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Dr. Steven Kelly White Sr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1275 21st Avenue N
Myrtle Beach, SC
 

Dr. Steven White is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Myrtle Beach, SC. Areas of expertise for Dr. White include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. White obtained his medical school training at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. White average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Medicare insurance.

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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, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
5323 N Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC
 

Dr. Ralph Cozart practices plastic surgery and general surgery in Myrtle Beach, SC. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cozart include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Cozart is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Cozart is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Kimberley B. C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
4610 Oleander Drive; 101
Myrtle Beach, SC
 

Dr. Kimberley Goh specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Myrtle Beach, SC. The average patient rating for Dr. Goh is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Goh takes Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Body Contouring, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
917 Medical Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC
 

Dr. Thomas Quirke is a specialist in surgery. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. These areas are among Dr. Quirke's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. The average patient rating for Dr. Quirke is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

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

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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.