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