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Dr. Mark A Brzezienski, MS, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Mark Brzezienski is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He works in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Brzezienski's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Patient ratings for Dr. Brzezienski average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Brzezienski attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Brzezienski include: PRS Global Best Paper Award for 'Silicone Breast Implants Can Save Lives' and Oral Board Examine, American Board of Plastic Surgery, Current RealSelf Top Doctor.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. James Woodfin Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. James Kennedy is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Kennedy studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

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

Dr. Jason Paul Rehm, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Jason Rehm's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Rehm is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include thigh lift, eyelid surgery, and general reconstruction. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ella Montgomery Carter-Gross, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery
725 Glenwood Drive; Suite E-882
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Mary Carter's specialty is plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Carter honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Suburban Hospital.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Lip Implants, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jimmy Lee Waldrop Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C-920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Jimmy Waldrop is a plastic surgeon in Chattanooga, TN. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Waldrop's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck revision. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waldrop accepts. Dr. Waldrop is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, ... (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.

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