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Dr. Laura Mae Figura, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
300 State Street; Suite 302
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Laura Figura is a plastic surgeon. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Figura's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot. Dr. Figura is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. David Alan Femovich, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2564 West 12th Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. David Femovich sees patients in Seneca, PA, Clarion, PA, and Erie, PA. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Femovich is affiliated with UPMC Northwest. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Femovich attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Femovich accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Gerald Dion Garcia, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
4355 Peach Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Gerald Garcia is a plastic surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Garcia include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Garcia is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot.

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

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Dr. Gunnar Ernst Olof Bergqvist, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
Bayfront Office Building 1; 410 Cranberry, Suite 310
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Gunnar Bergqvist is a general surgery and head & neck plastic surgery specialist in Erie, PA. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bergqvist at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, United Healthcare POS, and more.

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

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Dr. Steven John Heaney, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
510 Cranberry Street; Building 2, Suite 240
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Steven Heaney sees patients in Meadville, PA and Erie, PA. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Heaney's medical residency was performed at Guthrie Health. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Heaney honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He is affiliated with St. Vincent's Medical Center.

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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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