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Dr Arun Jay Rao MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.84 stars out of 5 (30 ratings)
5170 E Glenn Street; Suite 100
Tucson, AZ

Dr. Arun Rao practices plastic surgery in Tucson, AZ. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rao include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and breast augmentation. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, and Northwest Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao takes. Before performing his residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Dr. Rao attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Top Plastic Surgeons. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reconstruction Revision, Free Flap Breast Reconstruction, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Christopher T Maloney Jr MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
Average rating 4.73 stars out of 5 (102 ratings)
3170 N Swan Road
Tucson, AZ

Dr. Christopher Maloney works as a plastic surgeon and general surgeon in Tucson, AZ. Clinical interests for Dr. Maloney include dermabrasion, breast augmentation, and labiaplasty. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Maloney is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Maloney include: Best Doctors in America; Castle Connolly Top Doctors; and Arizona Daily Star Reader's Choice Award.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Injectable Filler ... (Read more)

Dr Armando J Alfaro Jr MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
Average rating 4.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2304 N Rosemont Boulevard
Tucson, AZ

Dr. Armando Alfaro sees patients in Tucson, AZ. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Before completing his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Alfaro attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Alfaro include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alfaro speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, and St. Mary's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Ptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr Jamie Michelle Moenster DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (37 ratings)
698 E Wetmore Road; Suite 310
Tucson, AZ

Dr. Jamie Moenster's medical specialty is plastic surgery and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Moenster include vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, and breast augmentation. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at South Pointe Hospital for her residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Moenster is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moenster takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: "Resident Achievement Award by the ACOS," and "CORE / OUCOM Resident of the Year and Skills Lab Instructor of the Year," 2010 RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Butt Augmentation, Lip Implant ... (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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